- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 2
Description from the owner
Casa Colomba is the perfect romantic bolt hole situated in the historical centre of Vicopisano, often referred to as one of Tuscany's most beautiful villages and best kept secrets.
This 1 bedroom apartment sleeps 2-4, and offers boutique style with Tuscan charm and Character. Casa Colomba has retained original features such as exposed stone walls, terracotta floors, a 12th century Tower Room and a charming Loggia.
The apartment is situated on the 2nd floor and has beautiful views over the surrounding countryside and hills.
Ideally situated in the heart of the village and just a two minute stroll away from the lively villa...ge square, cafes, bars, restaurant & supermarket. Vicopisano is Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pine covered hills, sunflower fields and olive groves an ideal landscape for walking, trekking, cycling and mountain biking
Vicopisano is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany such as the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Siena, as well as being just under a 30 minute drive away from the Pisan coast, its beaches, Thermal Spas and Golf course.
The romantic bedroom is housed in the 12th century tower. The double cast iron bed is a period feature typical of the region, dressed with Crisp white bed linen, sumptuous pillows and cushions. An antique chandelier hangs from the beamed ceiling.
Situated off the living room with character beamed ceilings. The shower, WC, bidet and wash basin are contemporary in design with a mix of ceramic, glass and chrome fittings. Complementary hand soap, hand cream & shower gel, and bathrobes
The stone built kitchen unit is very typical of Tuscan design and is fitted with modern appliances and fully equipped for those wishing to cook at home. Cooking hob, oven, fridge/freezer, toaster, even a cool box/bag ideal for beach days and picnics.
A small recess with doors situated off the living room has a washing machine, iron and ironing board.
The room is stylishly decorated with a mix of both traditional and modern pieces, there is a comfortable sofa bed which sleeps 2. There are occasional tables and a writing desk with stationery. LCD flat screen TV, DVD player, selection of DVDs & CDs
A charming loggia with a large open recess where guests can escape from the heat of the day, enjoy the cooling breeze of the evening and admire the countryside views and hilltop white chapel. The perfect place to relax with day-beds & floor cushions.
There is a garden at Casa Colomba, which can be accessed at the rear or the property. Nearby pool (5 minutes drive) see notes on accommodation.
A pre welcome pack emailed to you 45 days before arrival, full of detailed information and designed to help you plan and enhance your stay.
Welcome pack on arrival includes: Chilled bottle of Prosecco, Local cheese and Salami, Pasta and tomato pasta sauce, crackers and sweet biscuits, fresh milk, selection of tea & coffee
Concierge service - Booking restaurants, help organizing excursions, tours and experiences, shopping information etc...
A selction of guides and maps to help you explore the local area.
EATING OUT & RESTAURANTS
There are 2 restaurants in the village one is within easy walking distance from the apartment the other is a 2 minute drive away, there are many other restaurants scattered around the village. From May through to November there are many local festivals themed around food, wine and dancing under the stars.
The nearest beach on the Tyrrhenian Coast can be reached in just under a 30 minute drive where you can spend the day at the free beach or we can arrange a day for you at a lovely beach club with sun loungers, umbrellas, bar and restaurant.
The nearest golf course is just under a 30 minute drive away close to the sea on the Tyrrhenian coast. This course is renowned for being one of the oldest and most stunning golf clubs in Tuscany and has been voted as one of the best 9 hole courses in Italy by Golf Digest
We can help arrange, Bicycle hire, bicycle & walking excursions, Wine tasting, Oil mill visits with tastings of award winning olive oils and local products. Olive and grape picking for the oil and wine harvest (September, October, November)
A hilltop medieval fortress and watch tower designed by the renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi stands guard over the village and surrounding countryside. The fortress is open to visitors at the weekends; a perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring medieval dungeons, palace rooms and climbing the impressive watch tower. PISA with its famous leaning tower is just a short 25 minute drive or a local bus ride away. LUCCA the medieval walled city and Puccini,s birthplace is just a 30 minute drive away. FLORENCE with its famous monuments and museums can be reached in 45 minute train journey.Read more
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Romantic Medieval Tower house apartment in Tuscany
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
To visit the historic centre of Vicopisano is like stepping back in time with its Medieval Towers, cobbled pathways and hidden lanes. Situated away from the more beaten tracks of Tuscany but close enough to visit its famous sites. Vicopisano is a place where you will witness a more authentic Tuscany a place where you will see villagers enjoying their morning cappuccino at the local bar, school children queuing for ice cream at the local Gelateria, a three wheeler Api (small agricultural vehicle) piled high with local produce and the summer long festivals themed around good food, dining alfresco and dancing.
Casa Colomba is situated the heart of the Medieval village centre which is steeped in histor. Todays visitors can witness many Medieval Towers and Tower Houses as well as a Medieval Masterpiece designed by the renaissance engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. Brunelleschi was responsible for fortifying the whole village back in the middle ages and today visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Medieval fortress and watch tower.
Visitors can also enjoy visits to a local organic olive farm where we can organize a private visit of the olive groves and olive press where you can taste the award winning olive oil along with other local produce. We can also organize rustic lunches, BBQ’s and cooking lessons at the farm.
Not too far away at the edge of the village you can visit an artisan at work in his ceramic workshops. We can organize a memorable morning where you can visit the workshop of one of the very last remaining potters in the area. See the potter at the wheel witness how the pieces are decorated and glazed and understand the history behind the ceramics of Vicopisano an artisan trade which has been present in the area since the middle ages.
Vicopisano is ideally situated for exploring the beautiful region of Tuscany. PISA with its famous leaning tower is just a short 25 minute drive or a local bus ride away. LUCCA the medieval walled city and Puccini's birthplace is just a 30 minute drive away. FLORENCE with its famous monuments and museums can be reached in 45 minute train journey. Many of our guests also visit Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace - Vinci, Volterra, San Gimignano and the famous Chianti region during their stay.
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Last updated on September 20, 2014
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Additional notes from the owner
Rate is for 2 persons, for extra guests please contact us for rates.
Prices include welcome pack on arrival which includes a bottle of Prosecco. Wifi internet. Complimentary toiletries: Hand soap, hand lotion and shower gel. Bath robes. Does not include heating if used.
A 25% deposit to confirm a reservation with the balance payable 45 days prior to arrival. If the booking is within 45 days from the commencement of the rental period full payment is required at time of booking.
A refundable security and accidental damage deposit of 200.00 Euro is required for each rental period.
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Central heating
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Stove or Oven
- DVD Player
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 80 square meters
What Past Guests Are Saying
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54 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful and comfortable apartment
We LOVED our stay at Casa Colomba! It was the perfect spot for our relaxing vacation in Tuscany. Having been to Italy before and seen some typical tourist destinations, we wanted a more remote, relaxing vacation spot. Vicopisano and Casa Colomba were perfect for this. A sleepy little town with a coffee shop/bar, several nice restaurants, and lovely accommodations served our needs well. The apartment was spacious and comfortable; Marie and Lorenzo have thought of just about everything a traveler might need. We spent quite a bit of time reading, napping or enjoying a glass of wine on the loggia. Every detail was tended to in this apartment; Marie and Lorenzo are great proprietors. We used our apartment as our home base for day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Florence and San Gimignano. Driving through the Tuscan countryside was breathtaking. We highly recommend Casa Colomba to other travelers seeking a relaxing, beautifully appointed apartment for their vacation.
