Tuscany / Arezzo / Restored stone house in a antique hamlet between Florence and Arezzo
Even someone who does not necessarily have an antenna for such sensations will feel a special energy here. We are used to beautiful landscapes in Tuscany, we often drive through on the way from one place to another without really noticing and saving them. So it is here between Florence and Arezzo, a beautiful corner full of history and mysticism, places where an atheist says - here is something.
This energy has probably been felt by others before us for centuries, it was not for nothing that St. Francis, who later became, for example, withdrew here on Mount Verna in order to be able to pray in search of peace and atmosphere. To this day there is a place of refuge named after him with many historical treasures. In Camaldoli there is an ancient pharmacy (the priest of Camaldoli) that is well worth a visit.
The Counts Guidi built various castles in the area, some at higher altitudes as a front against hostile interested parties, from these later a borgo often emerged, gradually a castle lost its importance, several smaller houses emerged and what is now borgo, hamlet or just hamlet is called. Back then you didn't need broad streets for cars, you could walk or at most with an animal, there was no sewage, telephone and power lines. There are around 20 such stone hamlets here, many with lovely little churches and typical little shops.
In such a hamlet, in which there are still around 100 people in winter, but more in summer and only a small shop and restaurant, the completely and lavishly renovated house is located. It is about 100m from the parking lot below the church. The whole stone hamlet has been very well renovated and kept in good shape. The house stretches along the path for a long time, the main entrance is here. You enter the house and stand in the living room with a tiled stove, the kitchen to the right, a large bedroom to the left. Next to the kitchen (with a huge original fireplace) is an outside passage that keeps the two parts of the house apart and allows you to get to the garden via the stairs - through a lockable gate. To the side a living (sleeping) room with a tiled stove, next to it a small kitchen with a room with a “washing machine” for olives with an antique pizza oven. Magnificent panoramic terrace.
Above this 1 bathroom and a bedroom with a desk niche. On the other side above then 1 bathroom with antique tub, 2 bedrooms.
Ground floor: 1 cellar with windows (wood storage currently), 1 bathroom, 3 rooms (2.55m high) - one with a fireplace, next to it an open room that is used as a garage. Finally, the highlight - the property can be reached by car and parked via private driveway either below or 2 to cars one behind the other in the driveway. Below or already on the ground floor and then a little deeper a kind of garden terrace, below larger - a total of about 1000m2 - equipped with many flowers - roses, among other things
Garfagnana is located in the north of Lucca in Tuscany. A green wooded landscape full of mountains and streams. The house has been renovated 2019 and is located a short distance from Pescaglia in a village without cars. Parking about 100m from the house.
From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture. There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. Certainly most should start with Florence, then continue on to Siena and Pisa. The roll call of città di arte, cities of art, is daunting: Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca are all striking. The more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears.