Rio nell'Elba is one of the oldest villages on the island, situated in a defensive hillside position to protect it from attacks by Saracen pirates who on more than one occasion destroyed the nearby village of Grassera.
The name derives from the Latin “rivus” (stream) due to the many watercourses that flowed near the town which up to the nineteenth century operated numerous water mills: for this reason the valley below the village is still known today as “Valle dei Mulini” (Mill Valley).
The layout of village is typically medieval, with narrow and winding alleys that lead to beautiful and quaint squares. Wander through the “borough streets” and observe the old houses, breathe the calm air, feel the history that passes through the walls and rediscover the pleasure of living in a small town with almost no traffic.
In one of these quaint streets, a stone's throw from the church and in a historic building, there is "Casa Lanza" an apartment that has recently been completely renovated, without losing the historical significance of the building: a "gem", a small jewel, whose internal subdivision takes full advantage of the space available.
The apartment is composed as follows: splendid large kitchen, directly facing the street, pantry / laundry room, living room with fireplace and sea view, bedroom with bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, another bathroom with shower.
Adjacent to this apartment, there is a bright studio flat of about 40 sq. m. complete with bathroom and kitchenette.
The building is located in the historic centre of the small village of Rio Elba, on one side it faces an lane and on the other the windows overlook the surrounding green hills and the valley of the mills and in the distance the sea.
Just below are the historic public "wash-houses" and the Valle di Mulini; there are mills painted on the walls of the wash house and the first mill is called "Mulino Lanza", currently two ruins, one for residential use and the other an old mill.
The properties can be sold together or separately.