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Il Castelletto Massa Carrara, Tuscany - Italy

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Type Status Location Sub Location , Price € 3,800.00 (from) per week Area (m)320Bedrooms6Bathrooms6

Property Description

Sleeps 2 to 12
Massa, Tuscany – Italy

Elegant charming 1500 Century villa , with pool and Spa on the border between Liguria and Tuscany at few mins from the beaches and close to the Cinque Terre.
Il Castelletto is set on a hill at the foot of the Apuane Alps amongst olive groves, chestnut and oak forest. Everywhere you look you will be captivated by the splendid views that take in the entire valley below, leading to the shores of the near by Mediterranian sea and continuing to the Gulf of Portovenere.
Originally Il Castelletto was defensive stone tower built around 1400 to defend the nearby medieval Malaspina castle. Today it has been transformed into a beautiful and elegant holiday villa, restructured by the owner with great care and maximum attention to detail.
A harmony of colours pervade the interiors with walls plastered in traditional Tuscan pinks and yellows and the brilliant green and white of the local Carrara marble.
Many walls have been left bare to expose the ancient rough hewn stone work which combine with traditional terracotta floors, chestnut beam ceilings and a considered selection of old prints and antiques to create a warm and luxurious atmosphere.


Il Castelletto is on four floors:

Each floor is reachable either by internal stair case or by an internal panoramic lift. The villa is entered from a large external patio which is furnished with out door dining facilities and perfect for taking in the stunning panoramas.
On the ground floor entering from this patio you will find a new and functional brilliantly equipped kitchen adjacent to the dining room. Fine Persian carpets and gold leaf mirrors characterize this room which is a cosy place on winter days with the fire alight.
There is also beautiful wine cellar in stone and a powder room on this floor. On the same level but accessed from the exterior are two beautiful bedrooms which face out onto the big terrace. These bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. Also on this level is a splendid sauna room and the Jacuzzi with hot water.
The main entrance on the first floor leads to an elegant living room with a fireplace in white Carrara marble. The comfortable sofas and armchairs are in complete harmony with the coloured walls which are a soft green. In the living room you can also find Satellite television and large windows that take in the magnificent and extensive views. On the same floor there is a charming double bedroom with an en suite bathroom with a shower. A wooden staircase or the lift leads to the second floor where there are two romantic double bedrooms. Both of them have en suite bathrooms with showers. Going up to the fourth floor you reach the attic where there is a double bedroom with twin beds that can be joined on request and an en suite bathroom with shower. At your disposal is internet access with ADSL, satellite television, ceiling fans in every room, stereo with CD player and a selection of English books. There is also a dishwasher, washing machine. On your arrival you will find a warm and welcoming greeting, the owner speaks perfect English and whilst being more than respectful of your privacy can organize breakfast and dinners on request, pleasant picnics and barbecues, guided excursions as well as walks on foot or by bike in the hills around the area.

  • Ground floor: Fully equipped kitchen, dining room, both with access to the patio, 1 service bathroom, stone wine cellar. On the same level but accessed from the exterior: 2 double bedrooms with terrace and en suite bathrooms with showers. Also on this level: sauna room and Jacuzzi with hot water
  • First floor:  Living room, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower
  • Second floor:  2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
  • Attic:  1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom with shower
  • Square Meters: 320
  • Outside:  Private furnished patio, garden and park, 1 large panoramic terrace, Jacuzzi pool, Sauna (SPA) swimming pool  (13,5×4), panoramic views. 


Outside the patio extends to a shaded open living area. Here the sofas and armchairs in rattan and a large dining table offer wonderful relaxation, leisurely breakfasts and the perfect setting for romantic evening dinners over looking the panoramic swimming pool and out to the valley and sea beyond. The Castle Malaspina makes a charming accent. The swimming pool area surrounded by olive trees and near to a patio that has a Jacuzzi. Il Castelletto is surrounded by a large park (4000 meters or yards square) and its private car park is situated on the lawn right next to the villa. The owner has arranged private concessions for his guests with: beach with cabin and umbrella, tennis, golf and squash.


For those who love silence and nature, for families and groups of friends, Il Castelletto is the ideal place for meeting to discover unusual itinerary and the antique flavours, the local food is excellent, not forgetting that at 10 minutes by car there is the sea, the elegant beaches of Versilia and the wilder ones in the Cinque Terre.

