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A perfect get away in Tuscany close to Cinque Terre



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
A perfect place for groups looking for mountains, ski, sea, art, food and wine

In a wonderful setting of a medieval mountain village, a recently renewed and tastefully refurbished 17th century palazzo provides the possibility to large families or group of friends to experience a dream holiday in Italy. Here you can decide to spend your time all together while maintaining your own privacy.

The spaces are grand and spectacular: a total of 9 bedrooms, 3 living rooms, 4 well equipped kitchen can comfortable guest up to 26 people.

The 4X8X1,5 pool and a fenced private garden make the palazzo a great and safe place for your children.

Although the palazzo is in the mountains, it can be easily reached by car, by train and by bus.

All outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, etc. are possible in the area. The very close distance to the sea meets the needs of the sea lover as well. We offer periodically creative workshops painting, sculpturing, thai chi. All the year though you can book cooking and wine courses as well as Italian lessons.

A real Italian holiday!

  • Sleeps 25
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Vielen Dank fuer dieses traumhaften Urlaub! Hier ist wirchlich alles moeglich: Strand, Berge, Staedte, Essen, Wandern, Plantschen...wir kommen wieder!
Aug 2013
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27 Reviews

based on 27 holidaymaker reviews


Incredible location - rich with beauty and history

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one week, we were a group of 3 families. The children loved the pool and the village (especially the gnocchi at the pub on the corner, they went every day for a plate!)

Mirella and Francesco were so warm and welcoming to us and very helpful for day trip advice.

Our favourite day was the day we walked to Apella and took in the view and the food!

We also had two very special meals prepared by Mirella and they were incredible. Initially we had only requested one meal, but this soon changed to two once we had tasted her wonderful creations!

On the technical side, the property was clean and well maintained. The ground floor Templari apartment was a little dark and damp - but we understood that it is from the 13th century so it was to be expected.

We truly enjoyed our time at the Palazzo and would like to return someday. we have already recommended it to our friends and families.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The good, broad live

  • 4 of 5

We are students and teachers attached to an art school.

We are sculptors.

We want to know what it is to work the legendary marble from Carrara.

Therefore, early in the morning we left our city on the river. Two vans, seventeen enthusiastic passengers and driving hundreds of kilometers ahead.

Our goal?

Palazzo Del Duca, Licciana Nardi, Tuscany, Italy.

Much later than planned, we arrived at our destination.

The surrounding mountains were swallowed by the night. It was non-Italian cold.

But ...

The welcome by Mirella and Francesco was warm and cordial. Their table was, despite the late hour, generous and plentiful. Tuscan food, plentiful wine. Generous and homemade.

The tour of the Palazzo and the stories of its history were enlightening and contagious.

This was the night.

The next morning the sky was clear blue. In the distance gleamed the snowy peaks of the Apennines in the morning.

Licciana Nardi is old. Medieval. The village, once a city, embraces the old road that runs from the Ligurian Sea to Parma. Once went along here caravans loaded with salt for the preparation of the, still delicious, Parma ham.

The village, the region, the fortress towers on mountain slopes, forests ... they whisper the story of centuries and centuries.

At the corner of the Strada Provinciale and Via Rondo is “Il Capriolo”. Bar and restaurant. This is the place where, in the morning, standing at the bar as an Italian, you can drink your cappuccino. In the evening you enjoy an aperitivo dolce o ammaro, and, could it be different, where the pizza tastes like it should taste.

The highway is not far. Some winding roads at Aula, and Tuscany is waiting to be explored. Art and culture within reach. Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, La Spezia .... And, remember, the marble quarries of Carrara. Just visit the underground marble cathedrals carved in white marble mountains

We have worked, visited and enjoyed. We have been amazed by the large herds of black sheep that blocked the road perfectly, but who delivered also the milk for the delicious ricotta and pecorino. We swam in the Ligurian Sea.

Always with the prospect of returning to the paradise on Via Borgo. To re-enter the enclosed garden and the generosity of Il Palazzo Del Duca. The comfort, the joint cooking sessions and dinners. The feeling of "Dolce Far Niente" beeing in full activity. The kindness and involvement of Mirella and Francesco.

