House in Vitiana, Near Bagni di Lucca and Barga, Tuscany, Italy - Completely Restored, Stunning Views onto Apenine and Apuan Alps
The house lies at the border of Garfagnana above the valley of the river Fegana, one of the most beautiful valleys of the whole region, marked by an unspoilt landscape and spectacular views onto the mountains Apenine and Apuan Alps.
The area boast impressive places for example Orrido di Botri, a canyon with wild cliffs and rocks or the cave Grotta del Vento with its stalactites, stalagmites and underground watercourses. The whole area has a lot to offer to visitors. Nature lovers may go for walks or take hiking tours, sport lovers may choose among horse back riding, rafting, canoeing and fishing. In Autumn, it may be fun to take a walk to search of chestnuts and mushrooms. The charming town of Barga, Castelvecchio Pascoli the Spa town of Bagni di Lucca are also a must for visitors to the region. Lucca with its medieval walls is a short drive away and Pisa, Firenze, Siena and the wine lands of Chianti may all be visited in 1 day trip.
The house is in a prominent position on the top edge of the village, free on 3 sides and built on the back to another house. The house has a lovely garden (about 200sqm) with an outdoor area fully equipped with portable charcoal barbecue, sink in stone, sun umbrella, table and chairs for dining alfresco, a beautiful terrace with garden furniture where you may sunbath after a refreshing dive into the gorgeous saltwater pool (private) completely set in the earth (7,20 m x 3,70m depth 1,30), and from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the mountains. The pool area is also equipped with warm shower.
Changeover day is Saturday, with some flexibility in low season. In high season the house is rented weekly.
The house has a private parking and is reached within two roads, asphalted but with some gaps.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About The Owner
I live in Italy with my husband Fabrizio, our dog Alcohol and 5 nice delightful cats. I have two children, Federico and Giulia, already grown up. My husband and I both live and work at the seaside, but we love very much the area of Mid Valley of Serchio and Garfagnana, where the small medieval stone villages and fortified villages on hilltops well match with the wilderness of untouched landscapes and with the magnificent presence of the Apuan Alps from one side and the Apenine from the other side. Moreover we love to recognize also in the taste of local foods the culture and the flavour of our ancient roots.
The Owner purchased this house in 1960
Why The Owner chose Lucca Area
I am the sole owner of this house since 2007. It was already a beautiful one but I did some works to improve it, also completely renewing bathrooms and kitchen and building the swimming pool. My house is the result of inheritance of my parents and uncles, who intensely loved this area and were used to spend together here summer holidays and Christmas holidays. The house was bought by my family in the 60's, but starting from the beginning of the last century, already my grandparents were used to come here in Vitiana and be guested for holidays in the vicarage of the village by the Parrish itself. The love for Vitiana and the area came intact directly to me and my family.
What makes this house unique
My house is lovely and cosy, and in ideal location both for visiting interesting naturalistic/historical places, and for resting with family and friends, both in summer and in winter, in a place with magnificent views, from house and garden, over an angle of 360 degree, from the mountains of the Apenine above Orrido di Botri, to over the Mid Valley of Serchio and Apuan Alpes, up to the Valley of river Fegana and the Pizzorne plateau.
(5 traveller reviews)
We took our daughter (24) and son (22) to Laura's house up in the mountains in Vitiana. We all agreed it was the perfect place to chill out in, as well as do little day trips from - and there are many good and diverse places to go to - to choose from. The house is as described, was very clean and did us very well. The local people are charming and friendly. Laura is a brilliant host - professional as well as friendly and she answered queries very quickly. All four of us would recommend staying in Vitiana - the fact that there are a number of repeat guests says it all!
" Bellissimo "
The perfect place to get away from it all.....The property was alot bigger than expected and full of character. The pool and terrace were beautiful with stunning views. We were late arriving and didn't stock up on provisions but we purchased ham, cheese, wine etc from the shop next door which was a wonderful experience. The local people were lovely and friendly and made us feel very welcome. A gorgeous stone property in a stunning setting - just wish we had stayed longer !! Thanks again Laura and we look forward to our next visit. J & N England
May 2015 holiday
From our initial enquiry to meeting Laura on our arrival nothing was too much trouble for her. She ensured our needs were met and was very welcoming.
