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Apartment in a Restored XII Century Monastery

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking


About the property

Apartment near Forcoli, Nr. Pisa, Tuscany - Stunning Views from Hilltop Setting

A spacious one bedroom, south facing apartment on the first floor of this restored monastery, with the original building dating from the 12th Century. It is located within an hour's drive of Pisa, Florence, St Gimignano, Siena and Lucca or the Tuscan Coast. The apartment looks straight down the beautiful Val d'Era to the hilltop village of Peccioli. Castello di Alica is an excellent base for exploring northern & central Tuscany. The hamlet of Alica is just 2km from the village of Forcoli with it's cafe's and local shops.

Clive South
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Clive South

We have owned the apartment in Castello di Alica since 1995 and have been welcoming guests since 1997.

We are extremely lucky to have found Norbert, who lives near the Castello and manages the apartment for us. We take care of all the bookings ourselves, and Norbert welcomes guests when they arrive and is the local contact in case of any emergency. Over the years this help has ranged from rental cars playing up (talking to the Italian equivalent of the RAC/AA) to guests losing a key.

Clive works in the IT industry, and Linda runs a Garden Design business.

Clive South purchased this apartment in 1995

Why Clive South chose Palaia

We wanted a holiday home, and simply love Tuscany. We have since found that Tuscany changes with the seasons and is as beautiful in Spring or Autumn as it is in the Summer (when most people visit it). Location was important as we wanted to be able to easily get to Siena, Pisa & Florence and we wanted something with the "wow" factor. Castello di Alica fitted the bill. Hilltop Monastery with great views, superbly restored .... a real retreat from busy lives.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great holiday. The apartment was wonderful, with scenic views, an excellent base from which to reach the places on our list - Florence, Pisa and Siena. It was quiet, airy, cool, clean, spacious and very well equipped. Lots of good places to see; local food and wine great; apartment superb (many thanks). Local Property Manager was really helpful.

Very nice apartment, surroundings were lovely and we were both sad to leave. Would recommend your place to people.

Just to let you know we had the most wonderful holiday at the castello. Your apartment is in the most wonderful setting to explore rural Tuscany, although we did venture to Florence by train and got down to San Gimignano too. We both agreed that your photos of the apartment and the castello don't do the place justice. We were overwhelmed on arrival!! I have added a couple of things in your folder and have also left lots of information we picked up for future adventurers!!
Apr 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Palaia in Province of Pisa

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The bathroom has an enclosed shower together with a sink, WC and bidet. The window looks west towards the olive groves.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with 1 kingsize bed. Furnished with solid oak furniture, the bedroom has a wardrobe, bedside drawers, large set of drawers and a dressing table.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: The exterior of Castello di Alica has been completely restored in line with Italy's rigorous historical building regulations using traditional methods and period materials including sandstone, exposed wooden beams and terracotta tile floors. The pool area is reached either via a walk around the perimeter walls, or through the courtyard and through the Villa building of the Castello. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and apartment towels are provided. Cleaning and linen change is weekly.


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Apartment in a Restored XII Century Monastery
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable

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We had a lovely holiday in Italy, it was our first trip and we found the people extremely friendly and welcoming. The apartment was very comfortable, and furnished to what we call 'English standard', the bed was the most comfortable we have ever slept in! Everything is there for a restful holiday. Unfortunately we did have to make use of the golfing umbrella on more than one occasion, but that was very handy to have.

All in all we found Italy truly wonderful and are already looking to visit Florence for a long weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
There are many within ......
Car: necessary


The Tuscan Coast is 40 minutes drive away (Tirrenia or Castiglioncello). The Tuscan Riviera resorts starting at Viareggio are an hour away - but well worth the drive!


The nearest airport is Pisa, which is only 35km away. Car Hire is highly recommended.


The hamlet of Alica is just 2km from the village of Forcoli with it's cafe's and local shops.

For exploring Tuscany, the major centres are all easily reached: Pisa (35km); St Gimignano (40km); Firenze (50km); Siena (60km); Lucca (35km).

Further Details:

The nearest local shops can all be found in Forcoli (2km) - supermarket, banks, cafes, pizzeria, shoes/clothes.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To cater for the cheaper flights that are available from many European airports to Pisa, rentals starting on a weekday can be arranged. The minimum rental period during the mid and high seasons is 7 nights. Shorter stays are available at other times. A deposit of 40% is payable with the booking, the balance being due 6 weeks before arrival.
Please contact the Owners by email or phone.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible to provide maximum flexibility to our guests. We would ask that you vacate by 12:00 unless previously agreed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.