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Il Piccolo Nido Holiday House
Versilia - Montignoso - Tuscany
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Il Piccolo Nido

Il Piccolo Nido is in Tuscany, in the north of the region, in the municipality of Montignoso, in the province of Massa-Carrara. It is in the village of Sant'Eustachio one of the villages set in the mountain part of Montignoso, which is included in the territory of the natural park of the Apuan Alps. The costal area of Montignoso (named Cinquale) is the northern part of Versilia, the famous costal area of Tuscany which lies between Viareggio and Cinquale for a total of 165 kms of sandy beaches. Il Piccolo Nido is only 8kms far from the beaches of Cinquale. Given the location of the house, an holiday here can offer everything, from sunbathing on the beach, relax in the house to a much more active holiday hiking on the Apuan heights, or cultural visits to the castles of Lunigiana, tasting the great local products and wines of the area. From Il Piccolo Nido you can easily explore all Tuscany, visit the famous cities of Florence, Siena, Lucca or Pisa. You can take the boats for the Tuscan islands or the Cinque Terre and Portovenere in Liguria. Read more on Sant'Eustachio and Montignoso...

Main distances
Shops: Loc. Cerreto (food shoops) 2km, Loc. Capanne (all shops, banks, post office) 3km
Sea: Marina di Montignoso (Cinquale): 9km, Versilia: 13km (Forte dei Marmi) - 30km (Viareggio), Cinque Terre 60-80km
Famous cities: Tuscany: Massa 7km, Carrara 15km, Pisa 55km, Lucca 50km, Firenze 135km, Siena 185km. Emilia Romagna: Parma 145km, Bologna 205km, Ferrara 250km

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Sant'Eustachio and Montignoso municipality

Among the villages in the mountain part of Montignoso, Sant'Eustachio,  also called "Montagne", is at an altitude of ca 300m above sea level. It  stretches parallel to the coastline, looking southwards, it enjoys  wonderful views on the coastline and the valley and a sunny position.  Normally 250 people lives here but in summer Sant'Eustachio is visited  by many tourists who decide to rent a holiday house and spend their  holiday in this quite place. In July there is the Sagra of Taglierino or  Sagra delle Montagne where local food is cooked and sold in the green  lawn in front of the church. It is famous for its church of the XII  cent. Il Piccolo Nido is one of the last of the village and it is a bit  far from the main road. This makes the house very quite and silent, with  nothing in front of it but the panorama. All the rooms are very  pleasant also because they enjoy a good light, all the rooms have  panoramic windows.

If you feel like enjoying a walk, you can follow the trails in front of the house. If you go down, you are walking on the old "via comunale" (old street of the municipality) between sant'Eustachio and the village of Vietina. On your way you find a spring with very good and purify water, a Virgin Mary in a rock protecting the travellers, and the river of Montignoso. If from the house you go up after 15 minutes you will get to a olive tree yards. If you pass through it you will get on a gravel road taking you to a very panoramic point. From here, on your right, starts a very old mule track, unfortunately not well kept and signed, which takes you through ancient chestnut forests and to Pasquilio. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view on all the coast of Tuscany from Livorno to Portovenere in Liguria and on the Islands in front of Tuscany. If you are lucky and the day is clear you can see the outline of Corsica. From Pasquilio, if you take the trails to Monte Folgorito (following the white and red sign of the italian alpin club) you can visit the Gotic Line sites where the last fights of the Second World War took place. The German and partisan trenches are visible and easy to reach.

Montignoso is between Versilia and Massa stretching from the top of Apuan Alps height to the sand of the coast, crossed by the Pannosa River. You can find a variety of different landscapes from the beaches to the marshes of Porta Lake and finally the mountain landscapes of the Apuan Alps. Montignoso is included in the protected area of Apuan Alps Regional Park. About the origin of its name, it could be linked to the tradition of lighting fires on the mountains in order to make signs to sailor men. From this tradition, the Latin name of Mons Igneus, a mountain of fire. The clear sea waters, the well organized beach resorts, the proximity to Versilia, Garfagnana, Lunigiana and Tuscan cities of art, the touristic airport, the sea port and finally the Spa of Villa Undulna attract every year numerous tourists from Italy and abroad who decide to spend their holiday in Montignoso.

Montignoso is dominated by its Castle, the fortress of Aghinolfi. Among the castles of Massa Carrara, it is one of the most ancient and it was an element of the byzantine Limes, on the border with the Lombard territories. The fortress has probably roman origins, it has always been an important control centre being on main roads such as via Aurelia and via Francigena. Before the arrival of the Romans the area was inhabited by the Liguri - Apuani who where defeated by the Romans who understand the strategic position of this land for their commercial traffics. It has been contended for centuries by the military forces of Pisa, Genoa and Lucca. It played a strategic role also in the Second World War.

All the territory of Massa Carrara is a perfect destination for food&wine tourisms. Among the typical products of Montignoso very famous is the pane marocco, a bread prepared with corn and wheat flour, black olives, olive oil and red chilly. It was cooked on chestnut leaves. The sausages are still prepared with a very old recipe, the biroldo, is the most ancient among the cold meets rich in flavours, perfect to be served cold or on warm dishes, the lard, recently rediscovered and left to mature in the marble basins of the Colonnata quarries (visit the photo gallery of the marble basins found in the Apuan territory in the website of Adò - only in italian - click on the word LE CONCHE); the apuan mortadella, made from an accurate selections of meets and following old recipes, with a delicate taste and flavour; and last the Apuan pecorino cheese with its pale yellow colour, slightly salty prepared only with the milk of the sheeps of the area. You can enjoy it fresh or matured and it is perfect with pears.

Looking for a deep rural holiday far from city life and mass turism? Visit also La Bedina Holiday House in Lunigiana, north Tuscany in a small medieval village along via Francigena, in the chestnut forests of the Appennine mountains
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