House in Vico Pancellorum, Bagni di Lucca, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy - A Peaceful Location For A Relaxing Holiday In Nature And The Rediscovery Of The Ancient Tuscan
The property is situated on the centre of the medieval village of Vico Pancellorum (Romanesque), and the house is set on a large rocky ridge, from which stands overlooking the valley below, offering a wonderful view of the guests, making it unique and charming the stay there.
Top Traveller Review
Great property in an even better location.
About the Owner
I introduce myself, I'm Gabriele Di Marco, son of the owners of the house, I live in Lucca, actually I am finishing my studies in engineering at the 'University of Pisa. Usually we spend the holidays at our house in Vico, now we know where all the people who live there, and where the 'environment is very relaxed and friendly.
Guestbook comments from the owner
4.8 based on 11 holidaymaker reviews
Great property in an even better location.
The property is great - two spacious bedrooms and bathroom on the top floor; kitchen and living room on the ground/middle floor; living room and another kitchen/utility room in the bottom floor. The bottom floor gives access to the terraced garden and small pool. The village of Vico Pancellorum is beautiful - most does have car access, but we thought that this was an advantage. The restaurant/bar in the village was top notch - great food and service and reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.
This proved to be the perfect home for 4 nights after our long flight from San Francisco. We were greeted by Gabriele's father (speaking Italian only) who showed us around and presented us with a lovely array of meats, cheeses, wines and bread. The house offered a peaceful retreat for the 2 of us. The views are superb, but the feeling of authenticity was even better. The home feels like a well loved gathering spot for generations, with no hint of commercialized tourism. There were so many areas in the home to enjoy, but sitting under the grape arbor was our favorite spot during the warm days and evenings of early September. We enjoyed the pool on several afternoons as well. Internet at the house may work with a laptop with a USB port or a device that will accept a SIM card (we had neither). However there is WIFI at the local restaurant. Buca di Baldabo is an experience like no other with wonderful food, ambiance, great views and service...all for a very reasonable price and just a brief walk away. The village is charming with art installed everywhere, but be prepared for a vertical hike. The sights and views are worth the climb! Yes, the drive up is a little challenging but through a beautiful forest. Do plan to visit Barga and the Garfagnana region while there. I would recommend this for moderately fit people who long for peaceful immersion in a real Italian village, appreciate natural beauty and don't mind a bit of adventurous driving.
Lovely house in interesting remote village
Gabriele was very helpful in the run up to our stay. The turn off to the Vico is about 10km past the nearest town with shops - Bagni di Lucca and 2.1km up a narrow winding road, so quite remote, which we wanted. The house is a short walk from the parking areas at the bottom of the village. It is an imposing house on three levels and was very clean on our arrival (and our departure!). Gabriele's parents met us at the house and provided a welcome gift of ham, cheese and wine. The rooms all have high ceilings and windows with shutters which offer good options for air and shade (temperatures pushed 40c when we were there). Two bedrooms were large and well furnished and the large single bathroom has a very good shower. We didn't use the living room (with satellite tv) but the kitchen was large and well equipped. The house contained useful things like oil, herbs, teas, coffee, washing up liquid and toilet paper, so no need to buy those before arrival. The lower ground floor opens out onto a vine covered terrace which was a cool place to eat, even in the hot sun. Below that was an exposed patio - great for drying off in the sun after a dip in the pool. The pool is about 5m diameter and great for cooling off. The village is car free so good for exploring on foot. The views from the house and village are spectacular. Our choice was influenced by the fact that Vico had a restaurant which was open every night. It provides a fixed price (euro 24) 3 course meal with wine - you choose from what they've cooked that day and the quality was great. There are no shops in the village however, so it is necessary to stock up in Bagni di Lucca (Conad supermarket has everything you might need) and be prepared for a big expedition if you want daily fresh bread or pastries!
Although Vico is somewhat remote we were able to drive to Pisa and Florence in about 2 hours and to Lucca in just over 1. All three are well worth the effort and the (nightly) Puccini concert in Lucca's San Giovanni church was wonderful.
In the interests of a balanced review I should say that there was occasional noise from the property across the path from ours (dog and children's tv) and a chain saw operated somewhere down in the valley on some days - but this is a rural economy so only to be expected.
I would recommend this property for those wanting to get away from the crowds whilst being close enough to the major cities of Northern Tuscany for day trips.
Peaceful Tuscan mountainside retreat
We stayed for a week and loved exploring Vico and the surrounding towns and villages. The house and the setting are great with access via a winding road off the main highway and then a walk of around 100m to the house. The pool was ideal to cool off in at the end of a hot day and the house provided a comfortable and well equipped base for us to explore the area. My son couldn't get the WiFi to work (plus point in my opinion!). Gabriele and his family were very helpful and the payments worked smoothly. The local restaurant served good local food and was great value! I thoroughly recommend this property for anyone looking to find peace in a busy world!
Peak to Piazza...perfect!
A great spacious house, ideally located for accessing the mountains and the villages with equal ease. Great for families with a pet dog...ours loved morning walks/runs to the top of the mountain (Balzo Nero 1315m) at the foot of which the village of Vico Pancellorum is perched. We found that you could run up and down inside 2 hours or walk it as a whole morning endeavour; well worth the views on a clear day. Better still - the Italian Alps are accessible for a full day of walking or a determined runner; Alpe Tre Potenze (1940m) is a 17.2 mile round trip from the neighbouring village of Limano, with a couple of mountain huts along the route and a number of water-replen points.
