|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
The cottage lies at one end of the village about 3 minutes walk from the main piazza with its car park and Marina's restaurant/bar. The cottage is part of the mountain; the first floor, has an entrance with a traditional Italian arched double door leading into lounge where there is a great stone fireplace with a large wood fired stove. This leads to the modern pine wood kitchen with its dresser, dishwasher, hob and large round dining table that seats six. The stairs lead up to a two bedrooms, one twin bedded with en suite bathroom and one with a queen size four poster bed. A few more steps up leads to the upper lobby with the larger bathroom off it and side door to the garden; the stairs go up to the final double bedroom all with tiled floors and timbered ceilings. The property is surrounded by a terraced garden with grapevines and brick built barbecue. You can relax and sit under the shade of the fig tree with wonderful views over the valley to the surrounding hilltop villages and mountains.
I am Alan, the one in black in the photo, having a meal at Marina's Bar & Restaurant in the village with Stefano one of our neighbours. Jo is taking the photo. Its winter so we are indoors . We are both health professionals who grew up, work and live in London. We would love to live in Casoli however we are both caring for aged parents.
Jo or Alan purchased this cottage in 2004
It took us nearly 3 years to find this house, during which we saw and were offered crumbling farmhouse ruins, modern town houses and everything in between. When we saw this house we both knew this was it and in an area I never thought we would get a place assuming Tuscany was beyond the reach of the anyone but the super rich. As for this area Lucca, its a special place made so by the people who are kind, friendly and helpful.
The view from under the fig tree across the river valley is stunning, the villages of Limano and Vico Pancellorm are iconic landmarks, telling you can be only in one place, Italy.
Just a quick note to say that we have had the MOST AMAZING time at Casa Fico. We enjoyed every minute. It was a privilege to stay in your home.
Best Wishes, JP DERBY JULY 06....
The cottage was delightful - we explored and enjoyed Florence, Lucca,
Pisa, mountains and villages but it was always a pleasure and a
privilege to start and finish each day in the garden with the best view
in Tuscany! E & B MAY 07....
Also to thank you for letting us stay at the house, we all had a lovely time and were most impressed with the mountainous setting. We visited Florence by train and was amazed how excellent and inexpensive the train service is. We also visited Lucca, what a lovely walled city. Pisa was lovely too. Once again thank you very much and we'd love to make a return visit.
best wishes, GW, STAFFS SEPT 06....
Just a note to say that Michelle and I had a
fantastic time in Casa Fico. An unbelievable location! We even got in
some snowboarding in Abetone. SJ, IRELAND MARCH 07
This lovely house was ideal for us as it had everything we needed with 3 teenagers in tow. The views were amazing, the facilities just what we needed (2 bathrooms!!!) and everything clean and comfortable without feeling like a hotel. The locals were very patient with our attempts at Italian and the local bar had some great rustic Italian food and wine on offer. At the bottom of the winding road up to the village is an idealic spot for swimming in the river, which we went to almost every day as the weather in August is hot, hot, hot! The house was lovely and cool in contrast and we slept well. Local town of Bagni di Lucca was charming and provided gelataria and supermarkets for supplies. Lucca itself was lovely and we did the tourist thing of hiring bikes and cycling around the walled town - well worth a visit. Pisa is not too far and Florence also doable for a day visit.
All in all we would love to go back again when maybe our Italian will be better!
Brilliant house at a gorgeous location up on the mountain in Northwest Tuscany. What more could one ask for? Alan and Jo have been superb in everything. They have given us so helpful overall and the house made us want to go back again as soon as possible. It was exactly what we wanted. Sitting in the garden with THAT view is purely breathtaking.
Would definitely recommend it.
We spent a very happy and tranquil few days in this beautiful house in May. It is in a glorious setting with outstanding views to enjoy whilst having meals on the terrace. My husband is a keen bird watcher so interesting for him and the nearby town of Bagni di Lucca is very historic. Good local restaurants and easy access from Pisa airport. We hope to return.
I would recommend this place to anyone not only are the views stunning the people are really friendly, so much so that we got invited to a local wedding reception in the village. I couldn't believe my eyes as we ended up dancing the YMCA with the locals, it was truly a night to remember along with so many others. The reception itself was held at the local restaurant/bar which we visited frequently, you get more than just pasta and pizza there.
