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On the foothills of the Apuan Alps, from which Michelangelo quarried his white marble, Castelnuovo Magra is a charming town that overlooks the plains of ancient Luni towards the Mediterranean and the Cinque Terre. The plains are now more developed, and the people of Luni have long been conquered by the Romans, but the remains of their ancient city have been found and excavated, and the carvings of their warriors, sporting an increasing number of spears as the Roman aggression became more pronounced, can be seen in the museum of Pontremoli. Luna Rossa is a little house tucked away on the side of a hill, looking out towards the sea. The owner's...Read more
Castelnuovo Magra, Liguria, Italy
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|Rate Summary||$0||$1,097 - $1,482||$0||7 nights|
|Jan. 5 2013 - Mar. 23 2013
|Mar. 23 2013 - Apr. 6 2013
|Apr. 6 2013 - May. 4 2013
|May. 4 2013 - Jun. 29 2013
|Jun. 29 2013 - Sep. 7 2013
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|Sep. 7 2013 - Oct. 5 2013
|Oct. 5 2013 - Dec. 21 2013
|Dec. 21 2013 - Jan. 4 2014
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What Past Guests Are Saying
second visit...even better than the first!
This place is idyllic because it is a beautiful spot, out of the rat race and embedded in real Italy. We are quite happy to spend days self contained not moving from the spot or equally making a short drive for shopping, restaurant or sightseeing trips.
Franco, the landlord is friendly, caring and very hospitable and provides a wealth of guides and recommendations.
Relaxed family holiday in North Western Tuscany
We visited Luna Rossa for a week at the end of august 2011. Luna Rossa is a cute privately owned house in the middle of an enormous hillside garden, near the medieval village of Castlenuovo Magra. The house is well equipped with everything you need, including airconditioning (due to the flat roof this is definately a necessity), kitchen and bathroom (although slightly outdated, everything functions well) . There is a double room which sleeps 2 people. Our boys slept up the winding metal stairs, which is a floor with a low ceiling, fine for kids but a little difficult to get in and out of bed if you are very tall. The private pool was lovely for our two boys aged 4 and 6. The house is well suied for children with loads of toys and games. The beach is about 20 minutes away, the beautiful Cinque Terre about an hour, which was well worth seeing. Franco the owner is extremely hospitable, with great tips for eating and drinking in the surroundings. The fresh figs from his garden were absolutely divine! On the downside, the surroundings are quite busy with the industrial Carrara (marble mining village) at about 20 km and the valley is densely populated. Up the hill you hear practically no noise and you can easily get away from everything.
Lovely Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa is a beautiful stone barn that from the outside looks like absolutely picturesque nestling in the edge of the hill but inside it is modern and spacious. The swimming pool is fantastic and the photo on the web doesnt do it justice. It isnt cleaned with chlorine either but some other chemical that doesnt irritate sensitive skin. Franco is a charming and inobtrusive host but if he does come down to join you be sure to ask him to play you some traditional Italian folk songs (especially the one about the revolutionary turkey!).The only down side I would say is that although the brochure says that you can learn to windsurf etc. with Franco, this is very, very expensive so dont book you holiday on this basis. Go snorkelling at the Cinque Terra instead. (see below)
The area of course offers all that you expect from Tuscanny. Florence and Pisa are both easy to get to by train and Lucca is also very pretty. What we hadnt heard of though was the Cinque Terra, five old fishing villages cut into the cliffs only accessible by train. Plan to go for at least two of your days here and stop at each village. We only went to the first one where you can hire a snorkel for a few pounds and swim over a marine national park which is so clear you can see the sorts of fish you might expect in the tropics. We are still talking about it at home a year later.
Also, tip for economy, we found it much cheaper to fly to Milan and hire a car than to fly to Pisa.
Response from Invitation to Tuscany Ltd - 06/16/2009
Thanks for this! I agree that both the boat and the sailing/windsurfing are expensive - it seems for good reasons (the boat uses a lot of fuel, the sailing instructor is the Italian champion, or was, etc.) but still - I think we should warn people. And thanks for the tip about snorkelling! Best regards, Dan W.