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

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Rear view of Casa Colomba with Medieval 12th Century Tower bedroom on the right

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Last updated: 08/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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,

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 80 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1

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Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

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Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking

Dining

  • Seating for 4 people
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.9
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High
Jun 15 - Sep 15, 2016
3 night min stay
$129
$844

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Mid
Sep 16 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$117
$766

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Low
Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2016
3 night min stay
$95
$643

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Xmas
Dec 20 - Jan 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$117
$766

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Low
Jan 9 - Apr 8, 2017
3 night min stay
$95

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Easter
Apr 9 - Apr 23, 2017
3 night min stay
$117
$766

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Mid
Apr 24 - Jun 14, 2017
3 night min stay
$117
$766

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

High
Jun 15 - Sep 15, 2017
3 night min stay
$129
$844

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Mid
Sep 16 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$117
$766

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Low
Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2017
3 night min stay
$95
$643

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

Xmas
Dec 20 - Jan 8, 2018
3 night min stay
$117
$766

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $17 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$129
$844

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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

We require a 200 Euro refundable security deposit required on arrival

Pets on request 50 Euro per pet per stay


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

  • Museo Piaggio

    "A very interesting place to visit - Locally it's also know as the Vespa museum. Great for k..."

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  • la Rocca del Brunelleschi - Brunelleschi's Medieval Fortress

    "A Medieval Masterpiece. Designed by the Renaissance Engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. La Roc..."

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  • Società Agricola Il Frantoio di Vicopisano Srl

    "Know locally as the Frantoio of Vicopisano Guests of limonaia can enjoy an informative and ..."

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

 

Owner info

Authentic Tuscany

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Vicopisano PI, Italy:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
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.


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Photos

  • Rear view of Casa Colomba with Medieval 12th Century Tower bedroom on the right

    Rear view of Casa Colomba with Medieval 12th Century Tower bedroom on the right

  • The bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower

    The bedroom is housed in the 12th Century tower

  • Our welcome pack includes a chilled bottle of Prosecco

    Our welcome pack includes a chilled bottle of Prosecco

  • Relax in the lofty living space with a glass of local wine

    Relax in the lofty living space with a glass of local wine

  • The living space has a study and library area full of local interest information

    The living space has a study and library area full of local interest information

  • View from the Loggia to the kitchen

    View from the Loggia to the kitchen

  • Day beds in the loggia for relaxing and chilling out!

    Day beds in the loggia for relaxing and chilling out!

  • The loggia is the perfect place to relax with a book

    The loggia is the perfect place to relax with a book

  • Views from the loggia and bedroom

    Views from the loggia and bedroom

  • Garden wall feature - the original village walls from the 14th century

    Garden wall feature - the original village walls from the 14th century

  • Casa Colomba sits in the heart of the Medieval centre

    Casa Colomba sits in the heart of the Medieval centre

  • The characteristic city of Lucca is just 30 minutes away

    The characteristic city of Lucca is just 30 minutes away

  • The living room has the exposed stone walls and hand cut terracotta floor tiles

    The living room has the exposed stone walls and hand cut terracotta floor tiles

  • The living room with lofty ceilings and 12th Century stone walls

    The living room with lofty ceilings and 12th Century stone walls

  • Modern bathroom with shower, crystal basin, WC and bidet

    Modern bathroom with shower, crystal basin, WC and bidet

  • Chilled prosecco, fresh seasonal fruit and bathrobes to lounge in

    Chilled prosecco, fresh seasonal fruit and bathrobes to lounge in

  • Typically Tuscan rustic fully equipped kitchen

    Typically Tuscan rustic fully equipped kitchen

  • Original features in the kitchen include antique stone oven and beamed ceilings

    Original features in the kitchen include antique stone oven and beamed ceilings

  • Coffee time in the loggia - we provide plenty of coffee table books to browse

    Coffee time in the loggia - we provide plenty of coffee table books to browse

  • Bath towels and bathrobes (adult guests) are provided

    Bath towels and bathrobes (adult guests) are provided

  • At the rear of the property guests can relax in the garden

    At the rear of the property guests can relax in the garden

  • One of the colourful streets of Vicopisano

    One of the colourful streets of Vicopisano

  • The magnificent city of Pisa with its Leaning Tower is under 30 minutes away

    The magnificent city of Pisa with its Leaning Tower is under 30 minutes away

  • The beautiful city of Florence can be reached in under an hour

    The beautiful city of Florence can be reached in under an hour

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Date last modified - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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