A perfect place for groups looking for mountains, ski, sea, art, food and wine
Mirella Di Muro
- english, german, russian, italian
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Special Family Adventure
Good things were great spaces, wonderful swimming pool, beautiful gardens, lovely people, adequate parking.
Difficulties: shared laundry facilities with owner, daily presence of owner and child in house, oppressive heat and swarming flies in summer, inadequate WiFi in only one small corner of the building.
Yoga retreat with family and friends!
Don’t look any further for accommodations- this is the place to be!
Mirella is the best hostess and communicator for all your Italian needs!
She helped plan this trip with me for the last year and went way over what is expected when you rent your place to someone. We enjoyed yoga and meditation everyday by our beautiful yoga teacher we brought along with us❤️!! Mirella prepared some very beautiful authentic Italian dinners for our group and gave us so many tips on things to do and see in the local area! The train station is about 20 minutes from Tavernelle.
We took a day trip to Lucca, Florence, Cinque Terre, Wine Tour so easily! We just hired a local driver with a small bus so we could shuttle to the train.
Such local charm in Tavernelle, A Fromaggorie where you can buy your fresh cheese and eggs daily. A baker comes with his truck most days and sells his bread. There is a fisherman who comes and sells his fish from the back of his truck. There is a restaurant almost next door where we spent a lot of time having great meals and wine.
If you are lucky you will see the sheep being bearded across the street by the Border Collies and Australian Shepherds.
We visited the donkeys and horses close by and loved hearing the church bells every hour 🛎. We walked to the Monastery at the top of the mountain and had a beautiful lunch and a magnificent supper.
We were lucky to have Francesco (Somellier) prepare a demonstration and tasting of some special wines from the area- thank-you Francesco. Your passion is evident🍷
The castle has an incredible flower and herb garden. We sat next to the pool and just reflected at the true beauty of Mother Nature and all her wonders. Hummingbirds and Bees were busy at work🌸.
If you want a true Italian Authentic experience away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to visit, you will not be disappointed.
Mirella, Francesco and our new friend Pat, we will always remember the hospitality and friendship you showed us.
Ciao from your Canadian friends,
Maggie, Laura, Murielle, Laurie-Anne, Lauren, Jane, Patricia, Debbie, Betty, Kathy, Colinda, Monica, Rachel, Jennifer, Lana, Eileen
Aamazing. The photos don’t do this place justice, the place was beautiful and very large.
The hosts were absoloutly fantastic. We had our wedding there, on the grounds followed by dinner and wine. The food they cooked was the best we’ve ever had. I suggest you ask the hosts to cook for you, the prices were very reasonable. Total guests were over 20 people and everyone loved their stay. We had our dream wedding and couldn’t have asked for more. An experience we will remember for the rest of our lives :)
This property was a perfect location for our family group of 14 to vacation. Our hosts, along with their adorable daughter, greeted us the minute we arrived and could not have been more welcoming and helpful throughout our stay arranging for transportation, meals, a winery tour and providing information about the area. The home and location are as described in the listing and much more!
There was easy access to many area attractions with a train station nearby. We used a private driver arranged by our hosts for most of our excursions and he was prompt, knowledgeable and so much fun. I would highly recommend this service.
There is really no need to leave though with the spacious house, historic town, lovely pool, hiking trails, local bar and other wonderful restaurants very close by.
Staying at this property is a truly unique way to experience Italy and get to know the wonderful people who live there. We cannot thank our hosts enough and hope it won't be too long before we can visit again.
You could feel the wonderful spirits of the 12th century in this magical castle. The rooms were in separate areas, so lots of people could have privacy or everyone could sit together dining al fresco or poolside. Mirella & Francesco were incredibly friendly and extremely helpful... and boy could they cook! We had several fantastic meals. The pub nearby was great -- convient and good food. Walking the old section of town felt like old Italy that hasn't changed... very soulful. The nearby river with the old Millhouse turned into a playground for my grandkids. All and all, it was extremely special.
A Dream Family Vacation Come True!
Our family vacation (grandma, grandpa, children, spouses and grandchildren -- 17 of us!) was two years in the planning. With heartfelt thanks to Mirella for her kindness, support and guidance throughout the planning process, our two weeks of time together was everything AND MORE than we had all hoped it would be!
We were five families so we rented the entire castle. Each apartment (they are all unique in their own way!) accommodated the needs of each family. Malaspania was a grand apartment with the largest dining/living area. It provided a perfect gathering place for sharing meals and conversation about our adventures......and we had many adventures to share with one another because Tavernelle was a perfect pivotal point for going in lots of different directions. Several of our adventures included going to Venice, participating in a pesto making class in Cinque Terre, bicycling the wall in Lucca, shopping in Siena, visiting Pisa, Rome, Florence, Volterra, Parma and enjoying drives and hiking through the beautiful Appenine mountains/national park, stopping for picnic lunches in quaint little towns nestled in the hills and valleys. Several family members even spent a day visiting the Lamborghini and Ferrari car museums.
As much as we all enjoyed our travels to other places, however, we were always happy to come "home" to Palazzo del Duca! Mirella and Francesco made us feel so very welcome and comfortable every moment of our stay. Francesco was always there to answer questions (he even took time to assist us through the resolution of a small car accident we had in Aulla), share his knowledge of and passion for Italian wines and wine-making, clean the pool for us every morning, and share stories about growing up in Tuscany. Mirella was always warm and caring, eager to help make us comfortable and provide meals for our family (she made a welcome and farewell dinner for all 17 of us!) that were beyond delicious. She was even very mindful of one of our grandchildren's need for a gluten free diet.
The pool was a welcome retreat each and every day because it was 85-90 degrees (Fahrenheit). Our grandsons enjoyed it immensely! Right down the street was a restaurant and a market. A baker came every morning to sell fresh bread! Just out the door were a variety of walking paths that meandered through the mountainside. Do not hesitate to stay here! It is a marvelous and enchanting place. We miss Mirella and Francesco and long to return!
The property is located in an area called Lunigiana, one of the most beautiful and ancient area of Tuscany, rich in castles, medieval villages and untouched countryside. While you can visit the most important attractions in Tuscany, like Pisa, Lucca, Florence etc. it is a perfect starting point to visit the North of Italy and important cities like Parma, Modena, Genova, Cinque Terre and all the Ligurian and Tuscan Riviera. Not to forget the natural attractions like the white marble of Carrara, and Natural parks like Tosco-Emilian Appennines, 100 lakes park and Alpi Apuane.
Other Activities: painting, sculpturing, cooking, wine tasting, tai chi