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We stayed here June 21-25, 2015. We were lucky enough to get in a day early (and be met at the train station by Jonathon & Massimo) as our Florence stay ended shorter then expected. We were immediately impressed by the calmness of the place, cleanliness and homey feel. Because it was a Sunday, Massimo told us to go to the Watch Tower for the tour. Quite the climb but the tour guide (a 15 year old student with her perfect English) was great, the views and history lesson totally worth it. Dinner that night was Napoli Pizza (to die for). Next morning we met Jonathan who took us around to the merchants and introduced us. No one speaks English and it doesn't matter as they are gracious and try hard to figure out what you want. The cafe on the corner serves great expresso and pastries and the little market "Fantasy" had most of what we needed for snacks etc. The butcher had made lobster sauce so that was one meal that we enjoyed in our lovely garden, so lovely to have the outdoor space to relax in after the rush of Rome & Florence. Jonathan also arranged a meal made by one of the ladies nearby and for 40E we enjoyed a traditional Italian meal with wine and dessert served by her and her husband in her garden patio complete with cat. Loved them trying to communicate to us and the meal was wonderful. We arranged tours with Massimo (who's history of the area is extensive since he is from Vicopisano) and these were the highlight of our Italy trip. He was fun and easy going understanding our interests. Trips included one day of Volterra, Lajatico and San Gimignano and another outstanding day going to Cinque Terra. We would never have made it there without him. Did a day trip to Pisa from Vicopisano which was super easy by bus. We loved the little Gelato place and went there a few times and back to Napoli for pizza again too. HIGHLY recommend this place. Although it was just the 2 of us the place easily fits more (we didn't use the 2nd bedroom) but we like more space and thought the place looked incredible - we choose the right place, for sure. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Kate and I (plus mother-in-law) had a delightful stay in the Casa al Castello in Vicopisano. The property is right in the centre of the old "borgo" tucked under Brunelleschi's rocca and a gentle 5 minute stroll to the pleasant central piazza with bars, bread shop, butcher, gelataria etc. Vicopisano is not a very touristy place - and all the better for that. We felt that we getting a taste of the real Italian village life. But the place is extremely well located to visit all the most beautiful and interesting historic towns of Tuscany. The apartment itself is furnished with a somewhat idiosyncratic mix of mostly period furniture and could do with a little TLC. It was well equipped, had a pretty efficient WiFi and any minor problems were quickly resolved by Jonathan who was an attentive and very gracious host. Overall, we had an excellent week and would certainly recommend the property, with one caveat: not really suitable for anyone with impaired mobility. Otherwise, great!
i stayed in Lenzi in June 2015 for 5 nights, it was very nice.
location: in village like Vicopisano, great to be away from tourists shoal. At the same time, easy access to train station with a 20min bus ride.
there is also a bus to Pisa.
hospitality: excellent, overflowing actually. I was invited to dinner on first night as they have friends coming in, and then a free tour around the region next day morning and to Pisa at night, again due to their friend. Of course,they could have charge me, but gratis to me. thanks
information: i like hiking and Massimo gave detailed description on route.
We have loved going to Lenzi's B&B since 2009. Massimo & Jon are fantastic hosts and have become good friends. The B&B is not too big, the breakfast supplies abundant and there is everything you need. The hills are great for walking through especially through the sunflowers to the top of the hill with the little church and the little village full of charm and serenity. You don't have to look hard for the historical either. I think of Lenzi's whenever I think of Italy.