Ponte Romano, Fivizzano

Sleeps 6

A simple stone house and an ancient Roman bridge with fairy tale charm

Property summary

Sleeps 6

4 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom and 1 shower room

Location: Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps

Saturday to Saturday rentals. House may be rented for 8, with a surcharge.

Surrounding Region

  • Nearest markets and restuarants at Fivizzano 5 min drive or 15 min walk

  • Restaurants, bar and Spa in Equi Terme 16 km

  • Sarzana 35 km, La Spezia 40 km, Massa Carrara 50 km

  • Lucca and Pisa 100 km, Florence 185 km

  • Airport at Pisa, just over an hour or Genoa, 1 hour and a half
  • Having crossed the village of Fivizzano, in the heart of Lunigiana, if you head down the valley through the woods, you will come to a charming hidden corner, seemingly tucked away in time. Opposite a large mill that once used the water of a nearby stream there is an ancient stone bridge, known locally as the "Roman Bridge", whose strength and graceful arch recalls a long and fascinating history. Leave your car at the bridge and walk across to reach the large stone house that waits on the other side. Still a ruin when the present owner fell in love with it, 20 years have been dedicated to completing its restoration and its present look is the result of unconditional love and impassioned labour.

    Though the foundations, the roof and some interior walls have been completely redone, great pains were made to maintain its original appearance. The grounds of the property rise on three easily reached levels towards the hillside through which an ancient stone path is nowadays used by the occasional hiker. Close to the house, the swimming pool has both sun and a view of the mill, while on a higher level there is a small patio, furnished for eating alfresco or relaxing with a good book.

    Accommodation

    The owner has chosen to keep interiors simple and sparsely furnished, choosing details with care each visit he makes, and this, accompanied by the solid walls and the glimpses of wilderness through the windows has translated into a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for its visitors. The entrance is on the ground floor, leading to a comfortable living room and double bedroom with adjoining shower room. This large double bedroom also has a door to a sunny terraced part of the garden, with a shaded pergola and dining table. The first floor is reached by an open stone staircase but, as the house follows the contours of the hillside, can also be reached by an entrance door higher up the hill. On this floor are an eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom that serves them all. While two of the bedrooms are of modest size, a third is large and luminous and has sky-blue walls that evoke the Nature outside its windows. Also on this floor is a cosy corner at the top of the stairs, with a piano, a small sofa and lots of books and magazines.

    Local area

    The house is perfect for people seeking a country holiday, where they can savour a simple life, the sun, the trees and and walks in an area of Tuscany that is still quite undiscovered.
    The Lunigiana is situated in the north of Tuscany, among the Appenine and Apuane mountains and the Ligurian Sea. Taking its name from the ancient Roman settlement of Luni, this is a land of passage where the charm of the Middle Ages is strongly felt - in the castles belonging to the powerful Malaspina family that once hosted Dante, in the Romanesque country churches or the mighty walls of Medici Carpigliola and in the elegant tower built by the bishops of Luni. It is a borderland where different cultures have mixed and you can feel this in the landscape, in the languages and in the traditional food of the area. Throughout the centuries people crossed this land as pilgrims or soldiers or merchants, for it is the initial part of the Tuscan Via Francigena. Nowadays, old paths have become trekking ways that wind among castles, isolated towers and fortresses or green valleys and silent hills. There is certainly room for new pilgrims.

    Features

    Baby bed and high chair
    Available on request
    Barbecue
    Coffee Maker
    American and Italian coffee makers
    Dishwasher
    DVD player
    Extra cleaning
    Available on request
    Fans
    In each bedroom
    Final cleaning included
    Fireplace
    In living room, with wood provided
    Fishing
    Furnished outdoor areas
    Furnished pergola
    Heating
    Central heating (Extra)
    Internet access
    WiFi fast internet
    Iron and Ironing board
    Kettle
    Mobile phone coverage
    Good
    Music
    CD Player and Piano
    Oven
    Pool towels
    Provided
    Restaurant nearby
    Various restaurants in nearby Fivizzano, 15 min. walk
    Swimming pool
    Dim: 9 x 4 m., Depth: 1.4 m., with steps for easy entry
    Tennis court
    In nearby Fivizzano
    Toaster
    Washing machine

    Things to note

  • May be rented for 8 with surcharge.
  • Cars cannot cross the medieval bridge, so luggage must be carried across. We can help you with this.
  • Map

    Reviews

    J & C from Shropshire
    Date of stay: 01 September 2017

    Arrived Saturday 1st September 2017 to beautiful weather which continued all week. Great time had by all. Great food, great wine and amazing midday lunches. Lovely cooling swims in the pool.

    S.T. and family, Germany
    Date of stay: 05 August 2017

    We stayed in Ponte Romano in Fivizzano. We had a great time there, the house was perfect for us and the pool...oh my, we couldn't get the children on any trips for the first few days because they wouldn't leave it. Booking and also support at the location were very well organised and all contact - per mail or personally (thank you so much Elly and Greg!) was pleasant and friendly. We'll certainly look into booking with you again next time we want to come to Tuscany!

    A & L from London
    Date of stay: 03 June 2017

    What a week we had! It was warm and sunny almost every day and there was a festival in Fivizzano over the weekend which meant even more to do than usual (our 6th visit)! We regularly had aperitivi in town before cooking back at the house, we also did a couple of day trips - Cinque Terre, Portofino - Love your house!

    B from Denmark
    Date of stay: 11 July 2016

    Tomorrow we will go back to Denmark and leave this wonderful spot behind. We have had a lovely time in your house and enjoyed the quietness of the area. River walking was really fun, and your nice neighbours helped us out when we needed a hand or some good advice. Pizza at the Piazza is both cheap and quite ok. Best ice cream is to be found in Monti, between Licciarna Mardi and Aulla. Thank you for letting us stay in your house. Best wishes, B and family.

    K.M. and family from Munich
    Date of stay: 10 August 2013

    We had a wonderful time at Ponte Romano, and really enjoyed every minute there.
    We do have some recommendations: - A trip to a big "Leclerk" Supermarket in Santo Stefano, about 30 mins by car, Liguria. All the goods there are worth the trip. The supermarket in Fivizzano is quite small and has all things necessary, but Leclerk or Conad (in Aulla, 10 mins by car) offer a wider selection. - A must in the area is "Locanda al Castello" in Verrucola - fresh baked bread straight from the fire and some of the best italian food we have ever had! They could improve on their wine selection, but the food (all handmade!) is to die for. A reservation should be made beforehand, it was crowded on Friday night. We left business cards in the Guest Book. - The trip up the little stream near the house (as mentioned in the house information) to natural swimming pools is definitely worth the trip. The nature is breathtakingly beautiful. We loved our stay at lovely Ponte Romano, and are very happy and satisfied with your services. We will definitely book our next stay in Italy with your company again. Thank you very much!

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