Moreover thanks to the villa’s strategic location you can easily reach interesting tourist and cultural sights both in Tuscany and in Liguria: Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio famous for its boutiques and night life, ( 15 minutes ) Pietrasanta, the historical and artistic capital of Versilia with the most famous statuary shops (5 minutes ) by car, Lucca (25minutes), Pisa (20 minutes), Florence (1 hour ), Carrara’s marble quarries, the marvellous Cinque Terre (Five Lands), Golfo dei Poeti (Poets’Gulf), Portovenere, Portofino, Genova. Handy ferries to Cinque Terre depart daily from the harbour of Marina di Massa (5 km ).


  • Closest village: Massa (1,5 km) where there are supermarkets, restaurants, wine bars, shops, market
  • Distance to shopping: 1,5 Km
  • Closest restaurant: 300 m, 5 mins by car
  • Other restaurants & pubs: Massa 1,5 Km,  5 mins by car,  Forte dei Marmi 15 mins by car
  • Closest beaches/sea: Marina di Massa 5 Km, 10 by car, Forte dei Marmi 15 mins by car, Versilia beaches 15 mins
  • Nearest highway: Massa  1, 5 Km
  • Nearest train station: Massa 1,5 Km
  • Nearest Airport: Pisa (PSA) 45 Km


  • Cinque Terre by train:  Trains depart daily from Massa and La Spezia
  • Timetable and information:  Treni Italia
  • Cinque Terre by boat:   Ferry companies depart daily from Marina di Massa, Lerici and La Spezia
  • Timetable and information:  http://www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/
  • Beaches:  Versilia/Forte dei Marmi: 14 km
  • Towns & Villages:  Versilia/Forte dei Marmi: 14 km, Pietrasanta: Carrara/marble quarries: 15 km, Pisa: 45 km, Lucca: 44, Firenze: 105 km, Sarzana: 17 Km, Lerici/Golfo dei Poeti: 23 Km, Portovenere: 42 Km, Portofino: 100  Km, Genova 120 km


  • All linen and towels
  • Pool towels
  • All utilities
  • WI FI Internet Access
  • Water, gas, electricity
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Gardener 


  • Final cleaning of Euro 200,00
  • Electricity according to consumption
  • Security Deposit: € 800,00 to be paid in Euro on arrival and refunded at the end of the holiday


  • 1 week minimum stay
  • Rentals are Saturday to Saturday
  • Arrival between 4 and 8 p.m.
  • Departure by 10.00.
  • Car essential
  • Child friendly
  • Pets welcome 



Included Services:
ElevatorLinens Provided
FireplaceLiving Room
Hair DryerParking
HeatingTowels Provided
InternetWashing Machine
Iron & Board
Coffee MakerOven
Dishes & UtensilsPantry Items
Child’s HighchairDining Room
DiningSeating For 14 People
BooksSatellite / Cable
Dvd PlayerStereo
Music LibraryVideo Library
Private GardenPrivate Pool (13,5×4)
BalconyOutdoor Grill
Deck / PatioPorch / Veranda
Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa:
Hot TubSauna
Optional Services
Boat/ yacht charterDriver
Cooking serviceGuided excursions
Daily domestic staffPrivate Chef
ChurchesRecreation Center
Live TheaterTheme Parks
MarinaWater Parks
MuseumsWinery Tours
Leisure Activities:
BeachcombingPaddle Boating
Bird WatchingScenic Drives
Disco ClubSight Seeing
Horseback RidingWalking
Outlet Shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
BabysitterMassage Therapist
Fitness CenterMedical Services
Sports & Activities:
Deepsea FishingSailing
Disco ClubScuba Diving Or Snorkeling
GolfSound/Bay Fishing
Horseback RidingSwimming
Jet SkiingWater Skiing
Mountain BikingWhale Watching
Outlet ShoppingWhitewater Rafting
Pier Fishing


Property Features

All Utilities
Wi-Fi Wireless Internet
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Washing Machine
Outdoor Grill

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There are 2 Comments in this post

  1. Pat Gil

    Magic Week

    Date of Stay: June, 2014

    We had a wonderful trip and really enjoyed Il Castelletto, and especially meeting Ferdinando and his lovely wife. The meal they prepared for us was the very best of our entire trip – they should open a restaurant. We were very impressed and loved every bite.The entire week was simply magical and we couldn’t have been happier. We would highly recommend the place to anyone.