The prospect remains. Soon we will come back from our city by the river!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Escape in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

The Palazzo del Duca in Tavernelle exceeded my expectations. It was the perfect site for the gathering of old friends. Mirella and Francesco were wonderful hosts and Mirella prepared wonderful meals on our first and last day there. Private transportation is necessary to see the local sites, but driving in the area was not difficult. And the location lent itself to several well known locations for day trips. The bar/restaurant down the street was a hidden treasure."

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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It is a beautiful property with amazing hosts!!

  • 5 of 5

Mirella was the consummate host! The villa was beautiful with private apartments and baths. There was room for our large group to dine together. The kitchens are well appointed and everything was clean and well maintained. Mirella prepared dinner for us twice during our stay. Those meals were among the very best I have ever eaten. Actually the bruschetta and the port dish were the best ever!! The town is isolated but beautiful. It is well located for visiting small medieval towns, Cinque Terre, Portovenere and Lucca.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful setting, the best host and hostess!

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained, the very best of customer service. Thank you Mirella and Francesco! Peppe

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Kept Secret Vacation Spot in Tuscany...

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved our stay at the Palazzo del Duca!

It's full of delightful surprises...

-- The villa is located in a 17th century village...with neighboring medieval villages that are easy to visit by foot or by car.

-- Ancient stone staircases mingled with modern comfort and ammenities. Spacious, cool, clean, and comfortable apartments.

-- The best hosts ever! Mirella and Francesco made us feel at home and they never failed to surprise and delight. (Thanks for helping to make reservations for the Star Gazing Dinner at the ancient monastery)

-- Private pool perfect for taking a relaxing dip to cool off...or to lounge beside with a good book in the afternoon sun....with the smell of lavender and roses from the garden.

-- Fresh Italian bread and foccacia bought from the "travelling baker" who arrives in the village with a honk every morning.

-- A nearby slow-moving crystal-clear river in a gorge (scramble down to warm yourself on the rocks, dip your feet in the cool water, catch frogs, and discover mossy waterfalls)

-- We rested and recharged at the palazzo after a week of sightseeing in crowded cities.

-- Other guests used the villa as a convenient base for day trips to places like Cinque Terre, Florence, and Pisa, as well as to gorgeous beaches.

-- Another family spent their week visiting local villages, authentic medieval festivals, and historic sites with their 2 young children. (They recommend arriving in black truffle season)

Highlights for us:

* Delicious Italian dinner prepared and hosted by Mirella and Francesco on the patio. Be sure to book the Welcome dinner!

* Making fresh ricotta ravioli, panzanella, and tiramisu with the expert guidance of Mirella. (We'll try Francesco's wine tour next time.)

* Walking trails to other villages (we visited 4 or 5 villages, all within an hour's walk).

We enjoyed our stay without needing access to a car. (We picked up groceries in Aulla on our way to Tavernelle.) Next time we'll rent all 5 apartments and share the experience with friends and/or family!

Thank you, Mirella and Francesco, for a wonderful vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 100 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Tavernelle at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : La Spezia at 49 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Lerici at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Aulla at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Aulla at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Tavernelle at 200 Metres Nearest Ski : Prato Spilla at 20 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lerici at 40 Kilometres Car: recommended

The property is located in an area called Lunigiana, one of the most beautiful and ancient area of Tuscany, rich in castles, medieval villages and untouched countryside. While you can visit the most important attractions in Tuscany, like Pisa, Lucca, Florence etc. it is a perfect starting point to visit the North of Italy and important cities like Parma, Modena, Genova, Cinque Terre and all the Ligurian and Tuscan Riviera. Not to forget the natural attractions like the white marble of Carrara, and Natural parks like Tosco-Emilian Appennines, 100 lakes park and Alpi Apuane.

Other Activities: painting, sculpturing, cooking, wine tasting, tai chi


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Medium season2
24 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Medium season
13 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season 2
12 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Medium season
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £445
Pet Fee £35
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Updated: 20-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • castle


  • Family
  • Historic


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 750 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 7 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 8 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 9 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 10 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet


  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 9 - 2 Single Bed


  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Walkway to Water


  • Self-catering


  • On request we arrange cooking classes, wine tuition and wine tasting with sommelier, guided wine tour to 5 Terre

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