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2-bed apartment, panoramic terrace, near Olympic Pool complex in rural Tuscany



Updated: 08-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Romantic 2 bed, 2 reception apartment in tranquil hillside village

A bright, sunny apartment in an ancient village called Virgoletta on a hill between Villafranca and Bagnone only 2.5km from a beautiful swimming pool complex and 35 minutes drive from the beach. Recently restored with a panoramic terrace, French doors to the living room, a large kitchen/dining room, a beautiful bathroom, and two bedrooms upstairs.

With magnificent views from the house and the terrace to the Apennines.

Steps lead up from the narrow cobbled street where all village life takes place. The single street leads to the castle at the head of the town. It is possible to drive to the door for unloading, and there is a large carpark nearby.

The property is probably 13th century but has been recently restored throughout. The village has a small 'shop' that sells bread and milk in the morning, with a range of shops, bars and restaurants in Villafranca 2 km away which also has a large swimming pool complex and a train station with trains to Florence, La Spezia, and Parma.


The apartment is centrally located for three airports, Genoa and Pisa which are 75 minutes away and Parma is 60 minutes, so you have plenty of choice for flights.

We have a welcome pack which we will send to you once you have confirmed your booking this gives you directions to the property as well as further details of the following. There is also lots of extra information held in the house for you to read.


At Il Tinello you are in the heart of a lively Italian village, but can also sit peacefully on your terrace with a glass of wine looking out across the valley to the hills beyond. In the village follow directions to the fontana where you can collect fresh spring water that runs continually straight from the Apuane Alps. Or why not visit the bakery that is open 6 days a week to buy freshly baked Italian breads, foccaccia and pizzas. Each day listen for the horns announcing the arrival of the travelling vans bringing locally grown produce, fish, meat or Italian ice creams to the village. If you enjoy cooking, all the ingredients you need are brought to you! There are individual shops as well as a well stocked supermarket in Villafranca.

Markets - There are a full list of these are available in our welcome pack and in our book at the house. There is a market in the local area 6 days a week, in particular Villafranca, 2km from the apartment, holds a large, colourful market every Friday morning selling local produce, clothing and gifts.


Swimming - At Villafranca 2 km away there is an Olympic-sized pool with diving boards, as well as a leisure pool with paddling pool area for small children and a jacuzzi. Hire sunbeds for the day and have lunch in the outdoor cafe onsite.

There is an another outdoor pool with slides just outside Aulla on the road to Equi Terme.

There are many lovely drives and walks into the hills where river pools for bathing may be found, details of locations are in our guide book in the apartment.

Beaches - Lerici and San Terenzo has two safe, sandy beaches with sunbeds to hire and beach cafes. Marinella di Sarzana is 40 minutes away by car with a long stretch of beach that runs down to the chic resort of Viareggio.

Tennis - At Villafranca there are is one indoor and two outdoor clay courts to hire. Rackets can be hired.

Mini Golf - At Quercia, just outside Aulla, there is a restaurant for snacks and meals, as well as table football and pony rides for children. The venue often holds themed evenings with entertainment.

Horse Riding - Available at Monti 30 minutes from the apartment, all abilities welcome.

High Rope Adventure Park - This is situated at Fosdinovo and has six courses for all ages and abilities.

Cycling - Hire bikes and cycle round the city walls of Lucca. Bicycle hire also available at Aulla with prices for 2012 from €20 per day.

Walking - You are spoilt for choice as there are many areas to hike and explore in the surrounding hills. The Garfagnana region just north of Aulla has hiking for all abilities and has stunning scenery with Lakes and Mountains, a real feast for the senses.


A short 5 minute drive away is the beautiful town of Bagnone, known as the 'jewel of Lunigiana', where there are cafes, shops and restaurants and stunning waterfalls.

20 minutes drive takes you to Pontremoli, a stunning town set on the banks of the Magra river with an old Malaspinan castle to explore, housing the Museum of Lunigiana. It is home to weekly book and food markets.

Within 90 minutes by car are the cities of Pisa, Parma and the walled medieval city of Lucca.

Florence is easily accessible by train from Villafrance station or 2 hours by car, although parking could be a challenge.

Also a visit to the World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coastline is a must. Take the train or go by car to La Spezia and then by boat to see the stunning colourful villages clinging to the cliffside. Alternatively there is a boat from Lerici to Portovenere with it's beautiful churches and castle from where there are regular boats to the Cinque Terre.

To experience real Italian chic and to see the yachts of the rich and famous, visit Portofino by boat from Lerici or La Spezia.


If you have any questions about the apartment, location or things to do and see, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

More Details

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About the Owner

Alan Church
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
8 April, 2017

12 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


A gem.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in Alan and Carole's erie in Virgoletta, a hilltop village in Lunignana. The apartment, the village and surrounding country were as as perfect as last time. Il Tinello is sparkling clean, comfortable, well equipped and the view is the best we know. Alan and Carole pay meticulous attention to detail and to helping you make the most of your stay in the apartment and out and about exploring. Thank you both.

We had a wonderful week and recommend it to all our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week staying in the apartment, it was well equipped and in a brilliant location. Terrace was great and the pool a short journey away. Really enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you we're delighted you enjoyed it. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to stay again.
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A little pizza Tuscan heaven

  • 5 of 5

We left a cold and frosty England and after disembarking a short trouble free Ryanair flight were pleasantly surprised by the difference in temperature Pisa had to offer. Bye bye clouds, hello sunshine. The transition to the hire car was swift and easy and within 20 mins we were parked up in central Pisa. From the control tower of East Midlands to the leaning tower in less than 3hrs!

