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Spacious villa with garden between historic old town & Versilia beaches - Villa Dodi

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Self catering holiday home with mountain views, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Villas Dodi & Iana are wonderful retreats for any holiday rental in Tuscany. The spacious homes are newly built, modern villas situated in the picturesque town of Pietrasanta. They sit in a pretty residential area nestled at the foot of the Alpi Apuane, half way between Pietrasanta old town and Marina di Pietrasanta - that's only 2 miles from the famous Versilia beaches. These 'twin', semi-detached properties have the same layout & facilities and are spread over 3 floors; the ground floor includes a lounge with plasma TV & DVD player, WC, well equipped kitchen and 2 double bedrooms with en suites - one with whirlpool bath and shower, the other with a shower enclosure. Both the kitchen and lounge lead onto a relaxing portico, perfect for al fresco dining (seats 8). The taverna (basement) where the temperatures are cooler in summer has a further lounge and kitchen, a dining area and an additional bathroom plus a utility room with washing machine. The loft is light and airy with 2 further bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. There is air conditioning throughout and mosquito nets on all windows & doors. There are landscaped gardens with 2 sun loungers per villa, electronic gates, parking & the villas share a driveway.

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Beach / pools: Versilia is famous for its beautiful wide, golden, sandy beaches. There are many private bathing establishments or 'bagni' - these are full service beaches many of which have fantastic pools, as well as the usual umbrellas, 'tende', sun loungers, deck chairs and cabins. They also have restaurants, cafes, bars and many other excellent facilities. It is highly recommended to pre-book your beach before arriving in Pietrasanta. Our villas are situated only 100m from the cycle path that takes you directly to the beach under the protection of a beautiful tree lined boulevard.

Viareggio Carnival: Villa Dodi and Villa Iana are great bases to experience the famous Viareggio Carnival. This spectacular event - one of the finest and grandest in Italy takes place throughout Mardi Gras each year (and repeated on a smaller scale during August). Celebrations include a wide programme of entertainment and fun for adults and children, the famous papier mache floats; works of art in themselves that take a year to create, parades, performances, public festivities and masques balls. A fantastic event not to be missed!

Local shops: There are 2 supermarkets (Coop & Conad) within easy reach of Villa Dodi and Iana plus a corner shop within walking distance

Tourism: Villa Dodi and Villa Iana are great bases to explore the best of Tuscany: Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Firenze, Cinque Terre and the Tuscan Archipelago

More Details

Oriana Cinquini-Steel
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Oriana Cinquini-Steel

My parents are Italian but I was brought up in the UK. However, my brother and I spent all our summer holidays with family in Pietrasanta and we continue to holiday in La Versilia as adults!

Oriana Cinquini-Steel purchased this villa in 2007

Why Oriana Cinquini-Steel chose Pietrasanta

My father is from the mountains close to Pietrasanta and his family moved to Pietrasanta in the late 1960s. Although my father had emigrated to the UK he bought land in Pietrasanta circa 1968 to build a holiday home, however, the law changed and he was not permitted to build on the land until 2003! So we decided to build Villa Dodi and Villa Iana and they were completed in 2007. Our holiday homes are very special to us and although our photos are great, our guests often say that the homes are better than they expected. We also own the maisonette next door so if you're interested in a 3 bedroom ground floor flat we can help you. Please see property 1302693

What makes this villa unique

The villas are very spacious with fabulous gardens. The en suites enable extended families or 2 families to holiday together but still allowing plenty of privacy. Plus it is possible for larger parties to holiday next door to each other by renting both properties together. Our homes are away from the hustle and bustle of the beachfront but perfectly located to easily enjoy days at the beach and the charm of Pietrasanta old town. I have been returning to Pietrasanta for 40 years as I can't find anywhere to match its beauty and charm!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Non so proprio trovare le parole adatte per ringraziarvi di averci dato questa opportunita' di trascorrere queste vacanze con voi, in questa bella villa (Dodi), della vostra ospitalita', compagnia e accoglianza, dandoci l'opportunita' di vedere e conoscere la bella Versilia. Di nuovo grazie, grazie tanto.
Jun 2010
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Pietrasanta Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Ground Floor WC - toilet , bidet
    Ground Floor En Suite to Bedroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Ground Floor En Suite to Bedroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet , Jacuzzi bath with shower over
    Loft En Suite to Bedroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Bath has shower attachment for washing children's hair etc
    Loft En Suite to Bedroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Bath has shower attachment for washing children's hair etc
    Taverna (Basement) Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Loft Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Ground Floor Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Ground Floor Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , can also be made up as 2 single beds instead of a double bed
  • All bedrooms have en suites
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Each villa has the following facilities: 2 kitchens with 1 or 2 ovens each, a dishwasher, cooker and fridge freezer. The ground floor kitchen has a breakfast bar to seat 4, there is also a garden table on the portico to seat 8 and a further dining area in the basement. In the ground floor lounge there is a sofa plus additional poufs to seat a total of 8. In the basement lounge there is a further sofa. There are also 2 sun loungers. Linen and towels are supplied but please provide your own beach towels. The utility room includes a washing machine, ironing board and iron. There are 2 shallow steps into the property and with 2 bedrooms on the ground floor this means the villas are suitable for the elderly or infirm.


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Villa Dodi
average rating of 4.785714 based on 32 reviews

wonderful well appointed Viila

  • 3 of 5

Wonderful property ideally located for the town at night and the beach during the day, we rent bikes and cycle 15/20 min to the beach every day its fantastic , The Villa is spacious with more than ample room for a party of 8. It has quality finishes throughout, lovely well maintained garden and a lovely outside eating table and BBQ. We have been twice and would highly recommend for friends and family. Hosts are exceptionally friendly and on hand should you have a problem.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Simply beautiful

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from a 10 day stay at Villa Dodi with a few friends. The villa is ideally placed for a short and flat cycle to the beach during the day, and in the evening you have the truly wonderful medieval town of Pietrasanta, which is a quintessential Tuscan town with excellent restaurants and bars. An evening spent here is not to be missed.

