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Abbiamo soggiornato alla Casatorre nell’appartamento Lunigiana ad agosto. L’appartamento è molto confortevole, pulito, con due belle stanze da letto e un comodo bagno con una grande doccia. La cucina è spaziosa e ben attrezzata con tutto l’occorrente. C’è anche un microonde che ci è stato molto utile. Il giardino è davvero incantevole, ampio, circondato da alberi d’alto fusto e molto ben tenuto e offre una vista mozzafiato sui monti circostanti. Ci sono spazi arredati per poter mangiare all’aperto e barbecue per fare una grigliata. I nostri bambini hanno particolarmente apprezzato la piscina di acqua salata!
Siamo stati benissimo alla Casatorre, abbiamo trovato un ambiente rilassante ed easy. Ci torneremo di sicuro e la consigliamo vivamente!
Nestled away at the top of the mountain village of Irloa Di Sopra, we found our stay at Villa Ariola to be the perfect combination of classic Tuscany and high-class relaxation. This property is perfect for those looking for a hot soak and a refreshing swim while slow roasting some local meat in the wood fired pizza oven or just laying out in the sun over cocktails and music. The property not only offered isolation, but also easy access to ingredients and activities. We stayed for 7 days and choose to stay-cation 4 days and day-trip for 3, day on, day off style.
Day trips included a trip to Bagno Tropicana Beach (less than an hour drive) where we had a lovely lunch at the Bagno Marina and then off to float in the salty, buoyant, waves of the Arcipelago Toscano Sea occasionally taking a break for a cocktail or lying in the sun.
Another day trip was to Parma with a brief stop (10 min West) at the Fidenza Village outlet stores, The Ferrari Store being a favorite. We had a lovely lunch and stroll through town exiting Parma with a stop at Il Tempio, an amazing bakery, for some chocolate and vanilla cannolis, Yum!
Our final outing was to Pisa. The leaning tower was quite the sight and the town of Pisa, Square of Miracles area, was surprisingly full of places to explore, eat and shop.
As for the alternating days staying at the Villa Ariola, I will leave you with this; we returned well rested, full of delicious food and tan.
The kitchen was spacious and well appointed. The appliances are premium. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Views of the stars at night from the hot tub are stunning. Pro-tip: Open the big umbrella 50% and turn toward the BBQ 45 degrees to block out the only light from town for the best star gazing experience, absolutely breathtaking.
We highly recommend the Villa Ariola for a proper, well balanced, Tuscany experience. It will be a holiday you’ll yearn to return to.
A special thanks to the owners, Lynn and Bill, who made access to their home seamless and pleasant.
Aaron, Stacy, Barbara and Heather
Santa Cruz, CA, USA