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Romantic Medieval Tower House Apartment "Authentic Tuscany" near Pisa & Lucca

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Tower house apartment in Vicopisano. Nr Pisa, Lucca & Florence

Casa Colomba is the perfect romantic bolthole situated in the historical centre of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany’s most beautiful villages and best kept secrets.

This 1 bedroom apartment sleeps 2-4 and offers boutique style with Tuscan charm and character, with original features such as exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, a 12th Century tower room and a charming Loggia.

Ideally situated in the heart of the village just a two minute stroll away from the lively village square, cafés, bars, restaurant and supermarket.

Vicopisano is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine-covered hills, sunflower fields and olive groves - an ideal landscape for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking.

This area is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany such as the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Siena as well as being just under a 30 minute drive away from the Pisan coast, its beaches, Thermal Spas and Golf Course.

COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES

PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION PACK - e-mailed to you before your arrival.

This guide is full of detailed information and is designed to help you plan and enhance your stay.

WELCOME PACK ON ARRIVAL - includes:

A chilled bottle of Prosecco

Local cheese and salami

Pasta and pasta sauce

Bread and/or crackers

A selection of tea and coffee

Fresh milk

Sweet biscuits

Salt, pepper, olive oil

CONCIERGE SERVICE

We offer a concierge service which includes:

Booking restaurants, help organizing excursions, tours and experiences, shopping information etc.

TOURIST INFORMATION AND MAPS

A selection of guides and maps to help you explore the local area.

APARTMENT DETAILS

LIVING ROOM

A stunning airy room with the exposed stone of the 12th Century Medieval Tower and lofty beamed ceilings. The living room is spacious and comfortable with a library and study area.

There is a comfortable sofa bed which can sleep an additional adult guest or 2 children

BEDROOM

The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th Century Tower. The double/Queen size cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.

BATHROOM

Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap and shower gel.

BED LINEN and TOWELS

All bed linen, towels and adult bathrobes included in the rate.

KITCHEN

The stone-built kitchen is very typical of Tuscan design and is fitted with modern appliances and fully equipped for those wishing to cook at home. Cooking hob, oven, fridge/freezer, toaster, a cool box/bag ideal for beach days and picnics.

UTILITY ROOM

A small recess with doors situated off the living room has a washing machine, iron and ironing board.

OUTSIDE

There is a garden at Casa Colomba, which can be accessed at the rear of the property.

ACCESS and PARKING

Access to the Tower House apartment situated on the 2nd floor is via 34 stone steps. There is a bannister/handrail on each side. We do not recommend the apartment for those who have difficulty negotiating the stairs.

Free parking is available 100m from the front door in the car park used by all residents of the historic centre.

Keywords: apartment, flat, condo, one bedroom, historic, couples, romantic bolthole,

More Details

Owner
Marie and Lorenzo
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Marie and Lorenzo

Marie and Lorenzo moved to Tuscany in 1993. Lorenzo is originally from Turin in the North of Italy and Marie is from Leamington Spa in the UK. We met in England where Lorenzo was studying English in 1998 and we were married in Italy on Lake Orta in the year 2000. We lived in a small village on the lake for 3 years before moving to the beautiful region of Tuscany.

We bought Casa Colomba in 2006 and slowly and lovingly began its restoration. By 2010 we were able to open our home to guests and share with them the delights of this region.

By 2014 and by complete accident - or should we call it fate - we became fully-fledged property managers offering characteristic vacation homes in our small town.

We now manage 10 properties including our own and despite becoming property managers we still have day jobs for now at least! Lorenzo works in hospitality and customer service in a small family run hotel and Marie works part-time as an airline stewardess for a British airline.

Marie and Lorenzo purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Marie and Lorenzo chose Pisa Province

We bought Casa Colomba after searching for a property for more than a year and after seeing more than 40 properties.

Casa Colomba was not the type of property we were looking for as we had something a little smaller in mind!

At the time we were renting a small apartment in a village within the district of Vicopisano but we were desperate to buy our own property.

