Our house is a spacious and historic home with a pool in a quiet, friendly village. Pognana sits in the lush green hills of Lunigiana, in northern Tuscany. Untroubled by tourist crowds yet close enough for day trips to Florence, Pisa, Genoa and Parma, the village is under an hour from the sea, Cinque Terre and the Apuane (part of the Apennine) mountains.
Pognana is a small, peaceful village 2 kms from the town of Fivizzano. A quiet group of houses which bursts into life in August of each year when extended family members come back home. Its peaceful atmosphere is punctuated by cries of buzzards, barks of deer, the local tractor, sometimes the sound of the nearby river, sometimes the wind in the trees and sometimes moments of complete, unbroken silence. The neighbours are friendly and happy to meet you.
The house is an old stone farmhouse built on a small piazza with commual water source and washing trough. Parts are medieval, the house has grown and changed over the centuries. Evidence that the central wall was once external can be seen from the window openings, and previous rooflines can be read off the walls in the attic.
Made of up 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room and piano room, all the rooms are spacious. The thick stone walls and tiled floors mean the spaces stay comfortable in the heat of summer.
Some of our older neighbours remember going to school in the living room, another learnt her seamstress trade skills working with half a dozen women together in what is now the piano room, and village weddings were celebrated with a meal in the large kitchen.
Today the kitchen gives onto a balcony with spiral wrought iron staircase down on to the garden below. An open archway leads from kitchen to living room. Entrance from the piazza doors is via a wide corridor, which opens onto cantinas and garden and pizza oven at the back.
A staircase leads up to the house which has a number of different levels, a quiet double room is off the entrance area, more stone steps lead to the kitchen, living room, piano room, a large bedroom and shower/WC.
Continuing up the stairs are a further two bedrooms: a double and a twin room and shower/WC.
Finally a modern staircase leads to another large double bedroom with bathroom (bath, shower, WC) and onto a private roof terrace which is not overlooked. The views are to the south and west, of Fivizzano, the valley and Alpi Apuane beyond, perfect for a spot of uninterrupted sunbathing or nighttime stargazing.
In the garden is a wood burning pizza oven, plenty of room to kick a ball around, or splash in the pool (4m x 8m).
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