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Beautifully restored villa with stunning views, private pool, hot tub



Updated: 25-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

6 bedroom villa with private pool

La Fortezza is a traditional farmhouse that has been sympathetically restored to provide all year round holiday accommodation for up to 12 people. Situated in hills around Pescia the villa affords breathtaking panoramic views of medieval hilltop villages.

Combining rustic charm with modern convenience the property comprises briefly of 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, dining room and kitchen. Outside there are 2 expansive terraces - one covered for al fresco dining and one for taking in the views, private pool, hot tub, pizza oven, olive groves, gardens and ample parking. Children's facilities include high-chair, baby gates, cots with linen, DVD's, toys and books.

The villa is ideal for groups of friends and families for relaxation, reunions, birthdays and celebrations. La Fortezza provides an idyllic setting for the perfect get away.

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About the Owner

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Portuguese, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us enjoy your splendid home in the Tuscan hills! The new pool is fabulous and the pizza oven is a great adventure. Many thanks to Paul for all his great advice.

Hope to come again
May 2013
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us enjoy your splendid home in the Tuscan hills! The new pool is fabulous and the pizza oven is a great adventure. Many thanks to Paul for all his great advice.

Hope to come again
May 2013
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13 Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


Great stay

  • 4 of 5

The house is situated on a hill and provides a beautiful view. The road to the house is very steap. Specially the first time it is a bit difficult (definitaly for larg cars) but you get used to it. The kitchen and the kitchen equipment are rather basic, but all the other rooms and the garden are really very comfortable. We had a very nice stay here and would definitaly recommend this house.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unforgettable stay

  • 5 of 5

Located slightly away from main Tuscany tourist locations turned into a bonus as it created a very relaxed holiday, lended us to visit unheard of but almost as equally historic and beautiful closer villages.

Returning to La Fortezza for a refreshing swim, dinner outside courtesy of a BBQ or pizza oven 'experience', followed by supper on the top deck.

La Fortezza was plenty large enough for the 2 families (10 of us). Took quite a few days to get around all of the house and grounds.

Booking, arrival and on the ground service was great (great restaurant recommendations).

The access road: two cars fared predictably. The shorter Citreon Scenic had no problem - our longer Ford S-Max also made it up, at first challenging, but by the end without any issues. I did need the full 2.5l engine, though to get up the inclines.

In hindsight, should have stayed 2 weeks, and in another life could easily spend a whole summer. After 3 previous trips to Tuscany, I think this one really identified with the Tuscan experience that I had perceived from books and films.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very good, actually better than pictured

  • 5 of 5

Nice, large house with ample space for the six in our party. Lovely location with great views, although the view comes at the price of a narrow, twisting road (so be advised to rent small cars, ideally with four wheel drive). Overall good standard and we didn't really lack anything. Also, good communication with owner prior to stay. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Stay at La Fortezza in July 2010

  • 5 of 5

We were a family group of twelve, 2 grandparents, 4 parents and 6 children aged ten to sixteen. On arriving quite severely delayed (7 hours wait in Manchester Airport) and additional hassle at the Pisa airport car hire pickup and then heading the wrong way on the autoroute, our first impressions were of an exciting trek up a steep mountainside; the dark, the evening heat, cicada chirping and the seeming precipitous drops adding to the sense of adventure as we finally reached our destination. We'd phoned ahead to warn Paul, but our ETA had been way off. He was there with a friendly greeting to show us around the wonderful villa, warm smile and helpful advice despite having had to hang around for several hours. The memory of the tired but excited children running down to try out the starlit pool, brushing up waves of heady scent though the lavender avenue on their way, is one which will stay with us a very long time.

The property suited us perfectly. The views across, up and down the valley from the garden, the eating terrace and the pool with its stout timber deck are simply exceptional. We fell in love with the olive groves and the steeply wooded hillsides, indulging in the idle holiday fantasy that we had arrived to stay and could look forward to leisurely marking the effects of the changing seasons on our beautiful surroundings.

To the more prosaic, our three 5-door Fiat Panda hire cars made easy work of the hairpin bends up the approach track and we were soon swinging around the steep corners through the groves with the nonchalant confidence of the locals.

The villa has been elegantly improved from its former life as a farmhouse. The standard of fittings like the joinery of the purpose-made internal doors, the external doors, windows and integral shutters spoke of an impressive level of quality, set at default. Cool tiled floors and lime-washed rendered rooms with exposed joists and beams, massive thick external walls and an ingenious layout down the hill's slope of three levels containing the 6 bedrooms and living spaces all made the house a pleasure to be in and explore. Wherever you looked there seemed to be nooks of books or semi-secret places to sit and chat, enjoy that view (again) or soak up the sun on a surprise roof balcony. We were intrigued by the way an outcrop of the hillside's rock back had been formed into the wall of the lower sitting room. We loved firing up the pizza oven, we loved eating outside. Please, when can we go back?

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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La Fortezza - Great holiday

  • 4 of 5

Overall, we had a great holiday in La Fortezza.

The accommodation was of a good standard, and clean. We were able to make good use of the pool and BBQ facilites. The view from the villa was excellent, and one of the best bits of the holiday.

The owner gave good customer service, and Paul the local manager was helpful and friendly.

The negative was the drive up to the villa. This was a 1mile up hill drive, with steep/sharp bends. The last part was on a dirt track. It was a bit tricky, and I definately wouldn't recommend trying it at night - especially on the first evening. Also, some might find it too difficult - and it's quite far to walk! Best done in a small car.

The drive was a negative, but overall, the villa makes up for it. Views were excellent, and we cooked in most nights - using good facilites.

I would recommend this property to a friend.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have been to this property 4 times and each time we enjoy it more. It is very well maintained and facilities are great. The veiws are spectacular. Pescia is a great town with great resurants and the market on a Saturday is must. There are great walks from the Villa. It has been restored to a very high standed and we hope to spend time there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pisa at 45 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : San Lorenzo at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Livorno at 65 Kilometres Nearest Train : Pescia at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Chiesina Uzzanesa at 11 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : San Lorenzo at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Viareggio at 50 Kilometres Car: necessary

La Fortezza is located in an ideal place in the hills above Pescia. It provides a tranquil scenic peaceful setting with an abundance of nature whilst still being only 5 minutes drive from the town. It is also within the 'golden triangle' of Lucca, Pisa and Florence - perfect for day trips. After a long day sight seeing there is nothing better than watching the sun set over the medieval hilltop villages with a glass of the local vino.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
15 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Arrival time is between 16:00 - 18:00 and departure is before 10:00.
Towels (use in the house and pool), bed linen (changed weekly), first and last clean, hot water, electric and wood for the fire/pizza oven are all included in the price.
Heating isn't included and is charged extra

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, Twin
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, Bunkbeds with bottom bunk turning into double
  • Children wishing to sleep with parents or siblings can be catered for as there is the use of a small sofa bed (only for the use of a child which can fit into the larger bedrooms) and the bottom bunk of the bunk beds can be turned into a double if needed. Also there are travel cot for babies.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome

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