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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: 03/25/2015
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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.

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Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Villa

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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

Other Amenities

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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • 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

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Stainless steel rack and bright sunshine....moreless

  • Fireplace:

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

  • Garage:

    No garage is available....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • 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

  • Internet:

    Wireless Broadband...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • 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

  • Parking:

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

  • Telephone:

    Voip International Service...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    New front loading machine...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

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

  • Kitchen:

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

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Staples and spices for cooking are furnished...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas/electric stove and oven...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

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

  • Lawn / Garden

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

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

 

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Last updated: 03/25/2015
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Location

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

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

VRBO #460754

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Date last modified - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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  • Sleeps
    7
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1.5
  • Property type
    Villa
Owner
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 2 days
  • Response rate 80%
  • Calendar last updated 03/25/2015
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