This old agrarian Tuscan house, high in the foothills of the Apuan Alps, is reached via a road that twists and turns its way past sheer drops and stunning views between Pietrasanta and Camaiore… until you reach ‘secure parking’ where the German owner meets and greets and escorts you up the 150m path to the villa while a tuk-tuk transports your bags. Here stands a villa housing two two-storey apartments, to be rented separately or as one: Bernardi below, facing the sea, and Giorgi above, facing the mountains. With a flawless finish, stylish interiors, and a shared 8m x 4m pool in manicured gardens, these retreats are aimed at those who love a high level of comfort. Mattresses are firm orthopaedic topped with non-allergic duvets, walk-in showers are top-notch, beams are gleaming chestnut, colours are refined. Thomas runs a B&B nearby and knows the area well – make the most of his knowledge! Forte dei Marmi is a short drive: bask on its elegant sands, or catch a boat to Vernazza and the celebrated Cinque Terre. Return to lemon trees and loungers, and sofas on large private terraces.