Portion of large stone farmhouse set in beautiful Tuscan landscape, just 10 kms from Lucca.
Beautiful, spacious stone farmhouse (185 sqm), half of a very large building, with spacious living accommodation, three bedrooms and three bathrooms set in wonderful Tuscan countryside, in the hills above Lucca. Magnificent character throughout, with heavy beamed ceilings, terracotta floors, stone fireplace and large and airy rooms.
The house is entered into the large, warm and welcoming farmhouse kitchen, with wonderful open fireplace, and which holds a large table and chairs. Beautifully fitted with ample storage. There is also a separate very large utility room; on the first floor is the living room, with heavy wooden beams and full of character, bathroom with bath, large double bedroom with windows on two sides and views towards Lucca; on the second floor is a large bedroom suite comprising double bedroom, sitting room with fireplace, bathroom with access to the garden, bedroom with four windows and views to the olive grove. There is independent access to this level, so this can be used as a self-contained unit.
Large outside dining pergola. The house is set in ample, beautiful land which includes a substantial olive grove. Easy car access and plentiful parking.
Lucca is one of the best-loved Tuscan cities. The Roman amphitheatre is seen in the shape of the central, oval Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, an ideal place to sip an aperitivo and watch the world go by. Lucca is famous for beautiful towers and many of the most important towers and villas date from the 12th to 16th centuries. Unusually, as the city grew and modernised, the walls which surrounded the old town were retained, which was not the case for many other cities in Tuscany, including Florence. As the walls lost their military importance, the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade, which today are one of Lucca’s main attractions. The area around the walls is beautiful parkland with green grass and lovely trees. This park surrounds the city and blocks out modern life. You can pick up rental bikes of all sizes and enjoy a bike ride around the entire perimeter, or a stroll as you enjoy a gelato or simply a period of rest from sightseeing on one of the many shaded benches which line the main walkway. Other attractions include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano as well as the Clock Tower and the famous Guinigi Tower, with extraordinary, tall trees growing at the top. The rooftop views are magnificent.
Versilia is the stretch of golden sandy coast from the tip of Liguria to Viareggio, the southernmost resort on the Italian Riviera. Liberty style buildings housing fashionable shops, cafes, and seafood restaurants line the promenade. Viareggio is famous for the annual Carnevale dating back to 1873 with large papier-mâché floats which parade along the promenade known as the “Passeggiata a mare”. In nearby Forte dei Marmi you can shop in the upmarket designer shops or while away the evening ‘people watching’ in the pretty central piazza, where the bars serve refreshing camparis.
Further inland is Bagni di Lucca, a spa town. In the nineteenth century Bagni di Lucca became an exclusive retreat for Europe’s nobility and and visitors will find that the spas are still active today. The nearby Canyon Adventure Park offers canyoning, rafting, zip wiring and yoga. Also within striking distance is the ski resort of Abetone.
Pisa airport and the beaches in just half an hour.
Distances: Lucca 10 kms, Bagni di Lucca 20 kms, Pisa (airport) 30 kms, Viareggio (beaches) 30 kms, Forte dei Marmi 45 kms, Abetone (skiing) 55 kms, Florence 80kms.