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We want to return!
We didn't have time to read the reviews in the room, as we were so busy exploring this beautiful part of Italy...But I am sure everyone has mentioned what a fantastic apartment this is! We loved this place because of the views we got as we opened our shuttered windows each morning....I could do a wash, hang the clothes outside the windows to dry (just like my neighbors and in the movies!) then take off for the day to explore the Tower (don't miss the guided tour), Pisa (Marie has printed up a wonderful walking tour of Pisa) and Florence! We cooked in the immaculate kitchen, enjoyed the comfy bed and the decor and furnishings made the apartment our favorite ever!! We absolutely LOVED this "home away from home"...it truly was the best! ...And, thanks Marie and Lorenzo for you help and hospitality. Marie, you were such a great resource! Oh, I almost forgot,....we took an awesome cooking class...the highlight of my husband's trip, as it was his birthday..... Not to be missed as one of the Memorable Experiences Marie can provide for visitors. Thank you!!
Louise & Bruce
Nanoose Bay, BC
We came to the Casa in Vicopicano after a stay in Cinque Terre. We picked up a car rental at the Pisa airport (so easy to do) and drove the short distance to begin our stay in Tuscany. The apartment (3rd level North american, by stairs) is so perfect: comfortable, spacious, tastefully decorated in a style suiting the region with modern touches, the only thing lacking was the chance to meet Marie and Lorenzo as they were away on their own holiday at the same time.
The tours recommended by them, the olive farm and the ceramics were great, highly recommend the olive farm! The village is very walkable, with some interesting sites to visit. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 01/17/2014
Dear Louise & B
Thank you so much for your lovely review of casa Colomba. We are so pleased you enjoyed staying at the apartment and that you enjoyed the olive farm visit, we must say it is a highlight for a lot of our guests.
It was such a shame Lorenzo and I didn't get to meet you. We do hope that you come back and visit again one day in the future . In the meantime I hope you are enjoying keeping up with all our local news and events through our facebook page- Thank you for liking our page, thank you for choosing Casa Colomba and thank you for being our 60th review on Flipkey/Tripadvisor!
Marie and Lorenzo
Bob & Carol
Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Classic Tuscan Vacation
This was our first visit to Tuscany and Casa Colomba was impressive in all respects! Marie & Lorenzo were excellent hosts, undoubtedly the best we have encountered in all our Vrbo planned vacations. Marie was prompt and informative in our email exchanges and provided an extensive welcome packet prior to the visit which left no questions unanswered. The apartment itself is very large, modern and comfortable, a perfect place to unwind after a day of touring. No need to bring tour books as extensive information is provided in the apartment as well as a welcome gift of various foodstuffs and coffee. Vicopisano is a small, beautiful hill town which is off the beaten tourist track - perfect for anyone wishing to experience "real" Tuscan living. There are two bar/cafes just down the street on the plaza for cappuccino and pastries in the morning or snacks in the afternoon. A small grocery store and a bakery are conveniently located just down from the plaza. There is also a rotisserie, which has meats and prepared foods for takeout close to the plaza. For evening meals there is a takeout pizzeria in town as well as two excellent restaurants, one of which is within easy walking distance. Not to be missed is Marie's walking tour of the town, a local ceramics shop and an olive oil processing facility. Another "must do" is a tour of the Rocca del Brunelleschi, the fortress on the hill in town. Vicopisano is conveniently located for those interested in exploring Northern Tuscany - Florence, Pisa and the Chianti region are easy day trips as are the hill towns of Voltarre, Vinci and San Gimignano. Casa Colomba definitely exceeded our expectations and provided a wonderful Tuscan experience.
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 12/04/2013
Dear Bob & Carol
Thank you so much for your kind and informative review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed discovering our little undiscovered part of Tuscany. We love the fact that apart from visiting many of the must see sites and bigger cities of Tuscany, that you were able to discover the local area and traditions.
The visit to the ceramic workshop, olive farm and tour of the Brunelleschi Fortress are often a highlight for our guests and it was a pleasure to be able to share the experience with you both.
Now that you have been to Tuscany once we do hope you will come back and visit us again one day in the future. There really is a lot more yet to see!!!
Thank you again for choosing Casa Colomba.
Marie & Lorenzo
liz and andy
Romantic getaway in a quiet village
Lovely modern apartment with oldie world features.
I was a little confused as the apartment stated it was a medieval tower house apartment, the picture featured is not where the apartment is, perhaps that was due to my ignorance and the fact that I am blonde!
The owners are very friendly and helpful, and the welcome pack was a real treat. A car is essential if you want to get out of the village, although there is a bus service this is irregular and there are none entering the village in the evening. If you do not have a car it is really expensive travelling by taxi.
The wine bar is amazing a luscious glass of wine is only 1 euro! we also recommend the pizza takeaway for amazing cheap pizzas.
All in all this was a brill holiday which definitely can be done at an amazing budget. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 11/05/2013
Dear Liz and Andrew
Firstly we must thank you very much for your review of Casa Colomba. It was nice to hear that the Welcome pack we provide on arrival was greatly appreciated and that you enjoyed discovering the village wine bar and Pizza Takeaway.
You do mention in your review that the apartment in which you stayed was not the same property which is shown in our listing/advert photograph. We feel we really must address this comment and clarify the situation for the benefit of future guests reading this review.
We can assure you that the main photo on our advert/listing is that of Casa Colomba. In the photograph you can see 3 Towers, the one in the foreground is the Tower of Casa Colomba. The window in the Tower is the window of the bedroom , the bedroom in which you slept during your stay with us.
We can quite understand why you may not have realized that you were sleeping in a Medieval Tower as the Tower is at the rear of the house which faces the countryside and hills.
Casa Colomba is situated in a Medieval street which consists of many Tower houses however typically many of these Towers where placed at the rear of the house. In Medieval times the front of these Tower houses may have had a commercial use in the way of a shop or offices and this could be due to the fact that the Medieval Tower houses tended to be owned by either nobles or wealthy merchants.
We photographed the rear of Casa Colomba so that the 12th century Tower which we consider to be a unique feature of our home could be seen by those who are looking to stay in an authentic property with unique features.
In your review you mentioned that it is essential to have transport to get around. We state on our listing that car hire is recommended. We recommend renting a car for those travelers who are interested in visiting places not on the obvious tourist trail (such as the interesting Natural History Museum in the village of Calci which you visited during your stay).
Pisa, Lucca and Florence can all easily be reached by public transport from the village as a day trip. In our Pre-Welcome pack which we email to all our guests 6 weeks before arrival we include a timetable of buses from the village, plus a link to the Rail timetable (in English) . We hope that by providing this information in advance it may help our guests make the right decision as to whether they need to rent a car. We also point out that Taxi’s may be difficult to book outside of normal business hours.
We are so sorry that you paid a lot in Taxi fares but we do hope that by Lorenzo picking you up from the railway station when you couldn't get a taxi on a Sunday and that by picking up a takeaway pizza for you from a restaurant that we may have eased the cost for you just a little.
