About the property
- Castle5381 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
A perfect place for groups looking for mountains, ski, sea, art, food and wine
In a wonderful setting of a medieval mountain village, a recently renewed and tastefully refurbished 17th century palazzo provides the possibility to large families or group of friends to experience a dream holiday in Italy. Here you can decide to spend your time all together while maintaining your own privacy.
The spaces are grand and spectacular: a total of 9 bedrooms, 3 living rooms, 4 well equipped kitchen can comfortable guest up to 26 people.
The 4X8X1,5 pool and a fenced private garden make the palazzo a great and safe place for your children.
Although the palazzo is in the mountains, it can be easily reached by car, by train and by bus.
All outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, etc. are possible in the area. The very close distance to the sea meets the needs of the sea lover as well. We offer periodically creative workshops like painting, sculpturing, yoga. All the year through you can book cooking and wine courses as well as Italian lessons.
Also a great venue if you are looking for your wedding venue in Tuscany.
An authentic Italian holiday!
Mirella Di Muro
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- May 23, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
You could feel the wonderful spirits of the 12th century in this magical castle. The rooms were in separate areas, so lots of people could have privacy or everyone could sit together dining al fresco or poolside. Mirella & Francesco were incredibly friendly and extremely helpful... and boy could they cook! We had several fantastic meals. The pub nearby was great -- convient and good food. Walking the old section of town felt like old Italy that hasn't changed... very soulful. The nearby river with the old Millhouse turned into a playground for my grandkids. All and all, it was extremely special.
A Dream Family Vacation Come True!
Our family vacation (grandma, grandpa, children, spouses and grandchildren -- 17 of us!) was two years in the planning. With heartfelt thanks to Mirella for her kindness, support and guidance throughout the planning process, our two weeks of time together was everything AND MORE than we had all hoped it would be!
We were five families so we rented the entire castle. Each apartment (they are all unique in their own way!) accommodated the needs of each family. Malaspania was a grand apartment with the largest dining/living area. It provided a perfect gathering place for sharing meals and conversation about our adventures......and we had many adventures to share with one another because Tavernelle was a perfect pivotal point for going in lots of different directions. Several of our adventures included going to Venice, participating in a pesto making class in Cinque Terre, bicycling the wall in Lucca, shopping in Siena, visiting Pisa, Rome, Florence, Volterra, Parma and enjoying drives and hiking through the beautiful Appenine mountains/national park, stopping for picnic lunches in quaint little towns nestled in the hills and valleys. Several family members even spent a day visiting the Lamborghini and Ferrari car museums.
As much as we all enjoyed our travels to other places, however, we were always happy to come "home" to Palazzo del Duca! Mirella and Francesco made us feel so very welcome and comfortable every moment of our stay. Francesco was always there to answer questions (he even took time to assist us through the resolution of a small car accident we had in Aulla), share his knowledge of and passion for Italian wines and wine-making, clean the pool for us every morning, and share stories about growing up in Tuscany. Mirella was always warm and caring, eager to help make us comfortable and provide meals for our family (she made a welcome and farewell dinner for all 17 of us!) that were beyond delicious. She was even very mindful of one of our grandchildren's need for a gluten free diet.
The pool was a welcome retreat each and every day because it was 85-90 degrees (Fahrenheit). Our grandsons enjoyed it immensely! Right down the street was a restaurant and a market. A baker came every morning to sell fresh bread! Just out the door were a variety of walking paths that meandered through the mountainside. Do not hesitate to stay here! It is a marvelous and enchanting place. We miss Mirella and Francesco and long to return!
A magical place
The word I use to describe the time my family, friends and I spent at the palazzo is magical. Francesco and Mirella are amazing. The palazzo is wonderful and worked perfectly for our group of 18 people. If you are lucky enough to spend time here, I highly recommend that you make arrangements for dinner at the palazzo. Food is amazing and atmosphere is perfect.There are lots of options for day trips and driving in the area is not difficult. My only regret is that I wasn't able to stay longer. I keep telling people that I have “visited” many places but I feel that I “lived” in Italy.
