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Romantic Medieval Tower House Apartment Near Pisa, Lucca and Florence

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Rear view of Casa Colomba with Medieval 12th Century Tower bedroom on the right

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Last updated: 12/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Pisa apartment description

Casa Colomba is the perfect romantic bolt hole situated in the historical centre of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany’s most beautiful villages and best kept secrets.

This 1 bedroom apartment sleeps 2-4 and offers boutique style with Tuscan charm and character, with original features such as exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, a 12th century tower room and a charming Loggia.

Ideally situated in the heart of the village just a two minute stroll away from the lively village square, cafés, bars, restaurant and supermarket.

Vicopisano is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine covered hills, sunflower fields and olive groves an ideal landscape for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking.

This area is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany such as the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Siena as well as being just under a 30 minute drive away from the Pisan coast, its beaches, Thermal Spas and Golf course.

COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES
Our Pre - Welcome information pack is emailed to you 45 days before arrival - The guide is full of detailed information and is designed to help you plan and enhance your stay.

WELCOME PACK ON ARRIVAL - includes:
A chilled bottle of Prosecco
Local cheese and salami
Pasta and pasta sauce
Bread and or crackers
A selection of tea and coffee
Fresh milk
Sweet biscuits
Salt, pepper, olive oil

CONCIERGE SERVICE
We offer a concierge service which includes:
Booking restaurants, help organizing excursions, tours and experiences, shopping information etc...

TOURIST INFORMATION AND MAPS
A selection of guides and maps to help you explore the local area.

APARTMENT DETAILS

LIVING ROOM
A stunning airy room with the exposed stone of the 12th Century Medieval Tower and lofty beamed ceilings. The living room is spacious and comfortable with a library and study area.
The is a comfortable sofa bed with can sleep an additional adult guest or 2 children

BEDROOM
The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th century tower. The double cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.

BATHROOM
Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap and shower gel.

BED LINEN AND TOWELS
All bed linen towels and adult bathrobes included in the rate

KITCHEN
The stone built kitchen unit is very typical of Tuscan design and is fitted with modern appliances and fully equipped for those wishing to cook at home. Cooking hob, oven, fridge/freezer, toaster, a cool box/bag ideal for beach days and picnics.

UTILITY ROOM
A small recess with doors situated off the living room has a washing machine, iron and ironing board.
OUTSIDE
There is a garden at Casa Colomba, which can be accessed at the rear or the property.

ACCESS
Access to the Tower house apartment situated on the 2nd floor is via 34 stone steps. There is a Bannister/handrail on each side. We do not recommend the apartment for those who have difficulty negotiating the stairs

Keywords: apartment, flat, condo, one bedroom, historic, couples, romantic bolthole,

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 80 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Concierge

              Suitability

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Children Welcome:

                We can provide a baby travel cot for infants. Older children may sleep on the sofa bed in the living room adjacent to the bedroom....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              • Bedroom 1

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              • The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower. The double cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with Crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling. The double/queen cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with Crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1

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              • Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap, hand cream & shower gel, bathrobes and towels....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • COOKING LESSONS Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine. You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. Your chef and teacher is from Vicopisano and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all things gastronomic. GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, Cheese tasting at artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, Truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged with a private guide. Visits to local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce. GUIDED WALKS & BIKE HIRE Guided walks and Cycle rides can also be arranged with a guide. ...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Guide books Special interest book about Tuscany Library and book exchange Complimentary guides and maps of local area...moreless

                  • CD Player

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Festivals
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                  • Rural
                  • Village

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 4 people

                  General

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Bed linen, pillows & pillow cases, ...moreless

                  • Living Room:

                    Stylishly decorated with a mix of both traditional and modern pieces. A comfortable sofa bed which sleeps 2. Occasional tables, writing desk. LCD flat screen TV, DVD player, selection of DVDs & Cd'...moreless

                  • Parking:

                    Free public carpark 100 metres from house. ...moreless

                  • Towels Provided:

                    Bath and hand towels, bath robes, pool/beach towels...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    The Washer is in the apartment and is for sole use of the occupants ...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Traditional Italian Mocha...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Kitchen:

                    The stone built kitchen unit is very typical of Tuscan design and is fitted with modern appliances and fully equipped for those wishing to cook at home. Cooking hob, oven, fridge/freezer, toaster....moreless

                  • Oven:

                    Electric...moreless

                  • Pantry Items:

                    Welcome pack on arrival Bottle of chilled Prosecco Pasta and sauce Fresh milk Fresh seasonal fruit Local Salami and Cheese Crackers & sweet biscuits Selection of tea, coffee, sugar Salt & Pepper...moreless

                  • Refrigerator

                  Outside

                  • Lanai / Gazebo:

                    A charming loggia with a large open recess where you can escape from the heat of the day, enjoy the hill and countryside views. The perfect place to relax with day-beds & floor cushions...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    The garden is accessed by walking around to the rear of the house 100 metres away...moreless

                   

                  Reviews

                  Write a review 4.9
                  from 52 traveler reviews
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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Xmas
                  Dec 20 - Jan 8, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €115
                  €730
                  Low
                  Jan 9 - Mar 27, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €85
                  €535
                  Easter
                  Mar 28 - Apr 12, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €115
                  €730
                  Mid
                  Apr 13 - Jun 14, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €105
                  €655
                  High
                  Jun 15 - Sep 8, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €115
                  €730
                  Mid
                  Sep 9 - Oct 31, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €105
                  €655
                  Low
                  Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €85
                  €535
                  Xmas
                  Dec 20 - Jan 8, 2016
                  3 night min stay
                  €115
                  €730

                  Additional information about rental rates

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                  Notes:

                  Heating is not included in the rate. Please contact us for details.


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                  Calendar

                  Last updated: 12/16/2014
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                  22 Today
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                  Location

                  • Museo Piaggio

                    "A very interesting place to visit - Locally it's also know as the Vespa museum. Great for k..."

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                  • la Rocca del Brunelleschi - Brunelleschi's Medieval Fortress

                    "A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance Engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Roc..."

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                  • Società Agricola Il Frantoio di Vicopisano Srl

                    "Know locally as the Frantoio of Vicopisano Guests of limonaia can enjoy an informative and ..."

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                  20 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Pisa 12 miles - 23 minutes
                  300 Metres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Vicopisano 3 minute walk
                  32 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Livorno 20 miles - 35 minutes
                  30 Kilometres
                  Nearest Golf
                  Tirennia & Montecatini Terme 19 miles 30 minutes
                  7.5 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  Pontedera trains to Florence 5 miles 10 minutes
                  24 Kilometres
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Motorway A12 Genova/Roma or A11 both 30 minutes
                  1 Kilometres
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Vicopisano 10 - 15 minute walk
                  91 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ski
                  Abetone- 57 miles - 2 hours 25 minutes
                  30 Kilometres
                  Nearest Beach
                  Marina di Pisa - Calambrone 19 miles - 30 minutes

                  Car: Recommended

                  BRUNELLESCHI'S MEDIEVAL FORTRESS

                  A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance Engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Rocca as it is known is an impressive feat of Renaissance engineering designed to defeat and trap the enemy. A guided tour certainly makes this place come alive as one of the experienced guides takes you on a journey from times gone by. Visit the dungeons, climb the impressive watch tower and get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside. Discover the amazing history behind this Medieval stronghold and the village of Vicopisano- a place desired by the Medici family dynasty and a place well known and visited by Leonardo Da Vinci.

                  COOKING LESSONS

                  Discover the secrets of Tuscan food! How to prepare it, cook it and discover which ingredients and wines complement this simple but delicious cuisine.

                  You will assist and learn how to cook a typical Tuscan meal just like a Tuscan Mamma. You will learn all the skills of cooking an Italian meal from Francesco who is head chef and owner of a nearby restaurant.

                  GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES

                  Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, Cheese tasting at artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, Truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged. Please contact us for more details.

                  Visits to local olive mill in Vicopisano, includes a visit to the olive groves and vineyards as well as tastings of the olive oil, wine and local produce.

                  GUIDED WALKS AND CYCLING EXCURSIONS

                  Guided walks and Cycle rides can also be arranged with licensed and experience guide.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2006

                  About the owner: Marie and Lorenzo moved to Tuscany in 1993. Lorenzo is originally from Turin in the north of Italy and Marie is from Leamington Spa in the UK. We met in England where Lorenzo was studying English in 1998 and we were married in Italy on Lake Orta in the year 2000. We lived in a small village on the lake for 3 years before moving to the beautiful region of Tuscany. We bought Casa Colomba in 2006 and slowly and lovingly began its restoration. By 2010 we were able to open our home to guests and share with them the delights of this region. By 2014 and by complete accident or should we call it fate we became fully fledged property managers offering characteristic vacation homes in our small town. We now manage 7 properties including our own and despite becoming property managers we still have day jobs for now at least! Lorenzo works in hospitality and customer service in a small family run hotel and Marie works part time as an airline stewardess for a British airline.