You did say that you would like to come back and visit again one day, we hope you do because there is still a lot more to explore in this authentic corner of Tuscany, where you can still get a “luscious” glass of wine for just one Euro.
Finally we would like to thank you again for your support in choosing Casa Colomba and for your review which we are sure a lot of future guests will find very helpful.
Marie & Lorenzo
Eeva-Liisa & Ola
The Best apartment/house we've ever stayed in!
Dear Marie and Lorenzo, our apologies not having sent this review earlier.
Casa Colomba is the best apartment/house we've ever stayed in. This was our 5th time in Tuscany. Had previously stayed in hotels, rented a house in Chianti and twice in a small village near Siena. Having red the reviews and seen the photos we thought that this was just too good to be true. A lovely restored and decorated apartment in a small medieval village in Toscana only 20km from Pisa! Our expectations were very high and I'm please to tell You that they were exceeded! Casa Colomba is even more beautiful and spacious than in photos! Our charming hosts Marie and Lorenzo made us feel at home right away, and yes there was a bottle of chilled Prosecco waiting for us. Even before our arrival Marie sent us a pre Welcome pack which included lots of information of Vicopisano etc. Marie's red/pink book in the apartment is full of information and very good detailed instructions how to drive to the supermarket, the wine shop in next village etc. There are lots of maps and guide books as well. The parking lot is near and it's safe to leave your car there. If You are planning to stay during the winter months, the heating system in Casa Colomba is very good.
Even though there are so many beautiful places to go and see with in less than an hour to reach like Pisa, Firenze, Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano, Vinci, San Miniato etc I highly recommend that You stay at least one day in this beautiful village and visit La Rocca del Brunelleschi and near by wine/olive grove for olive oil and wine tasting. We also enjoyed having aperitifs at the local corner bar. Just sat there and watched people go by.
Marie and Lorenzo are exceptional hosts, more than one can ask for. They really do care and help you to make your holiday for an unforgettable experience. We are already planning our next holiday and will definitely stay in Casa Colomba! So Thank You once more Dear Marie and Lorenzo, see You next year! Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 07/25/2013
Dear Eeva-Liisa & Ola
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba and of course for your very kind words. We had great fun people watching with you in the square over an aperitivo or two!!! Thank you for letting our future guests know all about our little secret gem of Vicopisano, we are so pleased you enjoyed discovering the Castel and the tasting of Olive oil and wine at the Frantoio of Vicopisano. Remember to book early for next year, we don’t want you to miss out!!!
Marie & Lorenzo
A unique rural retreat
Casa Colomba is a great base for a tour around tuscany. Marie and Lorenzo have made it a wonderful romantic retreat, and have thought of everything. There is quite a few steps to climb up to the door, but the view of the rooftops and the countryside are amazing. We visited Lucca, Buti, Florence, Pisa and the beach, all of which are within easy reach. We caught the train from Pontedera to Pisa and Florence, really easy to use. Everyone is very friendly, and the local village has everything you need, with bigger supermarkets near by. The only downside is there are no restaurants right in the village to walk to for an evening meal if you want a drink, that was the only thing for us, however it didn't spoil a lovely week in Tuscany. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 06/18/2013
First we must thank you for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba and for describing the apartment as a “unique rural retreat”.
It is nice to hear that you managed to visit so many places such as Florence, Pisa, Lucca and coast with such ease from the apartment.
You mentioned in your review that there are no restaurants in the village that are within walking distance, I’m so sorry to hear that you may have missed the Osteria at the edge of the village which is about a 7 – 10 minute walk away, and although not strictly a restaurant the Enotecca wine bar in the village does serve simple rustic food.
The most important thing is that you said this didn’t ruin your holiday and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us here at Casa Colomba and the village of Vicopisano and we really hope to welcome you back one day in the future.
Marie & Lorenzo
Jack and Kay
Great time in a small place in Italy
We were very pleased with the apartment. It is well equipped for meals in, lots of room, a great bed. Plenty of touring information available and the owner Marie was very friendly and helpful with ideas for restaurants and places to see. We roamed the area and went on a tour of the main fortress, the Rocca, which gave us fascinating insights to the last 1,000 years of the political contest of Pisa vs. Florence. We visited Pisa, Lucca and Volterra easily. We are very glad we chose Vicopisano. Wish we could have stayed longer. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 06/05/2013
Dear Jack and kay
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba. It was great to hear that you found the apartment roomy and that our Tuscan bed is great! We really do appreciate this type of feedback.
We are so pleased you enjoyed discovering the charms of Vicopisano and it’s wonderful medieval fortress.
It was so lovely to meet you both but our only regret is that you couldn’t have stayed a little longer as you found out there is a lot more to discover in our little village!
We hope you come back and visit us again soon
Marie & lorenzo
A Jewel in the Crown that is Tuscany
Tim and I are fellow Flipkey owners and I knew that Marie was a professional, attentive property owner even before we arrived. Her prompt responses and the area information that she supplied prior to our trip made me feel we had made the right choice. Upon arrival, this was confirmed to the utmost. Marie and Lorenzo were charming, gracious hosts and were a fountain of information and tips that made our trip so much better than it would have been otherwise. Do not skip the tour of the Tower or of the olive farm as both were hightlights of our trip as many others have stated. The apartment was lovely, the bed was comfortable and the amenities were all that we needed. You can enjoy eating in or visit one of the many fine restaurants that are all a short drive (and an interesting one if you go to Buti!) away. Visopisano is an excellent location to tour the area but we found we were happiest when we sat in the square sipping Chianti and Moretti and watching the locals come and go. Thank you Marie and Lorenzo for an unforgettable vacation that we will carry in our memories forever. Tim is even talking about retiring there Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 06/18/2013
Dear Lynne D
It is always wonderful to receive positive reviews from our guests but to receive such kind words and gratitude from a fellow VRBO owner it makes us feel very proud.
You and Tim were such great fun and it was lovely to meet you both and share some time with you at the Olive farm and for a drink in the Piazza.
How much longer is it before Tim retires?
We will happily reserve seat for him at his favourite bar!
Till then take care, keep in touch, and it’s great to keep up with you on our facebook page.
Marie and Lorenzo
The Best of Tuscany
If you want to experience what Tuscany is all about, then Casa Colomba should be your home base to all the wonderful sights. Vicopisano is a little medieval jewel perched on a hill and overlooking a splendid Tuscan landscape. Casa Colomba is a cozy, charming, comfortable, and uniquely beautiful house. Coming "home" to Casa Colomba each day after outings to Rome, Florence, Lucca, Pisa, etc. was most definitely a highlight of our vacation. Walking distance to the local bar and the local grocery store, we felt we lived the Italian life even for a short week. Marie and Lorenzo are the most hospitable and charming landlords. We plan to be back during summer months to live and love life in Tuscany. Thank you Marie and Lorenzo. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 06/05/2013
Thank you for your lovely review about our “little medieval jewel” perched on a hill.
It is wonderful to hear such poetic words to describe our little piece of Tuscany!
Lorenzo and I want to thank you for your support in choosing Casa Colomba for your holiday here in Vicopisano and we are delighted that you found our Casa Colomba charming, cozy and comfortable!
It was great fun to meet you guys and we can’t wait to you come back and visit us again.
