Endroit isolé surplombant les vallées boisées, 3 lits, 3 salles de bain / WC, terrasse gazonnée avec pergola
Particulier / consommateur
Salle(s) de bain
Les réservations annulées au moins 60 jours avant le début du séjour pourront être remboursées à hauteur de 100%.
Beautiful house, glorious setting, excellently located!
Il Rivo is a beautiful house, with an authentic rustic feel - no electric kettle, but traditional coffee maker and milk frother. Nicely off the beaten track. Inside its thick walls provide a cool respite from the heat of the day. I don’t think we would ever tire of the view. We enjoyed many leisurely meals from the al fresco dining table, taking in the spectacular view across the valley and spotting deer, fireflies and ‘cinghiali’ (wild boar) on the slope below us.
Since we were visiting at the beginning of July 2018 the TV enabled us to keep up with England’s progress in the World Cup and the wifi kept our adult children in touch with everything! It was good to have David (local manager) on hand with his knowledge and understanding of the local area and Italian language skills.
We found Il Rivo to be set in an ideal location from which to easily explore the very well-known, and not so well-known, tourist attractions. So much so, we had trouble deciding where to begin! We walked up the path to explore Vellano, where we enjoyed lunch at Trattoria Manero (AMAZING setting and great hospitality/food). Visited Lucca and cycled its surrounding walls. Took a trip to Pistoia (via the mountain route); loved it there (devoid of tourists) and found the best raspberry gelato! Sampled Pescia’s Saturday Market and also drove to Abetone to enjoy more of the mountain scenery and many hilltop villages en route. Visiting Florence by train could not have been easier, despite the temperature! Montecatini Terme and Alto made for a leisurely day out, strolling in the park and admiring yet more expansive views. Pisa's leaning tower was our last stop on the way to the airport.
After some extensive sightseeing Il Rivo provided us with the opportunity to get away from it all and experience something of what it feels like to ‘live like a local’. Thank you for enabling us to share in this idyll and for your 'always prompt responses' to any query/request we made regarding our holiday booking.
Thanks so much for taking the time to pen a review, I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at Il Rivo and like you we never tire of the best view in the world! You seemed to make the most of your visit to Tuscany with all the places you visited, rest assured though that there are many places still waiting to be discovered! Locally Trattoria Manero is indeed a delicious gem especially with it’s wonderful aspect over the wooded valley.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Michelle & family
Beautiful location and lovely people
We stayed in mid August and the weather was in the mid to high 30s. However, Italy had just come out of a major heat wave so this may have been hotter than usual for the time of year. I found the heat OK, but my husband likes it cooler. The house was great for him as it remained remarkably cool in this heat even without any air conditioning.
I naively was surprised by how narrow and winding the roads got as we neared the farmhouse the first time, but as I got to know the area over the week it seemed so obvious that they would be like that. If you are planning to hire a car (which I'd recommend), and are not used to driving abroad, don't go for anything too big as you need to pass in some tight places on occasions and carry out 3 point turns - all of which feels harder when driving on the right, in an unfamiliar car with gears on the right.
I spent a couple of days lazing in front of the farmhouse, whilst my 6 year old was able to play happily inside in the cool. There's a large box of toys which he and his cousin (also 6) worked their way through during the week.
We did try walking up to Vellano without using the main road, but this turned out to be a very muddy, difficult route. Luckily there was a tap in the village where we could clean ourselves, and we hadn't been wearing anything too smart, so no damage was done - plus we'd had a good laugh as we'd scrambled up wondering what we must look like to the locals. However, after that we walked to Vellano via the road, which took 40 mins, and has some lovely views along the way, so is in no way a bad alternative.
We ate in the village a few times and went down to Pescia one evening for a meal. We also cooked at the farmhouse, which had plenty of pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, etc...
