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Tuscany, romantic apartment with stunning views

Bedrooms 2
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2Bedroom house in tuscany, sleeps 2-5)Call us for number of guests exceeding 5

The house newly is renovated (2012) and is set in a medieval village at the foothills of the Apennines, surrounded by chestnut forests and olive groves, it makes a wonderful base to explore Tuscany. The entrance of the property is from the terrace which has magnificent views of the Lunigiana valley. The door of the house opens into the typical Italian hallway, there is central heating throughout. The kitchen is equipped with cooker, fridge and microwave. The sitting room has a comfortable sofa bed and LCD TV and SATELLITAR TV . The bedroom has a double bed.For YOUNG CHILDREN:a little bed and a high chair. The bathroom has shower, bidet, toilet and hand basin. The terrace is spacious and has a vine shaded area for dining alfresco or simply enjoying the beautiful view. This property is perfect for people who want to experience local village life, it is a wonderful place to relax, ideal for romantics just wanting to enjoy Tuscany.

Culture and History : The region is scattered with castles built by the Malaspina family, the Brunella fortress of Aulla houses theLunigiana Museum of natural History. Genoa; European capital of culture for 2004 is 1hr drive and well worth a visit. Florence is 1.5hrs drive or you can take the train from Villafranca Lucca 1hr drive a delightful city; hire a bike and pedal around the city walls. Parma or Genoa are both 1hr away for the opera.CINQUE TERRE at40 min drive.PISA and LUCCA at 45 min. drive .Marble's quarries of CARRARA at 45 min. drive.

Sports and Leisure nearby : There are sandy beaches at Marinella and Marina di Massa. There is an excellent open air olympic size swimming pool in Villafranca (10min) with a high diving board, water fountains and children's pools. If you prefer swimming in fresh water there are many freshwater rock pools in the near river Monia (see photo ). There is a tennis club in Villafranca with indoor and outdoor courts. The nearest ski resort is Zeri half an hours drive. Nearest Botanical gardens 30min. Mountain and forest walks right outside your door. At only 4 km away, in the "Protected Area of the river Magra" you can walk, treaking, use cycle pats or exercise equipements, sitting near the river ... (see photo). The high meadows are abundant with flowers and heavy with their perfume. Parma is 1hr away for the nearest Seria A football team.CINQUE TERRE at 40 min drive .Swimming pool at 5 km.CHILDREN can to play FREELY on the village whithout to be afraid of road traffic.A walk on the of village.Kitchen garden with vegetables to pick up free. 2 bottles of our wine free,every week to stay.

Lunigiana and Liguria : Lunigiana unknown to the crowds, yet close to Florence, Pisa and the Cinque Terre, in this sunlit land of chestnut covered hills crowned by medieval villages you will enjoy the very best of Italy - wonderful landscapes, good food and a warm Italian welcome, the northern corner of Tuscany, an unspoiled area of breathtaking natural beauty set between the Apennine mountains and the Mediterranean sea. Lunigiana links the Gulf of Poets(where Shelley drowned, Byron swam and D. H. Lawrence meditated on his next book) and the coastal province of Liguria. The region is dominated by the mountains of the Parco Alpi Apuane (from where Michelangelo choose the marble for his statues). The marble quarries 45min by car are open to visitors.

More Details

Property Manager
Bruno & Roberto Donati
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Bruno & Roberto Donati

I am retired, I get in the best way my guests, even with a bottle of my wine. I nform them about places of interest to visit, restaurants, pizzerias, where to find good and typical foods .I like respect everything that is part of nature, take walks, ..