Within an hour and a half of the villa we visited Portofino, Florence, Pisa (30 mins) and Lucca (30 mins), all of which are well worth a visit. I will most defiantly be back, as the villa is of the highest standard inside and out, and Tuscany is simply beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a fabulous comments! It was great having you all to stay in Villa Dodi again and we're very pleased that you managed to make the most of all the incredible delights the Versilia coast and the rest of Tuscany have to offer. Hope to see you again soon! Regards from us all at Gemelli Villas.
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Another fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

It’s a real highlight to fly from the UK and arrive in the fabulous Tuscan climate and the icing on the cake is to be based in one of the best villas I’ve every stayed in. Days can be spent lazing at the beach club to soak up the sun or visiting one of the many local attractions, this year we visited Lucca for a bit of culture and Portofino which I’d thoroughly recommend as it’s one of the most picturesque harbors in Tuscany. My favorite way to spend the early evening is sitting outside at one of the many cafe bars in the old town of Pietrasanta watching the world go by before heading to one of the many restaurants for a healthy caprese salad followed by a not so healthy pizza. All in all I’d thoroughly recommend Villa Dodi for a truly wonderful holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Beautiful Villa Dodi

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this truly magnificent villa for a week and could have easily stayed longer. Electric gates welcomed me into the villa's complex which boasted manicured gardens and the outside entertainment seating and BBQ area. When I entered the front door, I was impressed by the two large marble pillars and the marble interior which had a pleasant cooling effect.

The whole house had a relaxing ambience about it and was comfortable throughout.

I met the landlord Franco - who was very friendly and funny, and owner Oriana who was delightful and had a comprehensive knowledge of the area.

The Pietrasanta town is wonderful with a beautiful town square and lovely bars, restaurants, shops and church. The villa is a perfect base for exploring the town

and the other nearby areas of Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore which had great restaurants.

I recommend this villa and would book again!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Villa Dodi

  • 5 of 5

Villa Dodi can't be faulted for its high spec bathrooms, kitchens and overall sense of spaciousness and grandeur. There's everything you should need and if you have any questions, the wonderful proprietor is on hand to help maximise the enjoyment of your stay. The beautiful clean beach is just two miles from the villas and there are lots of other nearby attractions, Pisa is just 30 mins by car and the beautiful ancient city of Lucca is a similar distance. Of course there are also the breathtaking mountains that are worth venturing into! Pietrasanta, the town itself is delightful and has a cultural centre and plenty of coffee houses! You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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An unforgetable experience!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home after spending a fabulous week touring Italy, and staying at lovely "Villa Lana" was what made our experience so enjoyable. Our party of six consisted of two couples and two singles, so we required 4 bedrooms & baths. Incredibly, our villa had an entire floor that went unused, including an extra 2 full baths. This property could easily accomodate 8 people in supreme comfort. We had room to spare and felt like we were staying in a top tier hotel.

The landlord Franco, who also conveniently lives next door, is one of the most charming and accomodating people any of us has ever known. From the moment he greeted us until our farewell on the final evening, he made us feel as if we owned the villa, and he was just there to see to our every need. He's charming beyond belief, and a great help when it comes to providing dining and touring suggestions. If you're like us, you'll consider him part of your family in short order.

Villa Lana is modern with an Italian flair. It has spectacular views, and is conveniently located to the train station and downtown Pietrasanta, which proved to be an unexpected gem of a town. Great dining & shopping, without crowds of tourists clogging the streets. If you're looking for the authentic Italy, Pietrasanta is it!

If the rating system allowed it, we would rate our experience at Villa Lana 6 stars. If you're planning on visiting this part of Italy, you owe it to yourself to stay here, and enjoy the charm of both this wonderful villa and it's charming host, Franco. Very highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Eric. It was lovely to host this wonderful family from America. They certainly made the most of the local area and of what Villa Iana has to offer. We very much hope to be able to welcome them once again in the not so distant future.
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Versilia Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Car: recommended

Pietrasanta is located in the Northern part of Tuscany on the Versila coastline. It is a quaint but vibrant town, home to many artists & sculptors; situated between the chic towns of Forte dei Marmi & Viareggio. Pietrasanta and its environs offer something for everyone; fabulous serviced beaches many of which also have pools, designer shops & markets, fashionable cafes, bars & clubs plus numerous restaurants serving local cuisine and fish specialities. Plus the magnificent Alpi Apuane Natural Park offers relaxing walks and hikes with stunning coastline views and natural wonders such as La Grotta del Vento and Monte Forato. Pietrasanta is also an excellent base for exploring other cultural gems such as the leaning tower of Pisa, the art museums in Firenze, the medieval walled town of Lucca, the beauty of Siena and San Gimignano. Furthermore, a short ferry ride from Viareggio and you're in Portofino, Portovenere, Lerici or on the famous 'Via dell'amore' walk in Le Cinque Terre.

Golf: Pietrasanta is home to the 18 hole golf course; Versilia Golf & Luxury Resort, one of the most famous and prestigious golf courses in Italy - Versilia Golf, Via della Sipe 100, Pietrasanta. For more information: Tel +39 0584 881574

Viareggio Carnival - don't forget this is one of the finest and grandest carnivals in Italy taking place every year during Mardi Gras. They also repeat the carnival albeit on a slightly smaller scale during August.


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