Lovely 3 Bed home swap in Pisa, Italy
Our home is an old spacious 3 bedroom country house with its own olive terraced hillside and pine wood, 20 minutes from Pisa and Pisa Airport (with connections to 50 cities in Europe and North Africa), 30 minutes from Lucca, and one hour from Florence.
The house has wood ceiling beams, plus an open fireplace in the living room with spectacular views of a wide open valley of olives and chestnut trees. The kitchen opens onto a terracotta tiled patio again with stunning views overlooking the valley, perfect for summer meals outside. The bedrooms are all spacious with simple but interesting, mainly ethnic, furniture.
Outside there are vines (with delicious eating-grapes for picking in September) and a wide variety of fruit trees: cherry (for picking in May), apricot (June), peach (June), plum (June/July), fig (July/August) and orange / mandarin (January).
There are wonderful walks all around the house and amongst the surrounding olive groves. The whole valley forms part of a protected nature reserve and is safe for kids to explore. There are no poisonous snakes or insects, and also very few mosquitos. There is a lot of wildlife: wild boar, foxes, badgers, squirrels, lizards, buzzards, and hoopoes (in the spring).
The nearest hamlet, Castelmaggiore, which is a 10 minute walk from the house, down our rather steep bumpy drive, has a small food shop.
There are three restaurants within walking distance (between 10-35 minutes on foot) and at least another 10 within a 5 km radius.
The next main village is Calci which is a 5 minute drive, where there is a small supermarket, banks, fish shop, tourist office, post office etc. There is also a wonderful monastery (Certosa di Calci) and natural history museum in the area just outside Calci.
The house provides a great base for visiting Pisa (home to three leaning towers, 20 mins), Lucca (a stunning walled town, 30 mins), Florence (60 mins), Siena (90 mins), Volterra (90 mins), San Gimignano (90 mins) and the Cinque Terre (90 mins by train from Pisa). The nearest seaside is 30 km away in Marina di Pisa.
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Children welcome