It's an ideal place for those who - while choosing the opportunities and the tranquility of the mountains - would like to spend some time on the Versilia coast and get to know this area and its attractions.
Pruno is situated in Tuscany in the Versilia area at the foot of the mount Pania della Croce, (1858 m above sea level), with a view on the Mount Procinto and Forato. During the summer solstice you can see the sun rising through the arch of Monte Forato, a big hole on its summit. Built around the central tower, the village dates back to the Middle Ages. The ancient church of San Niccolò, built in 11th century, originally had a central nave and during the sixteenth century two side aisles were added. Inside there are sculptures by Thomas Baratta dating to 1706, as well as a baptismal font of the 15th cent. From Pruno many interesting excursions to the peaks of the Apuan Alps and alpine pastures are available. The village of Pruno is part of the municipality of Stazzema. The house is located in Melo, a hamlet not far from Pruno, reachable on foot in about 10 minutes or in just a few seconds by a car suited for steep dust paths.
The building is an old home of Alta Versilia dating to late 19th cent. only partially refurbished several times by the former owners. The house retains all its original character and is distinctly rustic. Facing a large pergola, it is built on three levels (unsuitable for people with restricted mobility) with two double bedrooms, one single bedroom (with two bunk beds), a dining room, a living room and a bathroom with shower. The large secluded rural home offers full tranquility, as well as excellent opportunities for a wide range of excursions, either to the mountainside or to typical villages in Alta Versilia; what's more the lovely resorts in Versilia with their renowned sandy beaches can be reached in about half an hour's drive. It's an ideal place for those who - while choosing the opportunities and the tranquility of the mountains - would like to spend some time on the Versilia coast and get to know this area and its attractions.
Guests have access in all the house.
Distances from Stazzema to popular places: Antro del Corchia (Levigliani) 13 km; Grotta del Vento (Vergemoli) 79 Km; Torre del Lago Puccini 42 km; Viareggio 29 Km (beach); Forte Dei Marmi 19 KM (beach); Pietrasanta 19 KM; Cave di marmo di Carrara 35 Km; Lucca 52 Km; Pisa 54 Km; Orrido di Botri (Bagni di Lucca – Ponte a Gaio) 70Km; Portovenere 79 Km; Firenze 126 Km; Piombino (Per Isola D’Elba) 156 km; Siena 192 KM.
What can you do staying a week in Melo?
Enjoy the natural scenery and a peaceful and secluded stay, go for a hike in the Apuan Alps choosing excursions of your level of difficulty or spend a day in the bustling beach towns. Take advantage of the many cultural attractions in Versilia or visit the charming historic towns in Tuscany. Following are a few suggestions:
The area is rich with paths and itineraries. There are easy walks suitable for everyone, such as the easy path from Melo to the cascades of Acquapendente to longer and more demanding routes in the southern area of the Apuan Alps which include the peak of Pania della Croce (1875 m.), its ridge joining to Mount Forato, Croce, Corchia and Procinto.
Nature and speleology:
A few kilometers away from Pruno is the Antro del Corchia. The system of Mount Corchia situated in the Apuan Alps Regional Park is the largest karst system in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The site extends over 60 km of galleries and passages, with differences in depth reaching 1 200 m. Although the exploration of this system (the third one in Italy in depth) began in the 19th century, it was opened only in 2001 enabling the public to admire its stalactites, outflows, hardpans and also underwater concretions such as cave pearls.
The Grotta del Vento in Garfagnana, in the heart of Apuan Alps Park, is situated in a territory rich with spectacular and interesting karst phenomena. Here the atmospheric agents have endlessly excavated, carved and shaped the calcareous rocks, creating magnificent natural sculptures, such as the range of Panias, the huge natural arch of Mount Forato or the stone waterfalls and crevasses of the Vetricia Plateau. In this fascinating environment, the Grotta del Vento shows an outstanding variety of underground karstic characteristics: live, shiny stalagmites, small lakes, forms of erosion, mud formations and even perfectly vertical shafts that can be visited through convenient itineraries.
Grotta all'Onda is situated at 710 m above sea level on the slopes of Mount Matanna, near the village of Casoli over Camaiore. It is a large cave, 40x60 m wide, and originally had numerous underground passages which are today obstructed. This enormous cave bears witness of the presence of man during a long period spanning from Prehistory until recent times.
Other interesting natural attractions for a one-day-visit:
The Orrido di Botri is a spectacular calcareous canyon on the slopes of Mount Rondinaio and Mount Tre Potenze, with steep sides dug up by the cold water of Mariana and Ribellino streams, merging then into the Rio Pelago. During the summer period, when the flow rate is lower and temperature is milder, it is possible to reach the final segment, from Ponte a Gaio to Piscina. The vegetation here is distributed according to a vertical stratification, with more humid and colder levels at the base, full of mosses and ferns, substituted gradually with columbine and silene plants surrounded by vast beech forests. The inaccessible mountain sides of the orrido reach in some place 200 m in height: these have always been a nesting area of the golden eagle.
Lipu Reserve on the shore of Massaciuccoli Lake: this nature itinerary in the Chiarone Natural Reserve is made up of a wooden walkway about 700 m long built on wood pilings. This is a short and pleasant walk that will take you to a unique environment where the typical marshland vegetation, as well as several species of birds living in this area can be observed.