  2. Massimo Conti Author

    August, 2007
    The villa is located on a hillside overlooking the town of Massa and then further on, the Mediterranean sea. It is in a secluded location with a beautiful view. The villa is a restored 14th century watchtower for the nearby Malaspina Castle. The villa is in impeccable shape, gorgeously renovated with an indoor elevator and all modern amenities including six beautiful bathrooms with lovely Italian tiles. The location is wonderfully peaceful and quiet, on a private gated property with a few other private homes nearby which are not visible to the villa. There is a gorgeous outdoor gathering place with seating and dining tables large enough to accommodate our family of 11, covered by a lovely awning to allow remaining outside in any weather, also a private pool with gorgeous views and an outdoor hot tub. The house is absolutely beautifully furnished, clean, lovely, filled with gorgeous antiques. The owner has impeccable taste. The bedrooms are lovely and most beds are very comfortable with one or two a bit soft. There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms so there were obviously ample bathrooms, all lovely. The kitchen is perfectly functional with top of the line appliances and ample supplies. We used the kitchen every day and a private cook came and prepared delicious meals for us in the kitchen. The only surprises were good – the villa is even more gorgeous than the pictures reveal on the website. The owner is warm and helpful. We can’t say enough good things! The agency was perfectly helpful, spoke English and represented the villa well. Obviously we recommend Il Castelletto! You do need a car and to feel comfortable driving on winding roads (though by no means treacherous), and be prepared to travel good distances by car to get to locations for sightseeing (though there are many fabulous places to visit in under an hour’s driving). There are many wonderful towns to visit, the beach at Forte di Marmi (20 minutes), the Cinque Terre, lovely towns in the Apuane Alps and other gorgeous towns of the Italian Riviera. There is obviously also the many Tuscan towns not far, Lucca, Siena, Florence. If willing to get in your car and go, you’ll never be able to visit all the wonderful towns nearby. Don’t forget to walk or drive to the nearby Malaspina Castle!
    Dan & family
    Maplewood, New Jersey, USA

    May, 2008
    Hi Francesca! Oh my, we had such a lovely time. Truly ideal. Yes, I will definitely write a testimonial for the website. Regarding the pictures, I’m going to get my friends’ OK to put their photos on the website and I’ll get back with you. Ferdinando was a real treat as a host – such a perfect host. We all feel like we’ve been friends with him forever! You’ll hear from me soon about the pictures!

    May, 2008
    Recommended. Review by G Dever from England
    When May 2008, 1 week Location Il Castelletto is on top of a hill looking down over the city of Massa and out to the Mediterranean sea. The location has superb views during the day or at night. We loved the area as it was very private. Nearby Amenities The drive into the city of Massa for groceries, restaurants, coffee bars, markets and shopping is five minutes. The House/Apartment The villa is a historical tower house and has been refurbished totally by the owner and it has won acclaim (not only by me!) for its decoration. You know as soon as you walk in that someone loves this home. The covered outside living area is perfect for dining alfresco and, well, living, which is what the 10 of us did most of the time we were there. There is also a living room with a TV that comes in handy when you want to spread out a bit. The villa can be very peaceful, but with 10 of us living under the same roof, the quiet was saved for the wee hours of the morning. The bedrooms are located on four levels with a lift to access the ones above the ground level. You can view the property directly: Il Castelletto. Garden Besides the covered living area, there is outside sitting space as well and it’s close to the pool. It’s easy to enjoy the pool, the hot tub, and the rest of the villa since they are nice and close. It’s a compact arrangement, but there was plenty of room for all 10 of us to be in the outside area. Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas The furnishings were of the ilk that would have been in our own homes. The villa is very clean and you have the option of a cleaner during the week if you desire. The 10 of us had no problems fitting around the dining table in the outside living area, which is protected with plastic should the weather dictate. It’s easy to walk in and make yourself at home. Bedrooms/Bathrooms Each of the magnificently furnished bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, which is important for our group and one of the reasons we chose Villa Il Castelletto at first. Since the villa has been refurbished within the last two years, all the bathrooms were spotless and new. The beds feel nice and the linens were elegant and comfortable. Kitchen We cooked meals every night but one. Taking turns is always fun! Our refrigerator was kept teeming of local produce, wine and beer. The kitchen was adequate and we were able to find most items we needed. We always forget to bring our knives, as it seems that is the one item(s) we truly miss. Problems or Bonuses The website cannot do the Il Castelletto justice. We were very pleasantly surprised at how much at home we felt and how beautifully decorated the villa was. We simply had a blast! To be surrounded by it’s beauty, both inside and out, was a very pleasurable way to celebrate two 50th birthdays. Agency and Representatives (and price) Francesca at Sea and Country was very friendly and professional. We conducted our business by e-mail and she was very prompt and attentive. Do you recommend this vacation rental to others? Absolutely, I would stay here again if my travels take me to this part of Italy.
    Gwen Dever

