Beach, mountains & plenty of culture
This property is only a short walk (700 m) from the sandy beach. In nearby Forte dei Marmi (7 km) you are greeted by an impressive backdrop: the long, white sandy beach bordered at the back by the mighty Apuanic Alps. Michelangelo even selected his blocks of marble from among the Forte dei Marmi marble quarries. These are still in operation but Forte dei Marmi is now better known as a bathing resort - one of the most famous beaches in Tuscany, where VIPs have their summer villas and mix (more or less) incognito with the many visitors. The coast is full of many different restaurants with fish as a specialty, while in the mountains beyond, you will find many meat and mushroom dishes.
Italian beach-life is usually organised through beach clubs, where you can rent a cabin, a parasol and sunbeds by the day or the week as well as have drinks and snacks at the bar of the stabilimento. This system turns out to be very convenient if you have small children. Mostly you can just show up at the club with no reservation. Those looking for empty beaches will find them only a short walk away (1400 m). Lovers of hidden rocky shores will need to drive down further south but the journey is soon covered along the Via Aurelia.
One of the many benefits of this house is its location. It offers a wide range of options: a lively beach holiday near to an exclusive bathing resort, a short trip to the famous Tuscan art cities (our favorite is the very charming Lucca) and - last but not least - the romantic and peaceful mountain villages nestling among the Apuanic Alps - a Hinterland with mountains towering over 1000 m - are just some examples of the attractions in this area. What a pleasant change to the Dolce Vita at the beach!
GRANDE PRATO (means "large lawn") is situated in a quiet, leafy residential area on the edge of Ronchi, 7 km from Forte dei Marmi. The property is around 900 m2, with this delightful red house standing in the middle. The house is divided into two units: GRANDE PRATO is the main section of this detached villa. It measures 100 sqm and offers ample room for 6 adults. At extra charge another slightly smaller section of the villa, PICCOLO, for 6 extra guests can be rented additionally. It measures 75 sqm and is suitable for 4 adults plus 2 children. The house is pleasantly cool during the hot summer months (windows have shutters in all rooms). If you are travelling with a large group, the marble table on the covered veranda has room for 10 people to enjoy a meal together.
At the back of the house, you will find a large, neat lawn with several trees and flower beds. The property is fenced in and the garden is surrounded by a thick hedge providing a secluded and private atmosphere. From the garden you have views of the Apuanic Alps. The house has a gravel parking to the front (room for 5 vehicles).
Versilia is the good 40 km long coastline between Carrara and Viareggio. One doesn't usually visit Tuscany for bathing but particularly in spring and fall it is still great fun to enjoy the empty beaches of the Versilia. Even in summer - with the exception of August - it is never as full here as it is elsewhere. Protected from the wind by the mountains, a wide, fine sandy beach stretches alongside the sea. After those of Maremma, the Versilia beaches - at Marina di Massa, Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio - are by far the most beautiful along the 330 kilometer Tuscan coastline. They are also very child-friendly: gently sloping down into the sea, their bright shining sand is lovingly cared for.
Forte dei Marmi, an elegant sea resort, was most popular around the turn of the last century. Even today, Forte dei Marmi still has a touch of sophistication. During the summer months, the town is full of the creme de la creme from the Italian world of industry and the aristocracy in their villas. In the shade of the attractively furnished luxury tents at the top bathing locations "Piero" and "Augustus", the rich and famous relax in comfortable chairs or lie back on wide sun loungers. The Baudelairean traveler's ideal of peace, bliss and sensory pleasure is reality here. Perfect atmosphere at appropriately high prices.
Marina di Pietrasanta and Lido di Camaiore are ideal bathing spots for families satisfied with a little less luxury.
Viareggio, once a small fishing village which Maria Luisa von Bourbon had converted to a harbor, experienced its heyday as a seaside resort around the turn of the last century. Art nouveau villas, palms and pines border the impressive promenades. The town is now known mainly for its internationally renowned yachting shipyards and its carnival. In summer, numerous fashion boutiques attract the visitors and revelers can be found enjoying themselves in the many bars, cafes, clubs and discos - an endless chain along the seaside promenade - until the morning hours.
Alpi Apuane is the name of the up to 2000 m high mountains behind Carrara - a paradise for mountain bikers and trekking tours. This is where the marble for which Carrara is so famous is mined.
