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Casa Giovanni is a house on two floors, recently renovated, part of a beautiful hamlet with medieval origins restored by a sculptor. It is very private, spacious. Top floor: 2 bedrooms (one large double, one twin or double) bathroom, washroom, . large living room with floor to ceiling glass doors down one side of the room leading to a covered balcony. Ground floor: spacious dining room with a large terrace, kitchen with a shaded terrace - the ‘summer dining room’ – an intimate terrace surrounded by olive trees. Second bathroom on ground floor. You can enter the house on either floor. The view is panoramic, sweeping over the Tuscan hills and valley of Camaiore to the sea beyond. Sunsets are stunning. The house faces south and, in the cooler months, the balcony is a sheltered warm place to sit and enjoy the fantastic view. Casa Giovanni is set in a peaceful, romantic hillside location, yet only 10 minutes from nearest town, 25 minutes from motorway. Shared pool.
The beautiful peaceful hamlet of Peralta has a spectacular setting in the Tuscan hills that rise high above the valley of Camaiore. It was restored with great love and imagination by international sculptor Fiore de Henriquez. She created a place that is quite unique. Peralta was her home up to her death in June 2004, and one can see her work all through the hamlet. Her sculpture everywhere, and the manner in which she restored and designed the hamlet give it very special atmosphere and character. With stunning, panoramic views over the valley to the hills and sea beyond and surrounded by terraces of olive groves, its stone walls covered with purple bougainvilleas, lemon trees, jasmine, Peralta seems like paradise., a place for people seeking tranquility and beauty. There is a swimming pool on an upper terrace with a panoramic view towards the sea. The large terrace in front of Peralta is a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine, enjoy the sunsets and meet other guests.
Lovely walking country with marked trails through the olive groves and hills dense with chestnut trees and known for their wild flowers in spring and autumn. Walks range from 50 minutes to a delightful restaurant in an adjoining village, to three hours up to the peak of the Mount Prana above Peralta. Although secluded, the motorway is only 20 mins away so sightseeing is easy. Shopping in Florence/Lucca/Forte dei Marmi is legendary! Porto Venere & the Cinque Terre are 1 hour away. The sculptor's town of Pietrasanta takes 20 minutes and has many cafes and restaurants. Beaches are 30 mins away. The closest shops (grocer and greengrocer) are just minutes down the hill where there is also a bar/pizza restaurant. The market town of Camaiore takes 10 minutes by car. Peralta offers self catering accommodation sleeping from 2 to 8 and 4 additional bedrooms with bathrooms.
ACCESS: Airports: Pisa 45 mins - Florence 1 hr. Genoa 1 hr.40mins - Bologna 2hrs. From the A11 and A12 motorway exit, Viareggio/Camaiore, you head for 'Viareggio, Lido di Camaiore'. Then for 'Camaiore'. From Camaiore, there is a little road that leaves the valley and winds its way up the hill to Pieve di Camaiore, then to Agliano, then Peralta. (We give detailed directions). Note: The last 200 or so yards of our road are very steep and narrow with 2 hairpin bends. A smallish car is recommended, although an Espace & other large cars can make it!! This last bit of road is unsuitable for nervous drivers. The road comes to an end in our carpark. From there you walk to Peralta itself (about 200 yards/meters) and we can help with luggage (9am to 6pm). . Don't be put off by the last piece of road - Peralta more than merits the effort! And if you are in a very large car, you can always park it below the hairpin bends. It is only a short walk up to the carpark from here.
Bedroom 2 has two single beds that can also be made up a a double.
We can put a single bed in the dining room for a fifth person. We recommend doing this only in the summer months, when everyone will be eating outside and the dining room is not in use....moreless
Our attractive and highly functional bathrooms were renovated in 2007 and are decorated floor to ceiling in local stone. Style of shower is 'wet room' with no enclosure but yet designed so as not to soak the rest of the bathroom! Piping hot water supplied by sun panels, with backup for cloudy days. Heated towel rails....moreless
Children over ten years are welcome.
Our swimming pool (8m x 3m) is shared by guests of Peralta
We have a local cook who is happy to prepare meals to be warmed up in your house. A sort of 'take away' system. There is a list of possible dishes and she just needs to know the previous day. This is very popular with our guests who love to return from a day's sightseeing or a day on the beach to find dinner ready on the cooker, just waiting to be heated up. Cheaper and not the bother of going out to a restaurant - and no cooking!! A particularly good idea for your first evening. Please ask for our menu....moreless
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Casa Giovanni is situated on the lower slopes of the Alpi Apuane (national park), the mountains that rise high above the valley of Camaiore which is behind Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi on the coast (20/30 minutes by car). We are ten minutes by car from the market town of Camaiore and about 20/25 minutes from the nearest motorway exit, making sightseeing easy. The beautiful walled town of Lucca is only 22 km (35 minutes), Pisa is 35 km (45 mins). The marble quarries of Carrara are within easy reach, and the town of Pietrasanta, famed as being the centre for sculptors who come to cast their work from all over the world, is only about 15 minutes from Camaiore. The Cinque Terre (one hour away) - one can drive to La Spezia or Porto Venere and visit them by boat - the ferry service is frequent.. We are one and a half hours from Florence, 2 hours.from Sienna. We are Ideally situated for the Puccini Festival (40 minutes away), the open air opera festival in Torre del Lago.
Other Activities: A wonderful place to spend the Christmas and New Year break. Fireworks all over the valley on New Year's Eve - Casa Giovanni has best view of it all!
Why the Owner Chose Pieve Di Camaiore: International sculptor Fiore de Henriquez was living in the area of Camaiore from the 1960's due to its proximity to the Carrara marble quarries and the bronze foundries of nearby Pietrasanta. In the 1970's she found the small hamlet of Peralta, perched on the hillside above Camaiore. It was remote, served only by a footpath, and the buildings were mainly in ruins - their inhabitants having left in the mid 1950's due to the hard living in the hills. No water nor electricity at this time. Fiore fell in love with the hamlet and managed to gradually buy the various houses. She then set about restoring them and the hamlet and created the very unique place that exists today. She died in 2004 and the hamlet was then taken over by a very good friend of her's who is the current owner. . Repairs and renovations are undertaken where necessary, but the essential essence of the hamlet remains the same as when Fiore was alive. It is the home of her archive and sculptures, which can be seen throughout the grounds and in the various accommodation, of which Casa Giovanni is one.
The Unique Benefits at this House: It is hard to describe the absolute charm and beauty of Peralta and why I am so passionate about it. I now own it and am as much in love with it as Fiore before me. Every corner has its surprises, small details to delight the eye. The wisterias and bougainvilleas offer vibrant colour and essential shade. The views are wonderful, changing with the light, with the weather, with the season. Sunsets are magic. Early morning mist lying in the valley. The sight of Corsica on a clear day. The large bronze sculpture of 'The Phoenix' on the main terrace about to fly off over the valley. Fiore used to say it signifies 'Peralta rising from the ashes'. The many sculptures Fiore left for visitors to enjoy on the terraces. Her private gallery which I love to show to guests and one evening a week, at aperitivo time, I invite any guests staying at Peralta to a viewing of the gallery and Fiore's original house I hope many visitors will find their way to Peralta and enjoy it as much I do ......... possibly even fall in love with it! Dinah Voisin
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