Our drive up to this lovely villa is something we will always remember especially going through " The Gap". The villa is set in wonderful surroundings and views to die for. Everything we needed was provided by Laura including the welcome pack. There is plenty of space in the villa and outside around the pool. We were lucky with the weather and had plenty of hot sunny days so a dip in the pool was very refreshing.
Laura thank you helping us to have a lovely couple of weeks in your villa.
Colin, Alison & Zoe (28 May -11 June 2015)
What a wonderful place. Just booked for the fourth time already. Why ?
Because of the fabulous location, away from busy life but still close to a number of fantastic touristic attractions. Because of the most charming owners, the friendly and helpful neighbors . Because of the nicely restaured house and the great swimming pool... At 'Al colloreo' we don't feel like one of those Belgian tourists, but we really feel a little Italian.
Wouter, Annemie, Renee and Florre (family with teenagers).
Fabulous host and location
This is the absolutely ideal place to get away from it all. We have been to Al colloreo four times in as many years and couldn't wish for a more peaceful place with stunning scenery and views.
The owner and her husband are so hospitable and friendly and have equipped the house and garden to an incredibly high standard.
We have always stayed in either spring or autumn so have never been brave enough to use the pool, however during the summer months this would be a very welcome addition when it gets very hot.
The local people are very friendly and with the shop next door selling very local produce you will experience a real Tuscan getaway.
You will need a car to get there and to stock up on groceries if you are like us and enjoy cooking. The house is well situated for travel into the mountains, to the coast and to Siena, Lucca and the chianti region. There are many beautiful walks both on and off the beaten track in Vitiana .
Pisa airport is about 35 miles away with regular flights from Gatwick taking about 90 minutes. A choice of car hire operators are right next to the airport.
We couldnt recommend the house highly enough whether you want to relax on the terrace in the sun by the pool or visit the smaller villages like Barga or Bagni.
From the Owner
“I am the sole owner of this house since 2007. It was already a beautiful one but I did some works to improve it, also completely renewing bathrooms and kitchen and building the swimming pool. My house is the result of inheritance of my parents and uncles, who intensely loved this area and were used to spend together here summer holidays and Christmas holidays. The house was bought by my family in the 60's, but starting from the beginning of the last century, already my grandparents were used to come here in Vitiana and be guested for holidays in the vicarage of the village by the Parrish itself. The love for Vitiana and the area came intact directly to me and my family.”
Activity and Interests
The premier resort of Viareggio (Tirrenian sea) with its great beaches is just over 1 hour drive. In July and August it is usually very crowded but in other months it may be very peaceful.
The Cinque Terre is five beautiful hilltop villages along the Italian coastline (Ligurian sea). It is a great place for walking and swimming. They are located around 2 hours drive away depending on traffic.
A car is recommended to assist your site-seeing visits but a local bus and train service is available to most places of interest. Bus stop at the village.
The nearest train stops: Bagni di Lucca-Fornoli (11 min drive) Ghivizzano (15 min drive).
Pisa is the nearest International Airport (1 hour drive) with services from most parts of northern Europe (car hire is available here).
Livorno is the nearest harbour (1 hour 20 min drive) with boarding to Island of Elba, Sicily, Sardinia.
Meat, cheese, bread shop 10m. Bank, pharmacy, post office, supermarket 9km. Shopping centre Conad 9km. Restaurant 5km.
Horse back riding 4km. Tennis 13km. Public swimming pool 13km. Casinò 12km. Pisa Airport 55km. Viareggio Sea 60km.
Lucca 33km. Florence 100km. Bagni di Lucca Spa 12km. Barga 19km. Castelnuovo Garfagnana 30km. Orrido di Botri 10km. Grotta del Vento 30km. Chianti lands about 130km. Siena 165km. Cinque Terre 140km. San Gimignano 150km. Livorno 80km.
The area offers local products (cheese, salami, farro, chestnuts, cornstarch Formentone, honey, bread of potatoes) and good restaurants to taste typical dishes of the Garfagnana and Italian cuisine. At Al Colloreo, information and brochures on local products, restaurants, activities events in the area as well as places of interest are available.
