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Casa Colomba, Authentic Tuscany, Romantic 12th Century property. Nr Pisa/Lucca

Bedrooms 1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1 bed, Medieval village, garden, Wifi, ideal base for touring Tuscany

HISTORY & ROMANCE - 12th Century Medieval Tower House

Steeped in history and wrapped in Romance CASA COLOMBA is situated in the authentic Tuscan town of Vicopisano Ideally located for visiting PISA, LUCCA, FLORENCE, VOLTERRA and even the CINQUE TERRE.

THE ROMANTIC BEDROOM is housed in the Medieval tower where an antique chandelier hangs from the character beamed ceiling over the period bed. The view from the window is over the surrounding hills and countryside and the part of Brunelleschi's wall!



PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION PACK - e-mailed to you before your arrival.

This guide is full of detailed information and is designed to help you plan and enhance your stay.


We offer a concierge service which includes:

booking restaurants, help organizing excursions, tours and experiences, shopping information etc.


A bottle of chilled Prosecco

A selection of tea and coffee

Fresh milk


This historic building is the perfect place to stay for romantics, history lovers and those looking to experience a genuine Tuscan town.

Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine covered hills, olive groves and sunflower fields in the summer, the location is a history and nature lovers dream an ideal landscape for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking

The property dates back to the 12th Century and includes a Medieval tower with exposed stone interior walls and lofty beamed ceilings.

Look out of the windows and you will see the remains of the original town walls built by the famous Renaissance architect Brunelleschi.

Your morning Cappuccino is just a stroll away as well as an early evening aperitif and local pizza.

There is a garden at the rear of the property available just for our guests , (Access to garden 100 metres around the block) in addition to a romantic Loggia (summer room) with day beds with views over the surrounding hills.

The property owners live on site and are available should you need them to offer insider knowledge on places to see, where to eat and the best way to get around!

COOKING LESSONS, GASTRONOMIC AND WINE TOURS can all be arranged close by - see Amenities section



A selection of guides and maps to help you explore the local area.



A stunning airy room with the exposed stone of the 12th Century Medieval Tower and lofty beamed ceilings. The living room is spacious and comfortable with a library and study area.

There is a comfortable sofa bed which can sleep an additional adult guest or 2 children


The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th Century Tower. The double/Queen size cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.


Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap and shower gel.


All bed linen, towels and adult bathrobes included in the rate.


The stone-built kitchen is very typical of Tuscan design and is fitted with modern appliances and fully equipped for those wishing to cook at home. Cooking hob, oven, fridge/freezer, toaster, a cool box/bag ideal for beach days and picnics.


A small recess with doors situated off the living room has a washing machine, iron and ironing board.


The loggia is a room which has a large open recess facing the surrounding hills and garden. It is the perfect place to relax with a book and a glass of wine. The room has been furnished with daybeds and African poufs for maximum comfort.


There is a garden at Casa Colomba, which can be accessed at the rear of the property. The garden is for the use of our guests only, unlike many other properties in the village which have communal gardens. The garden is south west facing and a real sun trap. There is a table and chairs for outside dining and loungers to relax on.


Access to the Tower House apartment situated on the 2nd floor is via 34 stone steps. There is a banister/handrail on each side. We do not recommend the apartment for those who have difficulty negotiating the stairs.

Free parking is available 100m from the front door in the car park used by all residents of the historic centre.


The ground floor of Casa Colomba has recently been restored, this is your chance to have a peep into the past and wonder what happened here in times gone by. We use this space for impromptu drinks with guests. We hope you have the time to join us over a glass of chilled Prosecco!

Keywords: apartment, flat, condo, one bedroom, historic, couples, families, Tuscany, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, washer, kitchen, free WiFi, Internet, garden, cooking courses, Romantic, boutique, stylish

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Marie and Lorenzo
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2018

About Marie and Lorenzo

Marie and Lorenzo moved to Tuscany in 1993. Lorenzo is originally from Turin in the North of Italy and Marie is from Leamington Spa in the UK. We met in England where Lorenzo was studying English in 1998 and we were married in Italy on Lake Orta in the year 2000. We lived in a small village on the lake for 3 years before moving to the beautiful region of Tuscany.

We bought Casa Colomba in 2006 and slowly and lovingly began its restoration. By 2010 we were able to open our home to guests and share with them the delights of this region.

