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A perfect get away in Tuscany close to Cinque Terre

Bedrooms 9
Space 500 m²
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

A perfect place for groups looking for mountains, ski, sea, art, food and wine

In a wonderful setting of a medieval mountain village, a recently renewed and tastefully refurbished 17th century palazzo provides the possibility to large families or group of friends to experience a dream holiday in Italy. Here you can decide to spend your time all together while maintaining your own privacy.

The spaces are grand and spectacular: a total of 9 bedrooms, 3 living rooms, 4 well equipped kitchen can comfortable guest up to 26 people.

The 4X8X1,5 pool and a fenced private garden make the palazzo a great and safe place for your children.

Although the palazzo is in the mountains, it can be easily reached by car, by train and by bus.

All outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, etc. are possible in the area. The very close distance to the sea meets the needs of the sea lover as well. We offer periodically creative workshops like painting, sculpturing, yoga. All the year through you can book cooking and wine courses as well as Italian lessons.

Also a great venue if you are looking for your wedding venue in Tuscany.

An authentic Italian holiday!

More Details

Property Manager
Mirella Di Muro
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, german, russian, italian
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Vielen Dank fuer dieses traumhaften Urlaub! Hier ist wirchlich alles moeglich: Strand, Berge, Staedte, Essen, Wandern, Plantschen...wir kommen wieder!
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Tavernelle, Italy

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - Templari - 1 large double bed , bedroom with vaulted ceilings. The bed is a queen bed.
    Bedroom 2 - Malaspina - 1 large double bed , Beautiful four posted queen bed. Room with open fire place.
    Bedroom 3 - Malaspina - 3 single bed , 2 single beds can be put together to have a large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - Luni - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , The double bed is a queen
    Bedroom 5 - Spino Fiorito - 3 single bed , 2 single beds can be put together to have a large double bed
    Bedroom 6 - Spino Fiorito - 1 large double bed , Master bedroom with comfortable queen bed
    Bedroom 7 - Dependance - 1 large double bed , romantic bedroom in mezzanine reachable by mean of a ladder
    Bedroom 8 - Luni - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , 1 cot , Master bedroom in modern loft.
    Bedroom 9 - Luni - 2 single bed , fine for 2 children or one adult putting together the 2 beds
  • On the ground floor, there is a walk-in through bedroom with 2 single beds.
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Walkway to Water
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
On request we arrange cooking classes, wine tuition and wine tasting with sommelier, guided wine tour to 5 Terre


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A perfect get away in Tuscany close to Cinque Terre
average rating of 4.96875 based on 35 reviews
Livonia, MI

Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

This property was a perfect location for our family group of 14 to vacation. Our hosts, along with their adorable daughter, greeted us the minute we arrived and could not have been more welcoming and helpful throughout our stay arranging for transportation, meals, a winery tour and providing information about the area. The home and location are as described in the listing and much more!

There was easy access to many area attractions with a train station nearby. We used a private driver arranged by our hosts for most of our excursions and he was prompt, knowledgeable and so much fun. I would highly recommend this service.

There is really no need to leave though with the spacious house, historic town, lovely pool, hiking trails, local bar and other wonderful restaurants very close by.

Staying at this property is a truly unique way to experience Italy and get to know the wonderful people who live there. We cannot thank our hosts enough and hope it won't be too long before we can visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 27/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute Magic...

  • 5 of 5

You could feel the wonderful spirits of the 12th century in this magical castle. The rooms were in separate areas, so lots of people could have privacy or everyone could sit together dining al fresco or poolside. Mirella & Francesco were incredibly friendly and extremely helpful... and boy could they cook! We had several fantastic meals. The pub nearby was great -- convient and good food. Walking the old section of town felt like old Italy that hasn't changed... very soulful. The nearby river with the old Millhouse turned into a playground for my grandkids. All and all, it was extremely special.

john densmore

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Dream Family Vacation Come True!

  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation (grandma, grandpa, children, spouses and grandchildren -- 17 of us!) was two years in the planning. With heartfelt thanks to Mirella for her kindness, support and guidance throughout the planning process, our two weeks of time together was everything AND MORE than we had all hoped it would be!

We were five families so we rented the entire castle. Each apartment (they are all unique in their own way!) accommodated the needs of each family. Malaspania was a grand apartment with the largest dining/living area. It provided a perfect gathering place for sharing meals and conversation about our adventures......and we had many adventures to share with one another because Tavernelle was a perfect pivotal point for going in lots of different directions. Several of our adventures included going to Venice, participating in a pesto making class in Cinque Terre, bicycling the wall in Lucca, shopping in Siena, visiting Pisa, Rome, Florence, Volterra, Parma and enjoying drives and hiking through the beautiful Appenine mountains/national park, stopping for picnic lunches in quaint little towns nestled in the hills and valleys. Several family members even spent a day visiting the Lamborghini and Ferrari car museums.

As much as we all enjoyed our travels to other places, however, we were always happy to come "home" to Palazzo del Duca! Mirella and Francesco made us feel so very welcome and comfortable every moment of our stay. Francesco was always there to answer questions (he even took time to assist us through the resolution of a small car accident we had in Aulla), share his knowledge of and passion for Italian wines and wine-making, clean the pool for us every morning, and share stories about growing up in Tuscany. Mirella was always warm and caring, eager to help make us comfortable and provide meals for our family (she made a welcome and farewell dinner for all 17 of us!) that were beyond delicious. She was even very mindful of one of our grandchildren's need for a gluten free diet.

