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Charming house In Medieval Village + Private garden, 5 min walk to village.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,517 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Full Of Character - Lovely Views - 3 Bed House With Garden and Terrace

Casa del Pretorio is a charming traditional Tuscan house nestled on a hillside in the heart of the Medieval village of Vicopisano.

The house is the perfect location for those looking for a typically Tuscan ambiance, an ideal base for exploring Tuscany or a peaceful retreat for families and friends.

Situated down a cobbled lane under the watchful eye of a Medieval Palace and Ancient Tower, the house dates back to the 1800s and has lovely views over the Medieval village and surrounding hills.

Casa del Pretorio's unique position nestled in the hillside does mean that it may not be suitable for those with mobility problems (please see accessibility details).

The property has been furnished with modern living in mind, however Casa del Pretorio retains traditional features such as beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls and terracotta pavements. Modern conveniences include Wifi internet connection, satellite TV and Play Station.

Casa del Pretorio is situated close to the village amenities all of which are within walking distance. There is a restaurant within walking distance plus a pizzeria, and 3 traditional bars serving breakfast pastries, snacks, cold drinks, tea, coffee, wine, beers and other alcoholic beverages.

The sleepy town of Vicopisano is full of character especially in its Medieval center where Casa del Pretorio is situated. The house is just a stone’s throw away from Brunelleschi's Medieval Fortress and the 12th Century Praetorian Palace both of which are open to the public at the weekends.

Vicopisano is the ideal base for exploring Tuscany being close to Pisa, Lucca and Florence and many other must see sites within the region.

The immediate area is also perfect for discovering a more authentic traditional Tuscany. Visitors to the area may visit an organic olive farm and see how extra virgin oil is made, there is also a ceramics workshop where an artisan potter still sits at the wheel. In addition there is the opportunity to take part in cooking lessons and discover the nearby vineyards for wine-tasting.

For those who love outdoor activities Vicopisano has the perfect terrain for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking. There are nearby stables for those who would like to ride. Within 30 minutes you can visit the coast and beaches, thermal spa and golf courses.

Bedrooms:

FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM - Sleeps 2 in Queen size (USA) double

FIRST FLOOR SINGLE ROOM - Sleeps 1 in single bed

SECOND FLOOR DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM - Sleeps 2 in twin or double Queen size bed

Bathrooms:

FIRST FLOOR FAMILY BATHROOM

The good sized bathroom is situated between the master and single bedroom. The room has a bath with a shower attachment, washbasin, WC & bidet. There is a cute little window with views to the top of the Brunelleschi Tower.

SECOND FLOOR BATHROOM - En suite to twin/double bedroom.

Shower, hand basin, WC, bidet

KITCHEN

The kitchen is accessed by 6 steps from the dining room. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking at home - there is a fridge freezer, hob, microwave, washing machine and even a special table for making fresh pasta!

LIVING ROOM

As you enter the house the living room is on the left. This room has character beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls in part and traditional interiors . There is enough comfortable seating for 6 people, satellite TV, DVD player and Play Station.

CONSERVATORY

There are 3 steps up to the conservatory which is a lovely space for relaxing. The room has a nautical theme with lounge style furniture. The large windows open out to an exposed stone walled area where there are two lemon trees.

CLEANING/TOWELS

Final cleaning, all bed linens are towels are included in the rental price. Towels and bed linen are changed on request for stays up to 7 nights and incurs a small fee. A change of bed linen and towels is included for stays of more than 7 nights.

ACCESSIBILITY

The property is situated on a hillside in the centre of the Medieval village. To access the front door from the car park it is approximately 300 meters. From the car park you will negotiate a village lane with a small ramp and a series of 5 steps - after the steps there is approx 50 meters of lane then 12 steps up to the lane where the house is. There are 7 steps to the front door.

GARDEN AND TERRACE

There is a large ground floor patio and an upper terrace garden to dine alfresco or just relax. The ground floor patio faces South West and is a complete suntrap. There is a table and seating for 6 and benches to relax on. The upper terrace garden has the shade of some trees and a summer gazebo and can be accessed by 33 steps. A BBQ and summer gazebo can be found on the upper level garden. Both the outside areas have wonderful views.

HIGHLIGHTS AND EXTRAS

WELCOME PACK

We provide a Welcome Pack on arrival including a bottle of chilled Prosecco, fresh seasonal fruit, a selection of tea, coffee, fresh milk & sugar.

ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

For your convenience we provide a starter pack which includes bathroom hand soap and shower gel, toilet paper, washing machine detergent & washing up liquid.

PARKING

Easy free and safe parking is available in the village approximately 400 meters from the property. Plus there is a private parking space above the house.

Please read our notes on accessibility.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIME

Arrival from 4.00PM up to 11pm.

Departure up to 10.00AM.

In some cases we can be flexible on arrival and departure time, please contact us before making your booking.

Arrival after midnight and requested late departures may incur additional charges.

NO SMOKING POLICY

There is a no smoking policy within the property, however smoking is allowed on the outside terraces and garden.

SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

We can organize a range of activities and experiences for guests, such as cooking lessons, guided walks and bike hire, for more details please contact us.

Pet friendly - Please enquire

Check in from 4.00pm - 10.00pm

More Details

Owner
Marie and Lorenzo
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Marie and Lorenzo

The house is owned by a local family who live in the village of Vicopisano. English speaking property managers Marie and Lorenzo (pictured) also live in the village and they will be your first contact when booking Casa del Pretorio. If you have any questions regarding the booking process, the region or the property itself they will be able to answer your queries. As they live in the village you will be sure to meet them and they will be available during your stay should you have any further questions. For your arrival you will be met by either Carlo, Giuseppe or Barbara who are the property owners, they too speak English and look forward to welcoming you to Casa del Pretorio.

What makes this house unique

This is a unique village house nestled below the Medieval towers and fortress of Brunelleschi. The house has two terraces both with beautiful panoramic views over the surrounding countryside and Medieval towers. Both terraces offer the opportunity to dine alfreso or just relax with a book. Casa del Pretorio is one of the few houses in the historic center which has its own private garden.

Amenities

Vicopisano House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1517 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , First floor - close to master bedroom and single bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Second floor - en suite to second floor bedroom
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , This bedroom can be prepared as a twin room or as a double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Situated on the first floor next to the family bathroom
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

Reviews

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Charming house In Medieval Village + Private garden, 5 min walk to village.
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5

Fantastic home base for a Tuscany visit

  • 5 of 5

Used this little medieval village as our Tuscany base, what a fantastic home we had to stay in, welcomed by owner Giuseppe and Barbara and village hosts Marie and Lorenzo who all made us more than welcome along with the locals we meet during our stay. Easy access to the towns, beaches and local producers of Tuscan fare such as Olive farms and vineyards. Sampling the local oils flavoured with basil, garlic or lemon washed down with the farms wine on a Sunday morning in the warm Tuscan sun was a pure delight. We where able to visit the towns and cities of Pisa, Sienna, Florence and many more with time to enjoy the sea and sand of Calambrone and a fabulous afternoon visit to the Piaggio museum showing the life of the Vespa scooter.

Fantastic holiday to be remember for a long time

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Menlo Park, California
5

2nd time even better than the first time

  • 5 of 5

I returned to this home and village with great anticipation and wonderful memories of last year. This year was even better. The availability and prompt response from Marie and Lorenzo allowed me to make reservations for a Truffle Hunt (fabulous), a day in a cabana at the beach and a sunset sail (even more fabulous) and another olive oil farm tour (enjoyed sharing with my daughter) . the house was more than comfortable and yes, there is a cat who believes this is his house and you are his guests. The location of Vicopisano allows easy access to small stores, village life and a wonderful deli type store with eh most fantastic food you have ever seen. and best of all you are living in a medieval village with comfortable beds and your own bathroom. I recommend this house and the services of Marie to anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany without being either inn a large city or in the remoteness of the country.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Felt at home immediately!

  • 5 of 5

What an experience! We felt at home right from the start. Giuseppe met us there to show us around - he was wonderful. Then Marie came to show us around the town and introduce us to the wonderful people and places of Vicopisano. This is a great home base if you are wanting to stay in Tuscany. Marie was terrific from the moment I emailed about staying here she answered all our questions quickly. Her suggestions are great and you should take advantage of some of the outings that she can plan for you. The home was warm and welcoming after a day of touring Florence (by train - it's so easy), Lucca we drove and found a great parking lot, and we went to Cinque Terre as well. All can be done in a day! Walking around Vicopisano was a wonderful way to relax at the end of the day. We would highly recommend staying here and hope to return one day. We cannot thank Marie enough for making our vacation a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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montpelier, vermont
5

