Castle | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Enjoy the magic of living in a historic house, and in the very heart of Tuscany.
The famous monumental Villa Di Lupo Parra opens its doors and welcomes you in the seductive atmosphere of three beautiful apartments for a holiday of culture and good life. Don't miss the pleasure to feel at home in this incomparable mansion and to learn the intriguing story of the fascinating lady Lauretta, who was a muse for so many artists of her time.
Located just 2 minutes from the motorway exit, the property is the ideal base for your art itineraries to Pisa, Lucca, Firenze, Volterra, San Gimignano, and Siena.
A car is not necessary!! A train station and a bus stop are within walking distance with direct trains for Pisa and Florence, and connections for the main cities of Tuscany.
Besides the most famous art cities, discover some of the less known but none the less remarkable art treasures: picturesque villages, Roman churches and old monasteries in the countryside.
After a cultural tour, relax in the large garden which surrounds the villa, in the shadow of age-old trees.
Do not miss walking in the hills, which offer a breathtaking view of the countryside.
Tired of trips? Indulge in a relaxing massage or a beauty treatment at S. Giuiliano spa, just a few minutes travelling from the property.
Public swimming pools and tennis courts are only 5 minutes away by car.
Bicycles are available for guests, free of charge.
The sea is not far, with beautiful beaches in Tirrenia (just 20 minutes away by car) and in Viareggio (30 minutes), as well as picturesque bays with cliffs and beaches near Livorno.
Fond of Italian food? There are plenty of cosy restaurants in the area with a wide choice of traditional and creative dishes.
Excellent wines, pure olive oil and tasty chocolate from local producers.
Italian kitchen classes and wine tasting are available on request.
The apartment named " Three centuries of art" is on the first floor of the villa; you will get there through the magnificent main stairs, which feature amazing frescoes on the walls and the ceiling. The rooms are bright, comfortable, smartly furnished with precious antiques, and with a beautiful view: you will be immediately taken by the feel of the home. The apartment is composed of a large living room, a romantic double bedroom, a trendy kitchen and a chic bathroom. Two additional single beds can be provided in the living room
This apartment is the most peculiar in the house as it is an extraordinary witness of the evolution of taste in fine arts over the centuries. During a recent restoration we have found on the walls of the living room, under some layers of common paint, three different frescoes one over the other, which date respectively from 18th, 19th and 20th century, and we have kept all of them in view, so you can see how the room has changed its look over the time.
The frescoes featured in the bedroom depict the symbols of arts (music, architecture, sculpture and painting).
The villa was home to a musician in the 19th century, who composed fine music and also invented an innovative type of clarinet, which was registred as " Parra Clarinet" in the state list of inventions .
The apartment is provided with a piano and its atmosphere is really perfect to make art lovers feel at home and enjoy their stay here.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 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||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa International airport 7 km, Nearest railway: Navacchio 700 m|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors||
* This apartment can be joined to the one named "The ladies retreat" to host up to seven people. Please ask for details.
* Lists of events, restaurants, maps, itineraries, train and bus time table, gastronomic suggestions and shopping tips are at your disposal in the apartment.
* Sky channels available in the apartment.
* English, Italian and French books and magazines are available for borrowing.
* Daily cleaning, washing and ironing service available on request.
|Further details outdoors||
The garden is equipped with tables, chairs, sunbeds and tables tennis.
Bicycles are available for guests, free of charge.
The owners live in the caste and are on hand to answer any questions.
Weekly change of towels and linen. Towels are changed twice per week.
On demand, daily apartment cleaning and daily change of towels.
On request, a car service is available to and from Pisa airport and train station on arrival / departure, free of charge.
On request, a car service with driver is available for trips all around Tuscany; the service must be booked in advance.
On request, a car service is available for guests for Andrea Bocelli concert in Lajatico on July 13th 2013 and for Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago on July and August.
Early booking is necessary for kitchen classes and wine tasting.
Booking service available for restaurants, theatres, beauty and wellness treatments at a local spa.
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 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).
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: at Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, just 20 minutes driving from the castle, the most famous masterpieces of the great composer are performed every year in July and August in the beautiful new outdoor theatre, located just at the lake side.
The wellknown yeary Bocelli concert is to be held on July 13th 2013 at the Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, just 30 minutes driving from the house. Car service for the concert is available for guests on request.
Classical music festival "Anima Mundi" in the monumental cathedral (September-October).
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.
- Andy Warhol exhibition at Palazzo Blu in Pisa from 12 October 2013 to 2 February 2014.
- Dolcemente ( gastronomic stands with the most important traditional Italian cakes and pastries) at Stazione Leopolda in Pisa 9 to 10 November 2013.
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.