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Apartment in a Restored XII Century Monastery



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, Italian

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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Thoroughly enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

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: Sep 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 30 Miles Nearest Golf : Castelfalfi at 10 Miles Nearest Train : Pontadera at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : FI-PI-LI at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : There are many within ...... at 5 Miles 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.


Rental rates

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Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Historic


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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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