I often spend time with my guests, especially on the terrace,in summer, talking, comparing notes on customs, traditions, history, etc. (Of course also.... not missing the company of a bottle of my wine)

I do not forget a rose for the ladies, upon their arrival

Bruno & Roberto Donati purchased this house in 1973

Why Bruno & Roberto Donati chose Villa di Sotto

It was my grandparents' house, where was born, and lived, my father. I lived too, baby. I restored and now I leave a part for my guests

What makes this house unique

I liked the house for sentimental reasons (the grandparents' house ...), but also because in a good position, receives the early morning sun rays, a large terrace with lovely views of the valley, the garden, the kitchen garden. in the country, but also in private location.

the friendliness of the people of the country ...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Villa di Sotto in Province of Massa and Carrara

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • One double bedroom and a double sofa bed . In addition: a folding bed on supply and a high chair. A cot for kid.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Internet Wi-FI.. Kitchengarden with vegetables free. Sat. TV


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Tuscany, romantic apartment with stunning views
average rating of 4.733333 based on 30 reviews

A short and wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for the nice days in Irola. I enjoy it so much and i will come back as soon it will be possible.

I think August is a month with many people everywhere at the sightseeing points in Italy, but in Irola by Bruno und Gina you can relax and have a good time at all time.

I hope more German people come and see the beautiful view, i like so much , from the plato at the house.

Many thanks from Diane from Geldern

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, , Diane , for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure ,for us, to be with you again after a year. Now you are part of our family and will be yet a pleasure to stay with you at our home. Greetings to you, the children and family. Bruno and Ginetta
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Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay couldn't have been more wonderful. The owners are the most delightful people and we were immediately made to feel like family. Will definitely be returning!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Anonymous and beautiful family, Thank you very much!!!! Greetings from all of us. Bruno
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Eine Woche Toscana erleben bei Bruno und Ginetta

  • 5 of 5

Zuerst möchte ich mich bei Bruno und seiner Familie für die tolle Gastfreundschaft bedanken. Ich war mit meinen beiden Söhnen (16 und 17 Jahre) dort. Die Terasse war ein Traum. Morgens beim "Supermarket Bruno" ( Gemüse und Früchte aus seinem Garten) einkaufen war toll. Wir bekamen tolle Tips für Ausflüge in die Umgebung . Pisa und Monterosso waren ein Erlebnis , aber besonders sehenswert : die Marmorsteinbrüche von Carrara. Die Woche ging zu schnell vorbei und es gab noch so viel zu entdecken. Die Ferienwohnung war groß genug und hatte alles was man braucht. Pizza selbst backen, kein Problem.

Mir gefiel der persönliche Kontakt, die Verständigung in Englisch mit Bruno klappte prima. Wer Erholung und auch das Land und die Leute kennenlernen will ist bei Bruno bestens aufgehoben. Irola liegt günstig für interessante Ausflüge.

Ich werde sicher wiederkommen.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ciao Diane and beautiful family, Thank you very,very much, for your great review!!!! It was really a pleasure to have you with us, unfortunately, for a short time. I hope to meet you again in "your" home in Italy. Greetings to all of you!!!!! Bruno ,Ginetta,Roberto.
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Perfect for slow living and a long stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the great pleasure of staying in this house for three weeks in July-August 2014. We looked forward to sunny days on the terrace and frequent trips to the beach (half an hour or so away), and even lovely fruit and veg from the garden. Alas, it was not to be, as last summer’s weather was absolutely dire! It rained (with frequent lightning and thunder) for the first half of our stay, and on our arrival poor Bruno apologised that almost nothing in the garden had reached edible stage due to the very cold and wet summer (though he had left us several bottles of much-appreciated wine).

However, we enjoyed ourselves very much and look forward to returning soon!

This is partly because the weather did clear up during the second half of our stay, but the greater factor was the kindness of Bruno and the lovely Ginetta and their son Roberto, who were very helpful but not at all intrusive. Bruno gave us great restaurant recommendations (and made reservations several times), went out of his way to get information and maps about Carrara when we asked him if he knew much about it, and generously shared with us the plums and porcini that survived the deluge. One day we asked casually about the DVD player that we had thought was provided. We’d misunderstood and there wasn’t one, which was fine, but Bruno went out and bought a new one the next day. He even heroically followed us down the hill on the day we left, catching us four miles later to hand over an expensive ceramic vase I’d acquired and stupidly left behind!

