The property is entered up stone steps into the comfortable living room which opens to a lovely terrace with wonderful views. Nicely equipped country-style kitchen/diner and a bathroom with shower are also on this level. Upstairs are two good double bedrooms and another bathroom. Below, on the ground floor are three rooms, one of which is used as an occasional bedroom with brick vaulted ceilings. In excellent condition.
Bagnone is a charming medieval town dominated by a castle and a cobbled piazza is ideal for watching the local town life go by while sipping a cappuccino in one of the many cafès. It is a lovely walk from the village down into Bagnone. Cobbled lanes with interlinking archways and restaurants hidden under the stone vaults, shops offering local produce and the backdrop of the mountains make this a particularly pretty town in the area. Licciana Nardi is a town in the Taverone valley with a 13th century pedestrian street flanked with local shops. Central in the town is the Piazza del Municipio which hosts the 16th century Malaspina castle and many festivals such as the Chestnut Festival in the autumn. The castle is linked to the baroque church by a covered bridge so that the nobles had direct access to prayer and dealings with the local priest. There are also a bank, schools, restaurants and medical facilities. The nearby village of Monti has a castle on the hill above and offers a good selection of amenities.
The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage and for lovers of the coast the sea is only just over half-an-hour away. 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 Tuscan towns of Florence, Lucca and Pisa make great day trips to take in the art and architecture treasures, or just to soak in the italian life, and the coastal towns of Pietrasanta, Viareggio and Portofino are perfect for an aperitivo in the sunshine. Importantly, the airports of Pisa, Parma and Genova are each just over an hour away.
Distances: Bagnone 2 km, Villafranca (train station and supermarkets) 6 km, Pontremoli 15 km, Aulla 15 km, Lerici (beaches) 35 km, Cinque Terre 40 km, Lucca 85 km, Pisa (airport) 90 km.