Casa Salvatore is a beautifully restored mediaeval stone house. It nestles among other similar houses with their characteristic terracotta rooves and thick stone walls in the small hamlet (borgo) of Imocomano with its winding alleyways, and beautiful views of the valley.
Whilst there are no shops in Imocomano it is just a short walk to the larger town of Comano which has all the facilities necessary to make your stay here easy and stress-free. In Comano, you will have a choice of two restaurants, two small supermarkets, a bakery, pharmacy, post office and even a 24/7 manned ambulance station!
Comano is a small town of around 800 people and lies at an altitude of 600 m ( 2000 feet ) above sea level among pastures and chestnut woods and surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Appenine mountains. It is a short distance to the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National park and considered to be an area of outstanding natural beauty.
In contrast to the busy yet beautiful cities and the expansive rolling farmland of southern Tuscany, here there are mountains, lush forests, and castles. Here you can enjoy the Italian way of life untouched by tourism.
Not for those who want nightlife, entertainment, or the hustle and bustle of life. Here you find only tranquility, warmth and hospitality from the locals, fresh local cuisine, and almost no English spoken. The traditional way of life is still very much in evidence here.
A car is essential for you to enjoy all that the area has to offer. We can advise on the easiest way to sort car hire.
There are four bedrooms, but as the fourth is located in the eves and accessed through the third bedroom via a spiral staircase and with no door between, we suggest the fourth bedroom maybe more suitable for older children rather than adults.
The spiral staircase is also not suitable for young children.
Entering from the street through the heavy arched wooden doorway into the hallway, you feel you are stepping back in time. There is a beautiful sitting room with original stone flagstones and a lovely open fire place. A doorway takes you into the large kitchen dining area with traditional cotto flooring and views down the valley. It combines antique furniture including a large butchers block for food preparation, with all the modern facilities expected for entertaining.
There are two double bedrooms; one has a double bed and ensuite shower room. The other a king size bed. The third bedroom has two single beds which can easily be made into a king if required. There is a further small shower room and toilet.
From the third bedroom a spiral staircase takes you to a room with two more single beds and a door out to the large verandah. This has spectacular views of the valley and is a great place for breakfast, sunbathing, an evening glass of wine to watch the sunset or a serious bit of stargazing.
The outside space, accessed across a path, comprises a paved courtyard leading through an archway to a lawned area and outside dining area beneath a pergola. There is a barbecue and fully restored pizza oven. A swimming pool has been added in 2017 with decking providing space to relax and lovely views. There is also an Olympic sized swimming pool with diving boards and separate children's pool in nearby Villafranca.
A 10 minute walk from the house will take you down to the river where you can swim in the pools and under the stunning waterfall.
If you can tear yourself away from the peace of the house, there are a great many places to visit.
In 30 minutes you can visit the mediaeval towns of Pontremoli, Fivizzano and Bagnone, each with their own characters, markets, restaurants and only a sprinkling of tourists. Sarzana with its castle and cathedral is a larger very attractive mediaeval town and again is not on the tourist trail.
A little further is the beautiful rocky coast which holds the delights of Lerici, San Terenzo, Tellaro and Portovenere; towns with coloured houses, restaurants and shops on the beautiful Bay of Poets frequented by Byron, Shelley and D.H. Lawrence in days gone by.
From the coast here you can take a boat to the Cinque Terre.
Further afield but all easily managed for the day are Lucca reached by train from the station at Aulla, Parma and Pisa, or drive north up the coast to Portofino, Sestri Levante and Levanto.
As the owners we live in the village and are on hand to give advice, make reservations at the many local restaurants, and help if needed.
We are happy to provide a welcome hamper and/or meal at a reasonable cost in the event of late arrival or just to tide you over until you go shopping.
The nearest large supermarkets are in Aulla, a 20 minute drive down the valley.
There is wifi with a good speed in most of the house.
The nearest airport is Pisa, but Genova, Parma and Milan are also easily accessible.