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The ancient 16th-century stone Villa Massa stands in panoramic position in the beautiful area of Tuscany known as the Garfagnana, between Lucca and Versilia. It features a private swimming pool, stunning covered terrace and small garden. Free Wi-fi is available in the house.
The villa has been finely renovated respecting its original style and using traditional materials, such as terracotta tiles, stone and wood. It is furnished in period style and with great attention and care to details. Standing in Massa Sassoroso (850 m above sea level), a typical village of Garfagnana on the side of the Pania di Corfino and close to the Parco Naturale dell`Orecchiella (Orecchiella Natural Park), the villa is the ideal destination for relaxing holidays and at the same time an excellent starting point for visiting cities of art such as Pisa, Lucca and Florence or for spending a day at the sea (56 kilometres away), on the fashionable Versilia Riviera. Massasasoroso is a typical medieval village with winding alleys. It is the birthplace of Astor Piazzolla, the world famous composer of classic tango music, and tango can be witnessed at some of the local dances.
The villa features a private swimming pool (7.5 x 5.5 m), and a large furnished balcony covered with an arched loggia.
Castelnuovo, the nearby market town, has many excellent restaurants, cafes, bars, supermarkets and all other types of shops. There is a tourist information office and a weekly market selling a wide variety of fashion, household goods, flowers, fruit and vegetables.
Garfagnana is 'Hidden Tuscany' at its best. With its' stunning scenery it is the best area in Tuscany for walking and outdoor activities. Friends of Tuscany are the oldest agency in the area, and we have close ties with an Outdoor Activities company who offer many international class adventures. We can also offer Art classes with a well known artist, excursions to the Cinque Terre, Florence and Lucca, visits to vineyards, historical guided tours and Italian cooking lessons.
Friends of Tuscany can help you arrange a pre-arrival shopping service, and also a prepared Tuscan meal for your arrival.
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Wonderful house, wonderful view!
By Frederik R. on 03-Aug-2017
This house is absolutely fantastic. You will experience instant stress relief when you enter it. There is plenty of space and the pool is fine. Some of the beds are quite lumpy and do not offer a good sleep. And the "garden" is mostly soil. But we can highly recommend this place. We enjoyed a very nice week here.
A beautiful location; very quiet and inviting; a great place for family and friends
By Justin P on 23-Jul-2017
The property was very well maintained, quiet and perfect for our family getaway. Garfagnana is a quiet location, but close enough to get to shops and tourist destinations. Our new friend, Giulia, made everything quite easy. She was a delight. This home takes you back in time, but has all the modern comforts that you'll need for a fun and memorable stay. We cannot wait for our next trip back to Italy, and hope we can make it back again.
The property, villa and village were all wonderful!
By Vicki G on 15-Jun-2017
The owners were helpful and responsive to our questions and needs. Parking was a problem due to the size of our vehicle (9 passenger van) we had an 85 year old woman who could not walk up the hill to the van. A smaller vehicle could drive the narrow streets to get to the villa. The outdoor spaces were beautiful 2 large porches and the pool were where we spent most of our time. I highly recommend this Villa.
An unforgettable trip!
By Sarah on 11-Sep-2016
This house is absolutely amazing! It made the perfect getaway for us traveling with friends and our children. The house is so charming and wonderful, that we ended up requesting to stay an extra day because we did not want to leave. Yes, it is a far drive from all of the major cities, but we found plenty of things to do around the area that were worth exploring! Also the village bar owner Olga created us a menu and served us a 4-5 course meal of local dishes that we found to be something so special. We can't wait to stay here again!
Beautiful holiday villa, very helpful owner, one or two drawbacks.
By Peter C on 07-Aug-2016
We had a wonderful week at this property. The setting is stunning, with views out to the Apuan Alps. The swimming pool is clean (and appears to use a non-chlorine purification system). The owner, who lives in the next village, is helpful and thoughtful. We toured some of the many nearby beauty spots, relaxed on the balcony, and swam in the pool. Bliss! One or two points, however. As other reviewers have said, the beds are uncomfortable. The mattresses have a lot of springs and not enough foam! The Owners Direct website says that there is parking. However, it is not at the property but a couple of hundred meters away in the village, with a walk up a steep hill. This was not a problem for us, but other visitors might find it challenging. It would be best if the website could make the position clear.
By Anna L on 25-Jul-2016
A fantastic house in beautiful, beautiful Garfagnana. The views, the outside areas, the pool (that was cleaned often), the surroundings, the people in the little village, the lady at the local pub, very good bathrooms, big kitchen and dish- and wash machine. The only thing that didn't meet up with the rest of the experience was the comfort of the beds - not good I´m afraid. And you have to be a good driver to get here...
Dream Vacation !
By Terri M. on 22-Jul-2016
Words cannot possibly describe our stay in Massarossa. Incredible home, views and close enough to drive to see other places as well. The owner was more than helpful and gracious. 20 stars!!!
Very nice but a bit far away from everything
By Magali L. on 12-Jul-2016
Very nice house, pool... But situated deep in the mountains. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to get to the sea, 1 hour to Lucca, etc... So very nice if you want to get away from it all, a little bit less if you want to visit cities....
By Henry Vaage on 06-Jul-2016
En veldig sjarmerende villa i en liten og hyggelig landsby. Stille og rolig område med en fantastisk utsikt. I landsbyen er det en liten butikk og kafe drevet av en koselig dame - for større utvalg av dagligvarer må du kjøre et lite stykke.