Lovely house. Well-maintained. Old world charm but comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time in Vicopisano. The town is utterly charming, with cobbled walkways, towers, and, even, a medieval fortress. We sipped cappucino on the square and wine in the front garden while watching the sunset. Marie and the property owners are friendly and helpful. There is even a very thorough guide to the town and region available in the house.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Carolyn, for taking the time to review Casa del Pretorio, it was great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, sipping cappuccino in the square and watching the sun go down on the terrace with a glass of wine! It’s good to hear that you found our guides to the area useful, we think it helps our guests truly get acquainted with all Vicopisano has to offer! It was great to meet you and we hope to welcome you back to Vicopisano again in the future! Warmest regards Marie and Lorenzo
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5

The best vacation!

  • 5 of 5

It was the best vacation! Everything was just perfect, including weather :). The house is exactly as it is pictured: beautiful medieval place with added comfort of modernity. Very clean, decorated with love and preserving history of it’s inhabitants. It is located in the heart of the village just under the main tower of the fortress and the bell tower. The hosts and the owners are extremely helpful and will go above and beyond to ensure your comfort and provide the best experience. I would like to thank Marie, Lorenzo, Giuseppe and Barbara for their hospitality and warm hearts that made me feel like their family member, rather than a random visitor.

The three things to cosider when booking this place:

1- there are plenty of stairs to climb in the house and in the village itself, because it is located on the hill. Helps staying in shape, but might be difficult fir some people.

2- the bells on the bell tower strike every half an hour. If you are like me and like to sleep with windows open, be prepared to wake up with a charming and loud sound of the bell at 5:05 am :)

3- parking lot is located quite far from the house and you will have to carry your luggage up hill on medieval cobbles, so travel light.

I would definitely come back here again maybe in a yar or two and I do strongly recommend this place to anyone, who wants to experience the true taste of Tuscany!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Zoulfira for your kind and informative review. It’s always great to hear that everything about your vacation was just ‘perfect’, including the weather! It’s great to know that you loved our property and that you found it comfortable, clean and decorated with love! It was wonderful to meet you and spend some time with you, we love to get together with our guests if we can and share some of our local knowledge and insight. Thank you for your three considerations regarding the property. The issues such as the stairs of the house and to access the property are clearly indicated in our listing and we certainly do not recommend the house for those with difficulty negotiating stairs or are less agile. Regarding the bell tower yes, it’s very much part of the character and authenticity of a typical Tuscan town. It’s bell the that lets the locals know what time it is in the morning or for those that find themselves waking in the night! The position of the parking lot is also clearly marked in our listing – and you are absolutely right it’s probably better to travel light if you are not used to lifting heavy cases along Medieval lanes! We thank you for recommending Casa del Pretorio and Vicopisano for anyone looking to experience a true taste of Tuscany. Thank you again for finding us and we truly hope to welcome you back to Vicopisano again one day in the future. Warmest regards Marie and Lorenzo
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5

Truly enjoyed the home.

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautiful and well maintained with all amenities you would expect. As others have shared you need to be prepared to carry luggage to the house up hill and some steps.

Carlo, Giuseppe and Barbara were wonderful hosts. So nice to get a chance to meet Carlo and Giuseppe. And Maria and Lorenzo provided wonderful insights on places to visit, restaurants to try and were phenomenal guides for our Vineyard tour.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Howard, It’s really satisfying to read your comments about us. We really would love to communicate closely with our guests from the time they book right up to arrival so we can assure our guests get the very best Tuscan experience. We appreciate you finding time to write us a review. We would love to have you again as our guest in the future! With warmest regards, Property owners - Barbara and Giuseppe and Concierge Managers - Marie and Lorenzo
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Pisa - 12 miles - 23 minutes drive
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Village Centre - 5 minute walk
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Livorno - 20 miles - 35 minutes
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Tirennia, Montecatini terme 19 miles 30 min drive
Nearest Train
7.5 Kilometres
Pontedera trains to Florence 5 miles, 10 minute
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
A12 Genova/Roma or A11 Pisa/Florence both 30 mins
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Vicopisano 10 minute walk
Nearest Ski
91 Kilometres
Abetone- 57 miles - 2 hours 25 minute drive
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Marina di Pisa - Calambrone 19 miles 30 min drive
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rates include bed linens, towels, refreshment welcome pack and essentials starter pack

All cancellations incur an administration fee

The rate does does include heating if required - please contact us for more information

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.