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Vacation  flat  in the historical centre of PONTREMOLI  (Italy, northern Tuscany),  little medieval town (300 mt a.s.l), 30 Km far away from Tyrrenhian  sea and Versilia's  and Cinque terre's beaches. Close also to Zum Zeri and Cerreto Laghi Ski Resorts.

The house is a 100 Sq/Mt. apartment at the second level of an ancient building in the medieval centre of the town. The location is along the main street (Garibaldi Street) near the main northern Gate of the town  (Porta Parma).

The apartment develops upon two levels, with an internal 14 steps staircase.
At  the first level there are a  big living and dining room (40 Sq/m) with a  full  equipped  kitchenette and a sofa bed for 2 people and  a  bathroom equipped with shower.  A  big  sleeping room (20 Sq/m), with a double king size bed and a baby cot, completes the first level.
At the second level we have a second sleeping room with a small (120 cm./6" wide) double size  bed and one further single single bed. At this level there is also a bathroom equipped with tube and washing machine.

The house has been completely renovated in  year 2004 and it has independent gas heating system, hot water, drinkable water. The house is available round year.
It is comfortable up to six people, but it can accommodate eight.

It is possible to park the car very close to the house (100  mt.).

In the streets all around it is possible to buy everything, thanks to a lot of different kind of shops, restaurants.
Pontremoli is an ideal location to enjoy italian sea, italian mountains and historical towns like Pisa,Parma,Genoa,Carrara, with the possibility to rest yourself at night in a fresh and not crowded village, as Pontremoli
This is a  vacation house, so we may exchange/rent it round year.

Our preferred destinations are, in order : Europe, other continents, touristic places in Italy. If your proposals don't meet our plans/destinations, you may also rent the house at cheap  fares: ask for them.

Pets are not allowed (sorry).
The town
Exchange/rental options
The surroundings
All around, there are  historical towns and touristic places, full of monuments, friendly people, good and genuine italian food. Only the most famous: Parma, La Spezia, Carrara, Pisa, Genoa.

But also the less famous one's are very interesting: Aulla, Filattiera, Mulazzo, Zeri, Bagnone.

Mediterranean Sea and its beaches are only 30-50 Km far away ( Cinque Terre,
Portovenere, Versilia).

Air is good, due to the surrounding mountains (Apennines Mountains, 1800 mt. a.s.l.) and to the woods, in wich you may walk, hike or look for mushrooms. The Mt. Gigante Regional Park is only 25 Km. far away
PONTREMOLI: view from the main bridge. Our house is the yellow  one, on the right side.
Some pictures
The map of the town, in a XVII century map
PONTREMOLI (230 mt a.s.l) was founded 2.000 years ago in the Roman Era, as military and strategic outpost along the way to the Northern Italy, to control the Cisa Pass on Apennine Mountains. The chosen place was at the  confluence of two trouts rivers (Verde and Magra), where the road crossed them with two bridges (Pons). After the fall of Roman Empire and up to the Middle Age, the road, named in that period "Via Francigena" (it means that leads to France), conserved its importance as one of the the main Pilgrim's routes to Rome. Of that period, the town conserves its medieval look, some Gates, towers and the panoramic Castle of Piagnaro, built on the hill dominating  the  town and the yet used medieval bridges.

All the historical centre has a medieval looking, full of characteristic houses, churches and streets, especially the ones that leads to the Castle, but also the
baroque period is well represented from imposing nobles palaces,  expecially along the main road that  crosses all the city from north to south. There are many cheap and good restaurants and you can buy a lot of typical local products: fresh cooked bread, sweets, chestnuts, mushrooms, local meet, ham and sausages, hand made pasta…..The local cuisine is also very interesting, with flat thin "testaroli" pasta, menus made with mushrooms, which grow thick on the ground in the woods of the Lunigiana's region and the chestnut flour which is made into ‘frittelle’, or fritters, while the cheeses and cold cuts made locally go perfectly with the genuine wines of the region.

Due to the low altitude and the nearness to the sea, winter is mild and summer is not too much hot: the nights are always fresh.

The last week of  July there is The Book Fair (Premio Bancarella), with a lot of exhibitions, music and possibilities to appreciate local foods.

Pontremoli is well linked to Parma and La Spezia, by  train (there is a railway station) and motor road (A15 Parma-La Spezia, with exit at Pontremoli). By air: Pisa, Parma and Genoa airports (served by low cost companies as 
RyanAir , Hapag LLoyd) Florence airport, convenient train and bus connections.
It is possible to go to Cinque Terre's sea villages by train in 40-50 minutes, starting from Pontremoli's Railways Station..
As far as fishing is concerned, the streams in this area abound with the famous fario trout; the fishing season goes from spring to late autumn. Not only rivers are good for this sport, though: part of the Lago Verde is as a sport-fishing venue, hosting some local and regional competitions.
The closest beaches: Cinque Terre (english)
An exceptional
Cŕ del Moro - a Golf Course in Pontremoli (english)
Mt. Gigante regional Park (english)
Railway's timetable TO Cinque Terre
Railway's timetable FROM Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre's sea
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