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

Network:  The Hub Antigo and The Hub Antigo Pool
Password: written on the board in the living room. WiFi reached the pool area, but you may need to switch to The Hub Antigo Pool. 

All garbage must be sorted for recycling

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

There is a garbage sorting bin in the kitchen corner with three containers, where you sort your waste into plastic (blue plastic bag), paper (no bag), and unsorted waste (grey bag). There is also a container with two containers: one where you sort organic waste (degradable bags of green-ish color), and one for glass/bottles/metal. New bags are found in a plastic box under the kitchen sink. 

There is a grey bigger container for glass/bottles/metal and a larger white for paper and cardboard at the beginning of the ramp up to the house. When the containers need emptying you take them to the sorting station in the beginning of the village. located in between the village and the church. To empty the unsorted waste, you will need a key card to open the red container. It is in the drawer in the living room. 

On departure, ALL garbage bins in the kitchen as well as the grey container must be emptied. It is not part of the cleaning, but up to you as individual guest.  

Telephone

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.

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. 

Dishwasher

To clean a load of dishes:

  1. Put a dishwashing tablet in the container in the door. 
  2. Before closing the dishwasher door, press the START button to the right. 
  3. A red light lights up under the dishwasher that will tell you it is running. It will go out when the machine has finished.

If you have issues, please see: Problem solving

Shopping

There is a food market on Tuesdays, but also some nice local stores, and of course the bigger supermarkets. 
Click here for some more guidance and links. Also to cooking classes.  

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. 

Pool maintenance

Automatic cleaning is set up via timed circulation in the pool filter, however it does take some manual maintenance (ex. removing bugs and leftovers from grassy feet). See: Pool Maintenance.

If an issue, see: Problem Solving.

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. If this proves to not be cool enough, see: Keeping the house cool

For how to keep yourself cool, see: Problem solving

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 usually ends pleasantly with them understanding enough to help you. 

Locating things in the house

Please see the separate section: Locating things in the house

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)