Till then take care and warmest regards
Marie and Lorenzo
Las Vegas, NV
Impeccable details in a beautiful location!
In an intriguing old town, this beautifully restored apt provided a wonderful base to visit the Tuscany region. Plenty of room and very comfortable setting. Easy, safe parking around the corner. A great cafe and supermarket with extra friendly service close by. Marie and Lorenzo were gracious and informative hosts. Kitchen was adequate and Wifi worked ok. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 03/17/2013
Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba.
We are so pleased you enjoyed both the apartment and the hospitality of Vicopisano.
You were wonderful guests and it was great to meet you both, we do hope you find your way back to us one day soon but we also appreciate you still have a lot of travelling to do and more wonderful experiences to have.
Marie & Lorenzo
Go to the olive plantation early in the week
First, I'd like to echo all the wonderful reviews that I've read - everything was wonderful! Now, what is the one piece of advice I had before I arrived? Marie can escort you on a trip to visit the local olive plantation and press. They have a little shop at the farm where the sell sangiovese (chianti grapes grown outside of the chianti region) wine, made locally with grapes grown on the farm. It's delicious! My wife and I were constantly running out of wine, and while we fell in love with the young checkout lady at the grocery store after our daily visits, the local sangiovese is incredible - not to be missed! Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 03/01/2013
Dear J & A
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba and thank you for your 5 star rating.
It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are so pleased you enjoyed the visit to the oil mill. Thank you for the advice about making the visit to the mill at the beginning of the vacation, I’m sure a lot of future guests will really appreciate this tip.
It’s great to hear you felt at home in our local mini market, the owners and staff love meeting our guests and as you discovered they are very charming and helpful.
We really hope you get the chance to come back and visit us again one day soon.
Marie & Lorenzo
Jeff and Edie
Great Italian Experience!
I cannot say enough good things to complement Marie and Lorenzo on the quality of not only their apartment, but also how wonderful they are as hosts. You know, you can rent any apartment, but when the owners are so accommodating, it makes a stay in a special place even more special. All of Marie's recommendations were spot on, from public transportation to restaurant suggestions. Marie and Lorenzo literally rescued us on the first day of our arrival due to a complication with our car rental reservation. Word to the wise: make sure your diver license has been issued for more than one year...
One of the best things we did was to take Marie up on her walking tour. It not only helps you get oriented to the village of Vicopisano, but also gives you a great sense of the history and culture of this little gem of a place. Sipping cappuccinos in the village square and wandering the streets, gives you a very real snapshot of how Italian village life is lived. I think we may have even been the only tourists in town the week we stayed.
We can't wait for the opportunity to go back! Also, do not skip the olive oil mill tasting, it was a hightlight! Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 01/17/2013
Dear Jeff and Edie
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at the apartment and that you enjoyed discovering all the restaurants and the walk we all did together. We truly believe you saw a real insight into a typical Tuscan working town away from the more beaten tracks of tourism and we were so happy to be able to share the experience with you. We hope you stick to your word and return one day, til then take care and warmest regards
Marie & Lorenzo
A little tresure
Marie and Lorenzo have created a wonderful apartment for their guests. Marie answered all our questions via email before we got there, which only made us more excited to arrive. She and Lorenzo were such fun hosts, and everything you could ever need is found in a book Marie compiled, including how long it takes to walk to town - a whole 2.5 minutes! Vicopisano is a perfect town to serve as a hub for other sites, such as Florence, Pisa, Lucca, and San Gimignano. The town is quaint, the locals were warm and friendly, and we found ourselves relaxing into the flow of everyday life there. We highly recommend taking advantage of 'renting a Tuscan friend' for a cooking lesson (fascinating and delicious) and other trips out of town to such sites as a winery, medieval town and pasta factory. Casa Colomba is a little treasure to visit and make your home on your holiday. If there was one drawback it would be the 35 stairs you have to climb to get to the apartment, so it is not for folks who have any trouble walking or doing stairs. Other than that, it's a jewel. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 10/27/2012
Thank you both so much for your kind review of Casa Colomba. It was such great fun meeting you, and it was great to see you fitting in so many different things during your stay here. We’d also like to say another big thank you for sending us the photos of the wine tasting, cooking lessons and spaghetti factory experience! There’s still so much more for you to do out here so we hope to welcome you back very soon.
Marie & Lorenzo
Stunning apartment in what is quite possibly the friendliest tow
My husband and I spent 3 wonderful weeks staying in Casa Colomba this august.
Our first impressions of the town and the apartment were equally favourable. As in: wow!! The apartment is actually better than it looks on the website. It is all spotlessly clean, and Marie & Lorenzo have thought of absolutely everything. And I mean everything. Soap, detergent, spare towels; you name it. There are maps and guide books and a bookshelf of great holiday reads (in case you run out of books, like I did). They even put together a welcome pack of groceries (and prosecco!!) so that when we arrived after our long journey, we didn't have to think about shopping straight away.
Italy was experiencing a heat wave while we were there, but the apartment was high enough to catch the wind, which cooled everything down to a pleasant sleeping temperature...and there is an electric fan in each room anyway to help with circulation.
And did I mention how friendly everyone is? Marie & Lorenzo are definitely the most accommodating hosts we have ever met in all our years of travel. Apart from the exceptional pre-stay communication (all emails answered quickly, all concerns addressed), Marie went out of her way to make us comfortable. She booked restaurants for us, gave us the skinny on the best beaches to go to, and even took us all out one day for a tour of Vicopisano (she's a bit of a history buff). We finished it off with a visit to the local olive-oil maker, who thanks to Marie's introduction invited us all in to his house for a tasting of all the wonderful food (and oil) they produce on the farm. This was definitely the highlight of our whole trip!
The town itself is terrific. It's small, but the locals are super friendly and welcoming. Actually I don't think there's a friendlier town in all of Italy.
And if you can be there for the Medieval Festival like we were, then you will definitely take home memories to keep for a lifetime.
Would we go back? Absolutely!! Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 10/27/2012
Dear Gina H
This is just another big thank you for choosing Casa Colomba for your holiday. It was such a pleasure to meet you and your family. Lorenzo and I are so pleased you enjoyed our stay with us, and that you loved our little village and all the friendly locals. We really hope that we get to meet you all again one day very soon.
