Traditional village house near Aulla, Tuscany, Italy - A taste of traditional village life within easy access of beaches, mountains and historic cities
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Well placed for exploring, a lovely house and hassle free rental.
Well placed for visiting other places by car or train ( from Aulla or La Spezia station).
We went to the Cinque terre by boat from La Spezia and returned by train, Pisa by train, Lucca, Florence and Genoa by car as well as some lovely places closer by.
The house was well situated in a lovely quiet village, clean, tidy and provided all we needed.
The terrace was lovely, with great views and we got to appreciate the local wildlife with a visiting hedgehog and a family of wild boar!
Good instructions to find our way and a hassle free rental in general.
Ideally positioned for exploring
on the border of Liguria and Tuscany, this is ideally positioned for exploration. East to the Garfagnana; north into the mountains; south the to Cinque Terre coast. Genoa is an hour away by train.
Aulla itself - nearest town - is underwhelming in the extreme, but there are good walks near Podenzana.
One warning: we parked our hire car on the edge of the vill car park instead of in the centre and the next morning found that someone had scored keys the lengths of the car.
A fine base for a very enjoyable holiday
A well-presented and exceptionally well-equipped house on the edge of a friendly hillside village. There is a splendid south-facing and completely private terrace with views south to the sea, and west to the mountains. It's ideally situated for exploring both the hills and the coast and the Cinque Terre (for which we took the train from Aulla and the ferry from La Spezia). We also enjoyed a day in Genoa - the Maritime Museum is well worth a visit.
Aulla is a good centre for local shopping, and we found good restaurants both there and in the villages (though we thought the local speciality 'Panigacci' a bit overrated).
Perfection in Lunigiana
It's not often that you manage to book a holiday home which meets all your expectations, but this was absolutely the case with Casa della Vigna. Perched high above the town of Aulla, and only an hour's drive from Pisa airport, this was exactly what we needed for a one-week break in this stunning (and not too hot!) part of Italy. The views from the totally-private sunny patio area are magnificent - snow-capped mountains, hill-top villages and the town itself, far below.
The house is well-equipped, and totally comfortable. The village is quiet and peaceful (hardly any cars, but plenty of sunbathing cats!), and the local residents are friendly, pausing to call 'Buon Giorno' whenever you pass, or keen to try out a little English.
There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance, most with stunning views, and it was good to be surrounded by Italian families enjoying an evening out, rather than the usual hoards of tourists.
We drove to the coast on a couple of days to enjoy the delights of the bustling Italian Riviera, and - of course - to Pisa itself. All just perfect!
Very comfy and well-equipped house with spacious garden. Fabulous panoramic views across to the Carrara mountains and La Spezia on the coast. Great spot for exploring the Ligurian coast and Tuscan hill villages. Our particular favourites were the Cinque Terra coastal villages, Portofino and Lucca - all within 1 hours drive. Weather was perfect, so we spent two days relaxing on the sun terrace. This is a lovely house, it has good wifi connection, several good walks and buzzy local restaurants nearby. It is an ideal spot for exploring North West Italy.
Ideal gelegen um die Gegend zu erkunden
Das Haus liegt wunderschön oben in den Hügeln in einem kleinen authentischen Dorf. Wir haben den großen Garten mit seinen Olivenbäumen und den Panoramablick sehr genossen.
Die Dorfbewohner waren sehr nett und es gab ganze 3 Restaurants in unmittelbarer Nähe.
Die Cinqueterre waren mit dem Auto gut zu erreichen. Wir waren froh nach unseren Tagesausflügen dem Trubel zu entfliehen und uns in die Natur zurückziehen zu können
Thank you so much for your comments. We are so pleased you had a good holiday. It is always nice to know you found everything to your satisfaction and your stay was so enjoyable.
Lerici, only half an hour away, is an old fishing port with a good fish market, beaches and boats out to the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre are a collection of five old villages clinging to the cliff sides. They are full of excellent restaurants, and lovely coves for bathing.
There are several beach resorts further south along the Tuscan Riviera, such as Marina di Carrara and Forte di Marmi.
Pisa and Genoa airports are 1 hour by car.
Nearest supermarket is found in Aulla, 5km away.
Aulla's train station, with good connections to La Spezia, Pisa, Lucca and Parma, among other places, is 6km away.
Podenzana Castle perched above Aulla, is a well-proportioned triangular building, massively restored in the 18th century after an explosion in the powder room. The castle is at the top of a steep hill and nearby are 5 excellent restaurants, all within walking distance of the house. They specialise in the regional dish of Panigacci, small chestnut flour pancakes cooked over an open wood fire and served with creamy cheese and home cured meats.
The Fortezza Brunella broods over the town of Aulla, originally build in the 15th century as a defensive rather than a residential castle with walls 10ft thick, narrow windows and vaulted ceilings. It was restored earlier in the 19th century by Montagu Brown, the British consul in Genoa and is now a natural history museum, accessible up a steep driveway off the main Via Nationale. The castle was purchased after the first world war by the Beevor family and a book written called "A Tuscan Childhood" by Kinta Beevor, well worth reading of life in Italy between the two wars.