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Perched high in the Tuscan mountains and far, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, is La Grecchia, an Italian retreat with a difference. This beautiful homestead has been in Ottoviano Pieroni's family for generations, and miraculously offers something that is becoming increasingly difficult to find: a truly natural environment, and the chance to experience a simpler life. Why swim laps in a concrete city pool when you can bathe in the pure spring waters of our mountain stream? Why pound the treadmill when you can walk the shady paths taken by mountain goats for centuries, picking lush berries along the way? Feeling jaded by city life? Within hours you will feel refreshed and revitalized by a rare and beautiful wilderness. An invitation to Piandagli is to experience nostalgia for a life that most of us have yearned for, yet never led.

Despite its solitude, Piandagli is only 40 minutes from historic Lucca and just over an hour from the elegant coastal town of Fortti de Marni. Pisa can be reached in an hour and a quarter and Florence in less than two hours away. (A word of warning: Forget the nine-to-five, and embrace the 4x4. Piandagli is truly removed from the mediocre mainstream, and you would be wise to contact Ottoviano before your trip, to ensure that your car will be able to negotiate its way along our narrow, winding mountain track)
 
 
In Brief
 
Located in the fabulous contryside of Northen Tuscany, deep in the Appenine Mountains. Step out of your front door and walk for miles in some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy.
 
Close enough for day trips to some of the most famous sights in Tuscany. Pisa, Lucca and Florence are just a short drive away.
 
Fancy a day on the beach, then a short hop across the mountain and you are in Fote dei Marmi, one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Europe.
 
No swiming pool, but who needs it when you have natural pools formed in the mountain spring that runs past the house.
 
Extremley remote, if you want the city lights and hustle and bustle then this is not for you. But if you are looking for peace and solitude then you have found the right place.
 
Off the beaten track in more ways than one, La Grecchia is up 8km (6 miles) of unpaved road. A great place for 4x4's or little nimble hatchbacks but not ideal for long estate cars with low suspension.
 
Best of all, a fabulous welcome from Ottaviano and Norma on their wonderful working farm.
 
Rates
 
High Season - July, August and New Years Eve:
 
4 persons Euro 560.00 per week
6 persons Euro 840.00 per week
 
Mid Season (May and June, + Easter week, and September):
 
4 persons Euro 420.00 per week
6 persons Euro 540.00 per week
 
Low Season (the rest of the year):
 
4 persons Euro 360.00 per week
6 persons Euro 450.00 per week
 
Prices include heating, sheets, final cleaning
 
(extras by prior agreement)
 
Contact
 
Azienda Agrituristica "La Grecchia"
Piandagli
55020 Fosciandora
Lucca
 
Phone Number 0583 662042
For Bookings Mobile Phone 328 3068779
 
 
If you would like to speak to someone who has stayed there then call John (London, UK) on:
 
(Land line) +44 20 7564 1836
(Mobile) +44 7984 524851
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