Carrara is a small nice Italian town, known for marble mining. Villa Belverde is a bit off from city centre, but has beautiful garden and backyard with parking lot. Already the moment I got confirmation e-mail from Margherita, I knew that it must be a special place. But I wasn't ready for what we saw. With all respect I have to say, that owners have put their soul into villa's renovation. Even the small details are perfectly thought thru (like keyrings etc). We got a small apartment with bedroom and livingroom incl kitchenette. I liked the mix of old furniture and modern art, but I absolutely LOVED the bathroom which had large windows and marble tiles. Large and comfortable, with bath and shower. I have to admit, that again (in Italy it happens often) I also adored the shampoos and soaps - definitely not the average hotel stuff. From bedroom we had magnificent view to the mountains.
In villa Belverde they offer breakfast in the garden, and they have a very lovely garden. A bit wild (like British garden), with statues and large cage for canary birds. Breakfast is really home made, fresh and delicious. Margherita fried the eggs and every morning there was a new cake available. Amazing hospitality. Even though the town centre is a bit off, it is approachable by car (difficult to find parking space), but I suggest to take a taxi. Carrara is a very traditional and nice Italian town, truly suggest to walk around and have a nice dinner somewhere. Margherita suggested several nice places with very good food and wines. As sea is not so far away, Carrara and Villa Belverde could be good option also for beach holiday. As it was really hot on seaside, it was so good to go back to villa and the garden in the evening. Plus there are more very beautiful towns and villages in surroundings, so it is a good spot for holiday.
The only problem for us was airconditioning. As it was really hot outside, we had to use the airconditioning, but it was difficult to regulate, as it was pretty close to the bed and made my daughter freeze.
And still - it's not only the place, it's the people. Margherita is fantastic host and she makes the place special.
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