We liked the Lunigiana area very much. It’s not touristy and there aren’t a lot of big things to do (though you can easily go to Parma, Lucca, Pisa, the Riviera, etc. by auto and train). We really enjoyed the slow life and the small towns with their different characters and their different market days, and the interesting history of the area, including the Via Francigena, which we had never heard of before. The house is perfectly suited to this type of sojourn, including a well-equipped kitchen and that fabulous terrace. You could never tire of looking out over the valley in all its different weathers and times of day. And if you are unlike us and enjoy hiking, you are right in the middle of some fantastic hikes in the hills.

In short, we recommend this house highly! We’re just sorry it’s taken so long to write a review. We hope to return before very long for another long, slow stay.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Le séjour magnifique.

  • 5 of 5

On a passé quelques jours inoubliables dans une maison charmante et avec environnement très romantique. Merci Bruno pour votre accueil chaleureux et pour tous ce que vous faisiez pour nous.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michal and family, thank you very much for your rewiew !!!! We will be very happy to meet you again.....Ciao. Bruno,Ginetta e Roberto .
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Lovely View and Wonderful Host.

  • 5 of 5

The view from the house was really amazing. The view was never the same everyday when my family (2 adults and 2 kids) stayed for one week. The house has a big balcony where one can enjoy wine (by Mr Bruno) and admire the view or simply enjoy the day. The location of the place was about 15 min drive uphill from Villafranca. The place is a little tight for my family but the outdoor space (balcony) was spacious for my kids to play and run around.

We used the place as a base to visit the nearby villages and even a day trip to Cinque Terre and Carrara.

Mr Bruno is such a wonderful host, he gave many advices where to visit and where to eat especially in the nearby villages. Knowing that we had not book our accommodation for the next destination, he helped us to locate one in Pienza (Which was a lovely farm house). He is caring gentleman.

Thank you for your warm hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, L. and J.,for your beautiful and polite review. Happy holidays around the world !! Greetings to you and to yours very beautiful kids. Bruno,Ginetta ,Roberto.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa and Genoa
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Villafranca in Lun.
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Villafranca Lunigiana
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Villafranca ecc.
Nearest Ski
25 Kilometres
Zoom Zeri
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Marinela di Sarzana -Marina di Carrara
Car: necessary

The property is ideal for a couple or small family seeking the peace and tranquillity of a medieval village in the Tuscan mountains. Just half an hour to the sea, or half an hour to the nearest ski resort. The beautiful cities of Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Genoa and Parma, Cinque Terre,Portovenere ,Forte dei Marmi ,beach of Versilia,marble quarries of Carrara (Michelangelo ),Alpi Apuane for treking, are all a short drive away. Swimming pool at 5 km .The near"Protected Area of river Magra",at 4 km away,offers paths to go on foot,treaking,cicle,equipment for gymnastics ,or sit down to relax. CHILDREN,on the village,can to play FREELY whithout to be afraid of road traffic. A walk on the wood...out the village! Kitchen garden to pick up vegetables free. 2bottles of our wine free ,every week stay .A walk on HORSEBACK...Please see facilitations at 'rates'.

Other Activities: kitchen garden.Vegetables at your disposal gratis. Beach at 35 km. River at 5 Km. Fresh torrent at 4 Km.

Golf:Possible next years


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £53.57
Refundable Damage Deposit £89.29

No Extra Charges; Prices are inclusive of a welcome hamper, Linen and towels, final cleaning and heating. .
2 bottles of typical wine of our own production will be offered every week REDUCED PRICE OF 10% FOR 2 WEEK STAY,or, if you prefer,1 HOUR and HALF of RIDE ON HORSEBACK FOR TWO PEOPLE ( W ITH GUIDE ), in the countryside and woods of Lunigiana . UNFORGETTABLE!!!!!
Kitchengarden free!!!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.