Villa in Fivizzano, Massa Carrara Province, Tuscany, Italy - Glorious Location - Peaceful and Secluded Setting
Casa Lucia stands in ten acres of glorious hillside olive groves overlooking the majestic Carrara Mountains. The property is made up of a large, comfortable, and luxuriously appointed house set in beautiful gardens and olive grove, with a private swimming pool, an elegant open air pool house with comfortable seating, an outdoor kitchen with traditional wood-fired pizza oven and grill, and several shaded areas with ample seating and dining furniture.
About the Owner
The owners, Susan and Tim, live in the United States. Their daughter, Lucy, for whom the property is named, is studying at the University of Exeter in England.
Although they have traveled and lived all over the world, it is Italy that captured their hearts and imaginations. With the help of expert builders, craftsmen, and artisans, Susan and Tim created a very special home in a very special place.
They hope that any visitor to Casa Lucia will enjoy it as much as they do.
Guestbook comments from the manager
'Spectacular, we are all desperate to return to this abode of true tranquillity' (The Moon family)
'We relaxed instantly in this magical place. We can't wait to go back'. (The Hatch family)
'The situation of Casa Lucia, with its spectacular views, is just stunning…we had the most peaceful and tranquil time I can remember. We are so reluctant to leave!
(The Hayes and Ford families)
'Our two families had one of the best ever holidays at Casa Lucia. It was like being in our own private luxury resort... The beautiful pool was in constant use, from the early morning swim to the end of the day under the stars. Wonderful!' (Patrick and Nicholls families)
'The website is totally accurate in its description and photographs, the house, accommodation, gardens and pool were absolutely beautiful...We certainly hope to return.' (The Strangeway/Al Sayigh families)
'What a special house! Thank you for allowing us to stay. The view is breathtaking and the design of the house is fabulous. We used the house as home base for trips to Florence, Cinque Terre, and Lerici. We also explored the nearby countryside. It was a great treat to have Danilo and Elisa make the outstanding pizza feast. Thank you for all your great suggestions of activities. Casa Lucia will forever be embedded in our memories!' (Scot, Suzanne, Sarah, & Matthew)
'We had an amazing stay at Casa Lucia. We especially loved sunbathing by the pool, admiring the view and spotting eagles. Despite the road, we took several day trips visiting Lucca, Cinque Terre and attempting to climb the spectacular mountains that can be seen from the house. We had a spectacular pizza feast courtesy of Danilo and Elisa (16! A new record!) which inspired us to fire up the oven and make our own during our 2nd week here.' (Emily, Katie & Ryan)
'This is the perfect place to relax - a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility. Life really should be like this all the time….Casa Lucia is very special – a stunning location, beautiful surroundings and such an amazing home. If only we could have stayed another week – still, with luck, we can come back. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Loved seeing the restoration photos.' (Karen, Natalie, Isabelle, & Benjamin)
'What a comfortable and beautiful home in an exquisite location. Thanks for sharing it with us.' (Susan and Jim)
We had a lovely time in this beautiful home celebrating my 40th birthday with friends from the Midwest, USA. Gorgeous views, food, & wine – we loved our day trip to Cinque Terre and Florence and lazy days by the pool. The mountains and sunsets rival anywhere in the world. Alessandra & Co. were fantastic chefs and the local shops lovely as well. Thank you for a memorable week.' (Jessi & Mike)
From the Owner
“When you visit Casa Lucia, you will see immediately why we fell in love with this amazing place. The views are, simply, astounding. This really is an unspoilt and undiscovered part of Tuscany. The lush green olive groves, the sunny vineyards, and the dense forests that are home to wild boar and deer are just as they must have been in medieval times. There is a sense of permanence, tradition, and peace in this extraordinary area. Away from the tourists, this part of Italy is special to us because it embraces and epitomizes a way of life that has been known for generations. Sitting on the terrace gazing at the magnificent mountains and feeling the sun on our faces, there is no place we would rather be. We think that you will feel the same!”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
This is an area of spectacular beauty and is a destination of choice for many landscape artists. The proximity to the Carrara mountains and the marble towns of Carrara and Pietrasanta mean that it is also a destination of choice for marble sculptors. Cycling is a major pasttime for Italians and visitors alike. Good quality cycles can be rented in Aulla if you do not bring your own.
Hiking is also popular in the area, and there is a growing community of hikers during the summer on their way through the Garfagnana. History buffs also come to this area to study medieval Italy. Local festivals that recreate medieval village life abound during the summer. They are always fun for everyone.
Lerici is the closest beach, 50 minutes drive away. Ten minutes further on by car (or half an hour by ferry) is Cinque Terre, the world heritage site of five villages nestled into the cliffs, with little beaches and rock pools for swimming. Also from Casa Lucia are the beaches at Forte dei Marmi are about 45 minutes south and the Italian Riviera 50 minutes north.
