Superb detached villa (277 sqm) set in an olive grove with stupendous views across the valley in a calm and peaceful area of the Lunigiana region of Tuscany. Set just outside a small hillside village with shop and bar within walking distance, and close to the market town of Fivizzano.
The property has been completely restored and extended by the current owners and is shown in excellent condition. The villa is on three levels with entrance hall opening onto the living room with fireplace and french doors opening onto a large panoramic terrace, nicely fitted modern kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms are all on the main level. Upstairs is the same surface area that requires finishing work and could be a separate unit, extra bedrooms or linked to make a large home; there is a garage (47 sqm) and games rooms or store rooms on the ground floor also requiring some finishing work.
The land totals 1,000 sqm and it is terraced with olive trees and magnificent views. There is a possibility of installing a swimming pool, subject to planning. The villa has utilities including solar panels, pellet stoves and broadband connection. The location is particularly private and tranquil with stunning views. The rooms are spacious and bright and presented very well. The lower ground floor and attic level require finishing.
The village is approximately mid-way between the towns of Aulla (15kms) and Fivizzano (15kms), a great location.
Aulla is one the largest towns in Lunigiana; it has a good selection of shops, supermarkets, medical centre, public transport and links to the motorway. The historic town centre is the site of a marble fountain built in the year of Italian unity and the 16th century fortress called La Brunella is perched on a hill overlooking the town. The fortress now houses the Museum of Natural History of Lunigiana. Enjoy the colourful market hosted in the town centre every Saturday morning.
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.
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. The Ligurian coastline is special and Lunigiana, the northernmost part of Tuscany, is magical. The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage and the year round calendar of festivals offer wonderful local specialities to try in each of the ancient towns and villages. The airports of Pisa, Parma and Genova are all just over an hour away.
Distances: Shop and bar 1 km, Aulla (supermarkets, autostrada) 15 km, Fivizzano 15 km, Lerici (beaches) 30 km, Cinque Terre 40 km, Pietrasanta 60 km, Viareggio 80 km, Lucca 90 km, Parma (airport) 85 km, Pisa (airport) 100 km.