Spacious 1 bedroom, historic centre, garden, WiFi, ideal for touring Tuscany
Marie and Lorenzo
- English, Italian
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 11th 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
Imagine… an 11th Century Tower House in the heart of a Medieval village, surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine forests, olive groves and sunflower fields Imagine… discovering tiny hamlets, ancient castles and Medieval towers not far from the scent of the Mediterranean Sea Imagine… sipping your morning cappuccino with the locals, dining al fresco in a local Trattoria, and enjoying a glass of wine from a nearby vineyard. These are just some us the unique benefits of living in a historical building in a small Tuscan town where the pace is slow! Casa Colomba is one of the few remaining tower houses in Vicopisano, where you can still witness the tower. The tower is situated at the rear of the property so it is not seen from the front entrance but is clearly seen from the garden. 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.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Amazing Tuscany Vacation Spot
Staying in Casa Colomba was the highlight of our first visit to Italy. The apartment location was perfect for walking around in Vicopisano as well as for traveling to nearby Pisa and Lucca. But what made this stay perfect was the attention and care given to us by Marie. She was always available if we needed anything at all. She knows so much about the local life and helped us with extra side trips. Her suggestions were always "spot-on". Marie: You made our stay one to remember always. We will definitely return to Tuscany! Thank you.
Home Base to all of Tuscany
Spent 4 nights at Casa Colomba, couldn't have ask for a better host in Marie or a better location in Vicopisano for visiting the varied and beautiful Tuscan communities. Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Volterra all unique and exquisite in their own ways. Don't miss time in Vicopisano itself. The restaurants are great, wonderful bakery, and the weekend tower tour is worth the effort to look down on the town and miles into the rolling countryside. This place is everything you are building up Tuscany to be in your mind , don't miss it.
Thank you so much for your great review. It is our goal to give our guests their own personal positive experience of our wonderful part of Tuscany so we are so happy you were able to enjoy your time here.
We do hope you will come back and visit again soon.
Thank you again, it was a pleasure meeting you.
Marie and Lorenzo
Stay in Tuscany
Very much enjoyed our stay in Tuscany, enjoyed the home and the peace an quiet in the village
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us.
We are happy you enjoyed your visit to our sleepy and charming village of Vicopisano and would love to welcome you back one day!
Marie and Lorenzo
Wonderful flat and hosts
We absolutely loved this flat. The town is charming and just what we wanted for our vacation. Our children loved it as well. We ventured to Florence (a one hour drive), Pisa ( a 35 minute drive) and Lucca -at Marie's suggestion (also a 35 minute drive). We absolutely loved Pisa and Lucca. Florence was beautiful, but not the experience we were looking for. We much preferred Tuscany. We will be back. Thank you Marie and Lorenzo!
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us
We are thrilled that you all enjoyed your visit and that Vicopisano met your expectations. We look forward to your returning and will have lots of suggestions and ideas for some more fun experiences.
Thank you again, it was a pleasure meeting you all.
Marie and Lorenzo
Long weekend in Vicopisano
Amazing apartment with a lovely Tuscan vibe. Marie and Lorenzo were so welcoming and ready to help with any question or request we had. The town itself is gorgeous and perfect if you're looking for a hidden gem tucked away in the Italian mountains. Incredibly affordable and really easy to get to via public transport, ideal for mid twenties city dwellers looking for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of life in the big smoke.
Truly Authentic Tuscany!
Marie and Lorenzo have created a space that provides a wonderful immersion into the Tuscan lifestyle! My daughters and I spent 4 days here in mid-March and truly wish we had more time - we will be back! Casa Columba is beautifully restored, right down to a lovely fresco in the kitchen. The village of Vicopisano is rich in history and Tuscan culture - it is great to be able to walk to dinner after a long day of sightseeing. Plus, if you have a car, it is easy to see all of the highlights of the area such as Luca, Pisa, and the Cinque Terre. Florence is a one-hour train ride away. Marie can also arrange some amazing local experiences. Our favorite part of the trip was the tour of the olive groves and mill - be sure to include it in your plans.
Marie and Lorenzo have compiled lots of resources and travel info for the area and they can help with all of your plans. Their “concierge” service in terms of dinner reservations and tour plans rivals that of any 5 star hotel I have stayed at! A stay at Casa Columba is sure to be something you will always cherish both for the beautiful restoration and the warm and welcoming hosts!
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit such a fab review.
We are delighted that you and your daughters so thoroughly enjoyed not only Casa Colomba, but also our historic village of Vicopisano as well as some Tuscan highlights. It is our goal to afford our guests the true Tuscan experience, so you can enjoy firsthand the authentic charm, history and culture – and plan to come back again and again!
It was a pleasure to meet you all and spend time together on the olive tour. It’s heartwarming for us when our guests so appreciate our concierge services.
Thank you again, it was lovely meeting you all
Marie and Lorenzo
THE PERFECT BASE FOR EXPLORING TUSCANY
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 *****
AND CLOSER TO HOME ......
BRUNELLESCHI'S MEDIEVAL FORTRESS
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.
WINE TERRITORY AND WINE TASTING
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.
GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES FOR FOODIES
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 CYCLING EXCURSIONS
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.