Marie & Lorenzo
Delightful apartment in friendly Tuscan village
The renovated apartment is spacious and well appointed. The kitchen has everything you need to enjoy Italian food. The loggia has fine views of the sweeping countryside. The sitting room is spacious and comfortable. There is good internet Wi-Fi, TV and DVD player. The village itself is set on a small hill, with Brunelleschi's tower perched on top. The village square is compact with the some shops and cafes around it. The village people are noted for their friendliness - especially so if you speak Italian. Buses can be taken from the square to Pisa, Pontedera. Firenze is also nearby and easy to reach by train from Pontedera. We had a wonderful two weeks in the flat and would very much like to return one day soon. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 09/07/2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an informative review for Casa Colomba. We were so impressed with the amount you managed to pack in by just using our public transport system. Your Italian language skills definitely helped as well as impressing the locals! It so lovely to meet both you and your wife and we really do hope you comeback to Vicopisano again in the future. Till then kind regards and best wishes
Marie & Lorenzo
Emerald Isle, NC
It was a magical experience witht eh only reason in not giving it a five star rating being that it was very warm without air conditioning. Perhaps rather than having just ceiling lighting, there could have been ceiling fans with lighting instead to have made it cooler. The gite was wonderfully appointed and very plush. We found the recommendations of the owners to be perfect. We concentrated our dining experience in the town of Buti and were never disappointed. Marie's thirty-one page information packet was extremely helpful. The welcome package provided by Marie and Lorenzo proved invaluable as all of the stores were closed when we arrived. We would love to return again in the spring or fall. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 08/27/2012
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you found our Casa Colomba “enticing” and we delighted you loved discovering all the local restaurants both near and off the beaten track. It’s great to hear that you found both our pre welcome pack and the red book in the apartment useful and informative. We must also thank you for sharing valuable “secret” information about how to obtain tickets for the Uffizi without booking on line or queuing for hours, this really is a secret which we did not know about and which will prove very useful to our future guests! We are only disappointed that the apartment became to warm for you during this current southern European heat wave. Normally the fans we supply in the apartment are sufficient during the warmer season but we have to admit not only us but the whole nation has been completely caught out by this abnormally hot summer. We are so pleased to hear it hasn't put you off visiting us again. We really do hope to be able to welcome you again at Casa Colomba one day in the future, till then best wishes and kind regards
Marie & lorenzo
We spent a week at Casa Colomba in July. We were made to feel very welcome by our hosts, Marie and Lorenzo. The apartment was spotlessly clean and very comfortable with lots of extra little touches. The washing machine made travelling by budget airline very easy and we managed very well with hand luggage only. The village is an oasis of calm surrounded by wonderful Tuscan countryside but equally well placed for visiting Pisa and Florence. We would recommend a guided walk with Marie to gain an insight into the local area and also day at Casciana Terme which is an outdoor thermal spa swimming complex. The only downside for us was lack of air conditioning which made sleeping difficult as at the time of our stay there was a heatwave.
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 08/10/2012
Dear J & T
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for Casa Colomba. It was lovely to meet you both and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk we all did through the surrounding country side and olive groves. We are really looking forward to seeing all the photos you took especially the ones in the sunflower fields! We also enjoyed the night we spent at the festival in Buti, and we hope you enjoyed the fire eaters and dancing in the street, it was all great fun. We are so sorry you had difficulty sleeping due to our current heat wave. The temperatures are much higher than normal this year, usually the fan we provide is more than efficient however if this global warming continues we will certainly be installing AC. We hope the summer heat won’t stop you from returning and we do hope we get to meet you both again one day in the future.
Marie & Lorenzo
Mikael af Hällström
Cosy and spacious apartment with a historical touch
We stayed at Marie's and Lorenzo's apartment for 6 nights and enjoyed our stay very much. The place is very spacious and cosy with a reasonably well equipped kitchen and a nice loggia to relax in during the afternoon or evening hours. However, the apartment did get a bit too warm during our stay since the outside temperature was quite high - probably we would just have loved the place in late September or October! About the location: the house is located in the middle of Vicopisano, a picturesque small Tuscan village with an imposing fortress towering over the village houses. Distances to the nearby cities and the sea were easily covered in an hour of two - a splendid location for excursions to Pisa, Florence and Siena. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 08/10/2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review for Casa Colomba. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and managed to fit in some sightseeing as well as some relaxation time on the Loggia! Global warming has definitely hit Vicopisano this year and we are so sorry the fan didn’t keep the bedroom as cool as you would have liked it. Hopefully we will get to meet you both again in the cooler months! Spring is lovely with all the spring flowers and so is the autumn with the grape and olive harvests taking place. Thank you again Mikael for choosing Casa Colomba and we really do hope we get to meet you again one day one day in the future
Marie & Lorenzo
Excelled our expectations
We choose Casa Columba based on pictures and reviews we read on the internet. Like most we also checked it out on google earth at street level. I would urge everyone now! Do not base your decision on the view you see of the entrance to the apartment from Via Lante,it does not do it justice. We have been to Italy before and the older buildings can look a bit tired on the outside, is this something to do with Italian planning laws?
From the start to finish we had a fantastic time. The apartment itself exceeded our expectations in every way and there is nothing that we can think of that could have been done better.
It is obvious that Marie & Lorenzo have thought of everything with basic provisions being provided in the apartment prior to your arrival so what ever time you get there is no pressure to find the nearest shop.
The welcome pack we received was excellent with lots of hints,tips and suggestions of places to visit and eat both near and far. We can both recommend the cooking lesson with Franco. The full day tour of Vicopisano especially the visit to the olive oil mill. Al Frantoio di Vicopisano owned by the Bovoli family. Great lunch and hospitality. I would reccommend that you buy another suitcase to accomodate all the products that once sampled you will want to buy and bring home. I should have hired a truck. We would not have been aware of any of these delights had it not been suggested to us by Marie and Lorenzo.
Vicopisano itself is a great location to explore the surrounding Tuscan countryside, only 30 minutes from the airport, with Florence, Lucca, Volterra and San Gimignano,to many places to mention, within one hour or less by car, even the beach at the Marina di Pisa is only 30 minutes away and once you have had enough of all that exploring finish off the evening in Vicopisano itself with a meal in a local restaurant and a drink at one of cafe bars in the market square.
All in all a great holiday.
Thank you Marie & Lorenzo Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 07/24/2012
Dear Vic Meldrew!!!!
Well what can I say but what a great pleasure and what a great laugh we had with you and Mrs Meldrew. It was great spending the day with you on the village tour and of course the cooking morning with Franco/Ciccio.
We’re so pleased you enjoyed the Frantoio and the wonderful hospitality of the Bovoli family and we hope you managed to get all your purchases back safely!
It was nice to hear you enjoyed our Casa Colomba, even though it was a trifle hot when you were here, well much more so than the 14 degrees you had left at home!
Finally we have to say we were very impressed with your Italian, it really is very good and it was most appreciated by the locals.
You seemed so at home here in Vicopisano and we really do hope you’ll come past our way again one day soon. Till then warmest regards
Marie & lorenzo
A fantastic stay at Casa Colomba
We spent three nights at Casa Colomba and we wish we could have stayed longer, from the moment we arrived we felt at home, Marie was so welcoming and the apartment is so well equipped and comfortable - especially the Loggia, our favourite place. The welcome pack was wonderful, the cheese and Prosecco especially, we made good use of the welcome pack and the mini bar. The mini bar included some food items and wine/beer at very reasonable prices, we found this very useful when we were just too hot to venture out again. There was nothing we would have changed, it was just perfect, the attention to detail was fantastic, everything we needed was provided. The extensive guides and books give you endless opportunities for exploring the surrounding areas. There is a file of information provided that you can take out of the apartment or just borrow pages and return them at the end of the day, we used this daily and found it an invaluable addition to the many 'extras' provided. We loved Vicopisano, everyone was very friendly and welcoming, especially when we tried out our limited Italian vocabulary! In our short time there we fitted in quite a lot but highlights of the area were the tour of Torre Brunelleschi and cycling around the walls at Lucca. Marie and Lorenzo have done a fantastic job in restoring this apartment whilst retaining its character, we loved it here and hope to return. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 07/11/2012
Dear P & D thank you so much for your wonderfull review. We too wish you could have stayed a lot longer; however we were still impressed with the amount you manged to fit in within your short stay. We are so pleased you managed to climb the Brunelleschi tower in the village, it's something which sometimes gets overlooked for the must see other destinations in Tuscany. I'm sure we can still give you a lot more suggestions, so you'll just have to come back!! It was lovely to meet you Kindest regards Marie & Lorenzo
Anne & Randy
Lancaster County, PA
Property Deserves More Than Five Stars!