By 2014 and by complete accident - or should we call it fate - we became fully-fledged property managers offering characteristic vacation homes in our small town.

We now manage 13 properties including our own! Lorenzo has worked in hospitality and customer service for more than 20 years where he mainly worked in 5 star hotels. Marie recently 'hung up her wings' after delivering first class service for 20 years as a flight attendant for a British airline.

Marie and Lorenzo purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Marie and Lorenzo chose Vicopisano

We bought Casa Colomba after searching for a property for more than a year and after seeing more than 40 properties.

Casa Colomba was not the type of property we were looking for as we had something a little smaller in mind!

At the time we were renting a small apartment in a village within the district of Vicopisano but we were desperate to buy our own property.

We both loved the village of Vicopisano and often walked around the historic centre wondering what lay behind the crumbling facades and huge wooden doors.

At the time there was not much on the market but friends had told us about a newly renovated property in the village so off we went to have a look at the outside.

The property looked good but it appeared much bigger than what we were looking for - however we spotted a 'For Sale' sign in the window of another nearby property which looked like an apartment on the first floor.

We made an appointment with the owner and couldn't believe what we'd stumbled across. The owners produced a huge iron key and unlocked two giant wooden doors on the ground floor.

Inside there was nothing but exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, earth on the floor and the calling for a lot of work!

Before we had even seen the rest of the house we were hooked by the romanticism of it all especially when we discovered that the property included a 12th Century residential tower.

What we thought was going to be an apartment turned out to be a 3-storey house with a garden full of original features and way beyond our budget and the rest is history!

With two floors completed and one more to go Casa Colomba is a labour of love and a project for life.

We named the house Casa Colomba as Colomba was the name of Marie's grandmother with whom she grew up with as well as being a girl's name Colomba which means 'Dove' in Italian.

What makes this apartment unique

We fell in love with Casa Colomba because of its sense of history, original features and its location.

All the rooms have beamed ceilings and we have either restored or replaced the hand made terracotta pavement tiles.

The 12th Century tower is unique and although the tower is not obvious when you first walk into the house it is very evident from the rear of the property.

It is amazing to think that the tower would have had another two floors during its heyday in the Middle Ages but due to the fortification of the village by the Renaissance engineer Fillipo Brunelleschi the residential towers of Vicopisano were cut down in size in order to spot the enemy should he arrive.

To have a garden is a bonus and a luxury in a Medieval historic centre. The garden is South West facing and is a complete sun trap with beautiful views over the hills and Medieval towers.

The other unique benefit is the location. In the historic centre we are just a short walk to all the village amenities but also just 100 metres in the other direction we are in the heart of the country surrounded by pine-covered hills and sunflower fields in the summer. There are plenty of walking and cycling trails for all levels of fitness and abilities.

Finally we love the location of Vicopisano because apart from the countryside we also love the sea and in just 30 minutes we can escape the heat of the summer sun at the beach or head for the higher hills in the more remote villages.

Another unique benefit is that we live in an authentic working Tuscan small town not yet discovered by mass tourism but close enough to visit the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Volterra and Pisa's wine region.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed 1 week in the fantastic apartment Casa Colomba. The proprietors, Marie and Lorenzo, had bought the tower and recently renovated it so everything is new.

When we arrived, we were received by Marie. They live downstairs, which is very practical if you have any question or problem.

Everything was super clean which is a important point for us! The apartment has many appliances that make your stay better : a toaster, espresso café machine, washing machine.

There is wireless internet !

And a loggia with beautiful views were we had breakfast and dinner.

Marie and Lorenzo are the perfect hosts, always very helpful and at the same time giving you privacy.

The weak points would be: the very steep stair, no dishwasher and the TV did not have many foreign channels (but we did not watch TV during our stay, so we did not care).

The apartment is ideally placed to visit Pisa and Lucca (about 25 min. by car). Other places of Tuscany need 1-2 hour drive (San Gimignano, Siena)

I would recommend Casa Colomba to my friends, we loved it ! In fact, you could spend the holidays in the apartment without going outside
May 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Vicopisano around the Province of Pisa

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap, hand cream & shower gel, bathrobes and towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower. The double/Queen cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


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Welcoming, comfortable and thoroughly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the medieval tower for the first two weeks in August and loved it. Totally authentic and rustic but it had everything we needed and the fantastic big bed was firm and very comfortable at the end of each day.

