House in Vitiana, Near Bagni di Lucca and Barga, Tuscany, Italy - Completely Restored, Stunning Views onto Apenine and Apuan Alps
- english, french, italian
I live in Italy with my husband Fabrizio, our dog Alcohol and 5 nice delightful cats. I have two children, Federico and Giulia, already grown up. My husband and I both live and work at the seaside, but we love very much the area of Mid Valley of Serchio and Garfagnana, where the small medieval stone villages and fortified villages on hilltops well match with the wilderness of untouched landscapes and with the magnificent presence of the Apuan Alps from one side and the Apenine from the other side. Moreover we love to recognize also in the taste of local foods the culture and the flavour of our ancient roots.
Owner purchased this House in 1960
Why Owner chose Vitiana
I am the sole owner of this house since 2007. It was already a beautiful one but I did some works to improve it, also completely renewing bathrooms and kitchen and building the swimming pool. My house is the result of inheritance of my parents and uncles, who intensely loved this area and were used to spend together here summer holidays and Christmas holidays. The house was bought by my family in the 60's, but starting from the beginning of the last century, already my grandparents were used to come here in Vitiana and be guested for holidays in the vicarage of the village by the Parrish itself. The love for Vitiana and the area came intact directly to me and my family.
What makes this House unique
My house is lovely and cosy, and in ideal location both for visiting interesting naturalistic/historical places, and for resting with family and friends, both in summer and in winter, in a place with magnificent views, from house and garden, over an angle of 360 degree, from the mountains of the Apenine above Orrido di Botri, to over the Mid Valley of Serchio and Apuan Alpes, up to the Valley of river Fegana and the Pizzorne plateau.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Vitiana holiday home
Laura was very accommodating especially when we arrived very late at night . We had a lovely stay the house and views are stunning . A small car is a must to get in an out of the village through the narrow roads
Villa life in quiet village, such views!
Some places are worth the effort it takes to get there. This is true of Vitiana and this lovely house. Owner Laura is very responsive and friendly, answered all my questions promptly, and was there to greet us with fresh bread, wine, and other goodies, just in case we had not realized how remote the quaint village is. Her directions (that you'll receive upon confirmation) are very thorough and easy to follow, although the village and house itself are well off the tourist track. A big plus, but something to understand in your travels there. The house is spacious and beautiful and has all that you could want for a restful country stay. The neighbors are friendly, despite our lack of language skills, and on our arrival day, two of the neighborhood dogs literally led us around the village to show us around--charming! We did not need a grocery store, as we had supplied ourselves before arrival, but there is nothing commercial in this village, except the bar, which we did not visit. There are stores on the quick (but through the "bottleneck") drive to neighboring Fornali, and Lucca is less than 45 minutes away for more shopping if you need it. Lovely space, thanks for a great few days.
Thank you for this lovely review. It also allows me to better specify which services are available in the village.
Indeed the only “standard shop” is a bar.
However there are additional food services in the Village.
Every morning a van reaches the parking lot near the house bringing fresh bread , flat bread and biscuits.
Every Friday in the square of the village a van comes and sells detergents ,
fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses.
Also, in the village there is a farm that provides meats and cheeses of own production.
For more needs there are supermarkets in Fornoli (15 min drive, about 9 km), in Bagni di Lucca (20 min drive, 12 km) and a Conad commercial centre in Gallicano (25 min drive, 15 km).
Peaceful with lovely views
We very much enjoyed our stay at Laura's lovely house. The location is perfect if you're looking for peace, quiet and the local Italian experience. The pool and patio are fantastic additions to the property and the house itself is very well kept and retains the original feel. Laura is a wonderful host and will make you feel very much at home.
We took our daughter (24) and son (22) to Laura's house up in the mountains in Vitiana. We all agreed it was the perfect place to chill out in, as well as do little day trips from - and there are many good and diverse places to go to - to choose from. The house is as described, was very clean and did us very well. The local people are charming and friendly. Laura is a brilliant host - professional as well as friendly and she answered queries very quickly. All four of us would recommend staying in Vitiana - the fact that there are a number of repeat guests says it all!
