We had such a wonderful time in this beautiful house. Enrico was always quick to respond to any questions we had before and during our stay. Enrico's family welcomed us to the house and very kindly spoke a bit of English to us while we were shown around. After we were shown the rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, basement, wifi, pool and outdoor showers we were left to it. The house is what I would like to think is a typical Airbnb home. It is filled with fantastically quirky pictures and ornaments. The bed was firm and comfortable. There are mosquito nets on the windows, though we still plugged in our jungle formula plug at night. The house was well equipped with plenty of cutlery, crockery, bottle openers, perculator, kettle and even a tea pot. We bought BBQ coals from Lidl in Collasalvetti.
There was plenty to do in and around the house, table tennis and boules, sunbathing and swimming in the garden. The pool was a real luxury. Enrico came to clean it a couple of times which was great and there was a net so we could get the odd leaf out ourselves. The outdoor showers are lovely once you switch the boiler on.
The house was a bit tricky to find. Enrico did offer to collect us from the airport but hired a car and wanted to pick up supplies from the Esselunga supermarket near Pisa airport on the way. From Pisa we took the SS206, the signage for Nugola off the SS206 is bent and not easy to see. In Nugola we followed the Strada Provinciale della Cerreta and took a sharp left to Nugola Vecchia, turned left on to a gravel road labelled Via Poggio di Mezzo. We followed the road around to the left past the US Mail boxes and the house was No.1 on the left. The large gates to the house are labelled with a blue sign saying “Il Boschetto” and were open for us on our arrival.
Nugola is a very small town and the 105 bus was infrequent. The shop opening hours are approx Mon-Fri: 9am-1pm then 5pm-7:30pm, Sat: 9am-1pm, Closed on Sunday. We did not try the local restaurant because we had plenty to cook.
We found it best to catch the 105 to Livorno Centrale at Nugola Scuole (bus stop by the school) for our trips to Pisa and Florence by train from Livorno Centrale. (The bus was not labelled 105, but it had a CTT sign saying "Nugola" or "Livorno".) We bought single tickets on the bus to Livorno Centrale, then used the ticket machine at the bus stop there for the return journey as it was slightly cheaper than buying on the bus. There is a bus timetable at Nugola Scuole and the last bus from Livorno Centrale was around 20:10. A taxi from Livorno cost around 30 euros on the meter.