Practicalities

A few things that can be good to know, sorted by category.

Airports

Here are some estimates of transfer time by rental car from some arrival airports. Time is from Google maps, roads with road tolls. Make some more time if you go to the airport in case there are road works ahead. 
– Pisa, 1:20h
– Firenze, 1:45h
– Bologna, 2:15h
– Milano/Linate, 2:20h
– Milano/Bergamo, 2:40h
– Milano/Malpensa 3h

WiFi and phone

WiFi available both indoor and outdoor. Ok speed, but not equipped for a lot of streaming media or downloading big files. 

There is no ‘house phone’ at Casa Antigo, so you will need to use your mobile phone to connect. However, due to the thick 15th century stone walls, mobile phones do not connect well inside the house, with the exception of the big bedroom on the upper floor. If you need to connect inside the house, use any of the WiFi call services you would normally use.  Outside the house, especially by the pool, the service normally works fine to make calls or send/receive messages.

Recycling

In Fivizzano comune, all garbage must be sorted into: 
– plastic
– glass and metal
– paper/cardboard
– organic
– unsorted dry waste (for all other then above).

Drinking water

The tap water is drinkable. However, it is common to drink bottled water for taste. You can buy your water in stores, but also take refillable bottles to Rometta (about 15 min drive) and pay 0.05 cents per litres, with or without bubbles. 

Shopping

There is a food market on Tuesdays, but also some nice local stores, and of course the bigger supermarkets. On the third Sunday of most months, there is a mercato with antiques as well. 

Eseccatoio with a pizza oven

The building in front of the house, on the terrace, is an old eseccatoio where the Bonfigli family that used to live in the house, dried their chestnuts for the chestnut flower that is so special for the Lunigiana region. The oven is where they used to bake their bread – and make their pizza! So why not join the Bonfigli and learn how to make your own pizza. There is wood prepared and even some rustique Piemonte wine Selezionata da Casa Antigo. If you want a bottle, just leave 5 EUR in the red moneybox. 

Summer heat

Casa Antigo is a traditional Italian stone house. They are constructed to keep cool in the summer without air conditioning, but few know how this is done. In short, the windows (and shutters!) should be closed as long as the temperature outside is higher than it is inside. Antigo being on a hill side, also means there is a refreshing wind from the mountains in the evening. 

A touch Italian

Many Italians speak French, but not always English. Whatever the situation, it is often much appreciated if you try to learn some of the language and culture so practicing a few sentences that can order you a cappuccino never hurts. Once you have shown that you are putting in effort (and usually some hand gestures help), it ends pleasantly with both of you understanding enough to find your way around.  

Neighbours

Some of our closest neighbors that we are in contact with and you may meet in the village during your stay:

  • Paul and Karen from Wales (across the terrace)
  • Adriana from Milano (across the terrace)
  • Barbara, Christiano and Elia (close to the entrance to the village)
  • Lionel from France (next door)