" Bellissimo "
The perfect place to get away from it all.....The property was alot bigger than expected and full of character. The pool and terrace were beautiful with stunning views. We were late arriving and didn't stock up on provisions but we purchased ham, cheese, wine etc from the shop next door which was a wonderful experience. The local people were lovely and friendly and made us feel very welcome. A gorgeous stone property in a stunning setting - just wish we had stayed longer !! Thanks again Laura and we look forward to our next visit. J & N England
May 2015 holiday
From our initial enquiry to meeting Laura on our arrival nothing was too much trouble for her. She ensured our needs were met and was very welcoming.
Our drive up to this lovely villa is something we will always remember especially going through " The Gap". The villa is set in wonderful surroundings and views to die for. Everything we needed was provided by Laura including the welcome pack. There is plenty of space in the villa and outside around the pool. We were lucky with the weather and had plenty of hot sunny days so a dip in the pool was very refreshing.
Laura thank you helping us to have a lovely couple of weeks in your villa.
Colin, Alison & Zoe (28 May -11 June 2015)
The premier resort of Viareggio (Tirrenian sea) with its great beaches is just over 1 hour drive. In July and August it is usually very crowded but in other months it may be very peaceful.
The Cinque Terre is five beautiful hilltop villages along the Italian coastline (Ligurian sea). It is a great place for walking and swimming. They are located around 2 hours drive away depending on traffic.
A car is recommended to assist your site-seeing visits but a local bus and train service is available to most places of interest. Bus stop at the village.
The nearest train stops: Bagni di Lucca-Fornoli (11 min drive) Ghivizzano (15 min drive).
Pisa is the nearest International Airport (1 hour drive) with services from most parts of northern Europe (car hire is available here).
Livorno is the nearest harbour (1 hour 20 min drive) with boarding to Island of Elba, Sicily, Sardinia.
Meat, cheese, bread shop 10m. Bank, pharmacy, post office, supermarket 9km. Shopping centre Conad 9km. Restaurant 5km.
Horse back riding 4km. Tennis 13km. Public swimming pool 13km. Casinò 12km. Pisa Airport 55km. Viareggio Sea 60km.
Lucca 33km. Florence 100km. Bagni di Lucca Spa 12km. Barga 19km. Castelnuovo Garfagnana 30km. Orrido di Botri 10km. Grotta del Vento 30km. Chianti lands about 130km. Siena 165km. Cinque Terre 140km. San Gimignano 150km. Livorno 80km.
The area offers local products (cheese, salami, farro, chestnuts, cornstarch Formentone, honey, bread of potatoes) and good restaurants to taste typical dishes of the Garfagnana and Italian cuisine. At Al Colloreo, information and brochures on local products, restaurants, activities events in the area as well as places of interest are available.
Shopping in Lucca - Lucca is a city walled by intact Renaissance-era walls, located about 33km from the house. It has great shopping, cafes, bars, restaurants and squares. Bike riding is the best way to see Lucca, and bike hire can be found near the city gates.
There are in the area many ancient stone bridges, worthwhile to be seen. A magnificent one is the Devil's Bridge, remarkable example of medieval engineering, that you see in Borgo a Mozzano along the road from Lucca to Vitiana. Vitiana is a country of Roman origin with first historical news on X century. In the area there are many medieval town and castles, among them Barga.
The small shop of the village Vitiana can be found on the right of the house entrance gate, ten-fifteen meters away.
Bread van comes at about 10:00 am everyday. It stops at car park near the villa. INCoop is a supermarket situated in Fornoli (9km). This store has most of your everyday needs. -Small variety shops together with banks, pharmacy, post office can be found in the streets of Fornoli (9km) and Bagni di Lucca (12km).
Shopping centers in Conad in Gallicano (towards Castelnuovo Garfagnana, 9km from Vitiana), Esselunga in Ponte a Moriano (on the outskirts of Lucca 25km from Vitiana). English newspapers can be found in Bagni di Lucca in the paper shop around the corner from the tobacco (Tabacchi) shop on the main street.