Carrara's world-wide fame is due to the marble quarries along the flanks of the Alpi Apuane. In addition to the museum of marble and an academy of sculpture, there are also over one hundred marble workshops. For a good idea of the quarrying techniques and processing methods, visit the quarries at Colonnata and Fantiscritti, a few kilometers east of the town. The workers cut huge blocks of white marble out of the mountain with steel-wire saws: each year they mine up to 500000 tons, which is then exported all over the world. Even over 2000 years ago, the Romans supplied themselves with marble from Carrara and Michelangelo personally picked out an exquisite piece for his "David".
Bagni di Lucca is a well-know location for thermal baths, in which Heine also stayed in 1828: villas from the 18th and 19th centuries, hot springs and "sauna" grotto.
Montecatini Terme is and elegant thermal bath resort with an international name for itself. In the Parco delle Terme we find the Excelsior - an art nouveau construction from 1915, the Leopoldine baths - classical-style baths from the 18th century and the Tetuccio - an impressive column-decorated structure from 1927.
Collodi hides a Pinocchio park with scenes from the famous children's book - a delight for both young and old.
Lucca, this self-contained but still cosmopolitan art and commercial town is rightly known as the jewel of Tuscany. The town is surrounded by an unusual wall: a more than four kilometer long protective wall crowned by a shady avenue - ideal for lovers, walkers, cyclists and joggers - a romantic location with unparalleled panorama: insight and views of both the town and the picturesque silhouette of the Apennines. Enclosed by this ring wall we see the pretty little town with its many churches. The visitor will find that he can still peacefully wander along the narrow streets arranged like a chessboard - even in the peak season - past cycling students and discretely scurrying nuns and priests, past noble palazzi and elegant shop windows. We particularly recommend the Piazza del Mercato, the oval market place where there used to be a Roman amphitheater. Every third weekend in the month, more than 200 dealers present their antiques along the squares and streets of the Old Town.
Our Guests Reviews
Liebe Frau Röhrig,
wir sind am Haus (beide Teile) interessiert, brauchen aber noch ein paar Tage für unsere Entscheidung, ob wir den Zeitpunkt fixieren können. Wir waren schon vor ein paar Jahren mit der ganzen Familie im Grande Prato und es war einer unserer schönsten Urlaube. Danke, liebe Grüße,
U. Neuspiel, Juni 2016
Nice under the rain and under the sun!
Left on Aug 21, 2014 for a stay in Jul 2014
A very big and comfortable terrace where you will have your meals and where you will relax with a good book afterwards. A nice and big garden to let the children play on a large field where they can run or play without restriction! The house is very well situated 800 m near the sea and 5 min by bycicle through nice and calm path. I recommend the Bagno Bemi which is the best situated for the house and where they are very helpful. Rainy day? There is plenty to do in the region: Carrara caves, Forte dei Marmi market on Wednesday...
Schönes Haus, gute Lage
Left on Sep 12, 2013 for a stay in Aug 2013
Das Haus hat einen wunderschönen Garten, eine für italienische Verhältniss große und sehr helle Küche. Drei Schlafzimmer mit 2 Bädern. Das Haus wird auch viel vom Eigentümer genutzt, die sehr nett sind. Ein gelungener Urlaub.
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
ich bin wieder an dem Haus Grande Prato interessiert. Es war letztes Jahr der schönste Urlaub den ich je hatte. Wann sind denn die beiden Häuser im Sommer noch frei? Schöne Grüße
V. Olbrich, February 2013
Haben dieses Jahr den Urlaub in Grande Prato genossen; wollen naechstes Jahr wiederholen; die nette Dame aus Florenz hat versprochen fuer uns zu kochen, wenn wir wieder kommen, deshalb :-)
H. Thijs, August 2008
We rented the Grande Prato last year with our two daughters at similar time, please remember us to the owner, whom we met whilst staying there. We prefer to rent the same again if it is free as it was ample for us, but will take the apartmernt Grande if necessary.
C. Whaites, August 2006
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Satellite TV
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- Washing machine
- Window screens on all bedroom and bathroom windows
- Barbecue grill
- Covered veranda
- Large lawn for exclusive use
- Electronic entrance gate
- Parking space inside the property
- Internet Web Cube connection (Internet WIFI connection is available only on the beach)
Sandy beach 700 m
Shops, Gelateria, Bar, Restaurants 1 km
Marina di Massa 1 km
Indoor and outdoor pool 1 km
Supermarket 5 km
Forte dei Marmi (railway station) 7 km
Carrara 15 km
Viareggio 20 km
Apuanic Alps (marble quarries) 25 km
Pisa 40 km
Lucca 42 km
Montecatini Terme (thermal bath) 65 km
Bagni di Lucca (thermal bath) 70 km
Collodi 70 km
Florence 112 km
By ferry boat (from Viareggio and Massa/Torre del Lago) you can reach Lerici, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre.