The only thing that could have made the place better would have been a paddling pool of some kind (there might have been one there that we just didn't find). There was a space to the right of the front door where we could have placed it in the shade and we could have cooled off in it after being out and about. Had we found one in a shop we would have bought it, but we didn't see any on the rare times we went shopping.
All in all, we had a great week!
Beautiful rustic cottage
A brilliant place to escape in a beautiful environment. The house is perfectly equipped with all that you need.
The pathway to the house is not for older folks and you need to be comfortable driving on windy country roads. We had no issue with either.
We loved the house and the location, and had a great time.
We really enjoyed your house in the olive groves. It was perfect for our
group of four. We arrived exhausted and hungry and the man at Moreno's in
Vellano took us in and fed us well. In our 12 days, we returned to him
Everything in the house worked and we were able to make WIFI calls to the
States. David was a huge help, directing us to the Communist Club for
Paninis. We later went there during the Chestnut Festival, choosing it
We walked to the top of Castlevecchio and met a nice retired couple and she
spent the next hour giving us a tour of her digs and the town.
Our side trips away to Venezia and Cinque Terra were delightful, but we
found ourselves looking forward to resting "at home" at Il Rivo.
The mountain side setting is stunning and peaceful. We found only Italians in the local areas. Perfect.
Many thanks for your lovely review Dick, we are really glad you all enjoyed your stay at Il Rivo. I was a little surprised to hear there is a 'Communist Club' in Vellano! Until I realised you must mean 'Commune Club' which I know is very active organising lots of events for local residents! Very amusing! You are quite right, the local area is a true representation of authentic Tuscany. You and your party will be welcome back at any time. Kind regards, Michelle
A little piece of heaven. August 2016
After a hectic few days in Pisa, Il Rivo proved to be a little piece of heaven. It felt you were a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities on the plain below but it was so easy to access them when we felt the need.
The house suited us perfectly, with our grown up daughters ensconced down one end of the house and us, the other and there was plenty of room outside to sunbath or sit in the shade and gaze at the view. It is amazing cycling country, though not for the faint hearted - peddling round Lucca's city walls was enough for some of us. Being able to walk up to Villano each morning for bread was a delight; the wild life very much in evidence from deer to wild boar and the beauty of the countryside was breath taking.
We were just sorry we had only booked one week!
Rural Tuscan relaxation
A beautiful traditional stone Tuscan farmhouse set in an amazing location on a hillside just below the hilltop village of Vellano in NorthernTuscany. The house was very spacious , clean and comfortable with everything one could require in terms of cookware etc. Lovely terrace to sit on and admire the view of the valley and surrounding hills. We were a little late in the season and the weather was getting quite cool in the evenings though still quite warm in the daytime. The hills are covered with chestnut trees and we sadly missed the annual chestnut festival by one day though we roasted some ourselves- delicious. We enjoyed strolling up to the village and ate several meals in the local trattoria and pizzeria which were delicious. Otherwise our favourite place by far was Lucca. About 30-40 minutes drive; a beautiful Tuscan city surrounded by walls along which one can stroll, cycle or , as many of the locals do, jog. An abundance of pretty piazzas and Romanesque churches within the walls. So much quieter than Florence, one is hardly aware of other tourists. We visited an excellent exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions and attended one of the Puccini concerts that take place every day of the year ( he was born and lived in Lucca). Montevatini Terme and Alto well worth a visit. Pisa's Campo dei Miracoli is very beautiful though somewhat marred by all the surrounding tourist tack. Overall, a lovely place to stay and a good location for visiting a slightly less well known part of Tuscany.
Thanks so much for your lovely review of Il Rivo and your holiday - you evoked memories of wonderful places visited.We would love to welcome you back in the future. Best wishes.
Vacances d'intérêt spécial:
Des sentiers anciens relient les villages et les vallées qui entourent Il Rivo. Plus d'informations peuvent être fournies. Toute la région est riche en histoire, de partir du 10ème siècle - avec la Renaissance, bien sûr prédominante.