Our stay at Casa Colomba was wonderful. Marie & Lorenzo are amazing hosts who go out of their way to ensure you have an amazing stay in Tuscany. The other Vrbo reviewers that say they were superb hosts, that the pictures don't do the property justice or would recommend the place to family and friends or return on their own are right on! Even before we arrived Marie communicated with me on the details of the stay and once booked provided a welcome guide with thorough information about both the property, town and surrounding area. Upon arrival, we toured the beautiful home and were not disappointed. As stated before, the Vrbo pictures do not do the property justice. The home is spotlessly clean and has everything you could need. The town of Vicopisano is an overlooked yet worthwhile destination in its own right. Walking to the bar each morning for breakfast was a special treat and visiting the fortress in town should not be missed. Be sure to check out the local restaurants during your stay (the information Marie provides describes them all) as we had some of our best meals just a walk away. Marie was also helpful with the small details like helping us order coffee to our liking, educating us on the local tourism and helping us make a personal phone call regarding our rental car. She was available yet not intrusive. She also shared fun insight on the local culture (especially happy hour!). The information in the welcome guide we received after booking helped us plan a delightful stay in Tuscany. The property location makes day trips to Lucca, Pisa, Chianti and Florence all enjoyable and returning to the small village off the beat and path is very relaxing. When I booked Casa Colomba I did so because of the amazing location, fantastic reviews and thorough information on the website. I am so glad that I did - we expected it to be a fantastic place and the results were even better than expected. You cannot go wrong in staying at this Vrbo!
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 07/11/2012
Dear Anne Thank you so much for your wonderful informative review of Casa Colomba and Vicopisano. Lorenzo and I were amazed at everything you managed to see and do during your short stay here. We love to hear of our guests discovering the village and interacting with the villagers and of course enjoying all the traditions and little curiosities. The aperitivi time always seems to be a favourite! It was so lovely to meet you both and we hope very much to see you again in the future but for longer next time! Best wishes Marie & Lorenzo
Jayne & Ade
Fantastic Honeymoon at Casa Colomba!
We spent a glorious week at Casa Colomba as part of our Honeymoon in april. Marie & Lorenzo are the perfect hosts and could not have been more helpful and friendly, always on hand, but discreet enough if you wanted a more private holiday. We absolutely loved the village and the whole area, the people were so friendly and the local bars, shops, scenery all so lovely! We especially loved our morning trips to the local bakers for fresh bread and croissants for breakfast and picking up a freshly roasted chicken from the Rosticceria for Saturday supper! And a visit (or 3)to Il Botte Gaio for wine, cheese, olives and local hams is a must!
The weather was very mixed, but we managed to do all and visit everywhere we wanted and hope to be back soon to do the more traditional things in the area such as olive oil and wine tasting. Casa Colomba is fabulous, we loved being there and wanted to stay forever, it was spotless and the welcome pack was really appreciated, all the special touches made it perfect and it really lived up to it's reputation, but we don't want too many people to find out in case we can't get in to book again!!
We also found Marie and Lorenzo's 'bible' of the area and attractions absolutely fantastic and never left the house without some instruction or direction!
Thank you so much Marie and Lorenzo, we hope to see you again very soon! Jayne and ade x Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 05/27/2012
Dear Jayne & Ade
Thank you so much for your kind review, and thank you for choosing Casa Colomba for such a special occassion your honeymoon. It was such a pleasure to meet you both and its great to hear that our red "bible" was so useful in helping you discover all the secret little places like Il Botte Gaio. We are looking forward to meeting you again very soon for some Oil and Wine tasting!
Marie & Lorenzo
Yvonne and Nigel Thomas
A relaxing and unique home from home
Marie and Lorenzo are friendly and caring hosts who were on hand to give advice and very good service. The little touches and attention to detail - welcome pack, rucksacks and umbrellas enabled us to go off and enjoy ourselves. We loved the decor - a mix of antique and modern that combined tradition with convenience. The village of Vicopisano is steeped in history and provides a good insight into real Tuscan life. We enjoyed visiting the local bars and restaurants plus the Sunday antique market. We used the local shops as the quality of the produce was excellent and the village has very good transport links to the major cities - Pisa, Florence, Lucca which can be visited in a day with ease. Overall the accommodation and location were perfect to visit the beautiful cities and then retreat to somewhere less busy but also being 30 minutes from the airport you are there in no time. We can't wait to return for a summer break as the beaches are only 30 minutes away. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 05/11/2012
Thank you so much for another fantastic and informative review. You really impressed us the way you got around on public transport and we are so happy you enjoyed the village as well. It's nearly beach time... so we hope we get to see you again soon.
Best regards Marie & Lorenzo
Tranquility, Romance and History
We could not have had a more fantastic trip. Marie and Lorenzo went out of their way to help us to plan our perfect holiday - including the hire of road racing bikes for us to enjoy the mountains. The town has a fantastic history and the castle tour is not to be missed. The apartment is clean, modern and very comfortable. It was a very relaxing environment and was stocked with all the travel books and local information we could ever need. All in all, the locaion, the recreation, the history, the accomadation and the hosts - all were fantastic. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 05/19/2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Casa Colomba and your kind words.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and very impressed with your two days of cycling up the mountains! We hope to welcome you back to Casa Colomba again very soon
Marie & Lorenzo
The Best Vacation Rental Property We've Ever Stayed at
This was the best vacation rental property we've ever stayed at. Marie and Lorenzo went way above and beyond in making us feel at home both at the property and in the village. This what you think of when you think Tuscany! The traditional Tuscan tower building has magnificent wood beamed cathedral ceilings supported by ancient stone walls. These are paired with a modern bathroom and new Tuscan style country kitchen. Before running off to nearby Florence or Pisa would highly, highly suggest you spend a full day in the village of Vicopisano. We did and it was the most memorable day we spent in Tuscany. From meeting the local olive grower and his family to visiting the ancient and historical towers of the town, there is much to experience in this truly off-the-beaten path part of Tuscany. It was heaven to be slightly removed from the maddening tourist crowds of Florence. We almost stayed in Florence and we were so glad we didn't. Marie's suggestions on what to do and see were invaluable to making our trip to Tuscany truly memorable. The information they provided at the property is very extensive from where to get the best espresso to the numerous restaurants nearby covering all price ranges. The apartment is located in the heart of the village and you can walk to the baker, Italian bars, restaurants and olive growers nearby. Vicopisano is also very convenient for for day trips to other cities, towns and vineyards in the heart of Tuscany. Do yourself a favor and stay here! Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 05/11/2012
Thank you for your kind words and your very informative review, I'm sure our future guests will appreciate all your hints and tips. We had a great day out with you at the Olive oil mill and ceramics studio and we really do hope we get to see you again next year
Marie & Lorenzo
Just a great place all the way around. Exceeded our expectations. There is a reason this place has excellent reviews. Lorenzo and Marie were great hosts. You can't go wrong with this place. Was the most special part of our entire vaction. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 05/11/2012
Thank you for your kind review, you were great guests and lots of fun!