We both loved the village of Vicopisano and often walked around the historic centre wondering what lay behind the crumbling facades and huge wooden doors.

At the time there was not much on the market but friends had told us about a newly renovated property in the village so off we went to have a look at the outside.

The property looked good but it appeared much bigger than what we were looking for - however we spotted a 'For Sale' sign in the window of another nearby property which looked like an apartment on the first floor.

We made an appointment with the owner and couldn't believe what we'd stumbled across. The owners produced a huge iron key and unlocked two giant wooden doors on the ground floor.

Inside there was nothing but exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, earth on the floor and the calling for a lot of work!

Before we had even seen the rest of the house we were hooked by the romanticism of it all especially when we discovered that the property included a 12th Century residential tower.

What we thought was going to be an apartment turned out to be a 3-storey house with a garden full of original features and way beyond our budget and the rest is history!

With one floor completed and two more to go Casa Colomba is a labour of love and a project for life.

We named the house Casa Colomba as Colomba was the name of Marie's grandmother with whom she grew up with as well as being a girl's name Colomba which means 'Dove' in Italian.

What makes this apartment unique

We fell in love with Casa Colomba because of its sense of history, original features and its location.

All the rooms have beamed ceilings and we have either restored or replaced the hand made terracotta pavement tiles.

The 12th Century tower is unique and although the tower is not obvious when you first walk into the house it is very evident from the rear of the property.

It is amazing to think that the tower would have had another two floors during its heyday in the Middle Ages but due to the fortification of the village by the Renaissance engineer Fillipo Brunelleschi the residential towers of Vicopisano were cut down in size in order to spot the enemy should he arrive.

To have a garden is a bonus and a luxury in a Medieval historic centre. The garden is South West facing and is a complete sun trap with beautiful views over the hills and Medieval towers.

The other unique benefit is the location. In the historic centre we are just a short walk to all the village amenities but also just 100 metres in the other direction we are in the heart of the country surrounded by pine-covered hills and sunflower fields in the summer. There are plenty of walking and cycling trails for all levels of fitness and abilities.

Finally we love the location of Vicopisano because apart from the countryside we also love the sea and in just 30 minutes we can escape the heat of the summer sun at the beach or head for the higher hills in the more remote villages.

Another unique benefit is that we live in an authentic working Tuscan small town not yet discovered by mass tourism but close enough to visit the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Volterra and Pisa's wine region.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed 1 week in the fantastic apartment Casa Colomba. The proprietors, Marie and Lorenzo, had bought the tower and recently renovated it so everything is new.

When we arrived, we were received by Marie. They live downstairs, which is very practical if you have any question or problem.

Everything was super clean which is a important point for us! The apartment has many appliances that make your stay better : a toaster, espresso café machine, washing machine.

There is wireless internet !

And a loggia with beautiful views were we had breakfast and dinner.

Marie and Lorenzo are the perfect hosts, always very helpful and at the same time giving you privacy.

The weak points would be: the very steep stair, no dishwasher and the TV did not have many foreign channels (but we did not watch TV during our stay, so we did not care).

The apartment is ideally placed to visit Pisa and Lucca (about 25 min. by car). Other places of Tuscany need 1-2 hour drive (San Gimignano, Siena)

I would recommend Casa Colomba to my friends, we loved it ! In fact, you could spend the holidays in the apartment without going outside
May 2010
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Amenities

Vicopisano Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All cancellations will incur an administration fee Please see below for fees
  • Administration fees. Cancellations made 60 days or more: 25% fee 59 -55 days: 50 % fee 54 - 35 days: 75% fee 34- arrival day 100% (no refund)
  • Alteration of the booking may also incur a charge if some of the booked days are cancelled. Please see our terms and conditions for full details
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap, hand cream & shower gel, bathrobes and towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower. The double/Queen cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes:
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. Your chef and teacher is from Vicopisano and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all things gastronomic. GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES and WINE TOURS Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, cheese tasting at an artisan producer, visits to an artisan pasta producer, truffle hunting. All of the above experiences can be arranged with a private guide. 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 BIKE HIRE Guided walks and cycle rides can also be arranged with a guide.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(74 traveler reviews)

Romantic Medieval Tower House Apartment "Authentic Tuscany" near Pisa & Lucca
average rating of 4.9324327 based on 77 reviews
5

Beautiful apartment in the most stunning corner of the world!

