An enchanting hilltop hideaway with spectacular views over the valley. Old village house furnished to retain much of its original character. The view from the terrace is really dramatic at sunset.
La Scala is an enchanting hilltop hideaway in Viano with spectacular views over the valley towards the mountains. This charming Tuscan village house has been converted and furnished in a style that retains much of its original character.
The house is reached via the centuries old borgo (street) and is entered directly into the kitchen/dining room furnished in the old style.
This high beamed room has double doors leading to a large terrace that is the most prominent feature of this special little cottage.
The views to the mountains and the villages in the valley below are stunning. The front of the terrace has sun all day and there is always shade at the back of the terrace.
From the kitchen diner there are stairs up to a pretty bedroom with en suite bathroom, and fairly steep stairs down to the cosy low-beamed living room or second bedroom. There is a separate WC off the terrace.
Viano is a very special village with a warmth and friendliness that is unsurpassed.
There is a well- stocked shop in the village where the fresh bread arrives each morning.
On several days during the week various travelling shops park in the piazza and sell their fruit, vegetables, cold meats and cheeses.
A greater selection of shops can be found in nearby Monzone (including a Bank) which is just 8 minutes drive away and there is a thermal swimming pool in Equi Terme.
The property was very clean and resembled a typical quaint Italian villa. It was larger than we had expected (the photos dont do it justice) and the views from the terrace were fantastic.
We stayed here during peak season in August for 4 nights, yet the village and apparently the whole surrounding area seemed to be bereft of tourists. What a refreshing change! The villagers were all very friendly and didnt speak much English.
If you are looking for the real Italian experience without tourists then we highly recommend this villa.
The instructions say the villa is number 27 - it is in fact number 37.
We discovered Fosdinovo on the last day - had a beautiful castle and the nearby area has a lot of wineries. There is also horse riding there.
mike from gloucester
Stayed 24 Jul 2010
Perfect location and fantastic views..but tricky to get too,a good base for lots of days out but leave plenty of time because everywhere takes a while to get too what with the ever winding roads!
Loved soaking up the sun on the terrace,which totaly made the property, regardless of all those onlooking windows,our privacy wasnt felt to be breeched!
The only down fall was those stairs that can only be described as ladders..but maybe if we had not of consumed so much local tuscan wine we would have got on fabulously with them.
If its a homely, cool, relaxing house your looking for then this is most definatley the house to rent.
The entire holiday was a 5 star one, with special thanks to La scala.
Wonderful views from a lovely terrace that extended from the kitchen/diner. Handily placed for exploring with reasonable facilities within 10 minutes or so drive. Cleverly furnished. Ideal for honeymooners and couples just wanting to get away from it all. Local walks surprisingly not great, and the stairs between the three floors were extremely steep.
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Having got my computer up and running again (it objected to being left for a fortnight!) I felt I had to write and thank you for the wonderful week we had staying at La Scala. If I had known just how lovely it was I would have stayed there for the whole fortnight, I don't think any brochure could do it justice. Although the weather was not kind to us, often cloudy and sometimes wet, though wonderfully sunny for two days when we seldom left the wonderful terrace, this did not seem to matter too much as the little house was so cosy, and that wonderful book collection!! We really enjoyed the journal kept by all who stay there, little gems like the lovely couple half way down the hill who sell their lovely wine, we moved on for the second week to another house, not one of Hello Italy's, I'm afraid as we moved out of Lunigiana, and the lack of information was so much so that we didn't even find a good restaurant until it was time to go home!! Talking of restaurants, Da Remo's is a real find, we had some of the most wonderful food we have ever had in Italy there, in fact I am now of the opinion that the resturants of Lunigiana are the best in Italy because they are so un-commercialised and authentic, we love the surprises you can have having no menu, by far the best way to discover the true cuisine of Italy. This was our second visit to Lunigiana and we will certainly be back, everyone is so friendly, from the man we met on a mountain who took us into his garden to have our picnic, we were just a little lost! to the lovely lady in the bar in Monzone which we visited every day and knew by our second visit that my husband loved a Sambuca with his espresso! We really did not travel far afield, a lovely train trip to Lucca and Fivizzano in the rain (we vow to go back when the sun is shining!) enjoying instead the wonderful village life of a bygone era, I was really quite homesick when I left La Scala. Many, many thanks
We just had a marvellous week in La Scala and loved it. We know the owner uses it herself for part of the year and so we are wondering what is availability throughout the rest of the year and into next spring? We might consider a return visit.
About the owner
Hello Italy Ltd is a family company that has been renting properties in Tuscany for 25 years.
We specialize in the Lunigiana area of northern Tuscany, but also have villas and farmhouse apartments in the Chianti and Siena hills, as well as several apartments in the centre of Siena for city breaks.
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