                  Why the Owner Chose Pisa:
                  We bought Casa Colomba after searching for a property for more than a year and after seeing more than 40 properties. Casa Colomba was not the type of property we were looking for as we had something a little smaller in mind! At the time we were renting a small apartment in a village within the district of Vicopisano but we were desperate to buy our own property. We both loved the village of Vicopisano and often walked around the historic centre wandering what lay behind the crumbling facades and huge wooden doors. At the time there was not much on the market but friends had told us about a newly renovated property in the village so off we went to have a look at the outside. The property looked good but it looked much bigger than what we were looking - however we spotted a 'for sale' sign in the window of another nearby property which looked like an apartment on the first floor. We made an appointment with the owner and couldn't believe what we'd stumbled across. The owners produced huge iron key and unlocked two giant wooden doors on the ground floor. Inside there was nothing but exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, earth on the floor and the calling for a lot of work! Before we had even seen the rest of the house we were hooked by the romanticism of it all especially when we discovered that the property included a 12th Century residential tower. What we thought was going to be an apartment turned out to be a 3 story house with a garden full of original features and way beyond our budget and the rest is history! With one floor completed and two more to go Casa Colomba is a labour of love and a project for life. We named the house Casa Colomba as Colomba was the name of Marie's grandmother who she grew up with as well as being a girls name Colomba also means 'Dove' in Italian.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                  We fell in love with Casa Colomba because of its sense of history, original features and its location. All the rooms have beamed ceilings and we have either restored or replaced the hand made terracotta pavement tiles. The 12th century tower is unique and although the tower is not obvious when you first walk into the house it is very evident from the rear of the property. It is amazing to think that the tower would have had another two floors during its hey day in the middle ages but due to the fortification of the village by the Renaissance engineer Fillipo Brunelleschi the residential towers of Vicopisano were cut to size in order to spot the enemy should he arrive. To have garden is a bonus and a luxury in a Medieval historic centre. The garden is south west facing and is a complete sun trap with beautiful views over the hills and Medieval towers. The other unique benefit is the location. In the historic centre we are just a short walk to all the village amenities but also a 100 metres in the other direction we are in the heart of the country surrounded by pine covered hills and sunflower fields in the summer. There are plenty of walking and cycling trials for all levels of fitness and abilities. Finally we love the location to Vicopisano because apart from the country side we also love the sea and in just 30 minutes we can escape the heat of the summer sun at the beach or head for the higher hills in the more remote villages. Another unique benefit is that we live in an authentic working Tuscan small town not yet discovered by the mass tourism but close enough to visit the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Volterra and Pisa's wine region.


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                  Speaks: english, italian

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                  Photos

                  • Rear view of Casa Colomba with Medieval 12th Century Tower bedroom on the right

                    Rear view of Casa Colomba with Medieval 12th Century Tower bedroom on the right

                  • The bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower

                    The bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower

                  • The loggia has lovely views over the picturesque countryside and hills

                    The loggia has lovely views over the picturesque countryside and hills

                  • Modern bathroom with shower, crystal basin, WC and bidet

                    Modern bathroom with shower, crystal basin, WC and bidet

                  • Chilled prosecco, fresh seasonal fruit and bathrobes to lounge in

                    Chilled prosecco, fresh seasonal fruit and bathrobes to lounge in

                  • Relax on the day beds in the loggia and escape the heat of the day

                    Relax on the day beds in the loggia and escape the heat of the day

                  • View into the kitchen from the Loggia area

                    View into the kitchen from the Loggia area

                  • The loggia is the perfect place to relax with a book

                    The loggia is the perfect place to relax with a book

                  • Rustic country kitchen with character and modern conveniences

                    Rustic country kitchen with character and modern conveniences

                  • At the rear of the property guests can relax in the garden

                    At the rear of the property guests can relax in the garden

                  • Casa Colomba sits in the heart of the Medieval centre

                    Casa Colomba sits in the heart of the Medieval centre

                  • The characteristic city of Lucca is just 30 minutes away

                    The characteristic city of Lucca is just 30 minutes away

                  • The living room has the exposed stone walls and hand cut terracotta floor tiles

                    The living room has the exposed stone walls and hand cut terracotta floor tiles

                  • The living room with lofty ceilings and 12th Century stone walls

                    The living room with lofty ceilings and 12th Century stone walls

                  • Our welcome pack includes a chilled bottle of Prosecco

                    Our welcome pack includes a chilled bottle of Prosecco

                  • Relax in the lofty living space with a glass of local wine

                    Relax in the lofty living space with a glass of local wine

                  • Typically Tuscan stone built kitchen with character

                    Typically Tuscan stone built kitchen with character

                  • The living space has a study and library area full of local interest information

                    The living space has a study and library area full of local interest information

                  • The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking at home

                    The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking at home

                  • Bathroom details - hand soap, shower gel and soft white towels

                    Bathroom details - hand soap, shower gel and soft white towels

                  • Coffee time!

                    Coffee time!

                  • Garden wall feature from the 14th Century

                    Garden wall feature from the 14th Century

                  • The magnificent city of Pisa with its Leaning Tower is under 30 minutes away

                    The magnificent city of Pisa with its Leaning Tower is under 30 minutes away

                  • The beautiful city of Florence can be reached in under an hour

                    The beautiful city of Florence can be reached in under an hour

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                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 2

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