FONTANA VECCHIA in stunning Tuscany
Originally built in 1789, the apartment has been carefully modernised to retain many original features, but offer self-contained apartments of high quality. The accommodation consists of two separate apartments on ground and first floor, which can be rented separately or together, sleeping 2 and 5. Both retain the feel of a comfortable holiday Home in Tuscany with a homely atmosphere and fantastic views.
The recent influx of budget airlines into local airports, together with the excellent weather from May through to September, make this a very affordable get away.
We do hope you want to find out more about Fontana Vecchia and this site will provide you with all the necessary information required to ensure, with confidence, that your valuable holiday will be a complete success.
We invite you to experience unparalleled hospitality, wonderful food, and a unique taste of Italian culture
Lunigiana - (pronounced Loonee-janna)
This is a magical place beginning with its name meaning - the land of the moon. While it remains comparatively undiscovered and unspoilt, it is neither isolated or remote. Situated roughly one hour's drive from Pisa or Parma, 1 1/4 hrs. from Genoa with regular flights from the UK and only 1 1/2 hrs. from Florence. The local trattorie are numerous and give good value, the local wine being plentiful and cheap. Lunigiana is the part of Tuscany that links up with Liguria to the west and Emilia Romagna, gastronomic heart of Italy, to the north.
The nearby coast is heavenly, (known as the Gulf of Poets) as Shelly, Lord Byron and D.H. Lawrence all have lived here at some time. It has opportunities for sailing, canoeing, snorkelling or just relaxing on one of the beaches hidden in craggy bays around Fiascherino or Tellaro. The easiest way to get around the gulf is by ferryboat, which runs between Lerici, La Spezia and Portovenere or on to the Cinque Terre (five villages strung along terraced cliffs looking out to the sea).
Lunigiana derives its name from the port of Luni, established by the Romans at the mouth of the river Magra. So rich and splendidly adorned with marble was this port, that Hannibal mistook it for Rome! Today you can see the ruins of this once great trading place. Historic sites are not only restricted to roman remains, as Lunigiana is scattered with castles built in mediaeval times by the Malaspina family.
The rural enclave in northwest Tuscany known as the Garfagnana has to be one of Italy's best-kept secrets. The Garfagnana is within reach of the Tuscan gems of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, but its appeal lies more in its isolation, its lack of tourism and its striking scenery. This area of outstanding natural beauty and matchless hospitality nestles between two distinct mountain ranges, the spectacular jagged 'marble mountains' of the Alpi Apuane and the rolling 'spine of Italy', the Apennines. Then there are the walks. The hills in the area are criss-crossed with marked paths leading from one valley to the next where crystal clear rivers with waterfalls and natural rock pools for swimming abound. Alternatively try the steep walks up to some of the highest peaks of Apennines and then stroll along the flowers, in spring there are wild orchids, bright yellow ferns, wild pink carnations where you may even catch a glimpse of shy young deer, or wild boar along the craggy banks.
Things to do
Needless to say, we do not have the room here to detail all the activities available. However, from the above descriptions, one can already flavour the possibilities. As you would expect from Italy there are castles, caves, museums, art and architecture everywhere waiting to be enjoyed. Beside the stunning countryside there is also the fabulous coast with great beaches and fishing villages.
So, there are the obvious activities of walking the National Parks, swimming horse riding and mountain biking, whilst taking in the grandeur of the mountains. Needless to say the Italians take their other pleasures seriously, good restaurants and bars abound. A visit to this region would not be complete without sampling the tasty local cuisine and local wines.
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Pietrasanta 1ST Sunday in every month
Barga 2nd Sunday in every month
Lucca The third Sunday of every month, and the previous Saturday, at Piazza San Giusto and Piazza Antelminelli. (On the last Saturday and Sunday of the month, in the same squares and streets there is an arts and crafts market.)
Viareggio Last Sunday of every month.
Weekly local and principal markets are a wonderful source of local produce together with the perfect opportunity to experience Italian life and practice the language.
Monday Generally no markets and be aware that local government buildings including museums are closed.
Tuesday Piazza al Serchio
Fivizzano - am.
Wednesday Forte dei Marmi,
Bagni di Lucca,
Lucca - am.
Thursday Viareggio - am
Sarzana - all day
Castelnuovo - am (makes the town car free and spreads out into side streets making it a great atmosphere)
Friday La Spezia - all day
Torre Del Lago - am
Lucca - am
Barga - am (A must place to visit in any case)
Sunday Ceretto - all day (the ski resort on the road to Reggio Emilia from Fivizzano)
Great apartment, wonderful region & many lovely people. We strongly recommend a holiday in Tuscany. Lerici was fantastic, Perto Venere and Bocca di Magre both great for lunch and well worth the visit."
Rachael & family - Muswell Hill, London.
"Beautiful apartment and area"
Alan & family - Manchester, Eng.
"Sermezzana - friendliest people ever! Stunning views, lovely apartment, visited Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Carrara, Rome, Venice, Viareggio, Massa & Berga - all amazing places - I'll be back!!"
Colin & family - Fordham, Cambs.
"Had a fantastic week, we loved the apartment, village and stunning views."
Jamie & family - Mildenhall, Suffolk.
"Great base to explore Tuscany. Loved it! Very friendly place."
Rupert & family - Kesgrave, Ipswich.