Marie & Lorenzo
Marie & Mike
We were excited the minute we saw this property on the website, it was done so beautifully it stood out from anything else and it certainly didn't let us down. A home from home the minute you walk through the door, a delightful local town with friendly shop owners and as for Marie & Lorenzo they are the icing on the cake. They go out of their way from the welcome pack on arrival, to ordering flowers and booking a meal for valentines day. This is definitely the best owner experience we have had from people who really care about what they do. Thanks a million, Marie & Mike xx Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 03/06/2012
Thank you so much Marie & Mike for your kind comments. It was great for us to have our first Valentines guests and an absolute pleasure to help make the experience all the more memorable. I hope we get to welcome you back to Casa Colomba one day again soon.
Marie & lorenzo
Mr & Mrs B
The photo's of this apartment look beautiful however even they do not do full justice, we have to say it is the most stunning apartment we have stayed in. It really is like staying in a top hotel in terms of amenities but with the total privacy and relaxation that only a private apartment can offer. The owners, Marie and Lorenzo could not have done anymore to help with our break, they provide so much information on the numerous things to see and do in and around the area (we can thoroughly recommend the Olive oil tasting, a wonderful morning). My husband and I came here for a short relaxing break and have left planning to return for longer. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 03/15/2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and your kind words about Casa Colomba. We are so pleased you enjoyed the Olive oil experiance and we hope you are still enjoying the wonderful produce you took home with you. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Casa Colomba again soon, maybe next time you will get to see the Sunflowers instead of the Tuscan snowmen!!
Marie & Lorenzo
Larry and Kathy
A lovely village
We stayed for 2 weeks in Vicopisano, taking each day to explore Tuscany and the beautiful villages that make up the area.
Our stay at Casa Colomba was one of the best surprises of this time. We loved the apartment,. It is very clean and well equipped., Lorenzo and Marie are very accommodating and pleasant.
The information that Marie has prepared is extensive and very helpful.
We would definitely recommend this place to anyone considering a visit to Tuscany. Vicopisano is a sweet village, the people are lovely.
A step back in time with all mod cons
We spent 6 nights in the charming and comfortable Casa Colomba - right in the centre of Vicopisano, but with a fabulous view of the countryside. Communications before and after the booking was made were excellent, and the attention to detail in the apartment made for a great holiday. The village is steeped in history, and arriving at a festival weekend was an added bonus that made the stay even more special. This is a place for a relaxing holiday, or as a great base to explore Northern Tuscany. Beach towels are even provided, and we also had a day at the coast which is only 40 minutes way.
Kim & Stephen
Hemel Hempstead, UK
Dear Marie & Lorenzo
With much delay we write to you to thank you for a wonderful and very relaxing stay in Casa Columba. The apartment is beautiful, a little treasure, thank you for letting us use it as our home for the week, as that is how comfortable we felt. You have thought of everything, from the treat basket on arrival, your wonderful information bible which gave us some excellent recommendations for restaurants, local shopping and train/bus links. We had such fun in the village shops trying to make ourselves understood, people were so patient and helpful. The wild boar sausages form 'Testi' are a must!! and the pastries are dangerous. Having our own transport we ventured to Sienna, San Gimignano and Lucca, however we also took advantage of the train link from Pontadera, and visited Florence and Pisa, wish the UK rail system was as cheap and timely.
We hope we will be able to meet again one day and see how your little project has progressed! Mille Grazie. Kim & Stephen
Mr J Wells
Real Italian experience.
If you want the Italian experience then stay at Casa columba,my wife and myself were the only English people in the village, we had a car but did most of our traveling around on public transport and after a long day of sight seeing we looked forward to coming home to our medieval tower, Marie and Lorenzo were on hand for anything and couldn't of been more helpful.
leigh on sea
can you combine modern with character?
yes - at casa columba you can. This is an amazing place to stay, every home comfort you could wish for, so much attention to detail, comfortable, very clean and all set in a beautiful village with a real sense of community.
can't recommend it highly enough...
We arrived late, but immediately felt welcome by Marie and Lorenzo. The apartment is just as it is pictured, perfectly appointed and inviting. We loved our short stay of three nights and hope to return! The village and surrounding area are lovely and we felt very welcome and comfortable. Marie and Lorenzo are exceptional hosts! Thank you so much!
John and Leslie
paula and kevin
sant angelo in pontano
geniune Italian village experience
Casa Colomba is beautifully restored and well equiped. It is a great base for exploring Tuscany and and the little town of Vicopisana is charming. Marie is most attentive and kind.
our ideal holiday rent
Sometimes holiday let ads flatter to deceive, but not Casa colomba. Marie and Lorenzo provided a perfect base for our cycling holiday. They are the ideal hosts, pleasant, helpful but not intrusive. The location is great for cycling being located to a mecca for local and pro cyclists, 'Monte Serra' and from this mountain there are various beatiful rides with magnificent scenery. We can't thank Marie and Lorenzo enough for making our beautiful cycling holiday possible. The village itself is a lovely location and an ideal place to chill at the end of a full day. 10 days just flew by.
Beautiful apartment with many extras
We loved our stay in Vicopisano. Marie is friendly and organized, and her many guidebooks and handbooks were a real plus when planning our activities. The apartment is beautifully furnished, the bathroom is modern and ultra clean, the bed-linens lovely and the kitchen has everything you need if you wish to cook. Marie added extra touches like candles and a treat basket that made us feel more like welcome guests than customers. The people in the village were very friendly. We had had a great time and hope to visit again in the future.
Amazing first time in Italy
Loved it... It was a holiday we wont forget, Casa Colomba was a amazing place to stay, very clean, everything you need, like home from home,the host are very helpful, and on hand when and if you need them. We will return. Thank you very much.
David & Jennifer
The Ultimate Tuscany Experience
Our stay at Casa Columba was everything we could imagine and more! Just a 20 minute drive from Pisa and perfect for sight seeing. Marie and Lorenzo were the perfect hosts and thought of everything to make our stay feel like a home from home. From the welcome package to tour guide, they did it all. Thank you Marie for arranging our visit to the olive farm - an amazing experience. Blue skies and sunshine every day; wonderful food - you have to try "La Taverna Degli Olivi Restaurant" in Vicopisano, and "Alloro" in Buti, where the owners make you feel very special; and medieval towers and walkways to explore. A week was not long enough.
Beautifully restored apartment with all ameneties one may need. Situated in small village of Vicopisano, ideal for touring around Tuscany.Lots of helpful, local information available in apartment. We did not hire a car, however managed to visit Pisa, Florence (a must!) Buti and Viarregio, all by local bus and train. Surrounding countryside is stunning and hill walking excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay here and look forward to returning.
