Welcome to our home in the vineyards. It is a typical 'casa colonica,' spacious, large airy rooms with high beamed ceilings and spectacular views of surrounding hills. One can view the seacoast to La Spezia upon walking up the hill. We are at the end of a ribbon of road and it is a safe and secluded refuge from the world, yet centrally located near many cultural centers: Florence, Pisa and Lucca and Cinque Terre. We are located at the borders of the nature reserve of the Alpi Apuani where one can hike and visit many mountain towns and try the local cusine. Other nearby towns are Pietrasanta, known for it's marble carving studios, and bronze foundries, an artists paradise! In the evening the piazza of Pietrasanta becomes a large living room where one can sit in a cafe and watch people and children can ride their bikes. There are many outdoor sagras with live music and outdoor dining in all of the small towns nearby. Sandy beaches are 15 minutes away.
We love our home and the location was perfect to bring up my son who roamed through the vineyards and up into the hills to explore. We are close to the sea and this was wonderful and at once close to the ancient cities of Lucca and Florence etc. I am a fine artist and although we are in the states right now, we return every year to recapture the happy years we spent on the hill..
Fleur Palau purchased this house in 1986
I bought it because I fell in love with the area. I love the people and their traditions. I love the mountains and the flat lands which lead to the beautiful Mediterranean sea. At the time, I was carving marble and needed to be near the studios and quarries in this region. Now that I have returned to my painting, the place has become my muse in a different way.
This part of Italy has maintained much of their traditions and it is still very much a rural area, yet close to Florence and Lucca and even Milano and Rome.
The benefits you will enjoy while staying at our home are a sense of being far away and safe, yet when you go down the hill, you are a short way to the small towns nearby or the seashore. It is a unique place in the beauty it offers being set in the vineyards and a chance to be in a place where people have kept the land like this for generations.
'I just wanted to say a belated 'thank you' for the use of your house. We had a wonderful time; the location was superb and everyone was very friendly. I meant to e-mail you when I got back but our term started soon afterwards and I have been very busy registering students etc.' - Rick Thomas, 2008.
'I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the house and hope to return!' - Pru Grand, 2006
'Set in a wonderful location in the hills that go down to the sea...amazing views aross the surrounding area. A splendid base from which to explore the surrounding area. Plenty of room for my wife and I and our three young children. We hired a Renault and drove to Pisa, Lucca, Florence and even Sienna - but there was lots more to see if we had had more time. But if you want to stay home and read for a day it's a nice place to do that or just drive down to the beach only a few minutes away.' - Phil Ritchie, 2007
We loved this property. We had a fantastic holiday and our father that is a wine expert loved to be surrounded by the lovely and romantique vineyards and my kids just loved the feel of the mountain and the house. The place is hidden in Strettoia but so peaceful and the neighbours are such lovely people that make you feel as part of their community. As the owner said, the property is so close to the sea but when back after a day in the beach it was so nice to enjoy the peace of the mountain only a few minutes away....The only problem with us was that we had a big truck four by four and it was a bit hard to park our car in the allocated space in the house, not impossible with the help of such great neighbours. We hope to book this property again when we return to lovely Tuscany.
One thing, the beach surrounding the place are great and you will always find a free (or libera beach) around.
We stayed there for 2 weeks in August and enjoyed everything in the house and the time we spent there.
A lovely sunny garden, breathtaking scenery, And even if the weather was quite hot, it was nice and cool in the house day and night. Nice spacious bedrooms and a lovely kitchen.
A few little shops down in the village in case we needed anything, and the supermarket was just 10/15minutes down the mountain. Not too far from the beaches of marina di pietrasanta or forte dei marmi.
We had a great time with our little two-year old, and will definitely come back!
Special interest holidays:
We are close to the coast where you may sail, go to the beach and relax. Golf course is nearby!
Outdoor markets and evening sagras with live music in the summer months.
Our home is very centrally located to many cultural places of interest. Florence is one hour distance, Pisa and Lucca 40 minutes, Cinque Terre, 1 hour to the north. Rome 4 hours to the south, Milano 4 hours north. The immediate area of Versilia is rich in local towns: Ft. Dei Marmi, an elegant seaside resort that hosts a boatline that will take you up the coast to Portofino for lunch or Cinque Terre! The beach is 10 minutes distance with 'bagni,' offering amenties of cafes, restaurants.
Pisa International airport is 40 minutes distance. It is served major airlines including, Ryan Jet and Easy Jet. There is car rental at the airport. A car is neccessary to arrive at the house.
Strettoia is the nearest village and is 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes by foot. The one piazza hosts 2 grocery shops, one bar, a pizzeria, a butcher, barber. Ten minutes by car one arrives at Querceta where on Saturdays there is an open market. There is also a video rental, jewelers, bank, and clothing stores. Seravezza, toward the mountains is a wonderful small town with small restaurants and a beautiful oval piazza.
Torre Del Lago near Viareggio, 30 minutes distance is the home of famous opera composer, Giacomo Puccini. In the summer one can attend operas performances in the open air at the Puccini Festival. There are so many small towns in the area to explore, each with it's own character. Lots of great shopping and great Tuscan cuisine, wonderful architecture to study.
Museum of the artistic and cultural history of Versilia at the Medici library in Seravezza a must!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A deposit of half of the rental is required upon signing of rental agreement. The balance is due 8 weeks before rental date.
Rentals periods are for 1 week or more. We are flexible on date of arrival and departure.
Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in Euros.
Winter prices upon request. Heat not included. For one week rentals, please add 50 euros.