We had a wonderful stay at Laurence's mountain home - she was good enough to accomodate us at VERY short notice for which we are hugely greatful, it was perfect for us as keen walkers wanting to access the appenines. Laurence couldn't have been more helpful in texting and ringing us with information for arrival, arranging for her cousin to meet us in her absence.
Her home is beautifully located in Metello - a village that looks remote on the map but which is really not difficult to drive to, and which has a bar / alimentari / restaurant (as do other teeny local villages) that more than covers the basics. There are views to the mountain peaks, an outside patio for eating / relaxing, and the kitchen is really well equiped - we ate in almost every night after long days out walking, with the exception of a great night in the village bar eating home-cooked pizze (a feast!) on a Saturday night! The bathroom is spacious (great, roomy shower) and the bedrooms are big and comfortable. The only interuption to the peace was from the local farm dogs barking, but that comes with the territory to a degree - their job is to warn off wolves!
We enjoyed spectaular walking during our stay - all extremely well waymarked - in the Orecchiella National Park only 15 mins drive away (don't miss 'AIRONE 1') but an even bigger treat is to join the mountain crests as traversed by the GEA (Grande Excursione Appenine). We drove up the bumpy track to Rifugio La Foce (you will ideally need a reasonable robust vehicle, but our Fiat Panda coped ok!) for exceptional walking with extraordinary views and wildlife - watching Peregrine Falcons and Eagles, sighting red deer, plus plenty of signs of wolves and wild boar! The couple who run La Foce are lovely, and can send you on your way with a coffee and delicious cake, or welcome you back with a cold beer. If you prefer, you can overnight in this or other local rifugios of course.
A note to add, throughout our stay no-one even attemped to speak English to us, which having travelled extensively in Italy was a very welcome first! We found this a big plus, but if you're really nervous of speaking Italian it would be worth you brushing-up on the basics before you go, tourists don't often make it to this hidden corner of Tuscany.
We want to thank Laurence again for sharing her mountain home with us, it is a special place and we'd love to visit again.