The hosts, Marie and Lorenzo, were the best we have ever known, they made us so very welcome and on hand for anything needed. They provided descriptive books on everything from Casa Columba to the local area and attractions.

Unfortunately my husband was quite ill and spent 5 days in hospital and Marie and Lorenzo were life savers and we couldn’t thank them enough for their help and suppprt.

We now consider them to be friends and will be back before we/they know it! We would recommend this wonderful apartment to anyone wanting to sample the sites and delights of this wonderful part of Tuscany.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic and authentic Tuscany home

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I were very pleased with the accommodation in Vicopisano. The photos are very accurate. Marie and Lorenzo couldn’t have been better hosts. When we arrived late in the evening Marie and Lorenzo had Prosecco, meat and cheese and bread for us. We were starving and it was perfect. We signed up for a wine tour and a cooking class. Both events were top notch and fantastic experiences. Both Marie and Lorenzo speak English which was helpful to us since neither of us speak Italian. I loved the village as well. It was lovely to walk down to the market and buy cappuccinos for one euro. On Saturday they had an amazing farmers market and music in the evening in the Piazza. My husband and I also found a wonderful trail to run on. Air conditioning is a rare commodity in Italy and of course our accommodation was not air-conditioned. It was a particularly hot and humid week and so it was slightly uncomfortable in the evenings even though they had plenty of fans for us to use. The space was wonderful but the bed was a little too hard for our liking. We really enjoyed the overall experience and when we return to Tuscany we will definitely ask to be a part of Marie’ and Lorenzo’s excursions.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An authentice Tuscan experience!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Casa Columba was like stepping back in time with all the modern conveniences. Our hosts, Marie and Lorenzo were very friendly and welcoming and provided helpful information of what to do and see. The house was furnished beautifully and the welcome basket was so nice after a long day of travel. I would highly recommend staying in this intriguing and unique 12th Century Tower... you'll definitely get a true Tuscan Experience!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, it's always a pleasure to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay with us at Casa Colomba. Like you many of our guests enjoy the sense of history and uniqueness of the property. We are pleased you enjoyed the welcome basket , the chilled Prosecco always goes down well! Lorenzo and I would like to say a huge thank you for finding us, it was lovely to meet you both and we hope to welcome you back to Casa Colomba again one day in the future. Til then take care and warmest regards Marie and Lorenzo
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Unforgettable!!! We did not want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Marie and Lorenzo were amazing hosts. We truly enjoyed every minute of our stay

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Yvette, thank you so much for your 5 star review of Casa Colomba, it was great to meet you both and we hope you return again one day in the future. Your were great guests and it was fabulous to spend some time with you. Best wishes Marie and Lorenzo
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Exquisite, authentic, memorable with excellent hosts!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited Casa Colomba, in Vicopisano, Tuscany, in April 2018 on our first visit to Tuscany. Casa Colomba was perfect. It truly is an authentic experience. The stone walls, wooden beams, quaint kitchen, and relaxing loggia were beautiful. It was very spacious inside, with a large living area, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and loggia. The town itself was very special, and we enjoyed walking the streets and pathways around the village. We felt as if we were the only tourists there! Marie and Lorenzo were delightful hosts, there when we needed something but not intrusive at all. There were restaurants, a market, and bars within walking distance. If you are looking for a stay in authentic Tuscany you cannot go wrong with Casa Colomba!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sara and Sean, Thank you for your kind review of Casa Colomba it’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. It’s always lovely to have guests who appreciate Casa Colomba’s sense of history with its authentic and original features like the beamed ceilings and 12th Century stone walls. We are delighted you enjoyed the village and that you truly had an authentic Tuscan experience in Vicopisano. Thank you for finding us, it was great to spend some time with you and we hope you come to visit again one day in the future. Warmest regards Marie and Lorenzo
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  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending 5 days in Vicopisano in the comfort and concenience of a lovely home while experiencing amazing warmth and unending support from our hosts Marie & Lorenzo. Before we even arrived, we loved what we saw from pictures and the extensive information we were provided. Marie was always quick to respond to any question we had before & during our stay. She provided us with very helpful information & suggestions which let us know all about Vicopisano and other locations/events we might want to explore. Our hosts went out their way to make our arrival convenient and exciting. Throughout our stay they made reservations for us as needed (e.g. Taxi, rental car, dinner...even a haircut), always making sure we were well taken care of. Their recommendations of places to go, where to eat, and things to see were perfect. Their home was spacious, rustically beautiful, and had everything we needed to make us feel welcome, comfortable, and right at home. Casa Columba in Vicopisano is absolutely a place we would love to return to. Because of the comforts they provided, and it's convenient location, we would extend our stay and make it our homebase from which to visit other places. We can't thank Marie and Lorenzo enough for making our 'dream trip' a reality. It was even more than we could have hoped for. The pride they have in their home and the joy they get in sharing it with others is evident in all they do. We arrived feeling like fortunate visitors who had discovered a lovely home with attentive hosts...we left feeling like friends. Thank you. We hope to see you again!!!

Sheila & Boyd

  • Review Submitted: 15-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sheila and Boyd, Thank you so much for taking the time to review Casa Colomba and for your kind words about our home. It was such a pleasure to meet you both and spend some time with you and It was an absolute pleasure to be able to assist you throughout your stay. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our suggestions and recommendations of how to get and around and where to eat etc. You were absolutely great guests and we know this was a very special trip for you and we thank you for finding us and trusting us to make your stay a special one. We so hope that you will come back to visit us again in the future, till then take care and best wishes. Marie and Lorenzo
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Pisa 12 miles - 23 minutes
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
32 Kilometres
Livorno 20 miles - 35 minutes
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Tirennia & Montecatini Terme 19 miles 30 minutes
Nearest Train
7.5 Kilometres
Pontedera trains to Florence 5 miles 10 minutes
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
Motorway A12 Genova/Roma or A11 both 30 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Vicopisano - 3 minute walk
Nearest Ski
91 Kilometres
Abetone- 57 miles - 2 hours 25 minutes
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Marina di Pisa - Calambrone 19 miles - 30 minutes
Car: recommended


PISA with her must see LEANING TOWER, Medieval tower houses and lovely riverside walks - 25 minutes*****

LUCCA a charming walled city a favourite with many guests and great for shopping - 35 minutes *****


Yes we may be in Tuscany but we are close to the sea. In just 30 minutes you can reach the coast and some lovely beach clubs where you can relax in your own gazebo next to the Mediterranean sea. If you love your beaches wild and untamed we can also point you in the right direction.

FLORENCE - The Renaissance capital full of art and romance - 45 MINUTES and also reached by train *****

VOLTERRA - a beautiful hilltop Tuscan town located in the Pisan countryside with links to the TWILIGHT SAGA - 60 minutes*****

SAN GIMIGNANO - with its famed Medieval towers 75 minutes *****

CINQUE TERRA - Not in Tuscany but a must see location for many of our guests - 75 minutes *****

SIENA - The Medieval masterpiece famous for its Palio 1 hour 55 minutes *****




A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Rocca as it is known is an impressive feat of Renaissance engineering designed to defeat and trap the enemy. A guided tour certainly makes this place come alive as one of the experienced guides takes you on a journey from times gone by. Visit the dungeons, climb the impressive watch tower and get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside. Discover the amazing history behind this Medieval stronghold and the village of Vicopisano - a place desired by the Medici family dynasty and a place well known and visited by Leonardo Da Vinci.


Terricciola the picturesque wine territory just 30 minutes away where you can enjoy private wine tasting tours and excursions


Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine.


Truffle hunting, cheese tasting, olive oil tasting. Visits to artisan producers of Pecorino and pasta Tuscany is a foodies dream. All of the above experiences can be arranged near by. Please contact us for more details.

Visits to local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce.


Guided walks and cycle rides can also be arranged with licensed and experience guide for all abilities and levels. For serious cyclists Vicopisano is situated on the Montepisano a training ground for professional cyclist.

Buses from the village to Pisa and Pontedera where you can connect with trains to Florence. Buses run from Monday - Saturday during the day time.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment around the Vicopisano,

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn Special
2 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
1 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
Xmas/New year
20 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
7 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
1 Apr 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
15 Jun 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £179.16

Rate includes: all bed linens and towels, bathrobes, final cleaning, WiFi internet connection, welcome refreshment pack, heating

Pets on request 30 Euro per pet per stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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