Fantastic 2 Bedroom Villa, Altopascio, Lucca, Tuscany, italy
With its welcoming, laid back atmosphere, glorious climate and breath-taking natural scenery, it is little wonder that Tuscany continues to be one of the most desirable locations across Europe to be at any time of year. On offer here is a chance to make a smart investment into this consistently magnificent part of the world with this superb property.
Located in the beautiful commune of Altopascio, in the province of Lucca, this magnificent property comes unfurnished and is set on a huge 3000m2 plot of beautiful land, this really is a blank canvas just waiting to be transformed into a beautiful new home. The house is an early 1900s house and has been completely renovated using original and local materials like bricks, river stones, wooden beams.
This property not only offers buyers a modern, spacious and comfortable place to live, but is also a smart investment into the fast-growing italian holiday rental market, thanks to its spectacular location. Altopascio is not only a beautiful place in its own right but is also a great base from which to explore the many other amazing places that italy has to offer such as the fabulous nearby Livorno, Montecatini Terme, Pisa, Lucca, Montecarlo, Forte Dei Marmi, Viareggio and Florence. The apartment is also just a short drive away from a vast array of the breath-taking beaches that make this part of the world so mesmerising.
Sports and leisure fans will not be disappointed as the area is close to many excellent water sports, fishing, ski resorts and walking/cycling areas. Golf fans will also be happy with the number of excellent courses nearby including Bellosguardo Golf Club (17 miles away).
No mention of sport in italy would be complete without mentioning the country’s favourite pastime, football, and fans of the game will be delighted by the fact that the apartment is less than one hour away from the home stadium of AFC Fiorentina, one of the biggest clubs in italy’s top division, the iconic Serie A.
The area is very well connected via local roads (such as the A1-A11 motorway) and the nearest international airport is Florence Airport, Peretola, which is just 34 miles away. Providing another huge plus point in the holiday rental/commuter markets. in addition to the Florence airport there is also the international airport of Pisa and 10 minutes away by car, the private airport of Tassignano – Lucca.
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ABOUT THE AREA
With its lyrical landscapes, world-class art and a superb cucina contadina (farmer’s kitchen), the Tuscan experience is perfectly in symbiosis with the land.
Tuscany has a timeless familiarity with its iconic Florentine cathedral dome, gently rolling hills dipped in soft morning mist and sculptural cypress alleys. But then, this regione in central italy is postcard material. Golden wheat fields, silver olive groves and pea-green vineyards marching in sharp terraced rows on hillsides form a graceful prelude to soul-soaring medieval hilltop villages, mountain ranges and fecund forests in the north, and a garland of bijou islands beaded along the coastal south. Get out, explore, hike and ding your bicycle bell, as this rousing landscape demands.
Altopascio, a town that has been well-known by any pilgrim who travels along the Via Francigena for centuries, is a small town that, curiously, happens to be famous for its bread. it’s actually renowned as the city of bread as it’s been able to maintain its traditional cereal production over the centuries. Altopascio’s bread is one of the most historically traditional aspects of the town, requiring no yeast. For its leavening, a special kind of pastry called ‘la sconcia’ is used and, as is typical of the Tuscan region, is strictly salt-free. The bread is made from the processing of soft wheat flour (type 0), natural yeast and water, one of the secrets of its unique flavour.
Altopascio is now an important municipality in the Lucca Area. its unique position as the point at which many roads converge made it particularly famous in the Middle Ages, still remaining a defining characteristic of the town.
The historic centre is home to notable artistic works like the church dedicated to San Jacopo, built in 1100, during the opulent period of the Ordine degli Ospitalieri, i Cavalieri Del Tau (order of templars) and the La Smartia Bell
Beside the church, the impressive bell-tower of Romanesque-Lucca origin completed in 1280, still retains its medieval semblance of a fortress.
The Piazza degli Ospitalieri is also well worth a visit, being the most fascinating part of the historic centre with its octagonal-shaped well.
Continuing into the city centre, you can visit the historical collection of Altopascio which is kept inside the Loggiato Mediceo, built during the years 1472-75. The loggia, which stands just in front of the Pellegrinaio, constitutes the architectural emergency exit of Piazza Garibaldi, formerly the market square. The interesting collection documents the history of Altopascio and its surroundings.
The nearby Sibolla Lake Nature Reserve was founded to protect this small but significant wetland, covering around 60 hectares of Altopascio and represents, from a floristic point of view, one of the most important biotope marshes in all of Tuscany. The beautifully clean lake gives a good idea of how the nearby Paduli di Fucecchio and Bientina must have looked before the 19th century reclamations.
Located in a peaceful and well-run community
Located in the middle of mountains, sea, lakes and countryside all reachable in 30 minutes by car
Spacious 130m2 house
House has been completely renovated using original and local materials like bricks, river stones, wooden beams
House has a historical value for the peasant civilization unique in the area
3000m2 plot of lush green private land
Massive potential in the italian holiday rental market
Surrounded by many areas of outstanding natural beauty and historical significance
Just a short drive away from many stunning beaches
Walking distance to essential amenities like such as supermarkets and pharmacies
Walking distance to many excellent bars and restaurants
Great base from which to discover other fantastic areas such as the nearby Livorno, Montecatini Terme, Florence and Montecarlo, a place famous for good wine, Lucca, Pisa, Forte dei Marmi
Many excellent water sports facilities, fishing, walking and cycling areas nearby
Less than one hour away from the home stadium of Serie A Football Club AFC Fiorentina
Excellent transport links
34 miles from Florence Airport, Peretola and just 23 miles from Pisa international Airport