Character villa with swimming pool set on the vine clad hills overlooking the Ligurian coastline, located at the foot of the picturesque medieval village of Castelnuovo Magra on the border between Tuscany and Liguria and within easy reach of the Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets. A well-planted, park like garden surrounds the house.
The villa is set amongst the olive trees with superb views of the Magra valley and the coastline. The property offers a high standard of accommodation with traditional materials and comfortable and spacious living areas, all of which take advantage of the spectacular location and wonderful views. A private paved road leads to the gates of the villa which is in the middle of the lovely gardens. From the stone patio area, steps lead up to the first floor where the entrance is to a large, bright living room with marble floors with large windows and doors leading onto the sunny terrace with stunning views to the sea. There is a marble fireplace and dining area, a separate TV room and modern kitchen, and a cloakroom with WC. On this floor are three double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom. Upstairs are two attic rooms, each with its own bathroom and views, plus a further sitting area; on the ground floor there is a self-contained one bedroom apartment. There is a lovely stone portico offering shade in the summer months for ‘al fresco’ dining. Laundry room. A taverna has a barbecue and a pizza oven and opens onto the stone covered porch. There are also store rooms. Air conditioning in all the bedrooms. Photovoltaic panels have recently been installed for 7 KW and accumulation unit of 10 KW. There is also an alarm system.
The swimming pool (12.5 m x 5 m) is surrounded by a tiled terrace with steps to an upper terrace with lovely views. The land has olive trees, cherry trees, apricots and mature mediterranean plants. Private parking for 4/5 cars.
Just 5 km is away is Sarzana, a vibrant medieval market town with large elegant central piazza and cobbled lanes meandering through the town flanked with coffee shops and antique stores. During the summer months Sarzana often hosts festivals from dining in the piazza to concerts to open air events stages along the lanes. Sarzana also has a station with direct trains to Pisa, Florence, the Cinque Terre and Genova.
The Gulf of Poets is an enclave with a group of three islands at its tip, fishing villages with exceptional fish restaurants, as well as opportunities for sailing, canoeing, snorkeling or just relaxing on one of the beaches hidden in craggy bays around Fiascherino or Tellaro. The easiest way to get around the gulf is by boat which runs between Lerici, La Spezia and Portovenere or on to The Cinque Terre. The name Gulf of the Poets is from the literary connection as some of the world’s most famous poets including Shelley, Byron and D H Lawrence lived here at some time.
The Ligurian coastline is within easy reach. The Cinque Terre (UNESCO World Heritage site) is made up of the five fishing villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and the 18km of coastal walks along the old mule-tracks between them, the most famous of which is the Via dell’Amore. Just south of the Cinque Terre is Portovenere where you can catch a ferry to the Cinque Terre or to Lerici, swim at Byron’s Bay or visit one of the islands Palmaria, Tino or Tinetto. The villages of Lerici and San Terenzo, each with impressive castles, face each other across the Gulf of the Poets and Tellaro has been named as one of the top 100 most beautiful hamlets in Italy. Neighbouring Fiascherino is just as beautiful. In addition to being known as a seaside tourist town, Viareggio is famous for its Carnival in February and the Puccini Festival during July and August. So the Ligurian coastline offers endless possibilities for days swimming or sailing, or for catching a boat trip or for simply taking a ‘passeggiata al mare’ and sipping an aperitivo.
There are many great day trips to explore. Lucca is a beautiful Tuscan town protected by massively thick 16th-century walls, featuring some of Italy’s finest medieval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining, antique markets, classical and rock music at the Lucca Summer Festival and with easy access to stunning nearby villas in the surrounding hills. The central Piazza dell’Anfiteatro in the centre is stunning. Pietrasanta is a historic medieval and artistic town in northern Tuscany sometimes called the City of the Artists or Small Athens for its marble studios and monuments. It is an important centre for working marble and was used as a marble source by Michelangelo. And, of course, the art and architectural treasures of Florence are a must.
Distances: Sarzana 5 km, Lerici (beaches) 10 km, Forte dei Marmi 30 km, Pietrasanta 30 km, Cinque Terre 40 km, Portovenere 40 km, Viareggio 40 km, Lucca 60 km, Pisa (airport) 70 km.