Argentone is set in a fold above the village of S.Anna di Stazzema, a famous centre of Partisan resistance during the second world war, the story recently told in a film by Spike Lee. Casa Argento, originally used for the nearby medieval silver mines, has been beautifully restored by its London based owner and is now a stylish retreat either as a base for invigorating mountain walks, a welcome home after a day by the beach only 25 minutes away, or as a restoring refuge from city life. Argentone is on the upper two floors of this mountainside house. For larger parties of six, please see Casa Argento (Ref. 277), which also comprises a small apartment on the ground floor. This ground floor apartment is never rented separately when guests are in Argentone.
Approached by a gravel path, steps lead down to a blue front door, which gives directly onto the light-filled living room, with a curved-front fireplace, typical of the area. To the left is a well-equipped kitchen with another open fireplace, and a dining room with a window to the view of the sea. Because of the slope the house is built upon, these ground floor windows are actually high above the slope, giving a wonderfully airy, high feeling to the rooms. Turning right after the front door, a flight of stairs lead to a large master bedroom with a curved-edge double-ended bath and a double bed. A small W.C. and basin is also off this main bedroom. There is also a further bedroom with a queen size bed and a shower room. Both bedrooms enjoy the stunning views of the coastline and sea. To the right of the house a large wooden sun-terrace has a warmed Jacuzzi in its centre, with sun-loungers surrounding it, and a shower housed nearby in a small cave carved out of the silver bearing rock.
The Apuan alps are a great undiscovered playground of walks, climbs, restaurants, and historical villages. Reaching as high as 1700 metres (over 5500 feet) these are the mountains from which Michelangelo had carved the marble for the David, astoundingly white and still highly prized. The quarries may still be visited, and nearby Pietrasanta is a centre for sculptors, with a lively programme of exhibitions throughout the year. For a more lively experience, Versilia has been the Florentines coast playground for years, and has miles of beaches, lined with trendy bars, fine restaurants and discotheques.
Lucca and Pisa are also under an hour away, with architectural and artistic delights. In Pisa, The Campo dei Miracoli houses the famous leaning tower also has a XI century Basilica, built with money the Pisans gained after a victorious expeduition against the hideout of the Arab pirates of Palermo. Look carefully at the white marble walls and you can find old Roman inscriptions, where the medieval builders re-used old plaques and inscriptions as building material. In the nearby Baptistery clapping your hands will bring out the "devil's laughter", a strange sound that echoes round the chamber. Lucca is an antique lovers paradise, with regular markets and many shops. The Church of San michele is also a delight, with rising ranges of differing columns supporting the facade. For opera lovers the famous Festival Puccini runs from June to September, with performances at Puccini's own house and in the open air on the lakeside of Torre del Lago.
For a spectacular taste of the religious traditions that underlie Italian culture there is the Triennale di Gesu' Morto a Camaiore every third Easter,where the illumination of the whole town, with traditional lanterns made from glasses filled with olive oil, is atmospheric beyond description. This is not limited to just the centre of the town, but extends onto the surrounding hills which, lit by thousands of flickering lights, adds hugely to the atmosphere during this celebration. Every June on the occasion of Corpus Domini, Camaiore continues the picturesque tradition of lining its streets with rich carpets (known as tappeti di segatura) made of flower petals and coloured sawdust. These are laid down by local men and boys throughout night before the celebration. On Sunday morning a chanting procession, led by the priest and followed by the small children who have recently taken their communion, passes over the carpets destroying them and leaving the streets behind them filled with the smell of incense.
And, after all these excursions, slipping into the warm Jacuzzi with a glass of Champagne to watch the sunset will set the world to rights.
- Guests at this property cover the cost of electricity, including the use of air conditioning, and the heated jacuzzi when used.
- There is a charge for internet use should it exceed 1 GB per day.
Our Customers say:
"We loved the house- it was absolutely great, and even better than your brochure and website described. When you see the house it truly is in an awesome site; the views were just fab, so far reaching and clear. We loved the quiet and relaxing feel of the place. [It was] very well renovated and and tastefully decorated and had everything you need. we cooked quite a few days and we had everything in kitchen with utensils that you would need. The Bose stereo was a nice touch in the living room and you can have music out on patio when eating. Your directions were excellent - it was very easy to find and the drive up to the house was really good but easy to negotiate as long as you take it steady round the bends !! Also the COOP you suggested was just right, had everything for a week at the house food wise and was open all day on Saturday. Lucca is beautiful place to visit just over an hour away. The Forte di Marmi market on Wed. was great to visit an upmarket market. We went to Florence on train from Viareggio, only an hour away from station and great all-day trip. All in all, a wonderful house in a great location."
From Mr N. B, and family, UK, May 2014
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