Castle | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 11

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 20km

A monumental 18th-century villa, which has been home to arts and artists for centuries, will welcome you to show its breathtaking frescoes and be your home in the very heart of Tuscany for a romantic and relaxing holiday of culture and good life.

The villa, which was the theatre of Lady Lauretta Cipriani's adventuorus life, is the perfect accommodation for artists and art lovers. Sleeping and waking up among amazing paintings and in the peaceful and bewitching atmosphere of this house will turn a short break into a dream holiday.

The property, which has been included in the list of the most important buildings by the Italian Minister of Culture, is an ideal base to visit the main art cities in Tuscany and to explore the beautiful Tuscan countryside with its lush green hills and its picturesque medieval towns. The sea is only 20 minute driving.

The villa benefits from a large garden, equipped with tables, chairs and deck chairs for a peaceful time in the shadow of beautiful old-age trees.

Italian kitchen classes and wine tasting are available on request.

Three delicious apartments are provided for guests: "The coat of arms" (maximum 4 people) on the ground floor of the villa, "The ladies retreat" (maximum 3 people) and "Three centuries of art" (maximum 4 people), both on the first floor.

Size Sleeps up to 11, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Tirrenia 20 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 600 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa International airport 7 km, Nearest railway: Navacchio 700 m
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared garden, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details outdoors

The garden is equipped with tables, chairs, deck chairs, sunbeds, table tennis.

Bicycles are available for guest, free of charge.

Further details

The owner live in the castle and are on hand to answer any questions.

Weekly change of bed linen. Towels are changed twice per week.

On request, free car service to and from Pisa airport at arrival/departure.

Daily cleaning and daily change of towels are available on request.

English and French novels, guide books in English and French, a map of the area, lists of events and restaurants are available inside the apartments.

A washing machine is available in "The coat of arms" apartment.

Sky channels are provided in the "Three centuries of art" apartment

A piano is provided in the "Three centuries of art" apartment.

Kitchen classes and wine tasting are available on demand; early booking is necessary.

A car service with driver is available on request for trips all over Tuscany; the service must be booked in advance.

A car service is available for Bocelli concert on July 13th 2013 and for Puccini Summer Festival as well.

The Tuscany region

Tuscany is the heart of Italian art. Thousands of years of history and culture are witnessed by the most extraordinary monuments you can find in Italy: churches, museums, castles, palaces, ancient towns and villages.

But Tuscany is also renowned for its good climate and beautiful landscapes: green hills, blue sea, and sunshine.

Why don't try also the thermal spa in Tuscany, which are famous all over the world?

As for food, excellent olive oil and superb wines, as well as plenty of tempting traditional dishes with local produce.

Pisa

Pisa is wellknown for its leaning tower and the amazing Piazza dei Miracoli, which don't need any further description. But there are many other monuments and places which are well worth seeing while walking through the city centre, after having a drink in a stylish café or tasting a real Italian homemade ice cream.

Not far from Pisa visit Calci, a nice old town in the country with its beautiful Certosa, S. Miniato (a medieval town with landscapes on Arno valley and countryside), S. Piero a Grado (basilica).

On March 8th at the Certosa of Calci's a film about Lauretta Cipriani Parra's life will be presented. A part of the movie was made here at villa Di Lupo Parra, where she lived for years.

In June a festival is held in Pisa, called "Giugno Pisano" with music, traditonal games, exhibitions.

On June 16th at night "Luminaria di S. Ranieri": thousands of candles adorn all the buildings along the river Arno and reflect their shapes on the water; unforgettable!

For opera lovers, Puccini Festival is held every year, on July and August, in Torre del Lago, just 30 minutes driving from the property . The most famous operas of the great composer are performed in the beautiful outdoor theatre located just at the lake side.

The wellknown yearly Bocelli concert is to be held on July 20th 2014 at the outodoor Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, located in a breathtaking countryside just 30 minutes driving from the house.

Classical music festival "Anima Mundi" is held in Pisa monumental cathedral (September-October).

A car service for concerts is available for guests on request.

Good nigthlife on the coast, particularly in Summer: discos, pubs, live music, jazz concerts.

Walk on the hills around Pisa among picturesque villages with a superb view over the country up to the sea and the isles.

Cycle lane along the river Arno, many tennis courts and swimming pools available.

Beach, boat rent, surfing and sailing in Tirrenia.

Good fish restaurants in Marina di Pisa. Lots of cosy restaurants also in the city centre and in the country, where it is not easy to choose between traditional or innovative offerings! Wide range of high quality red and white wines.

Taste the Italian food and don't miss the famous white truffles in S. Miniato, only 30 minutes driving from the villa. In November an important food festival is held, which features plenty of delicious dishes with truffles as well as the excellent red wines of the area.

Traditional "sagre" everywhere in the countryside in Summer, which are outdoors gastronomic festivals, each offering food and wine inspired by a particular theme or ingredient, depending on the typical produce of the place.

Excellent chocolate from local producers.

Antique market on the second Suturday and Sunday of each month in Pisa; on the third in Lucca.

Beauty treatments in the famous thermal spas S. Giuliano and Casciana.