Shopping in Lucca - Lucca is a city walled by intact Renaissance-era walls, located about 33km from the house. It has great shopping, cafes, bars, restaurants and squares. Bike riding is the best way to see Lucca, and bike hire can be found near the city gates.
There are in the area many ancient stone bridges, worthwhile to be seen. A magnificent one is the Devil's Bridge, remarkable example of medieval engineering, that you see in Borgo a Mozzano along the road from Lucca to Vitiana. Vitiana is a country of Roman origin with first historical news on X century. In the area there are many medieval town and castles, among them Barga.
The small shop of the village Vitiana can be found on the right of the house entrance gate, ten-fifteen meters away.
Bread van comes at about 9:00 am everyday. It stops at car park near the villa. Coop is a supermarket situated in Fornoli (9km). This store has most of your everyday needs. -Small variety shops together with banks, pharmacy, post office can be found in the streets of Fornoli (9km) and Bagni di Lucca (12km).
Shopping centers in Conad in Gallicano (towards Castelnuovo Garfagnana, 9km from Vitiana), Esselunga in Ponte a Moriano (on the outskirts of Lucca 25km from Vitiana). English newspapers can be found in Bagni di Lucca in the paper shop around the corner from the tobacco (Tabacchi) shop on the main street.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
9 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late spring 2017
27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£173|
Reservation fee of 25% within 10 days after the date of the booking confirmation. Balance payment within 30 days before the starting date of the lease booked. A refundable deposit of 200 euros is required at the arrival. Email me for booking form and further details.
Changeover day is Saturday, although some flexibility can be arranged in low season. The house can be taken over on arrival day between 4pm and 7pm and has to be left on departure day between 8am and 10am.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.
Rates include weekly linen and towels change. Tablecloths and kitchen towels included. Electricity included. Cooking gas Included. Private pool included. Private car parking included. Heating 15 euros day. Final cleaning 80 euros. Animals 26 euros dog/week. Discounts for long winter lets.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“My house is lovely and cosy, and in ideal location both for visiting interesting naturalistic/historical places, and for resting with family and friends, both in summer and in winter, in a place with magnificent views, from house and garden, over an angle of 360 degree, from the mountains of the Apenine above Orrido di Botri, to over the Mid Valley of Serchio and Apuan Alpes, up to the Valley of river Fegana and the Pizzorne plateau.”
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- horse riding
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Bathroom 1 with shower, wc/bidet, hairdryer (bedroom 1 and 2 first floor). Bathroom 2 with shower, bidet, wc, hairdryer (bedroom 3 second floor). WC in the cellar.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 double bed. Bedroom 2 twin beds. Bedroom 3 double bed. Bedrooms 1 and 2 1st floor, very bright, magnificent views onto Apenine and Apuans. Bedroom 3 2nd floor, very large, wonderful views onto Apuans and Val Fegana.
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: Swimming pool is available from the beginning of May to the end of September, unless differently arranged upon request. Heating in the winter is provided by two fireplaces, pellet stove and gas heaters. The house is well thermalized by its stone walls (about half a meter thick), both in the winter and in summer time. The windows have double window panes. High chair and cot are stored in the utility room, and can be put into place on request. The accommodation provider understands English and makes herself understood. Feel free to contact the owner during your stay for information and requests. Outside: The house is in a prominent position on the top edge of the village, free on 3 sides and built on the back to another house. The house has a lovely garden (about 200sqm) with an outdoor area fully equipped with portable charcoal barbecue, sink in stone, sun umbrella, table and chairs for dining alfresco, a beautiful terrace with garden furniture where you may sunbath after a refreshing dive into the gorgeous saltwater pool (private) completely set in the earth (7,20 m x 3,70m depth 1,30), and from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the mountains. The pool area is also equipped with warm shower. The garden is surrounded by simple hedge and by hedge and fence. Private parking close to the house. Utility Room: See cellar at the ground floor, another small utility room is at the first floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and changed once a week on Saturday. Tablecloths and kitchen towels are also provided. House cleaning at the changeover. Weekly cleaning of the pool bottom and water analysis. Other: In the cellar you will find washing machine, stone basin and WC, also (if not already in place), outdoor chairs and sun umbrella for the main entrance terrace and terrace solarium, table and chairs for dining alfresco in the courtyard, portable barbecue.