The ladies retreat
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Castle | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Enjoy the magic of living in a historic house, which has been home to art and artists for centuries. Do not miss the opportunity, and the pleasure, to get the feel of this incomparably charming mansion and to learn the intriguing story of lady Lauretta, who was a muse to the main artists of her time.
Villa Di Lupo Parra opens its doors to welcome you in the seductive atmosphere of three beautiful apartments for a holiday of culture and good life.
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? Enjoy a relaxing massage or a beauty treatment at the renowned Bagni di Pisa spa.
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.
Guide books, road maps, English and French books available for guests, free of charge.
The apartment "The ladies retreat" is on the first floor. It is given admittance through the astonishing monumental stairs and trough a delicious parlour where the frescoes on the walls and the ceiling simulate an open air terrace with country landscapes all around.
This apartment is named after the use it had in the past centuries: this was the part of the house where the ladies relaxed while talking, reading and playing music after their morning toilet. The remarkable and absolutely unique neoclassical frescoes in the delicate nuances of ivory colour which are featured in the living room create a seductive atmosphere of great serenity. The apartment is very smart and bright: beside the wide and beautiful living room it features a romantic double bedroom, a trendy kitchen and a large bathroom.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 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||600 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, 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 (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
* A beautiful double room can be joined to this apartment to provide two more sleeps. Please ask for details.
* Maps of the area, train and bus timetables, as well as lists of events and gastronomic suggestions are provided inside the apartment.
* Daily cleaning, washing and ironing service are available on request.
|Further details outdoors|
* Large garden around the palace, equipped with tables, chairs, barbecue, deckchairs, sunbeds and table tennis.
* Bicycles supplied free of charge.
* Fresh herbs for cooking in the garden.
The owners live in the castle and are on hand to answer any questions.
Weekly change of linen, free of charge. Towels are changed twice per week.
Daily cleaning and daily change of towels on request.
Free car service to and from Pisa airport and train station on arrival/departure.
On request, a car service with driver is available for trips all over Tuscany; the service must be booked in advance.
On request, car service for Bocelli concert in Lajatico on July 20 2014 and for Puccini Opera Festival.
Early booking is necessary for kitchen classes and wine tasting.
On request, beauty and wellness treatments can be booked for guests 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).
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 in Torre del Lago (July, August).
Classical music festival "Anima Mundi" in the monumental cathedral in Pisa (September-October).
The renowned yearly concert of Andrea Bocelli's is to be held on July 20th 2014 at the amazing outdoor Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, in a beautiful countryside just 30 minutes driving from the house. 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.
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13 Jul 2014
"A true flavour of Tuscany"
"The Ladies Retreat" was a delightful appartment, reflecting the history and character of this fine old Tuscan home.The contemporary bathroom and kitchen did not detract from the atmosphere… More
16 Jul 2013
It was our first trip to Italy and we booked this apartment due to the good reviews and its location with easy links to Pisa and Florence...We were picked up from the airport by Donatella and talked t… More
24 Jun 2013
"Lovely apartment in a wonderful villa near Pisa"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a pristine apartment in this ancient villa which is undergoing renovation in stages, and is a remarkable tribute to the owners. It was a delight to be there. The owners were kindness itself.
As a small tip we would perhaps suggest taking or hiring a car. The buses and trains are not too far away; there were bikes available for our use; the owners kindly took us to and from the airport, and were very kind in driving us on other occasions; but it would be an advantage to have one's own vehicle to get around, perhaps to explore the hills. Having said that we had no trouble going to Florence, Pisa, Casina, and Lucca, all by public transport, which we found very convenient when visiting these lovely cities.
7 Oct 2012
"A warm welcome, ideal location and quintessentially Italian villa - buonissima!"
Donatella and Antonio were very generous hosts; welcoming us into their home and always happy to put themselves out to help.
The location was perfect for exploring Tuscony, either by car or by train from the nearby station. This was our first visit to this part of Italy and it has everything that one could want in a holiday - culture, beautiful beaches, excellent cuisine... Both Pisa and Florence are wonderful.
The villa is so typical of the houses in Italy - lots of space with most beautiful frescoes on the walls and ceilings - but the appartment was modern and well equipped.
Thank you very much for your kind review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Tuscany and your stay in our property. We are sorry to learn that you found the bed somewhat uncomfortable, nobody had ever complained before. Our aim is to make our guests feel well with us: we will check the bed immediately and change the mattresses; your tip has been appreciated, thank you again.
3 Sep 2012
"Unique apartment with friendly"
My wife and I spent 5 nights in the Ladies' Retreat on our honeymoon.The owners, Donatella and Antonio, were extremely friendly and always willing to help. Antonio picked us up from Pisa airport,… More
12 Sep 2011
"A beautiful place to stay - totally different"
The attention to detail that Antonio and Donatella have given to the appartment was excellent. We both enjoyed admiring the frescos on the wall whilst having breakfast.
The stone wall structure of the building ensured that it was always cool within the appartment which was great when trying to sleep.
We had a bike ride around the local area, which we both enjoyed.
Trains into Pisa depart every 50-80 minutes, into the main train station, then its a very pleasent stroll through the old streets of Pisa to the main sights.
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