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Hillside villa with stunning panoramic views and large private pool



Updated: 18-Jun-2016
Villa in Virolo, near Fivizzano, Massa Carrara Province, Tuscany, Italy - Peaceful location and superb mountain panorama

Set between olive groves below and chestnut groves above this is a peaceful and spacious villa with a terrace and balcony from which to enjoy the amazing views and deliciously fresh air. Enjoy leisurely days by the large, private pool or explore nearby cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence. Hill walks start from the front door, restaurants, bars and shops are a 10-minute drive in the historic town of Fivizzano. The beaches of the beautiful Gulf of La Spezia and Cinque Terre are 45 minutes drive.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Ros Stafferton: it had been my dream to have a place in Italy since I was a teenager. In 2000 it came true, although that had to be followed by much time, effort and money. We now we have three children (aged 11, 9 and 6) and visit as often and as long as we can. We think it's a lovely place and hope you do too!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thoroughly fantastic time. Pizza oven was great and much fun had at the pool.

Had a great week. The pool is fantastic, setting superb. To sum up, we had a wonderful holiday.

This was possibly the fastest week ever. The views are unforgettable; the accommodation perfect; pool brilliant, instructions for excursions great.'

An excellent time was had by all our party at this stunning villa with it's amazing pool. The views were spectacular and the locals very friendly. The only neighbours were lovely and always ready with a hello, as for the owners they were extremely helpful when contacted, a stunning villa, beautiful location. Tuscany at it's best.

We have had a wonderful week. This house has the most majestic views (and the best holiday library!) of any we've stayed in. Thank you.
Jan 2010
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely house with stunning views

  • 4 of 5

The house was lovely, we felt at home as soon as we arrived. All the bedrooms were comfortable, with very comfortable beds! The view to wake up to from the double rooms was the best I have ever seen. We made great use of the pool, especially with the really hot weather we had. It was cleaned and well maintained every day. One tiny niggle - the sunbeds were a bit low for someone with dodgy knees, but it gave the kids a great laugh watching me trying to get up. The location was superb, and getting to places such as Pisa and Florence was no problem by car. Both families had a great holiday, we wish we could have stayed longer and would love to return another year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious accommodation, rustic, attractive, but needing some attention to the kitchen.

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful location, breathtaking views of mountains across the valley. Isolated in natural rural countryside and farmland. Lovely pool.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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tranquil villa in spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week in this fantastic villa.

The 4 children enjoyed the pool. The 4 adults soaked up the stunning views whilst sipping delicious local wines. All 8 of us cleared our London lungs with the clean mountain air.

The villa was clean, well equipped and attractively decorated.

Although situated in a remote tranquil spot it was within driving distance to numerous local attractions.

I would strongly recommend this villa to anyone who desires peace and quiet in a stunning location.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at this villa. It has stunning views, great accommodation and a perfect pool in it's spacious garden.

The neighbours were very friendly and even had a puppy that kept the children happy. Breathtaking walks from the villa and gorgeous villages which were just a short drive away with local reasonably priced restaurants.

Would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We were seduced by the stunning beauty of the mountain and valley views, as well as the proximity to the coast and medieval cities for which Tuscany is famed. We also love the fact that our villa is rural, that the children have to create their own entertainment and re-discover the simple joy of a star-filled night or cow bell during the day. And, of course, we love the fact that the house is large enough to easily accommodate friends and family with plenty of room to spare.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa and Genoa,1 1/2 hr drive, Bologna 2 1/2 hr at 95 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Agnino at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Aulla at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Fivizzano at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : San Terenzo and the Cinqe Terre, 45 mins - 1 hr at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary


45 mins by car to the beautiful local beaches of San Terenzo, Lerici and Fiascherino, where pedalos can be hired. 1 hour to Porto Venere for harbour, beach swimming and fish restaurants or the Cinque Terre offering both sea, excellent food and walking.


The villa is perfectly situated for day trips to some of Tuscany's gems including Pisa, Lucca and Florence, with less well known medieval towns of Carrara (from where Michel Angelo sourced the marble for his David), Pistoia (giving the word, pistol) and Pontremoli all offering interest to the curious traveller.


Pisa, Parma and Genoa airports are all approximately 1½ hours. Bologna is also an option at 2 1/4 hours. Car hire is essential, although a bus does go past the beginning of the road to Virolo.


Agnino is the nearest village where warm bread can be bought each morning at the one stop shop also selling cheese, ham and various dried goods. Fivizzano, a local medieval town with piazza, pizzeria and gelataria (as well as other restaurants and shops) is just 10 mins by car. Other local towns of interest include Pontremoli with its ancient Stelle and Carrara, famous for its marble, each 40 mins by car. Lucca and Pisa are 1 hour or so by car whilst Florence is just 1¾ by car or a similar time by train. The beaches and coastal towns are 45 minutes away.

Further Details:

Full complement of shops, supermarkets, banks, restaurants and bars in Fivizzano. Bike hire and horse riding available locally. Extensive opportunities for hill walking through to serious climbing. Sailing is inexpensive at a nearby lake in the hills.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
30% of the rental fee on booking (non-returnable); balance to be paid 8 weeks before holiday commences. Damage and key deposit also required 8 weeks before holiday commences and returned once property has been checked by housekeeper.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the standard changeover day. It may be possible to vary this depending on other bookings.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for 8 people and, depending on the month, may be negotiable if your party is smaller.

To secure your reservation we ask for a deposit of 30% the full rental amount on booking. We ask for the outstanding amount to be paid 8 weeks before your holiday commences, at which point we also ask for a £150 cheque security deposit which we do not cash and which is destroyed on a good report from our house manager at your departure.

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From the Owner

Clear country air, stunning views whether from the terraces or swimming pool, an idyllic rural setting with a medieval town just minutes by car, world famous cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence easy to visit in a day and a beautiful coastline 45 mins by car.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 150 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Main bathroom with bath with shower, sink, bidet and WC. Shower room with shower, sink, bidet and WC.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, French doors to full length balcony with panoramic views
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, French doors to full length balcony with panoramic views
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Twin bedded room with views across the garden
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Twin bedded room with windows onto garden and barn
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) A cot is available if needed Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, French doors onto south facing balcony and windows overlooking garden Bedroom 2 with king size bed and French doors onto south facing balcony Bedroom 3 and 4 with twin beds and windows to garden and terrace Cot available.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Large terrace with pergola, table and chairs and bar b que. Long terrace to front of house with table. Large garden in addition to private pool area with decking, a pergola and loungers. Pool dimensions 15x5m approx. Various garden games include badminton and swing ball. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: House and pool towels and linen included. Mid stay clean and linen change included in a two week booking.

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