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Stone Villa on Front Edge of 2000-Year-Old Tuscan Hilltop Village

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Through the Archway and down the steps to the Gate to the Villa and views below

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Last updated: 06/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Barga villa description

The villa is as romantic as its name: L’Aurora di Montagna. The name refers to the morning light on the imposing mountains, Pania della Croce and Pania della Secca, to the west.

Situated in the heart of the village, it occupies a commanding position overlooking the entire valley. The conversion of this centuries-old, three-storied “casa rustica” with its massive stone walls was done thoroughly and in such a way that every window has a panoramic view of the walled city of Barga far below and the surrounding lovely and historic valley, filled with picturesque villages and encompassed by the rugged mountains - Apuan Alps to the west and Apennines to the east.

The villa is ideal for two couples or a family with children. Our rental season is between the first of May and the end of October. We rent by the week, Saturdays to Saturdays. The current rental rate is $1800/week for up to four guests, and an additional $100/week for each guest beyond that.

Now, our dream can be yours – for a memorable vacation in Italy’s culturally and scenically richest region: Tuscany.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Villa

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

          • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

            Frescoes on the wall, painted by a well known Italian artist...moreless

          • Terrace Sitting room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            This room directly connects with the terrace and its view....moreless

          • Guest Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

            This room has a window with a mountains/valley view....moreless

          • Small bedroom: 2 bunk bed

            This bedroom also has a mountains/valley view...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Terrace level bathroom: toilet, tub

            Beautifully tiled large room...moreless

          • Bedroom level shower/lavatory: shower

            Fully tiled...moreless

          • Bedroom level WC: toilet

            Small WC, fully tiled...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Tiled kitchen with tiled counters. Table seats six. Beautiful mountain/valley views from the kitchen window. Direct access to garden/terrace level....moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining is in the kitchen, or out on the marble topped terrace table, or under the grape vines in the pergola....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Fully equipped with several sets of dishes and lots of serious wine glasses....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Several types of coffee makers, Italian and American....moreless

          • Oven
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Living Room:

            Upholstered furniture with CD & radio sound system. Library cabinet with extensive travel books and maps, as well as lots of English language books/...moreless

          • Heating:

            The house has no central heating system, but the massive stone walls act as a heat sink keeping home pleasantly warmed in the evenings....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            The thick stone walls act as a heat sink in this mountain village, keeping the house cool even on hot summer days....moreless

          • Parking:

            The village has two parking areas, but only the smallest of cars can navigate any of the village streets....moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Yes, but we would prefer it not be used because it is difficult for us to clean....moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            Suitable to take the chill off in early spring and late fall....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Stainless steel rack and bright sunshine....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            New front loading machine...moreless

          • Garage:

            No garage is available....moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • Located in a classic Tuscan hilltop village, which dates back to Roman times!...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Stereo
              • Music Library
              • Games
              • Books

              Communications

              Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    Barga, the town of 10,000 below our village, has a lovely community pool...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Indescribable views from the Terrace, the lawn/garden and the Pergola...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Lawn / Garden

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        Located on a Tuscan Hilltop, between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines...moreless

                      Activities

                      • Churches
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Cycling
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Hospital
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Hiking
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Museums
                      • Live Theater
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Restaurants
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Water Parks
                      • Ruins
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Playground
                      • Library
                      • Shopping
                      • Rock Climbing
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Spring/summer/fall
                      May 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,800

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      Our rental season is May 1st to October 31st. Our rate is $1,800 per week. The charge for each additional guest beyond four individuals is $100 per week. We do not have any additional seasonal rates.

                      $500 Reservation Deposit. Balance due on or before April 1st.


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                      Last updated: 06/09/2014
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                      Location

                      50 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Pisa International (Galileo Galilei)
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Barga-Gallicano Station
                      50 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Italian Riviera
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Many restaurants nearby

                      Car: Recommended

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1985

                      About the owner: We are retired professionals who have traveled a great deal, both in the United States and Europe. Our primary home is in the Mid-west, for family and health reasons.

