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Review 1918: Residence Santa Cecilia, Apartment


Review by tuscanartist from Italy who is a SlowTrav Contributor

apartment hotel in San Vincenzo, Tuscany West

Looking out the window from our  apartment, photo by brooksby


Dec - Jan 2006, 6 weeks


Residence Santa Cecilia

The ex asilo Santa Cecilia in San Vincenzo in the province of Livorno in Tuscany is where my husband, our Jack Russell (dog) and I spent 6 weeks between December 2005 and Jan 2006. The building was originally a school constructed in the fascist period and was tastefully renovated in 2004. The marble and parquet floors, the warm colors of the interiors alternating between ochre, orange and cobalt blue reflect the genuine hospitality that Barbara Zenoni, the owner, welcomes one with.

The beach being a stones throw away makes constant the ever changing sound of the sea splashing or raging on the beach. The apartments have a well equipped kitchenette and a nice balcony area where one can eat outdoors; not in our case being winter, but where we did spend hours watching the sunsets over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Clear days the outline of snow capped mountains on Corsica was visible along with Elba and Capraia.

Summer months must be very different with the invasion of Italian family tourism but these winter days were exquisitely peaceful with the exception of the marauding partiers for New Years Eve. Anywhere in Italy parties are difficult to avoid on New Years so we just joined them and waited for their departure only days later.

The indoor heated pool though small was a luxury on the cold winter days and gave a real sense of intimacy. The heating in the apartment was good and the water pressure in the shower super. There is a DSL internet connection in each apartment but I did not use it preferring to go to the only internet cafe in San Vincenzo. There is covered parking and Barbara has an intercom that plays nice music in the common areas, including the room that has a washing machine and iron; someone is present in the mornings and the afternoons.

The place is just perfect for relaxing and really indicative to anyone creative who might want to write or paint as is our case, or to play music without disturbing others because the walls are thick. My husband brought his violin and no one heard him play, except for me. We plan to come back for longer next winter but it is possible to spend just one night there and have breakfast or to stay for a week.

The city of San Vincenzo plans to build the new marina just across the road from the residence so next year when we come back we may see boats instead of beach if the marina is completed.

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