Spacious, detached three bed house with land and beautiful views, set in a quiet location yet easily walkable to shops, coffee bars and restaurants. Excellent potential for a beautiful home in the Lunigiana hills of Tuscany. The location is ideal and the house sits within around 2,000 sqm (about half an acre) of mostly flat land, perfect for a swimming pool (subject to planning). The property is large and in fairly good shape, with an additional guest/rental unit, and would benefit from some modernising.
The main front door is accessed through a pergola and a portico and the entrance is into a hallway. All on one level, there is a good sized living room, kitchen which has a large window and would hold a table and chairs, but could benefit from a refit, and also on this level are two bedrooms, a bathroom with bath and another large room which is currently used for storage, but could easily be another reception room or bedroom.
Below, on the ground floor level are four ‘cantina’ rooms, currently used for storage, for wine-making equipment and for the care of the bees and honey.
Additionally, there is a separate, independent portion of the house with an entrance, living room, bathroom, kitchen with fireplace and a bedroom; on the ground floor of this portion there are three rooms used as ‘cantina’ for storage. This could be ideal as a guest unit, or offers flexibility for home and rental options.
Surrounded by 2,000 sqm of land the property includes courtyards and porticos. There is a large terrace, perfect for dining outside and there is a lovely vine pergola. Lovely garden with vines and superb views.
Walking distance to shops, restaurants and coffee bars and only 5 km to Aulla where there is the autostrada and a train station, to connect to the beaches and the whole of Tuscany. All services are in place and there is central heating. Easy car access and parking at the property.
Licciana Nardi is a town in the Taverone valley with 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 village of Monti has a castle on the hill above and offers a good selection of amenities.
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: Monti, with shops, restaurants, coffee bars 1 km, Licciana Nardi 4 km, Aulla (autostrada) 5 km, Lerici (beaches) 30 km, Cinque Terre (UNESCO) 40 km, Pisa (airport) 95 km, Lucca 95 km, Florence 150 km.