Marble, nature, environment, culture and craftsmanship: the mountains of Versilia have been exploited for marble extraction since ancient times. This tradition is important not only for commercial reasons, but also from an artistic point of view. In fact, even today a good number of sculpture and artisan laboratories operate in Pietrasanta and the surrounding area. However, it is important to outline that over the years marble extraction techniques have heavily contributed to modify the features of the surrounding mountains. Marble quarrying dates back to Roman times and the techniques have remained practically the same until today. The instruments used for extraction were chisels and wooden wedges: the slaves used these tools inserting them in the marble cracks and extracting the marble blocks with the help of water. The real innovation was the use of explosives. At the same time, the first marble industry was born. A few kilometers from Versilia, the Carrara marble quarries can be visited, where the white marble for Michelangelo's masterpieces was obtained. Visiting the Fantiscritti marble quarry (more than 600 m inside the mountains) is a unique and unforgettable experience.
Torre del Lago Puccini:a place of inspiration where Giacomo Puccini composed most of his operas. A mix of natural environments which still today makes Torre del Lago Puccini a highly popular holiday resort.
Versilia: culture, exhibitions and entertainment:
Versilia is also famous for its cultural events, shows and entertainment throughout the whole year, offering numerous opportunities for young people, families, theatre and music lovers and those interested in current events. In particular, during the summer season we recommend two well-known events: Puccini's opera season during the Festival Pucciniano in Torre del Lago and the Versiliana Festival in Pietrasanta featuring theatre, ballet, concerts and talk-shows about latest events. In winter, don't forget, the parades of the famous Viareggio Carnival.
The large secluded rural home offers full tranquility, as well as excellent opportunities for a wide range of excursions, either to the mountainside or to typical villages in Alta Versilia;
Spent a wonderful couple of days hidden away in the Tuscan hills in this gem of a house. House was clean and well equipped and has an incredible setting while Michaela and her family were extremely helpful and well organised. Highly recommended.
Non posso dire quanto eravamo felici con il nostro soggiorno, le Apuane sono una perla nascosta della Toscana! Grazie per tutti!
Abbiamo soggiornato da Micaela dal 30/12 al 03/01. Ideale per chi cerca silenzio e ama la natura. Paesaggio bellissimo (le foto non rendono giustizia) con la possibilità di fare lunghe passeggiate .
La casa è molto accogliente e risponde ad ogni esigenza. Poco adatta per chi ha bambini piccoli per le scale che dividono i piani. La strada, per arrivare all'abitazione è piuttosto dissestata.
Accoglienza veramente eccezionale! Sorprendente la gentilezza e la disponibilità dei proprietari pronti a Rispondere ad ogni domanda. Consigliatissimo.
Sono di parte, lo dichiaro, il mio amore per le apuane è viscerale. Sarà per il loro carattere: così autentico e antico, fiero e complesso. Sono il luogo più lontano da questo tempo fragile; riluttanti nel cedere alla cartolina, non si prestano ai facili compromessi. Vogliono entrare in relazione; se lo permetti ti entrano nel cuore. Ecco, questa casa è fatta così, come il luogo che la ospita. Bella e pulita: senza trucco, senza finzioni. I muri spessi, gli inserti di sasso, la stufa a legna, il bell’arredo così vissuto e amato. Se il piano terra, con la cucina superattrezzata e lì accanto l’area pranzo apre a convivialità e amicizia, sali una scala a chiocciola e ti trovi nell’intimità di un living che orienta al calore del camino. Le camere sono ampie e decorose, come un tempo; giocano su spazio, colori, materiali. La casa, quando non è ceduta agli ospiti, è vissuta dai suoi proprietari, Marzio e Micaela, che l’anno pensata e risistemata pietra su pietra. Il loro amore più che essere immaginabile è avvicinabili in ogni particolare. E nelle mille suppellettili che lasciano con fiducia a disposizione. Apri una finestra e sei di fronte al monte sacro del Procinto, giri lo sguardo e vedi il Forato e l’imponente Pania della Croce. In dieci minuti a piedi sei nel paese di Pruno, una bellezza; o al mulino poco distante. Resti qui e vivi la meraviglia del silenzio. Grazie di cuore per l’ospitalità. A presto
Our stay in the stone house of Marzio and Micaela was great. The house offers everything you might need for a Holiday. Though we arrived in the middle of the night, we were met by our host at the pre-arranged meeting point. Then he showed us the way to the house - which we'd never found on our own! We felt welcome from the start!
The atmosphere in the mountains is very special and Pruno is a great starting´point for hiking or even enjoying the beach, which is only a 30 Minute drive away.
A great spot to enjoy nature and tranquility - we were sad to leave after one week!
This place deserves full marks and I'd give bonus points if possible. The location is stunning, in a secluded spot surrounded by Alpi Apuane mountains. It is a large, well furnished and beautifully renovated traditional building. We were very comfortable there and enjoyed eating on the lovely covered terrace outside. Marzio was a very helpful and friendly host and we really appreciated his efforts. It was also great to have wi-fi to use. Pruno village is lovely, with a decent restaurant and a small but well stocked shop.
Marzio's house is beautiful, the surroundings are incredible, tranquility day and night. The best place if you want to explore Versilia: seaside, towns and the mountains, and still have a quiet place to go home to.
Marzio and his wife are great hosts.
thank you for everything.
We stayed a few days during our trip in Italy. If you have thought about how it is to stay in the stone buildings in the hidden mountain villages than this is a perfect place to try this out.
A very beautiful place hiden at the edge of Tuscany Alps offers a great relaxation as well as a good starting point both to nice mountain hikes as well as to nice beaches. The appartment was perfectly prepared, clean and nice. The owner is extremely helpful and happy to help with any question..
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.