About this listing
Visit small town Italy in the mountains. Our 2 bedroom house is in Tuscany in an ancient hill town 45 minutes outside of Lucca. The views are incredible! Make pizzas in the wood burning oven, roast chicken or steak on the tuscan grill.
Visit tourist free Garfagnana region of Tuscany in Sommocolonia. Our small, well appointed two bedroom house offers stunning views of the mountains and a taste of real life in a Tuscan hill town.
The house dating back centuries - is made of stone. It is two levels, with the entry, kitchen, dining room and outdoor courtyard on the first level, and the bedrooms, living room and bath rooms on the second floor. The two bedrooms are nicely appointed - one master with a queen and the second bedroom has two twins. There is one shared bathroom, with a shower/bath.
Great for cooks, with a outdoor wood burning pizza oven, indoor Tuscan grill.
The town of Sommocolonia is quiet and peaceful. There are no services in Sommocolonia - nearby Barga (a 10 minute beautiful drive down the chestnut covered hillside) is where you will do your shopping, go to the cafes and restaurants.
The Garfagnana is perfect for hikers and bikers - the Garfagnana contains one of Italy's largest national parks - many trails await you.
Lucia (45 minutes), Pisa (75 minutes) and Florence (90 minutes) easily doable for day trips. A rental car is required as their is not public transportation in Sommocolonia.
4 day minimum rental.
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4 day minimum stay. Rented only from April-October - the house has no central heating.
You must arrive prior to 19:00 (7 pm) on the date of arrival.
The house of Marian stands in a charming village at the top of a hill within the woods. It is a lovely place to stay with a family as well as for people who love hiking. We did not met Marian with whom we had constant mail exchanges and was very available. Yet we where welcomed by Nadia from Barga who took us all the way to Sommocolonia. The house was also fully equipped and we enjoyed all the toutistic documentation about the region. A place I would definetly recommend to friends. Thank you Marian and Nadia.
une maison confortable et tres vivante, une vraie maison de famille... le paysage vu depuis les fenetres est epoustouflant et la position en haut de la colline permet de profiter d'une relative fraicheur la nuit.
l'accueil est vraiment charmant et la position de ce village en Toscane est vraiment génial Pise Florence Sienne à portée de voiture ! la grande route est tres roulante et on a tout interet à l'emprunter de préférence à l'autoroute.
nous avons beaucoup aimé l'ambiance de San Giminiano, la montagne de marbre de Carrare et le musée Leonardo à Vinci
Florence, c'est magique bien sur !!!
nous envisageons déjà d'y retourner !!!!
The apartment in Sommocolonia was wonderful - it is an old castle/fort Tuscany hill town that was fun to explore. It has a very rustic charm, yet all of the efficiencies needed. It was fun to cook in the kitchen and eat on the terrace or the lovely dining room. The town of Barga is beautiful with a lot of history and wealth. Our daughter and her friend loved swimming in the pool and made many friends with the local kids , whom they still keep in contact with. We took day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Via Reggio on the Mediterranean Sea!
Marian was a wonderful host and very responsive to all of our needs. We would definitely return.
One word of advice - the drive from Barga up to Sommocolonia is not for the faint of heart - it takes you way up the mountain, and thus the beautiful views, but I do not suggest driving it at night!
Hope to have the opportunity to return one day!
I stayed here for a week with my daughter (7), niece (11), and mother (75). Each had an enjoyable stay.
The history and natural beauty of Sommocolonia is amazing. The views from the property are stunning.
Wish we had more time. There is so much to do; whether your preference is to stay close to the accommodations and enjoy the hikes or you want to take day trips to surrounding towns and tourist attractions.
The house is well equipped and we wanted for nothing during our stay. We stayed in and cooked on several evenings. It was a joy exploring the local ingredients available from the merchants in nearby Barga. We typically bought supplies for our picnic lunches on the way out of town here as well. Of course, we had to end each shopping run with a bit of gelato!
If you want to explore Tuscany from as close as one can get to a local's perspective, this is your place!
We will definitely return!
Our entire experience was exceptional beginning with our arrival. Marian, the owner, sent very clear directions that made finding the village easy (1hour and 5 minutes from Pisa). Nadia, the caretaker, was waiting for us as we pulled into the car park. She got our things to the house, as there are no cars allowed in the village. She showed us all the ins and outs of the place. Fresh cut flowers awaited us in every room to boot.
We loved this centuries old village perched on the top of the world. The remains of the village’s medieval fortress, sits on the peak of the hill just steps away from the front door. The house itself is rustic, loaded with history, absolutely comfortable and fully equipped with everything you need to experience Tuscany in all its glory. The kitchen had everything we needed. We cooked some fabulous meals. There is a wood burning pizza oven on the terrace for good measure. I am a “light” person and the morning light in the bedrooms and kitchen begs one to drink an espresso soaking up the sun and gazing out the window at the incredible view of the Alpi Aquane Mountain Range. The entire space is perfectly lit. The bedrooms are charming and, the beds are extremely comfortable. The bookshelves in the living room are lined with information about Sommocolonia, Barga, Garfagnana, Lucca, Tuscany-basically, Italy. The view from the living room looks over the tiled rooftops and stone-walls of the village across the valley to the mountains beyond. The pictures do not do it justice. We visited in April, got a bit of rain, and spent one stormy evening snug; just soaking in the view. We tracked the clouds and lightening as they crept across the valley, infusing it with light as they went. Profound.
The town of Barga is CHARMING and is an easy and fun 10 minute drive from the village. In Barga we loved getting provisions from the vegetable ladies, the meat man and the local market. We also enjoyed the delightful cafes and restaurants where we ate delicious food and we were always the only non-locals. The people of Barga are extremely welcoming. We were exchanging greetings with familiar faces in town by the time we left.
We also loved the walk to town along the old roman road, about a 45 min walk. There is an extensive trail system connecting Sommocolonia to many other villages in the hills and the valley. I highly recommend taking the time to explore on foot!
We feel like we got a chance to truly experience a piece of old hill town Italy.
We are planning our return and will stay longer the next time!
About the Host, Marian
The house is owned by three siblings, Hans, Karl, and Lisa Baldauf (hence the name of the house is Casa Tre Leoni!), who all live in San Francisco. They were given the house by their aunt in the 1980s, and have loved visiting the house and lovingly improving it over the years. (Marian, who takes cares of the rentals, is married to Hans)