This nice villa is situated between Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi and ten minutes from the ancient walled city of Lucca. This elegant property is ideally located to explore and experience the worlds famous beauties and artistic attractions of Tuscany. The villa is surrounded by a manicured lawn and by flower gardens which offer shady areas and stimulate your senses with the perfume of lavender and rosemary. The grounds feature a private swimming pool with fabulous views of the surrounding woods and landscapes. Guests at Villa Elisabetta will appreciate the spacious and well-equipped front terrace-perfect for al fresco dinners or moments of absolute relaxation. A wooden table and chairs are available. Furnished and decorated in impeccable Italian style, the mansion is looked after by a full time maid and a cook who will take care guest’s meals.
Light and spacious, this traditional Tuscan property offers an elegant Italian retreat with all the comforts of home.
Villa Elisabetta sleeps 10 in 4 double bedrooms, 2 French bedded rooms and 4 & ½ bathrooms.
Ground Floor: The main door opens on to an elegant drawing room with SAT TV; there is a double sitting room on the right. On the left is a cozy and spacious dining room and a large, fully equipped kitchen. From the hall beyond the drawing room, stairs (20 steps) go up to the first floor. There is a handy service bathroom beneath the stairs.
First Floor: To the right at the top of the stairs, the master bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a smaller, but very nice, bedroom with a French sized bed share a large bathroom with tub. And to the left, a nice and bright bedroom with twin beds (that can be joined ) and a double bedroom with queen-sized bed share a marble bathroom with tub. Stairs (20 steps) to the second floor.
Top Floor: To the left here is the maid's quarter. To the right there is one nice double bedroom with a new bathroom with shower and one bedroom with a French size bed with private bathroom with shower.
Grounds: The spacious and well manicured gardens of Villa Elisabetta provide plenty of opportunities for delightful little strolls. And the swimming pool offers relief from the heat of the Tuscan sun. The villa is located in a very quiet area.
Amenities: terrace in front of the house furnished with table and chairs for al fresco dining. Swimming pool (5x10), satellite television, telephone, dishwasher, washing machine, barbeque.
Staff: A very nice and well-behaved couple lives on the top floor of the property. Service included: 3 hours cleaning a day, 6 days a week. Cook to shop for and prepare all meals (food & beverages payable locally). Use of the kitchen: Guests are allowed to use the kitchen only for snacks and drinks; the cook will prepare all meals.
In the garden of the villa there is now a new dependance which will be occupied by the cook.
Location: Nearest shops 3.5km, Lucca 10-12 km, Pisa airport 12.5 km, Pisa 17 Km, Florence 80 km, Siena 135 km.
Activities in the Area:
Surrounded entirely by 16th century walls, the gorgeous city of Lucca sits on an alluvial plateau near the Serchio river, 19 meters above sea level. Located 23km Northeast of Pisa, 80km West of Florence and within easy reach of Siena, Lucca is a jewel of Northern Tuscany and an excellent base from which to explore further Italian wonders. To the North of Lucca lie the Apuane Alps with their famous marble quarries, spas and mineral water springs, wonderful for the curious explorer.
Home to a series of intricately decorated parish churches, castles and medieval hospitals, Lucca itself is thriving with history and culture. A steady climb up the Guinigi Tower rewards the effort with superb views of the city in all directions. Casa Guinigi was the fifteenth-century home of Lucca’s leading family, who like most rich families of their time, built a tower as a symbol of their wealth and power. This tower, however, is unique for the oak trees that grow from it (and down in to the room below). Lucca also offers an eclectic mix of fine Tuscan cuisine to satisfy any palate.
Lucca was the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, one of Italy's most famous operatic composers. Today it is possible to visit the house in which he was born, which is now a museum. Guests choosing to rent Villa Elisabetta during the months of May through to August can also enjoy the renowned Puccini Festival, in an open-air theater in nearby Torre del Lago. The theatre opens out directly onto a stunning view of Lake Massaciuccoli with the Apuane Alps in the background. For the younger members of your group, the neighboring town of Collodi, birthplace of Pinocchio, offers the delightful Pinocchio Park.
With Florence just over an hour drive away, a day-trip to Italy’s ‘capital of art’ is a must for any guest of Villa Elisabetta. See Michelangelo’s David in the academia art gallery, enjoy a visit to the world famous Uffizi Museum, and stroll through the Piazza Signoria with its impressive medieval buildings.
For food lovers, local farms selling some of Tuscany’s best olive oil are on your doorstep, and there are open air markets in one village or another almost every day of the week. A visit to one of the famous vineyards in the vicinity (such as Tenuta di Ghizzano and Tenuta di Valgiano) gives a unique opportunity to view the wine making process from beginning to end…and purchase a few bottles for the evening dinner! The weekly local market in Lucca is every Wednesday and Saturday morning, and the antique market is every third Sunday of the month.
For the more active people, there is excellent walking in the hills around your villa. Horse-back riding and mountain biking can also be organized, and several 18 hole golf courses are within a 30/40 minute drive. And last but not least, there is the shopping! The outlet stores near Incisa and Arezzo provide endless retail therapy opportunities, and then there are the leather goods and handmade paper that Florence is so famous for and the wonderful olive oil that is produced throughout the region…