With everything from beaches, medieval villages to golf courses nearby, Grande Prato is a wonderful choice whether you want to simply relax or to explore. For a day trip, choose from the cities of Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Siena.
The seashore: The sandy beaches along the coast of Versilia at turn of the century Viareggio and fashionable Forte dei Marmi with their trendy bars, designer shopping and some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy.
Carrara: Visiting the marble quarries of Carrara are a fascinating excursion. After having been up the quarries, stop at Pietrasanta, a charming town between mountains and the sea where many sculptors have come to work.
The Puccini festival is held every summer in July and August at Torre del Lago, the summer residence of Giacomo Puccini.
Lucca: One of the most enchanting towns in Tuscany. Whether you stroll along the wide avenues cresting the top of the ancient city walls or wander through the narrow streets punctuated by its ninety nine churches, visit one of the richly endowed museums or browse among the old-fashioned little boutiques, sip a cappuccino at one of the many traditional coffee houses and sample some of the best ice cream in Tuscany, this is a sheer delight.
The celebrated villas around Lucca: Some of these historic villas are open to the public and a few have internationally renowned gardens, offering an inimitable glimpse of gracious living which has endured until the present day.
Florence: The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
Local craftsmanship: Hand-made terracotta pots from Impruneta, hand painted pottery from Montelupo, mouth-blown crystal glass from the neighbouring village Colle Val d'Elsa, not to mention the south bank of the Arno river in Florence where you will find a multitude of craftsmen working silver, leather, wood, glass, paper and metal.
Sports: swimming 700 m, cycling (bike rental) 1 km, golf 7 km, tennis 7 km, hiking 25 km.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
GRANDE PRATO is the main section of this detached villa / sleeps 6 adults. It measures 100 sqm and is built on the ground floor:
- 1 living room with cane furniture (2 sofas each seating 2 people)
- 1 dining room with round wooden table for 6 people
- 1 kitchen opening to the dining room and with direct access to the garden
- 3 double bedrooms (cannot be transformed into twin beds)
- 2 bathrooms with shower (one bathroom is en suite, while the other two bedrooms share a bathroom)
- 50 m2 veranda with furniture and marble table on the garden side of the house
- Large lawn for exclusive use
- Parking space for 3 cars
The smaller section PICCOLO can be rented additionally / sleeps 4 adults and 2 children. It measures 75 sqm and is laid out on two floors:
- 1 living room
- 2 double bedrooms (cannot be transformed into twin beds)
- 1 small bedroom with bunk beds (suitable for children, although the beds have a normal length) plus one additional pull-out bed for a 3rd person (to be requested when booking and available at extra charge)
- 2 bathrooms with shower (one bathroom is en suite)
- Seated outdoor area under a shadow roof at the side of the house
- Parking space for 2 cars
PICCOLO does not have a kitchen.
PICCOLO can be rented only together with GRANDE PRATO.
If PICCOLO is not rented the Florentine villa owner might use it.
The marble table on the veranda of GRANDE PRATO has room for 10 people to enjoy a meal together.
21 Sep 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
1490 EUR €
24 Aug 2019- 21 Sep 2019
1790 EUR €
2650 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
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|18 May 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
24 Aug 2019- 21 Sep 2019
|15 Jun 2019 - 24 Aug 2019
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Please note: until beginning March bookings during the months July and August are possible only for the entire house (inclusive PICCOLO).
Weekly prices for the entire house (GRANDE + PICCOLO ) for an occupancy up to 12 people:
EUR 2390 per week low season
EUR 2790 per week mid season
EUR 4090 per week high season
- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Internet Web Cube connection up to 100 hours
- Garden maintenance
- Water, electricity, gas up to 5 m3 and house cleaning: EUR 130 set price per week per unit year round
- Gas / heating: up to 5 m3 are included in the above mentioned set price. Guests pay for usage in excess of 5 m3 (probably this is necessary only during the colder months when central heating is used).
- Internet Web Cube connection if used more than 100 hours: metered
- Additional bed for the 13th person (in Piccolo): EUR 100 per week
- Baby bed and high chair available. Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 50 per week
- Pets allowed: EUR 50 domestic pet supplement per week
EUR 500 per unit cash deposit are due on arrival.
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- Beach towels are not provided.
Colorful family house with pool near the sea in southern Tuscany
- Sleeps 10 Guests
- Bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 5+1 WC Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 300 m2 m2