2 brmTuscan House near everything (Lucca/Pisa)
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
|Living space||100 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Historic, Romantic, Spa, Away from it all, Rural, Village|
Description from the owner
900 year old Tower House with large private garden in Medieval Village - close to Florence, Pisa, Lucca - thermal pools. Good local transport and quiet village life - no car needed to explore Tuscany from here - use the buses and trains. Beautiful big private garden under the Village Castle.
Medieval Tower House at the castle of Vicopisano with large garden and views of towers and the Pisan Hills. Fully self contained and private. Set in the heart of the village and accessed along the ancient stoned pathway of the Village.
In the village their are restaurants, mini supermarket, wine store, gourmet foods, Dry cleaner, hairdresser,...Read more
2 brmTuscan House near everything (Lucca/Pisa)
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
Medieval Tower House at the castle of Vicopisano with large garden and views of towers and the Pisan Hills. Fully self contained and private home. Set in the heart of the village and accessed along the ancient stoned pathway of the Village.
20 minutes from Pisa, 35 mins from Lucca, 45 mins from Florence and 20 to 40 mins from Spa towns. Volterra and San Gimignano are a local bus ride away approx. 40 mins.
In the village their are restaurants, mini supermarket, wine store, gourmet foods, Dry cleaner, hairdresser,bars, and much more.
Exposed beams in all the rooms,terracotta floors, big open wood fire, living room with double sofa bed - possible 3rd bedroom, all rooms have views over the village and the Medieval towers and the garden.
All linen and towels provided. A care package with fruit, and basic essentials for your first day - including two bottles of quality local wine .
English speaker - Australian - also a tour guide for Tuscany available for tours upon request and subject to his availability. - moderate rates for Guests of CASA AL CASTELLO .
Wine and food tastings can be arranged all within walking distance. Cooking courses with some of the local villagers and practice your italian or learn survival italian with a qualified high school teacher. Need some Yoga time ? We have a yoga Teacher -english speaking.
Don't ask yourselves " I wonder if ? " call or write to me - we can answer all your questions and pride ourselves on satisfying all requests.
Your stay at "CASA AL CASTELLO" is important to us.
Location Type Away from it all, Rural, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$116 - $154||$154||$810 - $900||$2,830 - $3,216||4 nights|
|Apr. 1 2013 - Oct. 1 2013
|Oct. 2 2013 - Mar. 31 2014
|All Other Dates||$154||$154||$900||$3,216||4 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Damage deposit - $257 / stay - Security Deposit
Additional notes from owner
Only Two of you ? One couple only ? Cost per night for a couple is â‚¬70 . with a minimum stay of 3 nights.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 17, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
High Point, North Carolina
An authentic experience of the Tuscan countryside in a medival v
We have truly enjoyed our stay at the "Casa al Castello". The locals are really friendly and willing to help. This place is simply amazing. I have not expected to spend my short trip in such an authentic and awe-inspiring atmosphere. Not only is Vicopisano one of the most beatiful villages I have encoutered, the "Casa al Castello" - situated below the ancient medieval tower - provides an adequate feel and comfort. I can only recommend this place to anyone looking for a truly amazing experience of the Tuscan countryside.
Furthermore, Vicopisano is a stone-throw away from iconic cities like Pisa, Florence, Lucca, and Sienna. Definitely must see cities in the Tuscany.
Response from Jonathon Hunter Tuscany Kangaroos - 01/11/2013
Thank you, it is nice to read that guests enjoy our little Tuscan Secret - Vicopisano and it's Casa al Castello.
Coolum Beach, Australia
What a charming, enchanting experience to live in a tower house
This was the 4th time I have stayed in Vicopisano at the holiday rentals of Massimo Lenzi & Jon Hunter. Their B&B; is a perfect place if you are travelling solo or with friends. A stroll down the avenue took me straight into historic centre where I would sit for ages over a caffe, listening, watching & enjoying the village's daily bustle. It was not long before I was sharing greetings with the locals & feeling blissfully happy breathing in la dolce vita. Staying at the tower house was great fun particularly so because we were there for the weekend of the medieval festival. The place is very comfortable (despite being 500 years old, one part is 900 years old! ) & well equipped to cook up a storm. We had 3 dinner parties for 8 people which were very successful. I cheated a bit as I got Massimiliano, the butcher to cook the main dishes but there are such marvellous ingredients at hand that even we produced delicious Italian meals. Massimo & Jon are not only wonderful hosts but also excellent guides with stories & histories to endlessly entertain. You can see I am smitten! I think all roads lead to Vicopisano! Many must sees are very close Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra & San Gimignano to name but a few. I am now planning my 5th visit to Vico.
