In the gentle hills above the coastline south of Livorno a stone farmhouse restored to host family holidays succeeds, with an extended roof and a palette of blues, to make summer days a thing of celebration. Understanding that much of Tuscan life unfolds outdoors, early in their renovation the owners created what is likely the largest wrap-around portico in Tuscany and made of it an oft-used place to gather.

Under its terracotta tiles a fireplace, a dining table large enough to host a ping-pong tournament, cushioned sofas and strategically set rocking chairs and sun-beds all find a harmony that allows guests to do whatever strikes them no matter what the weather. The ease with which life can be lived outside carries over to the spacious interiors where the owners' artistry and love of colour add whimsy and comfort to living spaces throughout. That a large pool sparkles in the lawn near the house and a glimpse of the Mediterranean is seen in the distance can only add to the sense of festivity.

Nice little touches

  • Th large wrap-around portico is likely to be the heart of outdoor activity - from ping pong tournaments to outdoor meals.
  • The obvious artistry and colorful whimsy might even be inspiration for guest artists
  • An excellent location with everything from Buddhist monastery to famed wineries at hand.

Good to know

  • While pets are welcome, the property is not fenced and hence owners generally do not take dogs used to wandering.
  • WiFi internet is available on the ground floor, but not in the upper bedrooms.
  • Thick stone walls make mobile phone coverage is better outside.
  • At this house, the final cleaning is not included in the price. Please give the required Euro 150 to cover these costs to the caretaker upon arrival.
  • If you need an another bedroom and shower room for extra guests, there is a charming cottage on the grounds available for an extra surcharge. Ask your agent about renting 'Dipinta di Blu for 10'.


The outer sky blue wooden doors open to the largest part of the expansive portico, and flagstone paving leads round to the many French doors accessing the ground floor. One entrance leads into a well-equipped country kitchen, with a hand-painted table, a sofa, and a pantry extension with a second large refrigerator. A step down through a wide, open arch leads to the main sitting/dining room with a corner fireplace, a sofa and a long painted dining table for 10 in front of an arched picture window overlooking the olive grove. Across the adjacent entry hall, also with doors to the furnished terrace, are short corridors to a downstairs shower room and a study lined with bookshelves and furnished with a desk and a cosy sofa positioned in front of a fireplace. This room, which looks out towards the pool, has two further sets of doors to the covered terrace and is next to the first of two painted staircases leading up to the sleeping accommodations.

On the first floor there is a bathroom whose whimsical painted mermaid keeps bathers company, a laundry room, and two double bedrooms, one with bold blue walls and windows facing the pool and the distant sea and another smaller bedroom with a splash of orange. Two further bedrooms one floor higher may be under tall pastel beams, but they are large and can be set up as a double or a twin and have trundle beds that can make room for an extra child or two. Guests in these bedrooms share the shower room located between them. The comfortable good-quality furnishings and walls in the house bear the artistic imprint of the family - birds fly up the stairs with the climbers, bedsteads are a study of joyful geometry and any corner could hold a delightful surprise.

The generous swimming pool with sunning mattresses is uncluttered as the nearby portico provides any shade needed with showering and changing facilities around one corner of the veranda. Both pool and portico are lighted for evening use and it takes only a bit of teamwork or a local caterer to make a dinner an occasion.


Villa Type

  • Private pool
  • Villas with pools
  • Luxury villas
  • Child friendly villas
  • Family villas
  • Pets welcome

Villa Details

  • Private pool
  • Central heating (extra)
  • Fireplace
  • Wifi internet
  • Barbecue
  • Insect screens on all windows

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 2 double bedrooms
  • 2 twin/double bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms with showers
  • 1 bathroom with bathtub
  • Portable fan in each bedroom
  • Hair dryer in each bathroom

Kitchen equipment

  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Italian coffee maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Ice maker
  • Filtered still and sparkling water system
  • Toaster


  • Satellite tv
  • Dvd player
  • Cd player/radio
  • Piano
  • Fireplace, with firewood available on request
  • Washing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Insect screens on all windows
  • Baby bed and high chair available on request


  • Swimming pol: dim: 13 x 6.5 m., depth .6–2 m. heated on request.
  • Large furnished portico and garden areas
  • Fireplace under the portico
  • Ping pong table


  • Tennis court nearby

What's included

  • Pool towels provided
  • Mid-week cleaning included (3 hrs twice a week)

Extras on request

  • Arrival groceries available on request
  • Breakfast service and catered meals available on request
  • Extra cleaning available on request
  • Extra linen change available on request


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Where is Dipinta di Blu?

Getting here

  • Pisa airport 1 hr.
  • Florence airport 1 hr. 30 mins.
  • Bologna airport 2 hrs 30 mins.

Around Dipinta di Blu

Dipinta di Blu is a short drive from two villages - Castellina Marittima, a fortified medieval village once prized for its alabaster, and Pomaia, now famed for the Tibetan Buddhist monastery that sits on its outskirts and brings Richard Gere or the Dalai Lama to town on occasion. Yet the property is also not far from the sea, and in less that half an hour one could be throwing a towel on the white sands of Vada or perched on the shore of charming Castiglioncello, a renowned sea resort and 19th century inspiration to the Macchiaioli impressionists.

For devotees of the grape, the respected Bolgheri wineries along the coast near Castagneto Carducci illustrate what a Super Tuscan is all about, while those dedicated to their guidebooks will be happy to know that the tower of Pisa, the encircling ramparts of Lucca and the Etruscan remnants of Volterra are all an hour away. That is, of course, assuming you can bear to leave the easy comforts of the portico. Best to come and find out.


  • Bar, shopping and restaurants in pomaia 2.5 km
  • Sandy beaches in vada & rocky shoreline in castiglioncello, 1/2 hr
  • Wineries in bolgheri and castagneto carducci, 40 min.
  • Shopping and restaurants in cecina 24 km
  • Rosignano marittima 13 km
  • Livorno and ferry to corsica 50 mins.
  • Volterra 1 hr.
  • Lucca 1 hr.

From € 743 per day

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