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