Lovely, character village house, with a pretty terrace and terrific countryside views in the beautiful Valdantena, close to Pontremoli.
The house (100 sqm) is well presented and accommodation is all on one level. The last house is the village and accessed off the cobbled village lane to hall, opening into farmhouse style kitchen-living room, bathroom with shower, two bedrooms and a large terrace off the living area with a door to the third bedroom. The terrace has superb views to the mountains and land below and is peaceful place to while away an afternoon and perfect for al fresco dining. There is a further large barrel stone vaulted ‘cantina’ room with its own entrance from the lane. Below there are three further vaulted cantinas. The land of 2,500 sqm (over half an acre) is gently terraced and quite beautiful.
In a perfect location to linger in the slow pace of life in rural Lunigiana, and take part in the excellent festas and celebrations on summer weekends, and to sample the excellent local cuisine. And with the autostrada exit in Pontremoli it is easy to have a day at the beaches, or take a boat out, or explore Florence, Lucca and the whole of Tuscany. Importantly Pisa airport is an easy run of only an hour.
The neighbouring village, a short drive away, has a post office and restaurant. The Valdantena is a beautiful area with sweet little villages dotted over the green landscape. The medieval market town of Pontremoli (with motorway and train station) has excellent restaurants and shops and a beautiful cobbled piazza and castle. The Apennine ridge of Logarghena famed for its wildlife and beautiful walks can each be reached in 15 minutes, The ancient town of Pontremoli has been built between two rivers as an expansion of the central castle. Wherever you look you will find elegant palazzos with internal courtyards overlooking the river. The cobbled lanes leading up to the castle are flanked with stone houses and interlinking arches. The twin arched roman bridges are the gateway on either side of the town. Pontremoli has a good selection of shops and restaurants, a theatre, hospital and the famous Castello which houses a museum. The central Piazza della Repubblica has traditional cafés where you can mingle with writers as the town hosts the most important book prize in Italy. Don’t miss the imposing white marble Cathedral and colourful street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The walking trails in this region are spectacular and the Apennine ridge of Logarghena, famed for its wildlife and beautiful views, can each be reached in 15 minutes. Cycling is very popular too.
Lunigiana is a magical part of Tuscany. The hills that encircle Lunigiana create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere whilst the blend of the mountains and sea are extremely inviting to those who enjoy the outdoors. The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage and for lovers of the coast the sea is only half-an-hour away. Lunigiana is special and has been likened to a magical kingdom. It is not only the breath-taking scenery with its abundance of medieval castles but you simply feel a huge sense of well being radiating from the sunshine, glorious countryside, delicious food and wine, kind friendly locals and most importantly, from the sense of tradition and community among people here that is rarely seen in modern day life. The golden sandy beaches around Lerici and the pebble coves of the Cinque Terre (UNESCO World Heritage site) are ideal for swimming and sailing. The area is criss-crossed with marked footpaths for walks to the hills and mountains. The airports of Pisa, Parma and Genova are each a little over an hour away.
Distances: Molinello (restaurant) 3 kms, Pontremoli (supermarket, trains, autostrada) 10 km, Lerici (beaches) 50 km, Cinque Terre 50 km, Parma (airport) 80 km, Lucca 100 km, Pisa (airport) 100 km.