Fittingly lyrical, a guest piece in The Tuscan Times gives a spectacular introduction to the ten medieval castle towns (le dieci castella) of the Swiss Pescia. Bordered by mountain ranges and set in a valley between the ancient cities of Florence and Lucca, we think these ten towns are pretty spectacular too.
The Swiss Pescia is a working area with olive groves to rival those of neighbouring Lucca. Hilly patches of vegetation intersperse with walking trails, which mingle with ancient towns where winding streets house coffee bars and wood-fired pizzerias. As for the accommodation - Farmhouses, ripe for renovation, and quirky village houses are just some of properties available here.
This captivating corner of Tuscany couldn’t stay secret for long. Locals have been joined over time by artists, organic farmers and those with an eye for holiday let income. British buyers are also keen to be a part of this rural idyll.
Buying property in Tuscany can be surprisingly affordable, whether you’re in the market for a refurbishment project in le dieci castella, or a slice of luxury in historic Lucca. This compensates for the bureaucratic challenges - such as varying VAT rates for different properties - that can make a slow moving sale.
This is where the services of an experienced agent can be invaluable in helping you negotiate your way to la dulce vita in Tuscany!
Many Brits, Swiss, Dutch, Germans, Americans and Australians have stumbled on this unusual part of Tuscany and decided to stay. You’ll find newly renovated farmhouses and others like my rustico work-in-progress, 300 years old and being brought back to life. This place is a haven for painters, sculptors, photographers and writers; olive growers, organic farmers and owners of holiday accommodation have also caught on.