  • 5 of 5

Being natural sceptics we weren't sure what to expect when we booked our stay at Casa Colomba, but as soon as we arrived we realised that we had arrived in Tuscan paradise! Vicopisano was the perfect setting for our holiday and, although we packed our days with walking, shopping, sight seeing, beach going and day trips to the famous cities nearby, we came away at the end of our week feeling relaxed. Marie and Lorenzo were delightful- so helpful with restaurant bookings etc - and their invaluable handbooks of things to do and places to eat kept us in the know about the best places to go all week. And as for the apartment... well, it was impossible for us to believe that we could be lucky enough to stumble upon such an amazing place to stay. It really is as good as it looks and if you have the chance to stay at Casa Colomba I can only say - do it!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Vicopisano,

This is Italy at its finest. We picked this VRBO with the idea that a full month in Italy required a restful beginning, about 12 days. Vicopisano is a small town in Tuscany and it appeared to be just the ticket. The town and Casa Columba did not disappoint. Nestled on a quiet street, a casual walk to town central, Casa Columba is the perfect place to begin, or end, your visit to Italy. The apartment is located in a restored 14th century building, providing all the amenities one would need to settle in and begin enjoying Italy.

About the apartment: The bed is firm but not too firm. The kitchen well stocked for your arrival and there is television and books provided if one is so inclined. The living area provides plenty of moving about room and the sunroom is a relaxing, sun drenched room in which to do just that, relax. There are steps from the street to the apartment. We counted 33. Although they seem daunting at first glimpse, we found them to be an opportunity to get our bodies in just a little bit better shape. Indeed, we looked at the steps as the finishing touches on a very pleasant after lunch or dinner walk. Why they even assisted us, (we told ourselves) in reconciling our diets, (non existent in Italy), with coffee and creamed filled sweet pastry in the morning and pasta and wine at night.

Now for the real reason “Casa Colomba” is a five-star selection. It is the owners, Lorenzo and Marie! They are a genuine, hard-working Italian family, (actually Marie is from the UK), with whom you fall in love with in an instant. When you first arrive, they welcome you with open arms, take time to show you around and, in our case, joined us for our first Prosecca and nibbles dinner at one of the local pizzeria’s. They manage many units but own the one we stayed in and they do it all with smiles abounding. They were a lot of fun to be around and responded quickly to any questions we may have had about the apartment, the town or the area. I have to mention the town chicken.There is a chicken somewhere in Vicopisano that was never told not to cockle- doodle-doo every single hour of every single morning. Place a fan in your room for white noise and you will never know it's there.

I give Casa Colomba a five-star rating. The reasons: The apartment? Clean, beautiful, more than functional and wonderfully situated down the street from the town square. The town? We absolutely love Vicopisano. Marie and Lorenzo? They are the icing on the cake

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tim, Thank you so much for your lovely review, we love the way you describe how Casa Colomba is nestled down a quiet lane just a stroll away from the village square. It was wonderful to hear that you liked the space in the apartment, it really is a wonderful space for just two people, with the fully equipped kitchen, sun room, living room and tower bedroom. By the way the tower part of the house actually dates back to the 11th Century! You were both such great guests to have around and we had great fun catching up with you at the local pizzeria and sipping Prosecco! We must say that we were very impressed that you got out and about to see all the sights all on public transport. It’s great for our future guests to know this as some prefer not to hire a car. Finally, we must let you know about the fate of the chicken or should we say the confused rooster! We are so sorry that he woke you up in the early hours and we realise how frustrating this must have been, as you know we were trying to liase with the neighbour who owned the rooster to move him to another of their properties out of town. After much negotiation, we are pleased to say that Mr Rooster is no longer in the neighbours garden. Thank you so much again for finding us, you were great guests and we hope you come back and visit us again in the future. Warmest wishes Marie and Lorenzo
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5

Lovely! Home away from home! Wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special and unique property. We stayed 3 nights and wished we had stayed much longer. It is so comfortable and well stocked with supplies, information and welcoming owners. Lorenzo and Marie are so willing to help schedule activities, reservations for you and full of information. We so enjoyed our short visit and hope to return. It is at the top of the list for accommodations during our 3 week trip in Italy!!!