    Dearest Ferdinando, This is the lovielest spot in the world for a DIVA to spend her 50th birthday ! It was even more special because of you and Milena and your attention to every detail. We have 2 new friends ! We’love to see you again. Jane, Gwen Dewer & Mark Sallman
    Jane, Gwen Dewer & Mark Sallman

    June, 2008
    Ferdinando, This was the perfect setting for a get together of old friends. Your villa provided a perfect backdrop for our holiday. You provided us with wonderful stories and much history of the town and surrounding areas. Thanks for making this such a terrific time and enabling us to take away such wonderful memories. In the course of lifetime, there are few adventures which will stick out in one’s memories as our time here. We will speak of our time here the rest of our lives.
    Mark & Susin Hartman
    South Carolina, USA

    June, 2008
    Ferdinando, I can’t thank you enough for your personal taxi service to the Massa hospital and your help whilst there ! So sorry to get you out of bed early on a Sunday morning.
    Cheers, Mark

    July, 2008
    It was a magical week here for all of us. Thank you for being a magnificent host and for attending to our every need. Grazie mille ! Kevin Waits

    July, 2008
    I can’t imagine a more wonderful place to celebrate my 50th birthday with my closest friends. You have created a very special setting where we have had our most memorable adventures. Thank you for your attentive suggestions and great conversation over a glass of wine. Please visit us in Atlanta

    July, 2008
    Ten of our dearest friends, most for over twenty years, came here to this beautiful place and the richness of life here brought us closer. Thank you very much.
    Ken McDanar

    Atlanta, GA, USA
    July, 2008
    To our wonderful hosts. Thank you for such a wonderful visit. You’ve created a magical place and we truly enjoyed our time here. Grazie
    Lee Anne

    August, 2008
    Villa il Castelletto is magnificent ! Each room has its own charm and there is a marvelous ambience. Our group of twelve thoroughly enjoyed our week celebrating the 50th birthday of their cousin (apparently this is the place for 5oth bothdays !). Not to mention everything there is to visit nearby from Lucca to Cinque Terre, Pisa and the marble quarries. We loved stay onother week. And many thanks to our gracious host, Ferdinando ! ARRIVEDERCI
    Karin, Pierre Maddelenie
    Washinghton D.C.

    August, 2008
    Hi Ferdinando, We had the most wonderful time at the Villa. Thank you so much for everything. Many thanks, Allison Menkes

    September, 2008
    It seems like so long ago that we were enjoying the villa and surroundings, but the memories are very strong. We had such a nice time with our family and friends, and it is a constant source of conversation among us. Luckily, when we came home the persistent rains stopped and the warm weather arrived, so we had a very nice month. After we left you, we drove to L’Albereta which is east of Milan. The chef, you know is very famous – he closed his Milan restaurant, and runs this one. The food and the service are outstanding, but of course we We missed the personal touch of yourself and Dorena. We hope u miss us too – have a good fall and we hope our paths cross again. Will have to check with Murray to see what we have planned for next summer. Our very best to you and to Milena and Dorina. Sincerely,
    Pauline Menkes.

    May, 2008
    Both of us had a wonderful time at your villa, taking the time to enjoy the area and learn the history of this part of the country. We found the people helpful and friendly and the sights extraordinary. We also found this is a wonderful place to enjoy our friends and their company for the week. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. We look forwards to seeing you somewhere in our future !
    Mike & Jean Jaspar Chespeake

    July, 2013
    We had a great and wonderful time during our days in Villa Il Castelletto! Ferdinando it´s a great gentleman and had give us lot of attentions. We are very grateful and we never forget this special and perfect days. Ferdinando, which made us feel at home. Also I really want to thank Francesca for all her support and assistance during this reservation and to make everything perfect.
    Mayte & family

    August, 2013
    “Magical week” We had a wonderful trip and really enjoyed Il Castelletto, and especially meeting Ferdinando and his lovely wife. The meal they prepared for us was the very best of our entire trip – they should open a restaurant. We were very impressed and loved every bite.The entire week was simply magical and we couldn’t have been happier. We would highly recommend the place to anyone.
    Marci, family & friends

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