Il Cargedo, located in Mulazzo on the green and quite Lunigiana hills, gives the possibility for relaxing holidays, to discover the landscape, the culture and the dishes of Tuscany and to expolre the wanderful coasts of west Liguria and Versilia.
The house, just in between the olives and the fruits trees, has 4 double rooms (with the possibility to add a third one) finely furnished. Each has private bathroom and terrace facing the olive trees. In the warm dining room max 12 people can be served in a famliar enviroment.
The kitchen is one of the Il Cargedo strenght; the ingredients of the dishes come directly from the farm or from small local producers. Traditional recipes are the base of the dishes and everything is home made: from cakes served on breakfast to bread, fresh and filled pasta and desserts prepared for dinner. Extravergin oliv oil, produced with the olives of our trees, is the base for many of the dishes cooked in our kitchen.
There is a relax living room with a small library for the guests. The swimming pool is just few meters from the house and the guests may enjoy the peacful place on comfortable deckchairs and sunbeds or refresh during the warm summer days. Outside there is also a stone oven with barbeque where is possible to spent nice evenings all together eating pizza, focacce, farinate or grilled meat.
The farm and its geocraphical location give the possibility to do various activities inside and in the sourrandings. In the farm you can walk between oaks and chestnuts trees forest or in the fields where olives and fruits trees are cultivated. It’s quite easy to watch wild animals like wild boars, foxes, squirrels, badgers while hawks fly upun our heads. You can go with the owners of the farm finding wild herbs and vegetables that are the base of the recipe of “torta d’erbi” (herbs pie), a traditional dish of Lunigiana. Cooking courses are indeed arranged upon request. Mountain bikes are available for renting; you can explore the wild and green hills that surround the farm or visit small and ancient villages where time seems to be stoped. There are also many trekking possibilities in the area: the Lunigiana Trekking, the wonderful paths on the Alpi Apuane, on the Tosco Emiliano National Parc or on the Cinque Terre National Parc.
Lunigiana is also crossed by the “Via Francigena” the ancient pilgrims way connecting Canterbury and Rome that has been recenlty restored. Lunigiana has a considerable cultural heritage, even if it is unkown to most people because it’s outside the classical touristic tours: they say that there are at least 100 castles in this valley (8 in Mulazzo) most of them restored and open to visitors. Lunigiana is proud of its literary tradition that is well represented by the “Premio Bancarella” in Pontremoli or the “Fiera del Libro” in Montereggio.
Many village festivals, mainly in summertime, gladden the visitors with the traditional gastronomic dishes. Il Cargedo is also the ideal base for daily trips to Cinque Terre and La Spezia gulf (Lerici, Montemarcello, Tellaro, Porto Venere), that can be rached in less then 1 hour by car. Pisa end Lucca, the very famous towns in Tuscany, can also be reached in 1 hour driving. The Cargedo owners are available in providing all the information the guests may need to discover this beautiful land and its treasures. Il Cargedo is therefore the ideal place for complete relax week ends or longer periods; for lovers of country life, of sport activity and for who is looking for cultural, artistic and gastronomic heritages that are hidden to tourists crowds.