Gail & Darrell

Evergreen, CO

USA

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

I couldn't have imagined a more perfect honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

Marie and Lavinia were incredible hosts from the minute I booked the apartment for my honeymoon. They were incredibly prompt with their messages, and very organized. They had prepared documents filled with recommendations of what to do in the area. I wanted to move a few of the tours around, and they accommodated me with no issues. When I finally arrived in Italy, Lavinia stayed up late after my delayed flight to make sure she welcome me and my husband into the apartment. It was EVEN BETTER THAN THE PICTURES. Marie and Lavinia had prepared little surprises for us in the apartment (I won't ruin the surprise for you!) and showed us around. It was as if a really good friend had lent us their incredible apartment from which to explore the amazing sights of Tuscany. Because of their planning, I was able to see beautiful sunflower fields near the apartment, get a private olive tour, get restaurant suggestions for the best fish and pasta in town -- and feel like a local in the cute town of Vicopisano. After four incredible nights in Tuscany, and short visits to Lucca, Pisa, and the beach towns of west Italy, I couldn't have imagined a better apartment to do it all from. Thank you Marie and Lavinia for making our honeymoon so special. It wouldn't have been the same without your home. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Spectacular property, the best in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed warmly by Marie and Lorenzo and the apartment was everything and more! Impeccably clean, tastefully decorated and so inviting.

The welcome pack of yummy local meats and cheese, a bottle of Prosecco, coffee, tea, milk, biscuits, bread, pasta and sauce, the information provided about local sights, local guide books of the region and Marie and Lorenzo's knowledge and suggestions of where to visit was just lovely. We ventured to Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, Marina di Pisa in our 3 night stay with ease from the apartment's location.

The little bar downstairs was a great addition, and only a few steps up to our accommodation.

Casa Columba was by far, the best place we stayed in our 4 week trip away, and Vicopisano, the most charming village in all of Tuscany and we have no hesitation in recommending this property.

We will be back, and next time will stay longer!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

You are lucky if you have found this wonderful place - beautifully restored and with all the modern amenities. Marie and Lorenzo are terrific hosts and have lots of interesting things to offer. The apartment is clean and has everything you need to make it an enjoyable stay. And it's off the beaten path so you can make your own adventures.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Pisa 12 miles - 23 minutes
Nearest Barpub
1 Metres
Vicopisano - next door
Nearest Ferry
32 Kilometres
Livorno 20 miles - 35 minutes
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Tirennia & Montecatini Terme 19 miles 30 minutes
Nearest Train
7.5 Kilometres
Pontedera trains to Florence 5 miles 10 minutes
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
Motorway A12 Genova/Roma or A11 both 30 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Vicopisano - 3 minute walk
Nearest Ski
91 Kilometres
Abetone- 57 miles - 2 hours 25 minutes
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Marina di Pisa - Calambrone 19 miles - 30 minutes
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 and WINE TOURS

Wine tasting at nearby vineyards, cheese tasting at an 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.

Buses from the village to Pisa and Pontedera where you can connect with trains to Florence. Buses run from Monday - Saturday during the day time.

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Rates & Availability

Vicopisano Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$133
$870
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$121
$790
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Low
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$98
$663
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
$121
$790
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
LOW
Jan 9 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$98
$663
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
$121
$790
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
High
May 1 2018 - Jun 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
$133
$870
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak
Jun 15 2018 - Aug 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$150
$997
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
High
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
$133
$870
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$121
$790
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$133
$870
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $230.55

Rate includes: all bed linens and towels, bathrobes, final cleaning, WiFi internet connection, welcome refreshment pack

The rate does not include heating if required during the cooler months - please contact us for heating rates

Pets on request 50 Euro per pet per stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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