The coat of arms
Castle | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A monumental 18th-century castle opens its doors to show you the stunning paintings which adorn its walls and ceilings and welcome you in its charming atmoshere. Don't miss the opportunity to see the frescoes, to learn more about the intriguing saga of a family which played a significant role in Italian art and history, and to get the feel of this seductive mansion. 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!! Bus stop and train station, as well as shops and restaurants, are at walking distance.
After a cultural tour, relax in the large garden which surrounds the palace.
Enjoy the concerts which are often given in the garden or in the monumental halls of the villa, free of charge for guests.
Take exercice in the garden playing table tennis or go for a trip with the bicycles at your disposal. Public tennis courts and swimming pools are just a few minutes from the palace.
Do you love the sea? The coast is less than 20 minutes driving and you have a wide range of beaches to choose among.
Do you like Italian food? There are cosy restaurants, pizzerie, bars, pastry shops, as well as shops, take away food and take away pizza at walking distance.Do you like cooking? Try yourself Italian recipes using the recipe books in English which are at your disposal in the library. Italian kitchen classes and wine tasting are available on request.
The apartment named "The coat of arms" is on the ground floor of the castle and it is given acces through the magnificent monumental hall. It was here that earl Di Lupo Parra attended to the estate management. As it is witnessed by an inventory dated 1822, the most important documents about the property were kept here; being admitted to these rooms was considered a privilege.
This apartment is named after the fresco featured in a room, which depict the Di Lupo Parra coat-of-arms honoured by angels as a symbol of the power and wealth of the family.
A beautiful hall with astonishing frescoes connects the apartment to the west garden, where you can relax and have meals in the shadow of marvellous old-age trees. For suntan lovers, the east garden is equipped with deck chairs and sun beds.
|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|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Fax machine, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 1|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
* The apartment features a graceful mix of antique and modern furnishings. It is composed of a large living room, a bedroom with either a double bed or two single beds according to the guests' choice, a fulluy equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a laundry. The sofa in the living room provides an additional double bed.
* Lists of events, restaurants, maps, itineraries, train and bus time table, gastrononic suggestions and shopping tips are at your disposal in the apartment.
* English, Italian and French books and magazines are available for borrowing.
* Daily cleaning and bay sitting 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 bed linen. Towels are chagend twice per week.
Daily cleaning avaialble on demand.
On request, free car service available to and from Pisa airport or train station on arrival / departure.
A car service with driver is available on request for trips all over Tuscany; the service must be booked in advance.
On request, a taxi service is available for one-day or half-day trips; the service must be booked at least two days in advance.
Early booking is necessary for kitchen classes and wine tasting.
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 remarkable new outdoor theatre, located just at the lake side.
Classical music festival "Anima Mundi" in the 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.
Autumn- Winter events:
* 20 September 2014 to 25 January 2015 in Florence (Palazzo Strozzi) great painting exhibition "Picasso and Spanish modernity"
* 3 October 2014 to 15 February 2015 in Pisa (Palazzo Blu) great painting exhibition "Amedeo Modigliani"
Antique market on the second Suturday and Sunday of each month in Pisa; on the third in Lucca.
Beauty treatments at the renowned thermal spas in S. Giuliano and Casciana.
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31 Aug 2014
"Lovely place, easy to travel round from & see Tuscany"
We had a fantastic two weeks staying here. The house is lovely & has been restored by the owners with amazing frescoes in the main hall & stairs. The apartment was nice & cool after sightseeing in the… More
1 Jul 2014
Unique, splendid villa, frescoes and great spaces; also comfortable and wellprovided. Lovely gardens very restful.But above all the care and attention from Donatella and Antonio made this a carefree ,… More
10 Jun 2014
"An enchanting villa and delightful hosts"
The villa is lovely -- full of history, and art, and intriguing, romantic stories. Donatella and Antonio are so very kind and helpful. From picking us up and dropping us back to the airport, to the … More
11 Sep 2012
"The perfect base for discovering Tuscany"
We cannot express enough our gratitude to our hosts for all of the help that they provided us with from the moment we arrived, especially with booking us, (non Italian speaking), into the local restaurant, (non English speaking) on the first night. The food there is excellent.
The villa is a great experience in itself due to the history of the building and the frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings.
Our apartments were more than we'd hoped for and are a fully contained unit with everything you'll need to go self catering.
In the evenings, a glass of locally produced Chianti in the gardens is the perfect way to end a day of exploring.
Our intention for this trip was to visit as many areas as we could in our 6 night stay and, by using the train system, we managed to see Lucca, Viareggio, Siena, Florence and Pisa.
The local train station is a 15 to 20 minute casual stroll from the villa and it only takes 6 minutes to reach Pisa or 70 minutes to reach Florence.
We highly recommend this location for your trip.
8 Apr 2012
"We will remember this place for a very long time"
We, family with small children, were traveling through the Italy and picked Villa di Lupo Parra as our base for Tuscany. We spent there three nights and made tips to Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Sie… More
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased to learn that you enjoyed the atmosphere of the house. We have really appreciated the nice drawings your daughters made for us before leaving. We will frame them and keep them in "The coat of arms" apartment as a memory of your stay with us.
15 Jul 2011
"Beautiful Surroundings, Lovely People."
We booked a week at this fantastic period property at very short notice. The hosts could not be friendlier, picking us up at the station, providing basic food and treating us more like friends than guests.
We had a remarkably peaceful time in their beautiful home, with a tall vaulted entrance, original frescos and an absolute gem of a walled garden.
Looking forward to going again and would thoroughly recommend staying in this wonderful location.
15 Jul 2011
"A good base for travelling round Tuscany"
The owners are very welcoming, providing pick up from the airport and return which was very much appreciated also the trips to the supermarket to stock up on supplies. A welcome pack which was again appreciated.
It is a good base for travelling around Tuscany either by train, bus or car, plenty of information provided on the area with bus and train timetables.
The accommodation is well presented and the owners have worked hard to revive the villa bringing it back to life from its unloved state. Lovely gardens in which to sit and relax, eat a meal, read a book or play table tennis. Reasonably priced self catering accommodation making it affordable to various groups of people.
Initially on arrival one may think you are a bit off the beaten track but you will be suprised and find the train and bus services are frequent and reasonably priced making it a good base for getting to quite a few places in a short space of time.
I would thoroughly recommend this villa for the reasons set out above and already have to a number of friends and aquaintances.
12 Jul 2011
"An unsual and historic holiday home for art lovers"
My partner and I stayed at this Villa in September 2010. We had an inkling that it might be an interesting place to stay but we never even began to imagine how special it turned out to be.
It is a large, historic building containing magnificent 18th and 19th century frescos of outstanding beauty. It was also the home of a truly scandalous but remarkable lady who played a pivotal part in Tuscan history.
The owners, Donatella and Antonio are wonderfully hospitable hosts and take genuine delight in sharing their home with their guests.
It also has excellent public transport connections to centres of Pisa and Florence.
I was so impressed by our stay there - and the efforts that Donatella and Antonio have made to restore and rescue the building and it's treasures, I decided to make a film about it. You can see the results on YouTube if you search for 'Villa Di Lupo Parra'.
If you are an art lover looking for historic and atmospheric lodgings in the Pisa area, this is a place that we heartily recommend
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