Casa Colomba The wow factor
Casa Colomba a charming historical medieval tower retreat, is located in a beautiful sleepy tuscan village of Vicopisano. This was a much needed break and the warm welcome by the owners, Marie and Lorenzo made me feel instantly at home. Nothing was too much for these amazing owners. Casa Colomba is beautifully and tastefully decorated, and has kept all of her romantic charm. Casa Colomba surrounded by breathtaking scenary is very clean, and every room is fully equipped for their guests needs. For a small fee, Marie was my personal tour guide, a 1/2 day tour to see the leaning tower of Pisa and the history of Vicopisano. Casa Colomba is ideal for singles, families, groups, honeymooners, but unfortunately not suitable for persons with walking difficulties, due to the stairs to the apartment.
Casa Colomba definitely worth the 5 star treat.
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Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 03/06/2011
Thank you for taking the time to comment on Casa Colomba and reffering to us as a 5 star treat with the wow factor. Like all our guests it was a pleasure to welcome you to Casa Colomba and we are so pleased you enjoyed discovering Vicopisano and the less beaten tracks of Tuscany.
Marie & Lorenzo
Perfect spot for exploring Northern Tuscany
Our family of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Vicopisano. Marie & Lorenzo were perfect hosts. The beautiful apartment was elegantly decorated--with all the "little touches." Marie even shared a Tweety bird DVD with our children which they adored. We enjoyed the Puccini opera CD in the evenings. . . We were so pleased to discover the thoughtful local treats--Prosecco, salami, formaggio as a welcome gift. Marie was helpful before our stay in confirming the hours of Collodi's Parco di Pinocchio and during our stay at setting up a private wine-tasting nearby. The lovely apartment is a perfect spot to explore Pisa, Lucca, Collodi, Vinci, Volterra, and even Florence, though we had to save Firenza for another day. We look forward to a return trip soon. A presto e grazie mille. Read more
Response from Marie & Lorenzo - 03/06/2011
Thank you for your kind comments, and we hope we get to meet you all again very soon
Marie & Lorenzo
West Byfleet Surrey
Lovely comfortable accommodation
Thoroughly enjoyed our week here. Plenty to see and do. Lots of helpful information from Marie & Lorenzo. The apartment was very welll equipped.
Mount Pleasant, near Newcastle
Our Vicopisano Visit
Our stay in Casa Columba was relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable!
The accommodation was superb with thoughtful decor and furnishings throughout.
Our hosts Lorenzo and Marie were extremely helpful both before and during our stay, which helped us to get the most from our first visit to the region.
The highlight of our trip was our day in Florence and we were delighted at how we coped using the public transport system with our very limited knowledge of the Italian language.
We found the Italians, especially in the restaurants we visited, to be very friendly and sympathetic, though our experience of Italian food was not always what we had hoped it would be!
We will certainly be returning to Italy.
Fell in love with Tuscany
I spend the amazing week in Vicopisano. Marie & Lorenzo are very hospitable and they organised all information about the neighbourhood that is needed. The place is furnished in a lovely modern-tuscany style. And the town is amazing! You will fell there like you'd be Italian:) We found there everything we were looking for: a small medieval town with an italian climate and without tourists, italian hospitality and great pizza :) You may need to know basic italian, but it's even more fun to use italian when you are in Italy!
I have spend there the best holidays ever! Now my greatest dream is to live in Italy :)
Was a Dream
This house was wonderful and the owner´s Marie and Lorenzo especial person with us, I recommend a 100% this vacation Rental.
Esta casa fue exelente en todos los sentidos la recomiendo totalmente a quien desee ir esta en muy buen punto de contacto para conocer Pisa Florencia Monaco Lucca y mas pueblos cercanos , especialmente romantico, vayan no se arrepentiran.
Vicopisano. A Patch Of Heaven On Earth
our hosts have been very very helpful. a concise travel direction was provided before travelling and upon arrival, a detailed information folder was given, which contains places to see, where to eat and other interesting things to do. the photos do not really do justice to the rentals appearance. you have to see it in person. the property was clean.
the loggia is really a nice place to sit down or lie down and relax, rad a book, drink some wine. one thing which i might have to say is, i guess because the loggia is such a nice spot to sit down and relax, the mattress is already overused.
the owner was very helpful (but the information about bicycle rental has to be revised).
i would surely recommend this property to people i know, who love the peace and quiet. cheers to the owners and i wish them good health, so when i plan to visit that part of the world, i would get to enjoy their company again.
Andreas & Steffi
Lovely apartment with nice hosts as a base to explore Tuscany
We stayed 10 days in the apartment and had a very good time there. We were well received and shown the apartment. It is really lovely decorated and equipped with absolutely everything you need. The apartment is extraordinarily tidy. Vicopisano is a good starting point to explore Tuscany if you travel by car. Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Siena are within reach of 1,5 hours at maximum. Marie and Lorenzo are very nice hosts and they made us feel at home at their apartment.
To sum it up: we highly recommend the apartment!
Steve & Yvonne
My wife and I stayed in this apartment in June and we fell in love with the place. Marie and Lorenzo have obviously given a lot of time and thought in ensuring that this apartment is enjoyed by all who have chosen to stay in it. This place is spotless, very well decorated and spending time in the loggia made the stay in this apartment so much more special, different from any other place we have stayed in. It will certainly be hard to top this one...
Marie has put together a book detailing everything you need to know about the area, if its not in there, you don't need to know it. I would certainly recommend this place both for the accommodation and for spending time in Vicopisano, here you get a true taste of the Tuscan lifestyle.
Quiet Break away
We spent just under a week in this beautiful apartment and it was truly a very relaxing place to stay. Marie has decorated the lofty rooms to a very high standard and for a couple sharing there is a very generous kitchen and two living areas.
The apartment is in the center of Vicopisano, a quiet village with some lovely places to eat and drink located in and around the area.
The welcome pack contained a lovely chilled bottle of Prosecco, which we opened upon arrival, a reward after climbing the step stairs with our luggage.
Marie has obviously put in a lot of time and effort compiling a helpful hints folder about Vicopisano and it's surroundings, including bus and train timetables to travel to the larger towns and cities.
Many thanks for a lovely stay and we would recommend your apartment to anyone.
Relaxing and homely Italian experience
Beautiful apartment in a lovely rural location that is close enough to main cities for easy access. Marie and Lorenzo are wonderful hosts who helped make our holiday enjoyable and relaxing. Thanks and well done!
A fantastic apartment.
We stayed 1 week in the fantastic apartment Casa Colomba. The proprietors, Marie and Lorenzo, had bought the tower and recently renovated it so everything is new.
When we arrived, we were received by Marie. They live downstairs, which is very practical if you have any question or problem.
Everything was super clean which is a important point for us! The apartment has many appliances that make your stay better : a toaster, espresso café machine, washing machine.
There is wireless internet !
And a loggia with beautiful views were we had breakfast and dinner.
Marie and Lorenzo are the perfect hosts, always very helpful and at the same time giving you privacy.
The weak points would be: the very steep stair, no dishwasher and the TV did not have many foreign channels (but we did not watch TV during our stay, so we did not care).
The apartment is ideally placed to visit Pisa and Lucca (about 25 min. by car). Other places of Tuscany need 1-2 hour drive (San Gimignano, Siena)
I would recommend Casa Colomba to my friends, we loved it ! In fact, you could spend the holidays in the apartment without going outside!
Andrew 7 Jenny
Exceeded all expectations
Lovely apartment, newly refurbished. All mod cons. No problems whatsoever.