Our 3 bedroom house is in the medieval village of Vico Pancellorum, perched on a hillside in Tuscany, yet only 15 mins from Bagni di Lucca. With exposed beams, Lucchese tiled floors and stunning views it's the perfect place to relax and unwind. The property has three bedrooms, a large lounge-dining room, well-equipped kitchen, family bathroom, separate wc and garden/terrace.
Bedroom One has a modern kingsize bed, a single day-bed and a single foldaway bed. Bedroom Two has a wrought-iron kingsize bed, and Bedroom Three has two single beds.
There is a large corner sofa in the lounge, which has a pull-out double bed inside (increasing the sleeping capacity to 10). There is also a 50" wall-mounted flat screen TV, Apple tv box and plenty of games and books to keep everyone entertained.
In the kitchen you'll find everything you need, including dishwasher, electric oven with gas hob, toaster, coffee machine, microwave, kettle and fridge/freezer.
The family bathroom has a bath (with shower over), basin, toilet and bidet. Bath and hand towels are provided for guests' use.
Outside on the terrace you'll find a BBQ, an extendable dining table which seats up to 8, sun-loungers and several rattan sofas. And, if the 5m above-ground pool isn't enough to keep the kids entertained, there are a selection of garden games available too. The pool is open May to September only and is serviced during our usual changeover day (Saturday).
The property is a short walk from the car park and is reached from the cobbled street by a stone stairwell.
In the colder months the apartment is centrally heated by a log burner in the lounge (which heats radiators in all rooms). There is a further stand-alone log burner in the hallway too, for those chillier-than-usual nights!
The ski resort of Abetone is a 40 minute drive away and is usually open between December and March.
Vico itself is a charming medieval village perched in the hills of Tuscany. Surrounded by chestnut forests and with its cobbled streets, too narrow for cars, it's like stepping back in time and a perfect place to get away from it all. There is the well-known Buca di Baldabo restaurant just a short stroll from the apartment, which serves wonderful homemade rustic italian food, like ravioli with sage butter, wild boar stew with olives and warm fig and nut crostata.
Of the 80 or so people who live in Vico, most are Italian, and all are happy to welcome you into our community as soon as you arrive.
There are several woodland walks around Vico, varying in length and difficulty, so it's a great place for walkers. You could take the circular 5k walk down the old donkey track through the forest and back up the road (approx. 90 mins) or, for the more adventurous, maybe take a packed lunch and head up to the peak of Balzo Nero (approx. 3 hours). Just don't forget to sign the book at the summit to prove you did it!
There are twice-daily bus services into the nearest town of Bagni di Lucca on most days, however it is advisable to hire a car during your stay. There are plenty of car rental companies located at all the major airports in Italy, the nearest one being Pisa (just over an hour away).
The drive to Vico from Pisa airport takes approximately 75 minutes and takes you around the beautiful walled city of Lucca and also the spa town of Bagni di Lucca, before beginning your ascent to the village itself. Detailed directions can be sent to guests on request, showing local landmarks to look out for along the way.