Côte / Plage:
La Riviera toscane est à 50 minutes en voiture. Forte dei Marmi a l'honneur douteux d'être nommée l'une des dix meilleures plages topless du monde par Forbes! Viareggio a la plus grande plage.
Visitez les carrières de marbre de Carrare, les gouttes abruptes vont faire monter l'adrénaline et passer sur la plage de Marina dei Carrara!
Marina di Pietrasanta, vante des artistes et des sculpteurs célèbres.
Torre di Lago accueille le festival Puccini célèbre chaque été, lacustre théâtre en plein air idyllique - un must absolu pour les amateurs d'opéra / musique.
Vols: Pise (50mn) est l'aéroport le plus proche, suivie de Florence (50 minutes), puis de Bologne (1h 45min) et de Gênes (2h 15min). Les compagnies aériennes incluent BA, Ryanair, Easyjet et Meridiana (Florence).
Location de voiture est indispensable. Les recommandations sont: Avis, Hertz, Holiday Autos et Sixt. Si le taux de location de voiture n'inclut pas l'excédent remboursable, il vaut la peine de prendre une police d'assurance excédentaire annuelle, qui fonctionne souvent moins cher que la politique de la compagnie de location. Essayez d'assurance 4CarHire.
Village le plus proche, Vellano est à 5 minutes en voiture ou 10-12 minutes à pied à travers les oliveraies. Ville la plus proche est la ville de Pescia de marché, 12 minutes en voiture en bas de la colline. Montecatini Terme 20-25 minutes; Lucca 30 minutes; Florence, Pise et la côte 50 minutes; Torre di Largo 1 heure; station de ski d'Abetone 1 heure; Vinci 1 heure; Cinque Terre 2 heures; Vérone 2 heures.
Plus de détails:
Dans Vellano il y a une pizzeria / bar avec des vues fantastiques; un dépanneur vendant du pain frais, du lait, de l'eau, du beurre, du fromage, du vin et des articles ménagers; un coiffeur et un dentiste. Il ya plusieurs excellents restaurants dans la vallée servant une délicieuse cuisine locale fraîche à des prix raisonnables - être préparés pour les grandes portions! Deux d'entre eux ont des zones pour les enfants à jouer dehors. Pescia a un marché animé chaque samedi matin la vente de légumes cultivés localement et de fruits ainsi que des fromages, des vêtements, des chaussures et des sacs.
Il ya des banques à Pescia avec des points de trésorerie, mais si vous avez besoin d'aller dans une banque les heures d'ouverture sont généralement 8. 30 am-12/1pm, et parfois 2. 30-4pm. Être Italie, ces heures d'ouverture de l'après-midi sont un peu arbitraire! Le mieux est de tenir à le matin! En tant que magasins de règles sont ouverts 8. 30 am-12/1pm et 4 pm-7. 30/20 heures; et restaurants servent de 12. 00-2. 30pm et 8 pm-10. 30pm, bien que ces temps étendent souvent. Le supermarché à Pescia est appelé Esselunga et est situé sur la route dans Pescia soit de Lucca ou de l'autoroute. Il y a quelques charcuteries à Pescia pour des papilles plus particulières, et une excellente sur la route de Pescia à Vellano qui vend du pain frais, des viandes grillées et rôties, des sauces et du fromage - et il est ouvert le dimanche.
L'hôpital de Pescia est très bonne, nous avons eu l'occasion d'utiliser à quelques reprises au cours des années et nous avons toujours été impressionnés par le niveau de soins. Il ya une piscine ouverte aux non-clients dans une boutique «résidence» entre Il Rivo et Pescia et une grande piscine de l'autre côté de Pescia avec courbant toboggan et plongeoirs - un favori avec les enfants. Il est l'équitation dans la région ainsi. Le propriétaire est très heureux de vous conseiller à propos de tout ce qui précède - s'il vous plaît il suffit de demander.