Once surrounded by an ancient castle, Olivola is a picturesque, sleepy village. 10 minutes by car and you are in the town of Aulla, where you can buy whatever you need. There are several supermarkets including Conad and Lidl, plus specialist food shops such as artisan ice cream and patisserrie, cheese and wine. Shoe shops and many fashion retailers. The motorway and station are also approx. 6 kilometres. The house is comfortable with basic amenities, bedrooms and bathrooms are reached via a spiral staircase to the lower floor. There are two terraces with panoramic views to the mountains of the Garfagnana and the Apenines. You can see the famous mountains of Cararra where Michelangelo sourced the marble for his his great works. A gas bbq is available, and a shady garden if you prefer to sit out of the sun.
A car is essential, and you can park within a short walk of the house.
Airports Pisa, Palma and Genoa all within approx. 1 hour. The beach at Lerici with it's stunning views is 30 mins drive, the world heritage site of the Cinque Terre, or Portovenere where famous for the patronage and Lord Byron and Shelley just a little further, drive through beautiful scenery all along this spectacular coastline. Lucca and Florence can be reached in approx. 1 hour. There are many historical places of interest nearby, and the famous spa of Equi Terme is within a short drive. There are many good restaurants within easy reach, a large market is held every Saturday in Aulla, where you can buy local cheeses and salumi and the famous porchetta [roast suckling pig]
Vinyards offering wine tasting are plentiful and you can follow the wine trail through the spectacular countryside, or the Via Francigena where the pilgrims walked from Rome to Canterbury.
There are many historical towns nearby, Sarzana is a smaller version of Lucca, it has two fortresses, both open to the public for a small fee, the town is typical of the area with its narrow streets and large open public squares. Lucca is a tourists favourite, close to Florence, but well worth a visit, it has the famous music festival every July, with famous names such as Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Lionel Ritchie, Mark Knoppler etc....The coast has both ancient and modern resorts, Lerici is traditional with lovely old buildings, a beautiful sandy beach and a castle, Further along the coast you will find Massa, Forte di Marmi, Viareggio and of course Pisa with it's famous leaning tower. We have an English speaking contact who is able to assist you if you have any urgent problems.