L'Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo in Codiponte
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L'Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo in Codiponte
L'Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo...or, the Blue Apartment is an 80 sqm./869 sqf apartment sleeping 4 persons...
The apartment was the original living quarters for Il Poggiolo and is the oldest part of the farm-house. The entrance to the apartment is reached by a grassy ramp from the aia... or, the central courtyard, of Il Poggiolo, past a small stone out-building, which was once the chestnut drying-shed. Next to it is a working oven.
The apartment has an open-space living & dining area with a basic kitchen... refrigerator, 2-burner cook-top, micro & convection oven, etc. A sleeping loft with 2 single-beds is above and can be reached by a ladder. A short corridor from the open-space leads to the Master BR with an antique double-bed and a Bathroom with a shower, etc. Much time & effort was taken to create a charming decor in a decidedly eclectic mix of period antiques, flea-market finds & contemporary artwork. Comfortable interiors per divertire gli occhii! Off the bedroom is a Terrace with lovely views over the village of Codiponte, the Aullela River Valley and the olive & chestnut groves on the surrounding hills. It is the perfect setting for an aperitivo of wine, bread & cheese to watch the Tuscan sunsets! Outside the entrance to the apartment is a large terraced garden planted with fruit & olive trees. There is even a fish pond! Chaises, chairs & tables are available.
A little something about Codiponte & the Lunigiana...
Codiponte is the home to 150 year-round residents. The population swells in the summer months to over 300. The village supports two convenience stores for basic food & cleaning items, a bar... The Social Center of the community... a green-grocer, an excellent butcher shop, "Macelleria da Massimo", and a few other shops for household & clothing items. Casola in Lunigiana, the next town above Codiponte, has a post-office, bank, the Carabinieri & similar food & retail shops. Gragnola, the next town below, has a grocery-store, bank, an assortment of shops like the other two towns and the train station for service to Aulla & Lucca. The nearest hospital is in Fivizzano, a 25 min. drive away.
The beauty of the Lunigiana is its convenient position on the Italian peninsula. The nearest beaches are a 40 minute drive away from Codiponte at Marinella. The resort town of Lerici on the Bay of the Poets is just as close. The Cinque Terre can be reached easily by train from Aulla or by ferry-boat from Porte Venere or La Spezia, about 45 minutes by car. Pisa and its airport, Parma & Lucca are all a little over an hour's drive away. Genoa & Florence are close enough for day-trips. The Apuane & Apennine Mountains are laced with stunning hiking & bike trails. And, for history buffs, there are over 120 castles & towers and innumerable Romanesque churches to visit & explore. The Lunigiana is also noted for its cucina locale... or, local cuisine, of sgabei, a fried bread served with salami e formaggi... panigacci, a rough flour crepe topped with various sauces from pesto, parmigiano & olive oil to a hearty meat sauce, the local pasta of testaroli and una tagliata of seared beef with rucola. And, as they say here... Buon appetito!
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L'Appartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo in Codiponte Codiponte, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
L'Apartamento Azzurro del Poggiolo is in the antique village of Codiponte. The village's name in the local dialect means... "at the head of the bridge". And, in Medieval times, it was the only bridge to cross the Aulella River. The Pieve of Codiponte, the village's church, was a key way-station of the famous pilgrimage route to Rome, the via Francigena, over this bridge. There are six other churches to visit along this route nearby and before the Carpanelli Pass. Many walking trails & roads lace the surrounding hills of olive groves and to the Castle & Convent of Codiponte.
The community is the home to over 300 year-round residents, served by two small food shops, other stores for clothing & household items, a bar & tabaccheria... the "community center" of the village... and bus service. There is ample parking at the arrival end of the Medieval bridge and below it. Within a short drive is Casola in Lunigiana & Gragnola where there are many other shops & grocery stores. And in Gragnola is the train for either Lucca or Aulla & La Spezia.
The Lunigiana is noted for its many pristine borghi... or, stone villages, many guarded by stunning castles. In fact, there are over 120 castles & towers throughout the region to visit. The Mediterranean Sea is within a 40 minute drive from Codiponte. So too can Parma, Lucca, Pisa and its airport, and Genoa be easily reached by car for day-trips. The Cinque Terre is a convenient train trip from Aulla. And, closer-by are the charming towns of Sarzana, Massa & Cararra and their beach resorts.
Come & enjoy!
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How to get there
Nearest ferry port: La Spezia, 25 miles Nearest train station: Gragnola, 2 miles Nearest airport: Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport, 60 miles Car is essential
“Fabulous location, immaculate and beautiful home”
Left on 01/22/2013 for a stay in July 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 22, 2013Stayed Jul 2012
I stayed here with my husband and 2 teenage boys in July after touring in Rome and Venice. Our visit to Codiponte was not only the highlight of my visit, my boys agreed as well that it was their favorite. The locals are friendly, the views are spectacular and the home is absolutely charming. There are plenty of hikes over spectacular hills and will please the casual hiker to the most adventurous. A coffee in the morning or a wine in the late afternoon; there isn't a better place to be in Italy. It is truly a perfect escape to the past with all the comforts of modern living. I can't wait to return!
Left on 01/19/2013 for a stay in September 2012 | L. S.Reviewed Jan 19, 2013Stayed Sep 2012
We wanted to visit Italy off the tourist path...a place to experience a serene more private Italy that few tourists ever get to see.So this was the perfect place to relax after 2 weeks of sightseeing with crowds of people. Still, it was close to the Cinque Terra, Parma, Lucca and Florence which we reached by short drives or train rides. In Codiponte we strolled to aqua Paradiso, visited the church, hiked to the old monastery and the castle ruins on the hill above the village. But mainly we relaxed in the loggia with books, took naps in the garden, and enjoyed the company of the lovely owner...who is a wealth of information about Italian ways and the surrounding area. When we wanted something to do he gave us ideas and directions on how to get there. A day trip to Cinque Terra is wonderful...be sure to hike the Via Del amore, and Lucca is an amazing walled city, about 1 hour away,where you can rent bikes and ride the top of the ancient wall(about 3 miles around)and have lunch in one of the side walk cafes. If you want to relax, hike or sightsee you can do it all here. The apartment is a perfect combination of ancient charm and modern convenience that is beautifully decorated as well. The garden is so welcoming... overlooking the river and valley below, a perfect place for a glass of wine, a good book or a nap. All in all a great experience.
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