IL CASTELLO

Tuscany, Lunigiana, Licciana Nardi

€ 1,500,000

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Price € 1,500,000
Location Tuscany, Lunigiana, Licciana Nardi
Bedrooms 8
Terrace
Within 1 hour of an airport Yes
Close to amenities Yes

Fourteenth century castle set in a dominant position opening onto the picturesque village square.

The castle has three panoramic large terraces and land (not directly connected to the castle).

Access is from the main piazza through an imposing arched stone doorway into an original stone paved entrance.

There are large stone wine cellars complete with big wood barrels and vaulted ceiling. On this level accessed from the side of the building there is a shop with 3 rooms and bathroom.

Upstairs is complete with original ancient terracotta floors, ceilings with frescoes dating mostly to the 17th century, a terrace off the kitchen and overlooking the village square and balconies.

Accommodation on this level comprises a large living room with centrepiece fireplace, dining room, study, kitchen, tv room, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a further 2 rooms;

On the second floor there is a self contained portion comprising living room with fireplace and original wood box ceiling, kitchen, dining room, study, terrace, bedroom with fireplace and bathroom ; This level also has a super terrace (top of the old tower level) with superb views over the village rooftops and to the hills and valley beyond.

On the same level but requiring some restoration work there are a further 7 rooms and a bathroom.

The next level comprises 5 tall attic rooms, a covered terrace and a large open terrace with views.

There is also a portion of land on the other side of a small road.

Licciana Nardi is a town in the Taverone valley with 13th century pedestrian street flanked with local shops. Central in the town is the Piazza del Municipio where many festivals such as the Chestnut Festival in the autumn are held. The castle is linked to the baroque church by a covered bridge so that the nobles had direct access to prayer and dealings with the local priest. There are also a bank, schools, restaurants and medical facilities in the village. The nearby village of Monti has a castle on the hill above and offers a good selection of amenities.

Lunigiana (pronounced Loonee-janna) is a magical part of Tuscany starting with its name the ‘Land of the Moon’. The hills that encircle Lunigiana create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere whilst the blend of the mountains and sea are extremely inviting to those who enjoy the outdoors. The rolling landscape is liberally sprinkled with castles of Medici or Malaspina vintage but for lovers of the coast the sea is only half-an-hours’ drive away.

Lunigiana is special and has been likened to a magical kingdom. It is not only the breath-taking scenery with its abundance of medieval castles but you simply feel a huge sense of wellbeing radiating from the sunshine, glorious countryside, delicious food and wine, kind friendly locals and most importantly, from the sense of tradition and community amongst people here that is rarely seen in modern day life.

The golden sandy beaches around Lerici and the pebble coves of the Cinque Terre are ideal for swimming and sailing in the summer while the snow clad mountains offer skiing in the local resorts during the winter months and are each a short drive away. The area is criss-crossed with marked footpaths for walks to the hills and mountains. The airports of Pisa, Parma and Genova are all within an hours’ drive.

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