Poggio al Leccio
The house is reached via a small 50-meter footpath leading from the piazza where the car can be parked. Upon arrival clients are met by the staff who take charge of the luggage. Once you step through the villa’s iron gates into a pretty courtyard, you’ve entered your private oasis of Poggio al Leccio. Built into a hillside, the villa and its outdoor spaces are spread over different levels.
Within its lovely garden are various sitting areas, the pool and a covered panoramic dining terrace where you can savor al fresco meals and splendid views over the rolling hills and forests.
From the courtyard French doors lead directly into a large living room with ample seating and an elegant decor blending modern furnishings, unique flea-market finds, antiques and artwork. Next to this is a spacious open-plan kitchen and dining room with a seating for up to 12. The very well-equipped kitchen has a breakfast table and next to it is a small sitting area with a fireplace, ideal for curling up with a book during autumn and winter. A staircase leads downstairs to the large summer kitchen, fully equipped and with a large dining table and cushioned bench seating and French doors onto the dining terrace.
The five bedrooms can be found on the first floor. Each bedroom is individually decorated and has unique bed frames, exposed wooden beams and sweeping views over the garden or countryside. The bathrooms feature all new, luxurious fixtures and rain showers.
The area has an abundance of activities to suit all interests from wandering Medieval villages to a day at the beach. A short drive will take you to Lucca and its well-preserved Renaissance walls, cobble-stoned streets and pretty historic city center. The seaside can be reached in 30 minutes. Pisa and its airport are an hour and Florence in just over an hour.
• Village in walking distance
• Manicured garden spread over different levels with flowers, greenery and cypress trees
• The villa measures 250m2
• Various sitting areas with stylish outdoor furniture
• Covered panoramic dining terrace for 12
• Fenced pool area found down a few steps on lower garden
• Swimming pool 4x10 overlooking vista and surrounded by sun loungers
• Interiors feature stone walls, wooden beams, antiques, vintage prints, designer furniture and lighting
• Large main living room with a huge L-shaped sofa and stylish armchairs
• Small cozy sitting area with fireplace and door leading into the garden
• Ground floor guest bathroom
• Spacious open-plan dining and kitchen (with breakfast table and larger iron dining table
• Very well-equipped kitchen with top modern appliances
• Large Tuscan-style summer kitchen in basement, with direct access to outdoor dining terrace
• A/C in 1st floor bedrooms
• Marshall speakers
• Laundry facilities
• Mosquito nets on the windows
Staff | Service included
Staff | Service on request
• Local cook for lunch or dinner
• Only 3,5 and a 15 min walk is the village of Fiano with several other restaurants
• Closest airport Pisa 50 kilometres km - 50 minutes’ drive
• Lucca 17 kilometres km - 30 minutes’ drive
• Forte dei Marmi 40 kilometres km - 50 minutes’ drive
• Pisa 35 km – 35 minutes’ drive
• Prato 80 km – 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive
• Pistoia 60 km – 1 hour drive
• La Spezia with train to Cinque Terre 80 km - 70 minutes’ drive
• Florence airport 90 kilometres km - one hour and 30 minutes’ drive
• Rome 400 km - 4 hours drivedrive
• Greve in Chianti 120 km - one hour and 45 minutes’ drive
• Siena 160 kilometres km - 2 hours drive
Things to do
The historic part of the city is contained within impressively intact city walls which stretch for kilometers providing a thick skirt around Lucca’s center. Down below, a small but perfectly formed criss-cross of streets sprawl out to the four corners of the city walls connecting one picturesque piazza to another by way of cobbled streets that are the very stereotype of Italian life.
In Lucca a chilled-out café culture by day folds itself nicely into the restaurant and bar scene by night, but, most impressive of all, and as you might expect from the place where world-famous opera composer Puccini was born, world-class musical events await.
• The famous villas aAround Lucca - In the countryside outside the walls of Lucca are vineyards, olive groves, and several historic villas, Some of them were the residence of the noble Italian families and great patrons of art, and are living examples of the various styles of architecture in Tuscany, have occurred over time. The most famous of the Lucchese villas dating back to 1500 and are of great importance, both historically, and environmentally because their gardens are rich in rare species of trees, plants and citrus trees, but mainly because they are the most beautiful gardens Italian. The three most important and most beautiful villas of Lucca are Villa Torrigiani, Villa Reale and Villa Mansi
• Versilia - Is the area right along the Tuscan coast in the northwesternnorth-western edge of the province of Lucca is widely known for the fashionable beach resorts along its Riviera, with numerous night clubs attracting visitors for its active night life during the summer. The coastal shelf along this part of the Tuscan coast is really sandy and gradually slops into the sea, making it perfect for families with small kids during the day. The many shops and restaurants (as well as hotels) along the seafront also make the Versilia a great place to spend the summer, with everything you need within easy reach.
• Forte dei Marmi - Sea and culture are the two characteristics of Forte dei Marmi, one of the most famous tourist centers along the Tuscan shore. The center of town is rich in shops and high fashion boutiques with designer's clothes and it is a must for visitors to go out shopping also late in the evening.
• Often overlooked are the historical centers of the two towns Pistoia and Prato, on the way to Florence. Prato's historical center is characterized by medieval and Renaissance architecture. Highlights include the impressive Prato Cathedral, narrow cobblestone streets, and landmarks like the Palazzo Pretorio. The well-preserved city walls, gates, and a mix of museums and shops contribute to the vibrant and culturally rich atmosphere of this historic district. Pistoia has a smaller and compact historic center with well-preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, including the beautiful Pistoia Cathedral. The town is known for its lively piazzas, narrow streets, and a mix of historical sites, making it a delightful destination.
• Porto Venere - A small town considered one of the most beautiful places on the west coast of Italy. In 1997 Portovenere and the nearby villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Portovenere sits on a rocky peninsula in the Gulf of Poets. It was once popular with poets and writers such as Byron, Shelley and Lawrence. With its small harbor lined with colorful houses, its narrow streets leading up to the castle and the church standing on top of the rock, Portovenere it is well worth a visit.
• The Cinque Terre - The name Cinque Terre literally means "Five lands", but in this case stands for "Five small medieval villages". These unique villages hide between green, steep hills and the turquoise Ligurian sea, their pastel-colored houses are built on top of rocks or in little bays. The best way to reach the Cinque Terre is by train from La Spezia with stops at each of the villages. When you look at them, you feel like you are in a fairy tale. The Cinque Terre National Park is a great choice for an active holiday. You can also hike on 100 kms of trailsfrom one village to the next, swim in the tiny bays of this 15-km coastline or simply , sea-kayak, dive, ride a bicycle, rent a boat, go fishing or sailing. You can do wine and olive oil tasting, take a pesto making or cooking course or sitwatch the world go by around in one of the many cafés and restaurants and try the delicious local special.ties.
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