We drove to the property in about 50 mins via the toll road and found it quite easily; a quiet 13th century village perched typically on a Tuscan hillside. There was a short walk from the car park through the main cobbled street passing several small tranquil squares, perfect for a spot of people watching Italian style.

The house itself perfectly matched the description given by the owners, the kitchen was well equipped with all the mod cons should you wish to stay in and cook, however you are in Italy and with an abundance of local restaurants offering a wide range of tasty and very reasonably priced food complete with their selection of great regional wines, it would be sinful to pass up the opportunity to dine out.

The kitchen flowed into the lounge which also adjoined the dining room with its view over the valley. However the real star of the show was the breathtaking vista of the snow capped Apennine Mountains you saw from the terrace leading out from the dining room. This was where we spent most of our time; it was the ideal place to eat breakfast, right through to watching the sun go down at night.

With so many places to visit within a short drive the five days we spent there were without question not enough. All in all the whole experience was immensely relaxing. Good communication with the owners along with clear directions added to a most pleasurable stay. We are happy to recommend this property to others and give it.....Cinque stelle!

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfort and mod cons in a medieval village.

  • 4 of 5

To start we had excellent communication from the owners who go out of their way to ensure you have full details of the accommodation and what to look forward to.

Access to this delightful accommodation is a short distance along a narrow street then up a steep flight of steps into the walls of the medieval village. The two bedrooms and living area are wrapped around other 'apartments' then extend to a terrace with a fantastic view of the mountains to the east and other villages to the north.

The kitchen facilities are good, clean and with plenty of work surfaces, and the bathroom is tiled, modern and spacious and has a view too. The other living areas have character in keeping with the building and are comfortable. The terrace is the place to lap up the views, sun and atmosphere of this place. We had mixed weather but it was the beginning of October, so didn't dine out on the terrace but we could still appreciate the fantastic views and changing light and sounds.

The location of the village Virgoletta is excellent. It is only a couple of km from Villafranca with facilities and also easy access to the autostrada. This means with a car you have access to the coast, the Apennines, the Apuane Mountains, (Carrara marble mountain) and further afield Florence, Lucca and even Pisa if you fancy. There are also good train connections from nearby stations if the driver wants a rest. More local highlights are other medieval villages with their mazes of alleyways and piazzas with cafes, restaurants and small shops with local produce and walks and hikes if you are more energetic.

A fabulous area, an excellent location and a comfortable and homely apartment. What more do you need?

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely stay in lovely place

  • 4 of 5

Clean ,well kept and quaint in a lovely unspoiled village.Great contact with owner re every detail.They couldn't have been more helpful.Steep stairs so you need good mobility. Great area but you have a car because if not very hard to explore .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil, beautiful break

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful setting that never ceases to impress in all weathers. The apartment was clean, well equipped and welcoming and very peaceful. All you can hear are several sets of church bells all chiming at slightly different times! Plenty of accurate and detailed information, maps, restaurant recommendations in the property. We sampled several restaurants and heartily agreed with the reviews. Tried out a new one in Filetto which became our favourite, we have written about it in the guest book. We hired a car but enjoyed renting bikes from 'Due Ruote' to explore the local area.

We will be back again - so much more to do but we also like to read and relax with a bottle of prosecco whilst on holiday. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 95 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Villafranca at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : La Spezia at 28 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Villafranca at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Villafranca in Lunigiana at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Aulla at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bagnone at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lerici at 27 Kilometres Car: necessary

The shops, weekly markets, bars and restaurants of Bagnone and Villafranca are 5 to 10 minutes away by car. The local area is full of medieval castles and beautiful walks and to cool off there is an Olympic sized Swimming Pool, jacuzzi & children's leisure pools 2 km away or swimming in the river pools at Bagnone. At the swimming pool complex you can also play tennis on indoor or outdoor courts.

Our apartment is centrally located for visiting Parma with it's beautiful architecture and gastronomic delights or the walled city of Lucca , to ride bicycles along the top of the city walls, visit the birthplace of Puccini or climb some of the many towers.

For the beach lover, Marinella di Sarzana offers a choice of private and free public beaches and Lerici has two safe, sandy beaches and a beautiful castle. From here, take the ferry across to Portovenere to explore the beautiful Cinque Terre.

Fosdinovo, 45 minutes away by car, has a beautiful castle, stunning views and a high ropes adventure park for all ages. Walkers are spoilt for choice in the Garfagnana region 30 minutes away by car.

Shopping: Bargain hunters can visit the new discount shopping village at Brugnato just off the A12 autostrada 42km away.

Golf: There is a golf club in Villafranca and a golf driving range and golf course at Ca del Moro outside Pontremoli, 30 minutes from the apartment.

For extra fun, there's crazy golf, quad bikes and horse riding for children at Quercia, 12 km away, signposted from Aulla.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low and Mid Season
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low & Mid Season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Rental includes cleaning and all linens apart from beach towels.
Deposit £100.
Heating in low season £10 per day, paid prior to travelling.
Arrival 3 p.m.; departure by 10 a.m. unless by prior arrangement.

Balance of rental payment and £100 breakage deposit to be paid 6 weeks before arrival by arrangement with owners.
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Updated: 08-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bright airy bathroom with lots of natural light; over-bath shower with mixer tap, wc, wash basin and bidet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Living Room
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • There is space to hang clothes in the main bedroom behind a pretty curtain, a chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets. In the second bedroom is a wardrobe, a bedside cabinet and a stereo. There is a sofa bed in the dining room which can be used to comfortably sleep an extra adult if required. There is central heating in each bedroom. Both bedrooms offer stunning views of the mountains and Magra valley.


  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Unfortunately we cannot accept bookings for toddlers or people with mobility problems , as the stairs to the bedrooms are steep.

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