Three years ago I casually mentioned to my wife that we should consider renting a castle in Europe for our family vacation. She took the bait and started looking online. Then one day she announced that she found the perfect place in Licciana, Italy. The reviews were all top rated and the castle would accommodate our 5 families (17 members) nicely, with each family having a private unit. After corresponding with the owners, Mirella and Francesco, who were amazingly helpful and supportive throughout the planning process, we asked our children, spouses and grandchildren if they would like to go to Italy in June 2016. The answer was a unanimous YES, YES!! So, in eager anticipation, our five families began dreaming of the places they wanted to see. However, our 2016 date did not come to be as our youngest daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. Of course, everyone agreed we could not go on a family vacation without her. We corresponded with Mirella, explained our situation and were incredibly relieved when she and Francesco graciously offered to change our reservation to June of 2017. We cannot say enough about Mirella and Francesco and their wonderful castle, Palazzo del Duca. They have created such a delightful, friendly, and warm environment that none of us wanted to leave after our 2 week stay! The location of the Palazzo del Duca allowed all of us to take not only group day trips (together we took a pesto making class in Cinque Terre and biked the wall around Lucca), but individual family excursions to other places as well: i.e. Venice, Rome, Siena, Florence, Volterra. My wife and I enjoyed immensely traveling through the mountains and stopping in little medieval villages tucked in the hills and valleys. We found the location to be perfect for our adventures. The castle is a magical place; its history and authenticity are to be savored. It is VERY spacious and the "honeymoon" apartment is romantically situated above the courtyard overlooking the beautiful pool. Whether you are in need of only one apartment or all five (it is so perfect for a large group such as ours!), you will find that it will accommodate all of your needs. The baker who comes into town every morning to sell his fresh bakery and breads, the little market where you can purchase meats and cheeses, and the nearby restaurant where you can get marvelous pizzas make the small town of Tavernelle absolutely charming. Add to this the expertise of Francesco who is a licensed sommelier and the gift Mirella has for cooking delicious and authentic Italian meals at your request (she cooked both a welcome and a farewell dinner for all of us), and you will find yourself in Italian heaven!!! Do not hesitate to stay at Palazzo del Duca! It is the perfect place for discovering all the wonder that Tuscany has to offer and for meeting two wonderful people who truly care about making your vacation as comfortable and enchanting as it can possibly be!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are you looking for an off beaten path Italian vacation, a mix of Italian rural life, contact with nature, relax and tranquillity? Palazzo del Duca offers all of that in the magic atmosphere of a 17th century old palazzo situated in the heart of a lovely tiny medieval village surrounded by the natural beauty of the Tuscan-emilian Appennines National Park. A paradise for lovers of all activities in close contact with nature: trekking, hiking, fishing, horse riding, canoeing etc. Etc. At very close distance there are the 100 Lakes Park and Alpi Apuane Park. We are in Tuscany, but very close to other 2 regions, Liguria and Emilia Romagna. The area is gem-set between mountains and sea. In 30 minutes driving you can go skiing in the winter or you can go visiting one of the most beutiful coasts of Italy, 5 Terre (Unesco Site), Portovenere and Gulf of Poets ... more less
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