The drive to the village itself is bit of a nose bleed job but well worth it, especially if you have a glass of wine to knock back once you get to the top.
The scenery at the local public swimming pool was just breath taking, the only drawback was you had to wear a swimming hat while you were in the pool itself, which was really quite funny seeing everyone like it, even the beautiful people were brought down to earth with these, but please don't worry you don't have to wear them while sun bathing, therefore regaining cool status once more.
There is so much to see and fabulous food wherever we went, I particularly loved our trip to Florence, there's just not enough time to see it all in one day.
Finally my last words are, go there you won't regret it.
This property is one of the most beautiful we have ever rented. If you want to get away from it all but at the same time not be too far from lots of interesting things then I truly recommend 'Casa Fico'. The owners description is spot on and communication and advice given to us was excellent. If you are lucky enough to go when the figs are ripe, eat them! They are the best we've ever had!
As well as totally chilling out at the house taking in the breathtaking views, we went hiking in Abetone, sightseeing in Pisa, Lucca, Siena and Volterra and for a dip in the sea. A car is essential and some places are a couple of hours drive away though knowing we were returning to the peace and quiet of Casa Fico made it all worthwhile!
What a place! The views were amazing, the house charming. The walk back up the hill to the parking is a shock at first but you soon get used to it, listen, if the 84 year old lady who lives nearby can do it!?
We stayed in June and the weather was fantastic, even the storm we experienced was stunning; watching the clouds roll over the mountains and the thunder and lightening crash around the valley. We had a car which meant many places were in easy reach, Pisa, Lucca, Bagni di Lucca, Florence, (best to catch the train from Pistoia, very easy and convenient, only 2.90E) Sienna and we even went to Maranello (Ferrari of course) and Bologna. We also went to Marina di Pisa and dipped our feet in the Mediterranean. Just drive between Marina di Pisa and Terrenia on the coast you will find a stretch of beach not grabbed by hotels. The Torre del Lago Puccini is also well worth a look.
We did amongst all this hectic tourist viewing fit in a day in the garden enjoying the relaxing surroundings, we saw a deer in the undergrowth whilst enjoying a leisurely lunch watching the ever changing sky and mountainsides. The kitchen is well equipped, the owner is a real foodie as is evidenced by the cook books. The bathrooms great with power showers. The local restaurant is good; the cook makes alll her own pasta which is very moreish! They are also very welcoming. Tips would be, remember a good small pair of binoculars both for nature watching and the many wonderful church ceilings, the Baptistry in Florence a must. Mosquito repellent for the evenings and its worth driving to the Leclerc at Gallicano to stock up. Otherwise the supermarket in Bagni is okay. Finally enjoy this wonderful haven, we certainly did!
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Long Mountain Summer
May 1 2017 - Oct 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
The village of Casoli rests in a notch on the shoulder of a mountain between the remains of a castle ( circa 1180 AD) on a rocky bluff and a lake in ancient chestnut woods. The castle and village are above Gole di Cocciglia, a gorge cut by the fast flowing River Lima. There is a bar/restaurant in the village called Marina's and our house is 300 meters away at the end of the village with wonderful views looking across the river and its valley, to the hilltop villages of Limano and Vico. The winter resort of Abetone is about 45 minutes drive north, great for a few days casual skiing.
In summer its 15 minutes drive south to the pretty riverside town of Bagni di Lucca with its (Roman) Thermal Spa baths and beauty treatments, as well as its six restaurants, numerous cafes and shops. Its 25 minutes further to the walled town of Lucca, you can hire a bike and ride its medieval streets and walls, climb the Guigno Bell Tower crowned by oak trees. An hour puts you in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Florence is further, so its easier, to take the train from Lucca. Florence station lies on the edge of the old town and as you cannot park your car anywhere near the centre much more convenient.
The historic town of San Gimignano and the city of Siena lie to the south and can be a good destination for a day trip. Which will take in the rolling chianti countryside with poppy strewn wheat fields and cyprus lined driveways so beloved by the makers of calendars!