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Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Nestling in the wooded hills overlooking the elegant spa town of Bagni di Lucca, Casa Isabella is a former farmhouse with many characteristic features, including chestnut beams and windows, shutters, terracotta floors and Carrara marble surfaces. It makes a wonderful base for exploring Tuscany's most historic jewels, like Lucca (28 kilometres), Pisa (55), Florence (100) and Siena (170).

Because of its elevated position, the house is light and airy, and enjoys a lovely view through the trees over the town's rooftops, and the surrounding mountains. It's within easy reach of art cities, ski resorts and sandy beaches.

Although detached and secluded, Casa Isabella is not isolated. Friendly Italian neighbours are close by, and the town, with its shops, spa water swimming pools complex, tennis courts, bars, restaurants and spa treatment centre, is only ten minutes' walk away.

Bagni di Lucca is a small spa town with Roman origins. Situated around 15 miles north-east of Lucca, it is renowned for the curative powers of its spring water. The town rose to international fame in the early nineteenth century when it was discovered by Napoleon's sister Elisa, princess of Lucca, who chose Bagni for her summer residence. It was embraced by many famous people including Puccini, Byron, Shelley, the Brownings, Heine and Montaigne.

The Casino (where the game of roulette was invented), old bathing establishments and elegant villas are all reminders of this glamorous era. Spa treatments can still be taken today, at the Varraud centre, a modern hydro with a natural steam grotto.

The town has several excellent restaurants, bars, gelaterie, supermarkets and a variety of small shops. There is also a small twice-weekly market.

Bagni di Lucca has a thriving community of farmers, shopkeepers and artists, and makes a great base for exploring this untrampled corner of Tuscany.

We recommend hiring a car to get the best out of Tuscany, although the house is reachable by public transport and taxi.

The nearest international airport is Pisa, served by all the principle car hire companies. The house is about an hour's drive from Pisa airport.

The bus network is good and there is a train station in the nearby village of Fornoli, but we would recommend hiring a car to get the best from all the area has to offer.

This area is a walkers' paradise - northern Tuscany provides some fascinating walkers for all abilities. Mountain biking and horse riding is extremely popular too.

Bagni di Lucca is an historic location in its own right, with its spa origins. It's also the location of Europe's first casino - which has recently been restored.

Casa Isabella also makes a wonderful base for exploring Tuscany's most historic jewels, like Lucca (28 kilometres), Pisa (55), Florence (100) and Siena (170).

There isn't a swimming pool at the house, but Bagni di Lucca's fantastic and recently renovated public spa pool complex is a few minutes' drive away.

There is a covered tennis court complex in Bagni di Lucca town.

Skiing is available in season just half an hour away at Cutigliano, with more extensive facilities about an hour away at Abetone.

There is parking for two cars at the house.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

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