Historic villa, spacious, well-equipped, heated pool, relaxing gardens, views, farm restaurant close by, Cinque Terre and cities in easy reach
- English, French, Italian
About Jane Wolfson
We fell in love with Italian cities in the 1990s, and wanted to get to know Italy better. We chanced on Lunigiana and three summers later fell in love with a 14th century ruin! The villa is now fully restored and the gardens and pool are entirely new. We've rented holiday homes ourselves for 35 years, and offer at Al Palazz those things we appreciate ourselves as renters, as well as things we know our guests like - we've rented Al Palazz to 75 families so far, so we're experienced hosts! Now we’re retired we spend a lot of time here and have many good friends locally. This is most relaxing place we know, perfect for gatherings of our global family, and a wonderful spot to develop our gardening skills!
Jane Wolfson purchased this Villa in 2001
Why Jane Wolfson chose Bagnone
This for us is 'real Italy' - a historic villa that's part of a thriving tiny village, with local shops and restaurants close by, in a traditional rural area. The slow pace of life here is a complete contrast to our life in a modern city in England. We love the views, the light, the air, the changing colours of the hillsides. We love being ‘away from it all’, relaxing looking out at the view from the sitting room, in the gardens or by the pool. We love pottering around local towns, days out at the seaside, visiting Florence and Parma, walking in the hills, dipping in mountain streams. And we especially enjoy cooking and eating out!
What makes this Villa unique
The villa is a relaxing rural retreat. It’s spacious, comfortable and well-equipped, close to all facilities but away from it all. You can laze all day and evening by the secluded pool, or explore the many delights of the local area. The villa is also a great base for sight-seeing: the Cinque Terre and major must-see cities are easily accessible by train or car. Our prices are flexible so that Al Palazz can be a romantic retreat, a family holiday house, or a place to share with friends. Our House Books are a mine of information on the property, the area, and local food/drink, and we're always on hand, by email, phone or WhatsApp, to help with queries, advice or bookings. We know the best places to go and best things to do, and if in doubt we know who to ask among our many Italian friends and contacts!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Quiet and restful with lots of charm
We had a very good time enjoying the grandeur of the location and your lovely home. Though we loved the house which was well equipped and very spacious and comfortable we appreciated living on the pool and outdoor kitchen levels too from breakfast onwards. I know it sounds weird but your house book was one of the most excellent things about the house - so much helpful information for journeys out and about and how things work and what foods are local including vast selection of recipe books etc. We spent most of Sunday morning our first morning studying intently. We Loved the pool the swallows who dart in perhaps to cool off we couldn’t tell but they were very daring and skilled flyers.
What an amazing layout with the changing rooms and downstairs kitchen and loo. We sat outside a lot of the time and made sure we remembered to close the windows and shutters late morning which kept the house nice and cool.
We were enchanted by the sounds of the bells from around the mountain side including the cow bells though we felt very sorry for the cows who must have been deafened.
We also loved the dvd collection which was vast and we particularly enjoyed Scorsese ‘s review of Italian films and film makers.
The selection of reading was also very rewarding.
Thank you once again for sharing your home
Wonderful retreat in Lunigiana
We stayed here with family of six (all adults) in second week of August. Had a great time and enjoyed the amenities, surroundings and views from the "Palaz". The owners were very helpful and provide ample instructions as well as suggestions in their guides.
We loved the pool area and were lucky to use some of the fresh tomatoes growing om premises. The 8PM ceremony of the adjoining church every night were special. We loved eating at the "old farm" Vecchio Podere, across the street.
So pleased you had a great time. Thank you for taking such good care of our Italian home. 'Ave Maria' on the church bells each evening is a lovely way to know it's dinner time! Many guests tell us that they, like you, enjoyed the farm restaurant just across the square, and also having fresh produce from our garden.
Coast/Beach: The picturesque port and beaches of Lerici are just 45 minutes/40km away. Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, tiny villages clinging to a rocky coastline, are an hour/50km away and can also be reached by train or boat. The full Italian beach experience – sun loungers, umbrellas, all facilities - can be found at Marina di Massa (about an hour) and beyond. There are also many local crystal-clear streams for paddling, dam-building and swimming locally. Full details in our detailed Out & About book.
Travel: Nearest airports are Pisa (1 hour), Genoa or Parma (1.5 hours). All have car hire. You can also get here in a few hours from cities with airports and stations throughout northern and central Italy, including Bologna, Rome, Milan, Turin, Venice. Nearest stations are Aulla, Villafranca-Bagnone, Pontremoli. The villa is 20 minutes from the A15 motorway exit and railway stations. A car gets you round more easily, but guests have also managed on foot and with trains, taxis, buses.
Distances: A short 1.5 km drive, or a 20-minute walk down the hill on a track through the woods, takes you to Bagnone - a lovely small town with bars, restaurants, all shops, doctors, pharmacy, post office, banks, play park. 15-30 mins driving takes you to many villages, Villafranca, historic Pontremoli and modern Aulla. There are good restaurants, excellent markets and specialist food shops. 30-60 mins lets you explore Lunigiana (see below). Pisa, Lucca, Parma are 75 mins away, Genoa 90 mins, Florence 2 hours.
Further Details: The villa is most suitable for people looking for a relaxing holiday in 'real Italy', who will enjoy the comforts of a family home in a village with Italian neighbours and who will relish the chance to explore an unspoilt part of Tuscany with deep-rooted values, local traditions … and great food! The towns and villages of Lunigiana are small gems - wander cobbled streets and squares, historic castles, churches, houses, museums. Many guests mix days at the villa and by the pool with days in the valleys, at the seaside, in the mountains, or seeing city sights. Wherever you go, we can signpost you to things to do, places to see, and great places to eat - Parma ham, Parmesan, pecorino, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, lamb and wild boar are just a few of many local specialities. Our detailed House Books, rated highly by guests, cover the property, the area, and eating out. We are also available by phone for queries on arrival and for any issues during your stay.