The pool was a welcome retreat each and every day because it was 85-90 degrees (Fahrenheit). Our grandsons enjoyed it immensely! Right down the street was a restaurant and a market. A baker came every morning to sell fresh bread! Just out the door were a variety of walking paths that meandered through the mountainside. Do not hesitate to stay here! It is a marvelous and enchanting place. We miss Mirella and Francesco and long to return!

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A magical place

  • 5 of 5

The word I use to describe the time my family, friends and I spent at the palazzo is magical. Francesco and Mirella are amazing. The palazzo is wonderful and worked perfectly for our group of 18 people. If you are lucky enough to spend time here, I highly recommend that you make arrangements for dinner at the palazzo. Food is amazing and atmosphere is perfect.There are lots of options for day trips and driving in the area is not difficult. My only regret is that I wasn't able to stay longer. I keep telling people that I have “visited” many places but I feel that I “lived” in Italy.

  • Review Submitted: 21/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible location - rich with beauty and history

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one week, we were a group of 3 families. The children loved the pool and the village (especially the gnocchi at the pub on the corner, they went every day for a plate!)

Mirella and Francesco were so warm and welcoming to us and very helpful for day trip advice.

Our favourite day was the day we walked to Apella and took in the view and the food!

We also had two very special meals prepared by Mirella and they were incredible. Initially we had only requested one meal, but this soon changed to two once we had tasted her wonderful creations!

On the technical side, the property was clean and well maintained. The ground floor Templari apartment was a little dark and damp - but we understood that it is from the 13th century so it was to be expected.

We truly enjoyed our time at the Palazzo and would like to return someday. we have already recommended it to our friends and families.

  • Review Submitted: 18/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The good, broad live

  • 4 of 5

We are students and teachers attached to an art school.

We are sculptors.

We want to know what it is to work the legendary marble from Carrara.

Therefore, early in the morning we left our city on the river. Two vans, seventeen enthusiastic passengers and driving hundreds of kilometers ahead.

Our goal?

Palazzo Del Duca, Licciana Nardi, Tuscany, Italy.

Much later than planned, we arrived at our destination.

The surrounding mountains were swallowed by the night. It was non-Italian cold.

But ...

The welcome by Mirella and Francesco was warm and cordial. Their table was, despite the late hour, generous and plentiful. Tuscan food, plentiful wine. Generous and homemade.

The tour of the Palazzo and the stories of its history were enlightening and contagious.

This was the night.

The next morning the sky was clear blue. In the distance gleamed the snowy peaks of the Apennines in the morning.

Licciana Nardi is old. Medieval. The village, once a city, embraces the old road that runs from the Ligurian Sea to Parma. Once went along here caravans loaded with salt for the preparation of the, still delicious, Parma ham.

The village, the region, the fortress towers on mountain slopes, forests ... they whisper the story of centuries and centuries.

At the corner of the Strada Provinciale and Via Rondo is “Il Capriolo”. Bar and restaurant. This is the place where, in the morning, standing at the bar as an Italian, you can drink your cappuccino. In the evening you enjoy an aperitivo dolce o ammaro, and, could it be different, where the pizza tastes like it should taste.

The highway is not far. Some winding roads at Aula, and Tuscany is waiting to be explored. Art and culture within reach. Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, La Spezia .... And, remember, the marble quarries of Carrara. Just visit the underground marble cathedrals carved in white marble mountains

We have worked, visited and enjoyed. We have been amazed by the large herds of black sheep that blocked the road perfectly, but who delivered also the milk for the delicious ricotta and pecorino. We swam in the Ligurian Sea.

Always with the prospect of returning to the paradise on Via Borgo. To re-enter the enclosed garden and the generosity of Il Palazzo Del Duca. The comfort, the joint cooking sessions and dinners. The feeling of "Dolce Far Niente" beeing in full activity. The kindness and involvement of Mirella and Francesco.

The prospect remains. Soon we will come back from our city by the river!

  • Review Submitted: 09/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
49 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Prato Spilla
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The property is located in an area called Lunigiana, one of the most beautiful and ancient area of Tuscany, rich in castles, medieval villages and untouched countryside. While you can visit the most important attractions in Tuscany, like Pisa, Lucca, Florence etc. it is a perfect starting point to visit the North of Italy and important cities like Parma, Modena, Genova, Cinque Terre and all the Ligurian and Tuscan Riviera. Not to forget the natural attractions like the white marble of Carrara, and Natural parks like Tosco-Emilian Appennines, 100 lakes park and Alpi Apuane.

Other Activities: painting, sculpturing, cooking, wine tasting, tai chi


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in Tavernelle, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High season 2
11 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
Medium season
1 Sep 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
Medium season2
10 Sep 2018 - 17 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low season
23 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
12 Jan 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
1 night minimum stay
Medium season
30 Mar 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
High season
29 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
Medium season
1 Sep 2019 - 25 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
High season
27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$61.56
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$789.29

Just a few more weeks available in high season!
Book 2 weeks from August 18th to September 1st 2018 and pay only 2.750,00 a week instead of Euro 3.050,00.
Take advantage of this special promotion and Save 500,00 euro now. For more information, please contact us!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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