Incredible location - rich with beauty and history
We stayed for one week, we were a group of 3 families. The children loved the pool and the village (especially the gnocchi at the pub on the corner, they went every day for a plate!)
Mirella and Francesco were so warm and welcoming to us and very helpful for day trip advice.
Our favourite day was the day we walked to Apella and took in the view and the food!
We also had two very special meals prepared by Mirella and they were incredible. Initially we had only requested one meal, but this soon changed to two once we had tasted her wonderful creations!
On the technical side, the property was clean and well maintained. The ground floor Templari apartment was a little dark and damp - but we understood that it is from the 13th century so it was to be expected.
We truly enjoyed our time at the Palazzo and would like to return someday. we have already recommended it to our friends and families.
The good, broad live
We are students and teachers attached to an art school.
We are sculptors.
We want to know what it is to work the legendary marble from Carrara.
Therefore, early in the morning we left our city on the river. Two vans, seventeen enthusiastic passengers and driving hundreds of kilometers ahead.
Palazzo Del Duca, Licciana Nardi, Tuscany, Italy.
Much later than planned, we arrived at our destination.
The surrounding mountains were swallowed by the night. It was non-Italian cold.
The welcome by Mirella and Francesco was warm and cordial. Their table was, despite the late hour, generous and plentiful. Tuscan food, plentiful wine. Generous and homemade.
The tour of the Palazzo and the stories of its history were enlightening and contagious.
This was the night.
The next morning the sky was clear blue. In the distance gleamed the snowy peaks of the Apennines in the morning.
Licciana Nardi is old. Medieval. The village, once a city, embraces the old road that runs from the Ligurian Sea to Parma. Once went along here caravans loaded with salt for the preparation of the, still delicious, Parma ham.
The village, the region, the fortress towers on mountain slopes, forests ... they whisper the story of centuries and centuries.
At the corner of the Strada Provinciale and Via Rondo is “Il Capriolo”. Bar and restaurant. This is the place where, in the morning, standing at the bar as an Italian, you can drink your cappuccino. In the evening you enjoy an aperitivo dolce o ammaro, and, could it be different, where the pizza tastes like it should taste.
The highway is not far. Some winding roads at Aula, and Tuscany is waiting to be explored. Art and culture within reach. Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, La Spezia .... And, remember, the marble quarries of Carrara. Just visit the underground marble cathedrals carved in white marble mountains
We have worked, visited and enjoyed. We have been amazed by the large herds of black sheep that blocked the road perfectly, but who delivered also the milk for the delicious ricotta and pecorino. We swam in the Ligurian Sea.
Always with the prospect of returning to the paradise on Via Borgo. To re-enter the enclosed garden and the generosity of Il Palazzo Del Duca. The comfort, the joint cooking sessions and dinners. The feeling of "Dolce Far Niente" beeing in full activity. The kindness and involvement of Mirella and Francesco.
The prospect remains. Soon we will come back from our city by the river!
Great Escape in Tuscany
The Palazzo del Duca in Tavernelle exceeded my expectations. It was the perfect site for the gathering of old friends. Mirella and Francesco were wonderful hosts and Mirella prepared wonderful meals on our first and last day there. Private transportation is necessary to see the local sites, but driving in the area was not difficult. And the location lent itself to several well known locations for day trips. The bar/restaurant down the street was a hidden treasure."
The property is located in an area called Lunigiana, one of the most beautiful and ancient area of Tuscany, rich in castles, medieval villages and untouched countryside. While you can visit the most important attractions in Tuscany, like Pisa, Lucca, Florence etc. it is a perfect starting point to visit the North of Italy and important cities like Parma, Modena, Genova, Cinque Terre and all the Ligurian and Tuscan Riviera. Not to forget the natural attractions like the white marble of Carrara, and Natural parks like Tosco-Emilian Appennines, 100 lakes park and Alpi Apuane.
Other Activities: painting, sculpturing, cooking, wine tasting, tai chi
Additional pricing information
Just a few more weeks available in high season! Book 2 weeks from August 18th to September 1st 2018 and pay only 3.750,00 a week instead of Euro 4.050,00. Take advantage of this special promotion and Save 600,00 euro now. For more information, please contact us!