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Stay, Think and Relax; get lasting travel memories from the villa walled garden.

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Charming and inspiring retreat for leisure travelers. 15' from Pisa & Lucca

Enjoy full privacy, in comfortable ground floor area, with direct access to the garden.

Be immediately charmed by the family house and story, its genuine and flexible accommodations in the very outside of the small country village, the well-equipped apartment as well as the garden full of authentic details.

Two layout options:

1) Classic Layout - Ideal for couples or families:=> 1 bedroom | Sleeps 5

2) Extended Layout - Ideal for large families or friends sharing the entry hall and the kitchen => 2 bedrooms | Sleeps 8

Travel with curiosity you'll keep good memories!

More Details

About Us

Marco Gentili
Casa Gentili
Via Dei Molini 14
56019 Avane di Vecchiano

Marco Gentili
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Marco Gentili

Owner & handyman at Casa Gentili

I served multinational companies over 20 years, working in Information Technology, Logistics and Purchase departments; despite travelling worldwide, I kept on living with my family in the historic property where grew up and where my ancestors established the pasta factory a hundred years ago.

Marco Gentili purchased this apartment in 1911

Why Marco Gentili chose Vecchiano

If you take time to get to know people if you are keen on 'entering' a culture differently and keeping relationships in a more authentic and human way, this is your place

What makes this apartment unique

It is not just a place you rent but a family house ...and story.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Vecchiano in Province of Pisa

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • Above mentioned bathrooms are related to 'classic layout', in case of 'extended layout' an additional bathroom in the suite is available
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Entry Hall - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , large sofa 160 cm wide (sleeps 2)
  • The standard apartment layout consists of one bedroom and a very large entrance hall (two rooms) where a large sofa bed is placed; according to guest demand, an additional single bed is available. Note: As the apartment layout is flexible, an additional suite with double bed, single bed and en-suite bathroom can be included in the apartment, in order to accommodate large families or enjoy the privacy of separate bedrooms; Special rates apply, please ask for 160 sm layout set (one bedroom, one suite, entry hall, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 1 toilet).
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Stay, Think and Relax; get lasting travel memories from the villa walled garden.
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful, authentic Tuscan retreat

  • 4 of 5

Marco is a lovely host and we were made to feel very welcome. The facilities at his villa are very comfortable and there is plenty to do for relaxing in hammocks, reading or playing badminton in his beautiful gardens. Come and visit him for a slice of local Tuscan life.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: People designed the property back in time, would have loved to know it's still worth a stay after centuryes. I'm trying to keep the building and the walled garden as genuine as possible, to benefit future generations. Thanks for appreciating this. Marco
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Casa Gentitli - close to Pisa

  • 5 of 5

Marco was a wonderful host, the garden was amazing, apartment clean and large and nicely decorated. I felt like home there!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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United Kingdom/Winchester

Family holiday - April 2011

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a holiday in Tuscany. My wife and I with our three daughters (15, 13, 11) stayed for 6 nights at Casa Gentili which we selected from many others advertised on the net due to its location, price and appearance of charm and character. We were I'm pleased to say blessed with excellent weather for the whole period. That aside, the accommodation surpassed our expectations. We were delighted to find the garden was even more impressive that in the pictures and was the recurrent venue for both breakfast and our early evenings as we lounged on the steamers over a glass or two of local wine or thrashed a shuttlecock across the net as the sun went down. Inside we found the combination of old and interesting furniture together with clean, modern and functional kitchen and bathroom facilities to be very much to our taste and rather inspiring surroundings with which to begin and end our day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Florence, the local coastline, beaches, mountains and hamlets. Having our helpful yet unobtrusive host; Marco on hand to provide recommendations on where to eat, which beach to visit etc. was a bonus as was his general good humor and interesting conversation.

As long as you don't want a pool and have the use of a car you won't be disappointed!

Winchester UK

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Travelling isn’t just consume products, it’s a life experience providing enrichment for both the locals and the travellers. Opening the gate and welcoming new guests gives me the chance to start travelling around the world! The goal is keep that experience live even when the journey is finished! Thanks for your review, I really appreciate that Marco
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Nantes, France

Our stay in Casa Gentili apartment

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks in this charming property and mostly enjoyed the place as it is perfectly located for sightseeing and visits of some towns like Pisa, Lucca, Firenze...It was our first time in Tuscany and we are a family of 4, including two teenagers, so we alternately visited historic places and had lazy days in the gorgeous garden of the villa or on the nice family beach nearby (about 20 minutes' drive). Staying at the apartment was very pleasant, it is spacious and very comfortable and even without a TV, we could survive! I wouldn't like to reveal too much about the property but we were immediately charmed by it as it is not just a place you rent but Marco Gentili's family house ...and story. Thanks to Marco's kindness and precious tips, we also felt as if we were invited as guests, and not just foreign tourists. We could taste the local homemade food, spend time talking with Marco and even played unforgettable badminton matches!!! All in all, if you take time to get to know people, if you are keen on 'entering' a culture differently and keeping relationships in a more authentic and human way, this is your place. Experience the living!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words, I’m so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay with us. Actually I’m very glad we as a team had the chance to share beautiful experiences and we all took this time to increase our knowledge and leave each other good memories. Looking forward to meet you in the future. Marco & family
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Our stay in may 2010

  • 5 of 5

The appartment is huge, particularly well situated between Pisa, Lucca and a nice lake.

it has a big garden were you can relax

The owner is friendly and helpful.

it is hard to ask for more.

Our Stay was just excellent.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2010
  • Date of Stay: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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North Yorkshire, England

Casa Gentile, Avane

  • 5 of 5

Having enjoyed in June 2009 the best holiday for many years in the very comfortable, spacious and elegant apartment at Casa Gentili my family and I decided to return for another four weeks in September. Again we enjoyed the stunning and peaceful garden with it's outdoor eating facilites, hammock and array of deckchairs and sunbeds, not forgetting the continuous supply of fruits from the various trees (figs, pears, sharon fruit, cherries, walnuts etc!) Avane, is a small village which is well served with basic food shops, a restaurant and bar and is situated in beautiful countryside with excellent walking and cycling opportunities. Lucca and Pisa are literally on the doorstep and the coast is a 20 minute drive away - we enjoyed many long days on the beach. We appreciated enormously the warm hospitality of the Gentili family and have already booked two more visits for the summer of 2010!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Piazza Anfiteatro
Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Pisa nord
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Marina di Vecchiano
Car: necessary

When you want to get away from the more popular city centres (Pisa and Lucca) and you are curious to see other locations or small villages, you can take a bicycle and ride from Casa Gentili to discover:

• the lake of Massaciuccoli and its surroundings

• Torre del Lago and its opera and the oasis of the birdwatching organization LIPU

• the beach at Marina di Vecchiano and its natural dunes inside the natural park of Migliarino / San Rossore.

Available on request:

- Cooking lessons

- Personal Chef

- Nordic walking guided tours

- Art courses (drawing, painting, decoration)

Other Activities: rock climbing


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £8.73 per person per night

Apartment layout is flexible to accommodate different group sizes or enjoy the privacy of separate bedrooms; two layout options are available:

1) Classic layout
- Sleeps: 4 / 5 people
- Rental rate = as shown above

2) Extended layout - Sleeps: 7 / 8 people
- Rental rate + 35%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.