|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Casa Felice is unique for a property located in the historic Centre of Barga Vecchia in that in addition to its own two private terraces with views of the Duomo, the property also enjoys the tiered communal grounds of Parco San Felice,the gardens of the adjacent Church,with its shaded pergolas and large garden patio that sometimes hosts a band during the Festa in July.
The winding lanes of the old town are adjacent the property and you can meander from the nearby ancient gate of Porta Macchiaia along Via di Mezzo and into the historic Piazzas with their restaurants, galleries and shops to Porta Reale at the other side of town.
A climb to the Duomo (9th Century Cathedral which dominates the town) reveals breathtaking, almost unbroken 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and valleys. A large park divides the hilltop from the lower part of town known as Barga Giardino. Il Giardino is bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants and boasts a weekly market every Saturday morning.
My wife Anne and I have been married for over thirty years and have three daughters all of whom enjoy holidaying in Barga. We live in Scotland and have made many new friends, both locals and holiday makers during our many visits to Barga.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 2007
After a holiday in Florence in 2002 we returned to Italy the following year to explore Northern Tuscany and came across Barga by accident. We fell in love with Northern Tuscany and returned for the following three years to the Garfagnana Region basing ourselves in places like Castelnuovo and Villa Collemandina allowing us to mix rural retreats with town or village life. We found the region had so much to offer and was well placed for Lucca and the coastline at Viareggio but still found ourselves drawn back to Barga, even if only for the day. When we started to look in 2006 for a property we scoured the Serchio Valley, from Bagni Du Lucca in the south to Molazzana on the opposite side of the valley from Barga before settling for Casa Felice in the old town of Barga.(Barga Vecchia).
One of the main reasons for choosing Casa Felice is that it is in the heart of Barga Vecchia (The old Town)and we can walk to the galleries, theatre and restaurants and it has a vibrant calendar of festas throughout the year including a chocolate festival in December. Despite having all that choice the location is quiet and surrounded by many local residents of Barga. We also find Barga well positioned for day trips to the beach at Lido Di Camaiore or Viareggio and offers excellent public transport links (Bus and Train) to Lucca and Pisa. In short it offers a choice of lifestyle, ranging from living in a village and being able to walk to all amenities, or explore the towns and villages of Northern Tuscany all set within spectacular scenery and literally adjacent our home.
We loved our stay in beautiful Barga and found the apartment very comfortable,well equipped and with beautiful views over the rooftops and countryside.It is in a lovely private location with lots of outside seating options while still being within easy walking distance of all Bargas attractions,restaurants and bars.
Barga is quite stunning with its cobbled narrow paths and lanes and bright flower pots around every corner.Views from the Duomo are not to be missed ,even if it rains!
We also visited Canyon Park ,about 40 mins drive from Barga, and zip wired back and forth across the canyon which was scary but great fun and worth a visit !(E20 each)
We visited Florence by train and Lucca by car ,all very reachable for a great day out.
The charm ,character and beauty of Barga will see us return again soon when we hope the apartment will be free.
Special interest holidays:
The Alpi Apuane national mountain park with its many kilometers of maintained tracks is renowned for its hiking, trekking and panoramic views. Classes can be arranged in Art and inspiration, creative writing, gastronomia, Italian Classes, Mind and Body, Music and Performance and Outdoor Adventures.
The famous beaches of Versilia lie just beyond the coastal mountain range and can be reached by an attractive drive through one of the passes or via Lucca. Viareggio and Lido di Camiore are nearest and can be reached in about an hour by car. Within a further quarter of an hour are the picturesque town and coastal resort of Pietrasanta and the chic and fashionable shops and beaches of Forte dei Marmi.
The main airport is Pisa, about 75 mins by car, and served by Ryanair from Stansted, Edinburgh and Prestwick. BA and Easyjet fly from Gatwick to Pisa,with Jet2 from Leeds Bradford and Edinburgh - Pisa.
The Serchio Valley line connects Barga to the main rail network of Italy. There is a bus service from Barga to Lucca, Castelnuovo and surrounding towns and villages.
Florence about 60 miles, Lucca about 20 miles, Pisa about 30 miles. The Chianti region, Siena and San Gimignano are within an easy days drive as are Genoa and the dramatic coastline of the Cinque Terre.
Casa Felice is well located within Barga allowing you to walk to shops, bars, restaurants, banks and all facilities available in the town, (including an Olympic size pool complex). After a day sightseeing or at the beach, the visitor can stroll for an aperitivo at a local bar and have dinner thereafter without having to resort to the car. A flavour of daily life and all the activities on offer can be found in the excellent community website. Barga is ideal for those looking for the unique experience of living in a small medieval town with a peaceful environment but with a lively programme of activities. Barga has it’s own 18th century theatre and is renowned for its summer opera and jazz festivals. The restaurants of the area offer traditional Tuscan food and wines at easily affordable prices for the family.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$185|
To confirm a booking a deposit of 50% of the total price is required with the balance payable 8 weeks before departure. If you book within 8 weeks of departure the full price is payable.
Cancellation must be made in writing with cancellation charge being the full deposit if you cancel more than 8 weeks before departure. Less than 8 weeks but more than 4 weeks before departure – 70% of the price. Less than 4 weeks – 100% of the price.
Notes on prices:
Prices for the property are per week and in British Pounds Sterling.
Discounts available for over a week or long winter lets and special rates on request for long week-ends.
Generally Saturday to Saturday but flexible subject to availability.