BARG.IMAGE.2012.NYCard.jpg
Best_Xmas_Gdn_2014.JPG
Living.Room.1.jpg
Piazza-Duomo-Pietrasanta-Tuscany.jpg
GRAPES.jpg
SET.TABLE.jpg
BARG.IMAGE.2012.NYCard.jpg

BENVENUTO IN TOSCANA


Welcome to Tuscany!

SCROLL DOWN

BENVENUTO IN TOSCANA


Welcome to Tuscany!

THE PERFECT Home BASE
FOR RELAXATION & EXPLORATION

Welcome to our house, a beautifully restored 18th-century dwelling situated in the foothills of the Apuane Alps, set just above a charming village in a meadow surrounded by agricultural properties and forests. Our guests have included art historians who wish to visit the well known sculptural center of Pietrasanta; aficionados of Italian food and wine who visit to explore vineyards and take classes at the world-class cooking school located just 5 miles from the house; avid walkers who like to explore the back roads and hiking trails of the Apuane Alps; families with children and grandchildren who enjoy the pool and privacy; and others from all over the world who enjoy shopping, fine dining (and country cooking!), distinctive local wines, and beautiful beaches just 15 minutes away.

Best_Xmas_Gdn_2014.JPG

BEAUTy IN EVERY SEASON


4 private, gated acres of manicured gardens, centuries-old olive trees, and a 20 meter swimming pool

BEAUTy IN EVERY SEASON


4 private, gated acres of manicured gardens, centuries-old olive trees, and a 20 meter swimming pool

A year-round retreat 

Our house sits amid four acres of terraces and gardens. We harvest our olives annually to produce olive oil for family, friends, and the use of our guests when staying here. In addition, we grow grapes and a variety of vegetables which provide ingredients for every imaginable Tuscan dish. The pool is 65 feet long, ideal for lap swimming. We generally dine outdoors in warm weather (which is most of the time in summer and early fall) and enjoy reading by the pool. In winter, enjoy country walks, hearty Tuscan stews and wine, and the ability to visit popular tourist sites without the usual summer traffic.

Living.Room.1.jpg

COMFORTABLE, INVITING, ELEGANT


Fully updated and restored by noted architect
and preservationist Stefano Lazzarini

COMFORTABLE, INVITING, ELEGANT


Fully updated and restored by noted architect
and preservationist Stefano Lazzarini

Simple Luxury

Our home began its life as a "Rustica," or farmhouse. We purchased it in 1989 and set to work restoring the house and grounds with a vision of hosting generations of family, friends and guests. The house sleeps eight with plenty of room to spread out.

Piazza-Duomo-Pietrasanta-Tuscany.jpg

Adventure awaits


Discover art, architecture, dining, beaches, 
and breathtaking landscapes around every corner

Adventure awaits


Discover art, architecture, dining, beaches, 
and breathtaking landscapes around every corner

Close to the city, close to the sea

The Province of Lucca, while not as heavily marketed as the areas further south, offers an incredible experience to the sophisticated traveler. The weather is more temperate than you might imagine in the summer, owing to our hilltop location and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. While July and August still see very hot days, the evenings are generally very comfortable and breezy.

The larger towns closest to us—Pietrasanta and Camaiore, each about a 20 minute drive—both offer a great deal of history, art, and shopping just minutes from the house. There is an annual Puccini festival each summer close by which is not to be missed. Lucca, which is much larger than either of the aforementioned towns, lies about 30 minutes from our house, is encircled by a medieval wall and features winding streets, beautiful churches, endless gastronomic and shopping possibilities, and some fine art and music options.

Slightly further afield, both Florence (60 minutes to the southeast) and the Cinque Terre (75 minutes to the northwest) are popular day trips with our guests. Our location enables easy access to two major autostradas, the entry points to which are just a 15 minute drive. Viareggio offers convenient train service for travelers.

GRAPES.jpg

"We have rented homes in Italy many times BUT THIS TAKES THE CAKE."


"We have rented homes in Italy many times BUT THIS TAKES THE CAKE."


DAVID SAID:
"From the moment we entered through the gates, we were consistently wowed by the beauty of the property - inside, outside, the general area, all of it. You can feel the history of the place but everything is up-to-date and Extremely nice/clean/luxurious. Getting there is relatively simple - we ended up flying to Milan but had also considered flying to Rome or Pisa which work equally well (Pisa is the closest but doesn't have as many flight options). The house is located in a small village at the top of a steep hill with a great view. If you need to, you can quickly walk to right into this village to grab fruit, fresh pesto, wine and other staples. You can see the Mediterranean in the near distance on the walk - amazing.

The house itself feels completely private and secure; it's big and everyone was able to spread out. The property feels big too (you don't see neighbors) and has lemon trees, rosemary bushes, olives, lavender and all kinds of other plants and flowers growing in terraced gardens. Mila cooks using many of these ingredients from the property itself, either in the stocked kitchen or the stone oven on the patio - where we ate almost all the time. Getting to nearby towns is easy; we would alternate between spending the day at the house and heading out on day trips. Cell phone service is 100% fine at the house and beyond (PS - don't forget to bring a headset/earphones for hands-free calling unless you want to get a €75 Euro ticket payable on the spot in cash like I did). No downsides here - beautifully restored house, clean, large pool, pretty grounds, really nice views, helpful caretakers, quiet, private/secure/comfortable, easy access to other towns/sights. Would absolutely go back."
June, 2012

READ MORE REVIEWS