Historic apartment in Tuscany

  • €360,000
Massa-Carrara, Tuscany
  • Type
  • Apartment
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Bathroom
  • 1
  • Pool
  • Yes
  • Floor Area (m²)
  • 90
Historic apartment in Tuscany
Massa-Carrara, Tuscany
  • €360,000


This end of terrace ground-floor apartment which is part of a complex of 15 apartments, along with whole ‘borgo’ or charming hamlet where it is located is a listed building in Italy, and protected by Italian Cultural and Environmental Ministry National Trust for Historic Houses (Dimore Storiche – Ministero dei Beni Culturali ed Ambientali) due to their important architectural, historical and landscaping heritage. The complex was originally the farm and stables of the Eighteenth century Villa Malaspina nearby with its olive groves and vineyards. 

The apartment for sale is equipped with its own garden, store-room and 1 garage, plus 2 parking spaces. It has a lovely view of the Villa Malaspina, the medieval village of Castelnuovo Magra and the sea, which is 5 miles away. The complex has parking areas, a swimming-pool with lawn, and 2 electric entrance gates.  The public areas and swimming-pool are tended by staff that regularly come to do maintenance etc.

The area is called ‘Caniparola’ and is part of the medieval village of  Fosdinovo which is higher up and part of the Massa province. The area has much to offer due to its proximity of the sea and mountains – the beaches of northern Tuscany and southern Liguria (the closest ones are 5 miles away), the marble mountains of Carrara and the Apuan Alps, the Lunigiana, medieval villages galore, interesting towns such as Sarzana, La Spezia, Carrara, the Bay of Poets, Cinqueterre and a little further afield, Lucca, Pisa and Florence. This area where the apartment is located is still an authentic part of Tuscany and somewhat ‘off the beaten track’, yet very close to all types of transportation and services.

The closest airport would be Pisa (served by many charter flights from the UK, as well as British Airways) which is a mere 45 minutes’ drive away, otherwise Genova is 1 hour away and Florence is 1 and a half hours away. The closest railway station is in Sarzana, 2.5 miles away.

The apartment is in the typical Tuscan style, featuring stone arches, brick vaulted high ceiling, recently restored after having been the out-house of the Villa Malaspina which is located opposite. In restoring it to its original form, the floors have terracotta tiles and Vietri hand-painted wall tiles, and Carrara marble window-sills, kitchen surfaces and window surrounds. It is 90m square and has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom  (with bathtub and separate shower), kitchen and lounge. Each window has a lovely view, and one of the bedrooms and the lounge have a sea-view also. The area is quiet, yet close to everything. In 10 minutes (drive) you can be at the beach, in 5 minutes drive in Sarzana, yet in walking distance you have a grocer’s, the doctor’s surgery, olive oil and flour mill,  and a restaurant. The supermarket is half a mile away.

The apartment is also fully furnished and there are also specially made fittings (wardrobe in one of the two bedrooms, cupboards in the bathroom, kitchen etc.). It has gas and central heating. Air-conditioning is not required due to the fact that it boasts very thick stone walls, dating back to the end of the 1700s. The windows are double-glazed. The garden pertaining to the apartment which is 250m square, has a lovely terracotta patio area for dining outdoors. This apartment is closest one to the swimming pool in the complex, one just has to go down a few steps. It is also directly accessible by car.

It would be ideal as a holiday home or even a permanent residence, with its delightful location, and is perfect for four guests. 

In the summer it can be rented out for more than 1,000 euro per week or more, should you wish to purchase this as an investment. 


  • Property ID: ITU40012
  • Price: €360,000
  • Floor Area: 90 m²
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Type: Apartment
  • Pool: Yes
  • Province Massa-Carrara
  • Region Tuscany


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