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Prunetta, the village on the mountain pass.

Around the year 1.000 B.C., in the site where now there is the village of Prunetta, there was only woods and brambles (in Italian “pruni” from which the name of Prunetta). But the site was an important crossroad for wayfarers and merchants from Tuscan lands (governed by Medici family and subsequently by Grand Duke of Tuscany) to northern lands. During the years an ancient hospice rose on he pass, managed by the religious order of “Cavalieri Templari” to receive and to restore wayfarers. Subsequently was built the small church and, when the hospice was abandoned, with the stones of he fallen building were built, around the church, the houses of the village of Prunetta. Many of these houses were built in the 17th century.

The village, green and silent, surrounded by beech woods, maintain rhythms and calm of ancient woodcutters and shepherds who built it. For lovers of walking and cycling there are several walks in the shade of age-old trees both on asphalt and on paths.

Taking the road on right as you face of church, you can go along a fresh and picturesque way that, within 5 km., takes you to a group of houses called “Margine di Momigno” and then, on the right, after other 2 km, to the large meadows of “Macchia Antonini”. Here there is also a picturesque restaurant and a lake.

In the other direction from the village of Prunetta, the paths, always shadowed and pervaded by woods and fields fragrance, take walkers to Piteglio (6 Km.). This is a very interesting village, larger than Prunetta and very well preserved. It is set on the top of a hill and there is a splendid view over the mountains (covered in during winter and spring). Here there are steep country-roads and stone stairs where you can see the signs of ancient, rustic and mountain traditions.

Keeping on to “La Lima” and “Abetone”, after 3 or 4 Km. from Piteglio, a detour on left take to a riding track where you can have rides on horseback. Near the riding track there is an ancient stone Romanesque bridge on the river Lima. Very interesting!!

Still keeping on to “La Lima” on the left of the road you can see tourist signpost for “Ponte sospeso”. It is a very high steel bridge on the river. Spectacular!!!

The wonderful mountains of “Appennino Tosco Emiliano” offer marvellous views and interesting walks. On well signed paths you can easily reach the ridges of mountains, the pasture lands with cow herds and many mountains lakes as “Lago Scaffaiolo” reachable from the ancient village of “Cutigliano” and “Lago Nero” from the modern village and ski centre of “Abetone”.

In winter the green pasture lands change into ski tracks and the ski centres of “Abetone” and “Cimone” are the most important of Appennino.

Going out of Prunetta is very easy to arrive in Pistoia (20 minutes by car) and than, by motorway, to Florence (30 Km.), Siena (100 Km.), Lucca (25 Km.), Pisa (30 Km.) and to the Mediterranean Sea, to Versilia and Viareggio with his famous beach and nightclubs.

So, enjoy your Tuscan holiday with the red wine and the olive oil of Vinci, native country of the famous Leonardo (20 Km. from Pistoia).

Enjoy your holiday with the slow live of our mountains and with the green atmosphere of our silent woods.

Written by Marta Villani - Owner of Property 68637 in Prunetta, Italy

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                                                                                                The house is a typical rustic village house with lovely roof top terrace with amazing views.

                                                                                                4 of 5
                                                                                                It was just what we expected.The description was very informative.We were out all day so enjoyed the terrace before we went out and late afternoon when we came back.The lounge was comfortable for evening use.The kitchen seemed to have what was needed but we only had breakfast and we ate out each day.at the village restaurants which were very good.We enjoyed seeing the area around us in the car but we also used the trains twice to go to Lucca which is a wonderful city.The trains are very good value ,are clean and on time.The drive to the house is steep but you expect that in a mountain village and the views are great.We were lucky with the weather too so all in all a good holiday.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                Just beautiful!

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                What a find! This property was just what we were looking for. Total peace and quiet but not too far for day trips to Florence, Pisa, Lucca and the coast.The house is clean and spacious but it is the beautiful garden, the pool and the fabulous views that make this place so amazing. I will miss lying in the garden with a glass of wine looking out across to the local village and wonderful countryside, watching the swallows fly across the pool. There is a nice restaurant within walking distance and two others just a short drive away. Paul, the manager, was friendly and helpful in supplying local knowledge. Overall it was a fabulous holiday and would recommend it to anyone. Alison Jones
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                Tranquil Italian Retreat

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                What a beautiful Villa. Everything you could possibly need to make your stay comfortable. The kids enjoyed using the board games and pool toys, and the rooms were more than comfortable. We were also fortunate enough to get very warm weather in which the pool was a perfect place to spend the afternoon while cracking as many hazelnuts you could eat that had dropped from the trees. The only (minor) details that would have made our stay absolutely perfect is if the pool had been warmer ( Ice cold even with full sun at 34 c) and the drive up and back down the mountain was a bit shorter.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016