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Description Casa Marta is a 18th-century stone building with three floors spanning roughly 325 square feet each. In short, the house is made up of: 1 kitchen/living room + 2 bedrooms + 1 full bathroom + 1 powder room + 2 pantries. The house does not have a lawn, but there is space just outside the French doors leading out from the downstairs bedroom for a small table, sunshade and chairs. There are two entrances, the front door which takes you into the kitchen/pantry and the back door which leads to the downstairs bedroom, as the house is nestled on a hill, with three floors on one side and two on the other. You should be able to get a better understanding of the layout from the pictures.
The house is fully furnished with all new or antique pieces (Tuscan pieces from the 19th century. The light fixtures are lavish and we have provided a television (satellite), radio and CD player. We have not yet installed a telephone (there is a public phone in town if you don't have a mobile), but telephone, computer, and internet access are available at our office. A central heating system (gas) has also been installed. And, naturally, a working fireplace adorns the second floor, as how would a mountain house be complete without one.
Another house of the same owner, suitable for 5 people (Casa O), is available in the same village (Pascoso) at no more than 50 meter.
NotesThe house is nestled in a small mountain village called Pascoso, in the Apuane Park, 2,231 feet above sea level. Pascoso, in the Tuscan province of Lucca, has just under 100 inhabitants and is so small, with such narrow stone roads, that cars enter town along a short strip of the main road only. Nearly all the houses in town are built in stone, including their rooftops, and the smooth stones of the streets were laid hundreds of years ago. Pascoso is a hiker's paradise;however, it is not far from the 'cities of arts' of Tuscany:Lucca, Pisa, Florence, and Siena are 15, 30, 60, and 95 miles far; moreover,Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi,among the most famous Italian beaches, are 30 miles far, including 15 on the highway.
Furthermore, the house is situated under an hours drive from many of Italy’s finest and most picturesque golf courses, such as Golf Alisea - 32km -30 mins (5 holes promotional golf course), Montecatini Golf Club - 37 km -35 mins (18 hole golf course of natural beauty that has been built in the hilly countryside.Golfers are faced with many natural hazards such as lakes, streams, forests, and ditches which are all formed from the natural contours of the land), Club Golf Montelupo - 40 km -40 mins, Tirrenia Golf Club (9 hole), Cosmopolitan Golf & Country Club (18 hole) and Golf Club Fontevivo (18 hole).Traffic is almost unheard in Pascoso. There are no nightclubs, bars, or other attractions of mass tourism. However, you will find all the essential services provided by the town's store, which is run by a local family and sells everything to meet your daily needs, from fruits and vegetables, meat and bread to laundry detergent.Pascoso's finest asset, and the most important reason to travel there, is the nature in which it is literally immersed. In many ways, the surrounding mountains and age-old trees are wild and untouched, the dense thickets grow untamed and the canyons, crossed by mule tracks, curl open to reveal sweet pastures where one can lie down in the soft, mountain sun. Pascoso is an ideal stay for nature's lovers, from short strolls in the hillsides with your children or dog, stopping to taste cool water at a natural spring, to longer hikes, where you can walk all day long without meeting a sou. Many of the mule paths are suitable for mountain bikes and horses, which you can rent in Pascoso. For some hikes you might want to drive a few short minutes to your point of departure, whereas for others, you can leave directly on foot from your front door. And clearly, for visitors with off-road vehicles, the opportunities are endless.
A section of the Turrite Stream is reserved for fishing. Trout abound, although, given the low levels of the water, they generally do not grow to be very large. Further downstream, the Turrite flows into a large, artificial basin where the fish are less numerous, but much bigger. As you may have already imagined, the only sounds you'll hear in Pascoso are dogs barking and townsfolk chatting. Quiet reigns through the mountainside. The area is ideal for hiking, horseback riding (there are two barns where you can rent horses), and biking. In mid-August, Pascoso organizes a parade dedicated to the Madonna, in which a statue of the Holy Mother is carried high on a canopy throughout the town.
The best way to reach Pascoso is to rent a car at the Pisa or Florence airports or the train stations. Otherwise, you can use the bus service from Lucca.
The road to Pascoso is the same as that which heads from Lucca to Abetone and Garfagnana. However, once you have reached Diecimo (roughly 15 km, or 9 miles from Lucca), take the detour to the left (asphalt road) and follow that road about 10 km (6 miles) further to Pascoso.
A handful of nearby towns and cities are:
- Pescaglia (pharmacy, doctor, etc.): 3 miles
- Lucca : 15 miles
- Pisa : 30 miles (including 15 on the highway)
- Florence: 60 miles (including 40 on the highway)
- Siena : 95 miles (including 80 on the highway)
- Viareggio (the sea): 30 miles (including 15 on the highway), or even less if you have a map
and take the more direct route along smaller, state roads.