Charming and eccentric village life
Our stay in Tuscany was in the hottest time of the year, when most of southern Europe takes its vacation. And for good reason.
That being said, my wife and I really enjoyed ourselves.
Public transport took us (mostly) everywhere we wanted to go, and just wandering through the village's cobble-stone streets was lovely. Old men just sit and talk in the square for hours on end while the women dress up for each other and drink espresso and chain smoke. Fantastic.
I would highly recommend the popular EnoSophia, the village wine bar, for local tipple in the early evenings. The two restaurants are within walking distance and completely worth it (and even better than most you'll find in tourist-crowded Pisa or Florence). The grocery has an extremely friendly staff and probably the best sausages I've ever had.
Getting to the beach by bus was a good hour, but made for a great day-- the water was 28 degrees celcius! Florence is a reasonable day trip and Pisa is even closer.
I will echo other reviewers: this is not for resort-types. It is an experience of authentic Tuscan village life with all the eccentricities and charms that real travel reveals.
As for the proprietors, Jonathon and Massimo were not only helpful, but absolutely indispensable to our enjoying ourselves. Our "feast in the field" night was unforgettable.
If you can schedule one of Jonathan's guided tours of the Tuscan hillside you will not be disappointed. Just be sure to bring a good camera.
Te Puke New Zealand
Make sure you have dinner with Gloria and Lucca, and visit the c
A delightful Medieval village and tower house. Make sure you are there on a Saturday afternoon to visit the castle.
Refill your wine bottle with the local wine. The locals are very kind to non Italian speakers. Fully equipped kitchen to expeirment with your own Italian cooking and the local shop owners will advise you with the fresh ingrediants. Jonathon organised a cooking demo and then dinner with Gloria... this was a highlight and a privilege to be in her and Luccas' home.
Easy drive to Pisa and Lucca, both lovely towns.
A charming and idiosyncratic village house.
Casa al Castello is a charming and idiosyncratic village house that simply oozes with character. Stepping through the front door for the first time was a little like stepping back a century (or two!) - and on this occasion that's exactly what we we're looking for! The house is spacious, cool and very comfortable and we spent a lot of time in the kitchen with its marble work tops and curtain fronted units which discretely hide modern appliances. The garden was also a real bonus - a rarity for a village house of this age. We were also impressed with Vicopisano, it's well located for access to a number of tourist sites and has a wide range of traditional shops for everyday needs (as well as a wine bar!). We look forward to visiting again soon!
Awesome/fabulous/charming/peaceful - Vicopisano
My family and I (6 in all) stayed in Casa al Castello in the little Hamlet village of Vicopisano, Tuscany , in april 2011. My children said it was awesome and my husband said " good choice Darling". This Tower House with it's brick floors painted red and it's super thick walls is so comfortable, quiet and stylish that we all felt like kings and queens for the two weeks we had there.
We ate, drank and lazed in the garden , wandered back and forth to the village Gelati shop and got to recognise a number of the locals as they got to recognise us as the visitors. We were nervous about driving in Italy and after contacting the owner - Jonathon Hunter he convinced us that public transport would get us to the places we wanted to see.
We took the bus to see the leaning tower of Pisa and also to Lucca where we rode bikes around the town and then along its' walls. We trained back and forth to Florence a few times and as the owner advised saw some things in Florence that normally a tourist wouldn't fined. The owner is a tour guide so he has some great tips and advice about the area.
We were pampered in the local wine shop with little offerings of foods and wines to try whilst my two children were given gelati and typical italian fizzy drinks. The butcher was great -- no english - but sold us some great cuts of meat and tried to explain the best way to cook them - generally we cooked out in the garden on the bbq.
We have already decided that we will come back one year at christmas and enjoy the big open fire in the lounge and the cosiness that the house must offer in the winter.
Casa al Castello is great - thankyou Jon for the hamper, the kindness, the tips and for introducing us to Vicopisano
Response from Jonathon Hunter Tuscany Kangaroos - 04/21/2011
Thank you Shirley, Jack and the kids,
It was a great pleasure meeting you and I guess we could say that we have become friends. Many of the villagers have asked about you and hope to see you all here in Vicopisano again - christmas maybe ???