Pisa Airport (the main airport for Tuscany) is about 70km away, about 90 minutes drive to Casa Lucia. A car is essential. SatNav could be a benefit. Please note, the final 600 metres of road leading to the house is part track and part paved. Aulla is the main train station in the area, about 20 minutes drive from Casa Lucia, with services to Florence, Lucca, Pisa, and - with changes - cities all over Italy.
Nearest village Gragnola 10 minutes (supermarket, coffee shops, bank, post office, local train station). Nearest town Fivizzano 15 minutes (supermarket, restaurants, fishmongers, butchers, banks, and weekly outdoor market). Nearest large town Aulla 30 mins (large supermarkets and all amenities, major train station, weekly outdoor market, and autostrada). Nearest beach Lerici 50 mins (beach, restaurants, shops, ferry to Portovenere and Cinque Terre).
The nearest supermarket is in Gragnola less than 10 minutes drive away. Although not a large store, it is well stocked and has a nice delicatessen counter with the finest cheeses, fresh bread, hams, and antipasti. It also has a butcher counter. Other good smaller supermarkets close by are in Fivizzano, fifteen minutes away and in Pallerone, fifteen minutes away on the way to Aulla. The larger supermarkets are in Aulla (30 minutes away)and Sarzanna (40 minutes away). Fashion shopping in Sarzana. High-end shopping (Italian designers, for example) in Forte dei Marmi (50 minutes away). Genova, Santa Margherita and the Italian Riviera just over an hour away. Excellent train service from Aulla daily to Florence, Pisa, and Lucca.
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Rest of Year
16 Oct 2016 - 13 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Booking deposit of 25% of rental is required. 50% of booking deposit is non-refundable. 100% of booking deposit non-refundable if cancellation 120 or less days before scheduled arrival date. Balance due 120 days before arrival. Non-refundable if cancelled within 60 days of arrival. Security Deposit of 20% of total rental required and returned within 21 days of departure following clean inspection. Additional 20% of the rental applicable for parties exceeding 8 people, to a max of 11.
Weekly rental is 7 nights, Saturday to Friday inclusive. Saturday is the changeover day. Check-out time is by 10am and check-in time is 4pm. Please let us know if you require different times and we will do all we can to accommodate you.
Notes on prices:
Please enquire about our special rates for mid and low season, half terms, and long weekend breaks.
Also ask about catering for special events - wonderful parties for all occasions.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“One of the wonderful things about this area is that we are close to the sea and, particularly, to the spectacular Cinque Terre - the national heritage site of five gorgeous little villages built into the cliffs overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. It's nice to take a day trip and hike along the trail and stop for lunch in a tiny little restaurant perched on a cliff. For a morning's jaunt, we particularly love to take the ferry from Lerici (just 40 minutes drive away) to Portovenere - if we're lucky we'll see a wedding taking place in the glorious church that stands high on a cliff in the Bay of Poets. And, for a special day out, we love to take out a boat, pack a picnic, and take to the sea. Coming home to the luxury and comfort of Casa Lucia is the perfect end to a perfect day.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Dishwasher ...
- Freezer ...
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
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- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Toaster ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Music Library ...
- Stereo ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite 1 with bath, shower, WC and double sinks. En-suite 2 and 4 with shower, WC and sink. En-suite 3 with shower, WC and double sink. Bathroom 5 with shower, WC and sink. All bathrooms have heated towel rails. Top quality towels and pool
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Large En-suite Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Queen size double bed. Bedroom 2 with Queen size double bed. Bedroom 3 with king-size bed. Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds Top quality bed linens
- Balcony ...
- Garden ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Smoking is not allowed inside any building. No pets are allowed. Casa Lucia has central heating. Portable fans are available in each bedroom in summer. Outside: Casa Lucia is set in ten acres of olive grove and woodland. Garden with lawns and flowers. Outdoor kitchen with coal and gas barbeques and traditional wood-fired pizza oven. Wood store and herb garden for guests' use. The 11 metre long pool is maintained by the gardener and is scrupulously clean. The pool is unfenced and children and non-swimmers should be supervised at all times. Poolside pergola and sun beds. Pool house has an outdoor sofa, two chairs, and a coffee table. Under the tattoia outside the study, there is a duplicate sofa set. Stone and iron dining furniture is arranged to be used separately or together. The table for 6 to 8 is in the front under the wisteria-strewn pergola and the table for 4 to 6 people is at the side of the house next to the pizza oven. Throughout the property there are benches and hammocks. Croquet, bocce, and volleyball sets available. Olive terraces are great for the kids to run around in or for a lovely evening stroll. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner, cleaning supplies. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: High quality bed linens, towels, and pool towels are supplied. Cleaning service is once a week. Other: Study opens out onto elegant outdoor seating area under chestnut- beamed 'tattoia' with views to pool and mountains. Dining room has french doors onto pergola-covered terrace for outdoor dining and seating for 12. Outdoor kitchen, pizza oven.