                      Why the Owner Chose Barga:
                      My wife and I bought this villa on our honeymoon in 1985, while we spent the month of June of that year in the immediately adjacent home, which was owned by friends. This decision has altered our lives, as well as the lives of our extended family and the many friends and acquaintances who have had the opportunity to visit there over the years. I can assure you from past experience that a stay at this villa will alter your life as well.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      We could have decided twenty-eight years ago to begin a search for a second home in Italy that was as lovely as this and had the spectacular views that this villa has. We would still be looking. It was a simply a fortuity that allowed us the opportunity to make this home and Tuscany an essential part of our lives - and the good sense and courage to recognize that opportunity. We knew the instant that we first passed through the stone arch and iron gate which frame the entrance to this property and the beautiful valley below that this was the find of a life-time. Visitors to Italy generally fall into two categories: those who feel they must rush from Rome to Florence to Venice to Milan, etc. ('Tourists'); and those who wish to settle in one scenic and charming location to learn what living in Italy is really like. Italians work in order to live, not live for their work. Their priorities are home, family, food, wine, nature, friends, and enjoyment of life. There is much we can learn from such an experience.


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                      Speaks: english

                       

                      Photos

                      • Through the Archway and down the steps to the Gate to the Villa and views below

                        Through the Archway and down the steps to the Gate to the Villa and views below

                      • The Villa and entrance onto the Terrace

                        The Villa and entrance onto the Terrace

                      • Could you see yourself relaxing here?

                        Could you see yourself relaxing here?

                      • View from the Kitchen window over the Terrace's Jasmine vine

                        View from the Kitchen window over the Terrace's Jasmine vine

                      • The Kitchen China Cabinet

                        The Kitchen China Cabinet

                      • Another view of the Living Room

                        Another view of the Living Room

                      • The Second Bedroom, which has queen and single beds

                        The Second Bedroom, which has queen and single beds

                      • The tenth century Duomo towering above the City of Barga far below us

                        The tenth century Duomo towering above the City of Barga far below us

                      • View of Sommocolonia homes from the Peace Piazza

                        View of Sommocolonia homes from the Peace Piazza

                      • The City of Barga has 10,000 residents and lots of shops, just ten minutes away

                        The City of Barga has 10,000 residents and lots of shops, just ten minutes away

                      • Village street, and on the left the start of the Roman road

                        Village street, and on the left the start of the Roman road

                      • Sommocolonia from Barga.  Our Villa is just to the right below the Bell Tower.

                        Sommocolonia from Barga. Our Villa is just to the right below the Bell Tower.

                      • 'L'Aurora di Montagna,' the sign which indicates you have arrived

                        'L'Aurora di Montagna,' the sign which indicates you have arrived

                      • The Villa view from the Terrace with a marble/granite table for outdoor dining

                        The Villa view from the Terrace with a marble/granite table for outdoor dining

                      • Entrance to the Villa through the Kitchen

                        Entrance to the Villa through the Kitchen

                      • A complete Tuscan kitchen to inspire your culinary imagination

                        A complete Tuscan kitchen to inspire your culinary imagination

                      • View of the Living Room showing the Libreria filled with books, maps, CDs, etc

                        View of the Living Room showing the Libreria filled with books, maps, CDs, etc

                      • The Master Bedroom with frescoes by Adolfo Balduini, who lived in the Villa

                        The Master Bedroom with frescoes by Adolfo Balduini, who lived in the Villa

                      • The bathtub in the bathroom on the Terrace level

                        The bathtub in the bathroom on the Terrace level

                      • The Sommocolonia Bell Tower, whose bells can be heard throughout the valley

                        The Sommocolonia Bell Tower, whose bells can be heard throughout the valley

                      • View of the Villa, gardens and Pergola from below

                        View of the Villa, gardens and Pergola from below

                      • The Terrace Sitting Room, which has couch that makes into a queen-size bed

                        The Terrace Sitting Room, which has couch that makes into a queen-size bed

                      • Can you stop admiring the View long enough to enjoy some food and wine here?

                        Can you stop admiring the View long enough to enjoy some food and wine here?

                      • View of Sommocolonia and the Appennines to the east

                        View of Sommocolonia and the Appennines to the east

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                      Date last modified - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

                      $1,800 per week (USD)
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                      3 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 7

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                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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