Ai Castagni

Garfagnana valley

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi). Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave). Utility room (washing machine). Cloakroom. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • First floor: Double bedroom with en suite shower room and balcony. Twin/double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Bedroom with bunk beds, single bed (with pull-out bed below) and en suite shower room. Access to exterior side stairs leading down to garden.
  • Outside: Large front terrace overlooking the pool area. Gazebo and dining terrace. Barbecue. Spacious grounds of garden, trees and fields. Private parking.
  • Private fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m) with Roman steps and large sun terrace. Open mid May to late September.

Superb panoramic views across the Serchio valley can be enjoyed from the grounds and terraces at Ai Castagni, a smart, traditional stone property situated on the edge of Casatico, a typical local village in the heart of the Garfagnana region.

Ai Castagni offers that winning combination of local character and modern comforts. From the wide front terrace, you step into the elegant living/dining room. Here the pale painted walls are adorned with framed botanical prints, the large dining table has prettily dressed matching chairs and comfortable soft furnishings are grouped around the fireplace.

Upstairs, there are three lovely bedrooms, all with oak flooring, chestnut wood beamed ceilings and en suite facilities.

Sun worshippers will spend their time on the front terrace whilst those seeking somewhere cooler will find the perfect spot under the shade of the chestnut oak trees. Children will enjoy the spacious garden as well as the pool area, which, thoughtfully, is completely enclosed and gated.

Camporgiano (3km) offers a selection of amenities, a couple of restaurants and a wine bar serving, of course, the regional wines. Exploration of the area will reveal a diverse, interesting region of medieval towns, stone hamlets and a landscape of meadows and mountains.

Walking, mountain biking and horse riding are some of the activities available or enjoy a leisurely stroll around Piazza al Serchio (8km), Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (13km) and Barga (25km). Alternatively, take the train from Camporgiano and just over an hour later you will be in one of Tuscany's most picturesque towns, Lucca.

  • The twin/double bedroom can be made as either. Please advise at time of booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Ai Castagni

The little town of Barga is only about 20km away,

with lovely walks and great views over the surrounding hills. Be sure to round off the tour with an ice cream from La Gelateria - guests at Ai Castagni rate it the best in Italy!

The small town of Camporgiano is close by

and can supply all essential shopping. Locals and previous visitors to Ai Castagni recommend the fruit and vegetable stall which sets up on Mondays, near the church.

Pack a picnic

and go up to the hills where you can enjoy some marvellous panoramic views - Lake Gramolazzo, Campocatino and the Parco del Orecchiella are all recommended.

Sit on the terrace with a glass of Chianti

and enjoy the view across the valley and the mountains on the other side.

Go hill walking along the many trails through the hills

to the high peaks and visit the many hillside villages along the way. In fact, you can walk from Ai Castagni into the woods behind and follow the 'Sentiero del Fungo'. It takes about an hour to reach the village of Roggio - stop for lunch or a coffee at La Guardia and be sure to admire the views from the church at the top of the village.

Visit the underground caverns of the Grotto del Vento

with its fabulous curtain stalactites, and 1, 2 or 3 hour explorations of the caves with an English speaking guide.

If you feel like an adventure, follow some of the tiny country roads

that take you up and over the Alpi Apuane and down towards the coast. Pick a clear day and you will have beautiful views of the countryside.

Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Lido di Camaiore are the coastal resorts

with sandy beaches, long promenades, and lots of hustle and bustle. During the summer, the places are filled with Italians enjoying the sun and sea.

For a romantic day out, go to Torre del Lago,

on Lago di Massaciuccoli, where you can visit the house of the famous composer, Giacomo Puccini. Breathe in the atmosphere of this place where Puccini composed lots of his symphonies. The lakeside also has some great restaurants and what a beautiful setting!

Castelnuovo Garfagnana is a lively little mountain town

and known for its local produce - typical mountain food such as chestnut flour, spelt (called the mountain grain), and local cheeses and hams. Don’t forget to visit the big market, which takes place in the old town centre every Thursday morning.

Parco dell'Orecchiella.

If you love the mountains with their meadows, the space, the flora and fauna, you should definitely visit the Parco dell’Orecchiella (1200m above sea level). Children will love the animal museum; they can fish for trout and see the eagles, whilst adults will be able to buy many local products. Whilst in the area, visit Castiglione, an old village with fortified walls and the most fantastic view of the Alpi Apuane.

Enjoy a day out in Lucca -

either drive or catch the train from Camporgiano. We are sure you will fall in love with this beautiful walled city. Take a stroll along the tops of the tree- lined walls, sip a cappuccino in one of the many cafes or visit the stylish boutiques that line the cobbled streets. Piazza del Anfiteatro is the best spot for people-watching. Previous guests have recommended Restaurant Leo - buzzing and not too touristy.

Florence is the flower of Italy.

Its artwork and the museums (in particular the Uffizi) are known all over the world. Wander its streets and you will see the cathedral, the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio with its jewellery shops. Walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo from where you will have the most splendid view over Florence. You can reach Florence by car and by train - Castelnuovo - Lucca - Florence.

Visit the marble quarries of Carrara,

where Michelangelo himself got the marble for his creations. From there you can visit the villages of Fabbiano and Azzano where you can see many sculptors. Carry on slightly further and you find the quarries of Monte Altissimo.

Make sure you visit Pisa for the day.

Its numerous piazzas and narrow streets, lined with lovely buildings, are sometimes ignored as people flock to see the Tower, but it is worth making time to have a wander.

Sit in the garden or on the terrace

watching the mists clear on a sunny morning or lie on the sun warmed patios and count the stars in the deep blue velvet night sky.

Visit La Spezia and Lerici.

Go north along the valley to Aulla and then down to La Spezia. The jewel to be visited near to La Spezia is Lerici, a fascinating little fishing village at the foot of a cliff (there is a road down, but parking in the village is severely restricted).

From Lerici,

take the boat to Portovenere across the bay - this is a charming little village with narrow streets to wander through and plenty of interesting shops.

Continue from Portovenere by boat to visit the Cinque Terre.

These are five villages at the foot of cliffs which have made them mostly inaccessible by road, but you can go by train. Once again, there is much to enjoy and excellent places to eat good seafood. It is perfectly possible to do all this in a day trip from the house if you leave reasonably early.

Nearby

Towns

Camporgiano 10 mins
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana 25 mins
Barga 60 mins
Carrara 90 mins
Pisa 95 mins

Beaches

Forte dei Marmi 90 mins
Lido di Camaiore 95 mins
Viareggio 100 mins

Airports

Pisa 90 mins
Florence 105 mins
Genoa 150 mins
Bologna 165 mins
Times are approximate

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