Nice, friendly, caring, loving nature and animals. I am an environmental guide and I'm following a course for tourist guides. I teach in the school environmental education for the WWF.
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Had such a nice time at Lavinia's! Her place is even nicer than the pictures and she has an amazing garden to explore. She so was so flexible and helpful for us turning up which was really good as we had no internet until the day we arrived. Great host, full of life - highly recommended
Time spent at Lavinia's home feels like time spent nourishing one's wellbeing and connection to nature. Massa is often overlooked as a place of touristic interest, but with Lavi's guidance, it takes its place as the hidden gem of north-west Toscana.
Lavi is warm, welcoming and an incredibly generous soul. Her commitment to conservation and caring for wildlife is admirable and testament to her immense compassion. Some of the woodland critters in Lavi's care can be found sunbathing in her beautiful garden, or rather, miniature botanical gallery. There, you can also find her delightful company of feline friends.
Inquisitive and an avid learner, Lavi is absorbing to listen to as she shares with you her passions and encyclopaedic knowledge of Massa. Enjoying a walk through the historical centre of Massa with Lavi, and a guided hike into the surrounding mountains were two of my fondest memories in Italy. And for those lucky enough to try Lavi's cooking, you will love her delicious risottos and pastas! As for the house itself, it is stunning. Tastefully decorated and filled with natural light that stream in from the grapevine adorned balconies. The views from the bathroom were unbelievably spectacular. So, don't hesitate. Stay with Lavi and be prepared for an absolute treat!
Casa davvero bella! Tutto molto pulito e in ordine. La mattina Lavinia ci ha offerto un caffè e abbiam scambiato con lei due simpatiche chiacchere. Lei è stata disponibilissima e inoltre conosce molto bene la zona in quanto guida turistica!
Lavinia é molto simpatica e disponibile, ci ha messo subito a nostro agio. La casa é accogliente ed ha un terrazzo con vista panoramica ( si vede anche la rocca malaspina). Belli i tre gattoni. Attenzione ad arrivare con la macchina sotto casa, perché il vicolo é molto stretto e si rischia di incastrarsi ( la macchina si può lasciare comodamente in un ampio parcheggio ad un centinaio di metri). consigliato!
Lavinia is a lovely, caring person and her home, on the edge of a park and with a view of a local castle, is beautiful. We had car trouble getting to the house and were delayed. She stayed up late and guided us to her home to make sure we would get there safe. When we got there there were fresh plums from her tree in the backyard waiting for us.
Lavinia's home is well located, just a 5 minute drive from a beautiful spacious beach, and halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre. We truly enjoyed the time we were able to spend at her home and the conversations that we had.
Thank you Lavinia.
Grazie Lavinia, siamo stati benissimo, e speriamo di tornare presto !
Response from Lavinia:
Grazie a voi carissimi, un abbraccio e tanti auguri, spero di rivedervi presto
The house isn't easy to find, but once you arrived, it's great. You are in a city with the feeling of being in nature. With all comfort... Space... And privacy... Lavinia is a Nice woman. She came to seach me. And she's very passionated about her city and nature.
A splendid experience. We fell in love with the area, the house AND the hostess. Lavinia is a very knowledgeable tour guide and wildlife lover who made our weeklong stay memorable. Her house is a jewel with amazing views and a luscious garden with flowers and fruits, perched high on a village of narrow, winding streets. We had a whole floor for ourselves, with a large bedroom, sitting area, superb bathroom with "spa" tub, great terrace for enjoying our breakfast or evening refreshments. We drove to nearby towns for art and history, enjoyed the beaches and took a comfortable train ride to Florence. Lots to see! To be repeated!
Alejandra and Michael (Canada).
Charmante petite maison très bien rénovée avec un très joli jardin, le tout au calme tout en étant près de la ville
La chambre est grande et la salle de bain privative sont grandes, très confortables et propres, on peut également profiter d'un petit salon et d'une terrasse attenants à la chambre.
Lavinia est une hôtesse très accueillante, aimable et disponible pour donner des explications, conseils et pour partager un moment et un bon café italien.
Nous recommandons sans hésiter, il faut juste une voiture pour s'y rendre.
Lavinia è stata molto gentile e la sua casa è molto bella...con un grazioso giardinetto pieno di animali!! inoltre c'e un piano intero a disposizione degli ospiti con una grande camera un bagno e un grazioso piccolo soggiorno! se amate la natura le montagne e il mare è il posto adatto per una vacanza rilassante!