When you stay at Palazzo del Duca — You do not feel like you are staying in an apartment.. you feel like you have been transported to the 13th century and welcomed home. Mirella with her darling baby Elena is more than a host, with her warm and welcome spirit and helpful nature, she will help you plan a wonderful vacation. The cooking classes she offers are not to be missed. Who knew it was so easy to make homemade pasta. Mirella's good friend Pat Case, an American, is also very helpful in planning tours. She has been everywhere in Tuscany! We did not meet Mirella’s husband, Francesco because he was in the Chianti region picking grapes for his own wine label. We drank some his wine and it is wonderful. There is a case of wine in the hallway for purchase on the honor system… at 8 Euro’s a bottle, we purchased a few bottles..
The 5 apartments are all well appointed, spacious, clean and comfortable. Mirella gave us a tour of each of them. The historical 15th century borgo is a very cool setting. The local restaurant and bar, Il Capriolo, has the best coffee you will find in Italy and the food is terrific. This tiny village is in a beautiful setting about 30 minutes from the autostrada. Away from it all but near enough to visit many great spots ... Pisa, Lucca and Cinque Terra is a MUST.
There are good hiking trails and nearby tiny medieval villages that are wonderful to explore. It is a very unique experience. I highly recommend a visit.
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- 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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