The house is roomy and cool, with most of the appliances, utensils and services found in any modern house; it is excellent value for money. The shower is hot, the washing machine is in good order, the beds are fine and there are even two kitchens; one adjacent to the outside dining space. The private pool was great for cooling down and enjoying the spectacular views with a glass of wine. The outdoor dining space - under a mature canopy of grapevines - is a real selling point.
There is no dedicated parking but there are several parking areas, all within a maximum of 150m from the house. We could easily have 'hogged' a spot within 50m of the house - which we used for loading and unloading - but we decided to park further away when we weren't using the car.
What a joy. The house is perfect in every way and the village is breathtaking.Great base for visiting Florence,Lucca, Pisa and the coast...that's if you ever want to leave the mountain. Can't wait to return.
From the Owner
“The house is owned by the family, we decided to rent it to tourists, because we think that it can offer a lot in terms of comfort and relaxation for people who want to spend a holiday in Vico Pancellorum. Spend a holiday in Vico Pancellorum is not comparable to other holidays, is something very special and unique, seeing is believing.”
Activity and Interests
The property is about 57 km from the nearest beach of Versilia, other beaches nearby are Torre del Lago, Vecchiano beach, Massa, Forte dei Marmi and Marina di Pietrasanta. All are near Viareggio.
From Lucca (37 km): following the S.S.No. 12 "abetone and brenner, "exceeded bagni di lucca, continue until may bridge, across the country, then you can see on the left towards the village of vico pancellorum. From pisa (km 60): take the s. S. No. 12 in the direction of lucca, lucca once to continue in the direction abetone until the 'height of may bridge and take the turning on the left to vico pancellorum. From florence (84 km):take the 'a11 motorway towards pisaq
From Lucca 37 km
From Florence 84 km
From Pisa 60 km
From Viareggio 57 km
For internet service you can request a usb rechargeable with Vodafone recharge borne by 'user. In addition to a walk and a swim in the pool on holiday also offers the possibility of hiking, trekking, visiting the nearby river lima where you can in the warmer months take a swim, go horseback riding on the presence of a few kilometers from the village (4-5km), or to fish in the nearby pond to mammiano (8 km. ) for lovers of wellness is a spa with thermal baths and swimming pools just a ten minute drive to the nearby bagni di lucca and casino always in the same location. Over several small villages in the immediate vicinity, the places that you can visit are varied. Below there are some listed in order of distance from the town:
leap-black, within walking distance from the country along the path;
-suspension bridge (mammiano);
-ponte della maddalena (borgo a mozzano);
-chain bridge (location chifenti);
-bagni di lucca;
-forte dei marmi;
-the gulf of poets;
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£134|
For the period that goes from April 15 to may 30 and from September 1 to October 15, the price is € 500 per week, while for the period between may 31 and September 1, the price is € 750 per week . Prices include consumption of water, electricity and gas, and there are no additional price to be paid to 'arrival.
The week is considered as beginning from 14:00 on the Saturday of arrival until 10 am on the following Saturday. You can move the days of arrival and departure on request and agreed with the owners.
Notes on prices:
Initial deposit is required upon confirmation of booking 50% of the total price of the reservation. For further informations contact the owners at the following e-mail address email@example.com
Owner's Cancellation Policy
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From the Owner
“The house because of its central location and at the same time offers panoramic already in the morning who wakes up one spectacular and unique view across the valley, not to mention the large rooms that are decorated in a typical Tuscan style will make your holiday unique.”
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
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- Child's Highchair
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- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- scenic drives
- 300 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- The bathroom is large and consists of washbasin, bidet, toilet, a shower, a washing machine, and a window.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Possibility of adding two single beds.
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Possibility of adding two single beds.
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The rooms are spacious entambe, and consist of a double bed with carved headboard, wardrobe, cabinet, two bedside tables, a large mirror, and a window to the first room and two the second.
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- Notes on accommodation: The house is about 300 square meters. And is located close to the main street of the village, achievable by walking, and is spread over three levels. It is made spacious and comfortable rooms, which evoke with their decor to the traditional style of life "tuscan". The first floor consists of an entrance hall which leads to the large kitchen where you can also dine, and the living room nicely furnished. On the second floor there are two large double bedrooms with antique furniture, and a large bathroom. The house also has a balcony from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the valley and surrounding mountains. The ground floor consists of a basement and a kitchenette, usable for dinner at 'open under the pergola. The garden is a pergola, under which you can dine, and a staircase that goes to a corner "relax" along the path, you will reach the private pool. The property also has a small vineyard. Outside: The garden has a pergola, under which you can dine, and a staircase that goes to a corner "relax" along the path, you will reach the private pool. The property also has a small vineyard. Utility Room: The house is equipped with cleaning products, laundry service (inclusive), hair dryer, refrigerator, TV, shower, washing machine, barbecue, private pool, plates cups and cutlery. On request, extra bed is provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: In the kitchen are no products for daily cleaning of the rooms and the kitchen. Final cleaning and laundry services are included in the price. Other: The entrance is wide and welcoming, consists of four comfortable armchairs, a coffee table, an old stove and a window overlooking the garden pergola.