More frequent questions and answers Q. What is the best way to travel to Pascoso? A. For international guests, we suggest flying into the international airports at Pisa or Florence, which are quite close to Pascoso (46 km and 95 Km, respectively), and then renting a car from a major car rental company. Alternatively, one can reach Lucca by train and then Pascoso by bus. Either way, detailed driving directions will be sent upon acceptance of a reservation, and if you let us know your plans we can advise and suggest the quickest and easiest way to reach Pascoso. Q. What are the closest airports to Pascoso ? A. The international airport Galileo Galilei in Pisa is the closest to Pascoso. Second closest is the airport in Florence (Firenze Peretola). They are connected by direct flights to major Italian and European cities, including London, Paris, Munich, Milan and Rome. In addition, all Italian airports house offices of major rental companies, such as Avis, Hertz, etc. Q. How long does it take to drive to Pascoso from various cities ? A. Driving to Pascoso entails getting to Lucca by highway then proceeding by state and provincial roads. Q. Is postal service available in Pascoso ? A. Yes, postal service is available daily (except on Sunday and other holidays).The post office is just a short walking distance from the house. Q. Is telephone service available ? A. At present, we have not yet installed a telephone in the residences. However, there is a public phone in Pascoso (in the church square, just 5 minutes by foot from Casa Marta). There is also a public phone in the local general store/trattoria.. Alternatively, if you do not have a cell phone, you can rent one (GSM) from one of the major Italian Service Providers; providers have local offices in Italian cities and at the airports. Q. What are the local accommodations for dining ? A. In Pascoso, very close to both Casa Marta, there is an old style trattoria, so welcoming in its genuine Tuscan hospitality. By car, in the surrounding area (15-30 minutes of driving), you will find a plethora of dining experiences, ranging from inexpensive pizzerias and family-run trattorias to luxurious restaurants. The choice is yours: all feature the characteristic hearty and wholesome taste of Tuscan cuisine. Q. Do I need to bring linens and/or towels with me ? A. No. We furnish a set of bed linens, including sheets, pillows and blankets. A set of towels is also provided. in the case of a stay longer than 1 week, because all these items are changed weekly. Q. Is the residence furnished with heating system, washing machines and air conditioning? A. Yes, Casa Marta has an independent heating and hot water system. Furthermore, a fireplace is also available, in case you want to experience the warmth of a wood burning fire! (Please note that gas for heating, but not for hot water and cooking, is not included in the rental price). On the contrary, air conditioning has not been installed, as it is totally unnecessary in Pascoso, owing to the moderate temperature and cool nights. Usually, even during the hottest days, the thick walls of the houses and shades prevent the temperature from becoming uncomfortable. Q. What if I want to go to the sea? A. The well-known sandy beaches of Viareggio and Versilia are about a 1-hour drive from Pascoso. The beach season starts in late May and runs till the middle or the end of September. Q. What if I want to visit Lucca, Pisa, Florence or Siena? A. All of Tuscany is within easy reach from Pascoso. You can easily drive to each of these cities by motorway or reach them by bus or train. Lucca is directly connected with Pascoso by bus. The best way to go to Florence is to drive or take the bus to Lucca, and then take the express Lazzi bus route to Florence. This will save you the hassle of parking in Florence, and bring you directly in the center of the city, where cars aren't allowed anyway. Siena can be reached by car or by train too from Florence or Pisa.
ContactAddress: via Val di Turrite,55060 Pascoso (district of Pescaglia, province of Lucca)
Reservation PolicyRates are in Euro and per week (usually Saturday to Saturday).
They include electricity, water, gas for cooking, firewood (50 Kg), bed linen, towels and table-clothes.
Weekly bed linen and towels will be changed at no extra cost for multiple week rentals.
Fuel for winter heating (13 Euros per day), if used, is not included in the price.
Rentals start at 5 p.m. on the first day and end at 10 a.m. on the last day of the holiday.
Unless we have agreed otherwise, guests are kindly asked to arrive between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and leave before 10 a.m., in order to allow the property to be prepared for the next guests.
No security deposit is required
Cancellation Policy30% of the total rent is required at booking.
Balance at the arrival, by cash, directly to the owner.
When a booking is cancelled by a guest for any reason, the following expenses are incurred:
- 30% of deposit if the cancellation takes place more than 50 days before the date of arrival,
- 50% of deposit if the cancellation takes place between 50 and 30 days before the date of arrival,
- 90% of deposit if the cancellation takes place in less than 30 days before the date of arrival