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  • 6 bedrooms
  • 11 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay


  • Villa
  • 6 bedrooms
  • sleeps 11
  • 7 nights min stay

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Villa / 6 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 11

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


I invite you to spend a dream Five Star holiday at my beautiful northern Tuscan property known as ‘I Cinghiali’ or ‘The Wild Boars’ in the hills of the Garfagnana, a magical green oasis where the pace of life has changed little over the ages.

No famous artworks, just wonderful villages full of local people going about their daily business in the marketplaces.

No Michelin logos, but the most unbelievable food prepared by Slow Food chefs and the woman of the house where you enjoy the specialty of the day without the need for a printed menu.

Yes, there are supermarkets, but the produce found in the small specialty shops reminds you how good food tasted when you were young. Cheese is made in the next village; the prosciutto in my village shop is the best on the planet and you can buy fresh and delicious unpasteurised milk from a vending machine in the town. Your fresh, tasty fruit and vegetables can be bought at the weekly market or from my neighbour

I invite you to spend a dream Five Star holiday at my beautiful northern Tuscan property known as ‘I Cinghiali’ or ‘The Wild Boars’ in the hills of the Garfagnana, a magical green oasis where the pace of life has changed little over the ages.

No famous artworks, just wonderful villages full of local people going about their daily business in the marketplaces.

No Michelin logos, but the most unbelievable food prepared by Slow Food chefs and the woman of the house where you enjoy the specialty of the day without the need for a printed menu.

Yes, there are supermarkets, but the produce found in the small specialty shops reminds you how good food tasted when you were young. Cheese is made in the next village; the prosciutto in my village shop is the best on the planet and you can buy fresh and delicious unpasteurised milk from a vending machine in the town. Your fresh, tasty fruit and vegetables can be bought at the weekly market or from my neighbour Vittorio for a few Euros. Or, if you’re there at the right time, free from the veggie garden and small orchard on the property.

Almost daily markets are held around the valley where you can forage for shoes or skirts or jumpers and pants…for a handful of Euros and the best men’s jeans in Italy at ridiculous prices and wonderful kitchen gadgets. Along with fresh fish and wild boar salamis and Gorgonzola that melts in your mouth and a whole lot more. Mouth watering bread comes from the bakery in the local town but get there early for the best foccacia you’ll ever taste.

You will enjoy the stunning 12 meter pool built for your enjoyment in 2014 and floodlit for the evening. You can relax on the terrace and gaze at the 10th century fortress on the hill opposite with a glass or three of inexpensive wine in your hand, you can listen to my collection of CD’s or the natural sounds of the village and the local farmers or you can walk in the 10000 hectare national park a few kilometers up the hill or explore the nearby quaint hilltop villages.

If you want a holiday out of the summer season you will love the changed pace of life and produce and as the villa is fully heated, it’s available all year. If you are there in autumn you will watch the chestnuts fall from the trees and then the leaves turning into different hues. You may be there for the grape harvest at my friend’s vineyard – now that’s a day not to be missed! In winter, or at Christmas, it’s nice to snuggle by the fire with a glass of red in your hand, a good book and a pot of soup bubbling on the stove.

The important thing is to go. What you do when you get there is your business. You will have a 80+ page booklet written by me (the owner) of the things you won’t want to miss. You will bask under the impressive marble mountains where Michelangelo carved the Pieta and David and a trip to the fashionable Versillian coast and the Cinque Terre is a mere drive away.

“I Cinghiali” has welcomed guests from around the world for 27 years, many have returned 4, 5 and 6 times. It is family owned and much loved. The property consists of a villa for 11 people and a studio for up to 4. Former guests have written “If this isn’t heaven, you can see it from here”. The much admired and photographed view is of a 10th century fortress on the next hill.

You want the VERY BEST OF TUSCANY?? WELL THIS IS IT!! Every Review is FIVE STAR.

I Cinghiali or The Wild Boars is the largest old stone villa in a small village nestled in the charming hills of Northern Tuscany. The area, called the Garfagnana, is known as The Natural Park of Tuscany, for its green hills and its wonderful 10,000 hectare national park situated just above the villa and ideal for walking. The villa was purchased 29 years ago by its Australian owner who restored it meticulously and furnished it with purpose bought furniture and fittings.

In 2014 a magnificent 12 meter x 4 meter swimming pool was added to make this an even more desirable destination. Sun lounges are around the pool for your enjoyment and relaxation. Illuminated until late night, it is perfect for swimming laps or just frolicking.

The area is not a major tourist destination so you will have a 5 STAR local experience visiting local markets, a tiny cheese factory in the next village, regular village festivities right around the valley and of course you will be paying local prices, not inflated prices for the foreign tourist market. The altitude of around 800 meters makes it a perfect place to avoid overcrowded and unpleasantly hot holiday resorts in summer.

The villa is not just a holiday home. It is the owners' home and contains anything and everything you could possibly want for a short or longer stay. Staying there is a first class experience and has been enjoyed by guests up to 7 times who have travelled from Australia year after year to have their own Italian Experience.

The villa has a cook's kitchen with crockery, cutlery, implements and facilities to feed the entire village, as indeed one group of guests did some years ago for their daughter's 30th birthday. A local cook can enhance your experience of this special area of Tuscany. Mary, an English friend with a vast knowledge of the area and food can cook up a storm for you one night at a very reasonable cost, and help you find your way around village activities: festivals, cheese, wine etc.

The view is worth a thousand words. A guest wrote in the visitor's book 'if this isn't heaven you can see it from here'. And it's true....a 10th Century fort on the next hill, illuminated at night, just for you, as you sit on the terrace with a glass of the local vino or dine on the large table set for the occasion.

The sitting room boasts a fireplace from 1826, brand new sofas, chairs, a beautiful Turkish rug on the terracotta floor and around 600 books, many on things Italian, and food, 100 DVDs, CD's, games for children and adults. ADSL WIFI is available.

The dining table opens out to seat 12 and sometimes more, with views to the fort and, if you're lucky, fire flies to flit in and out whilst you are partaking of your evening meal.

There are six bedrooms: 3 x king, 2 x twin and 1 x single. The beds are all outstanding quality with freshly ironed cotton bed sheets, wool blankets or duvets and high quality pillows. Each has bedside tables with lamps.

There are two bathrooms with brand new walk in showers with large shower roses and abundant hot water, toilet, bidet, basin/vanity and a huge selection of bath towels. The upstairs bathroom has a separate full sized bath. Some emergency toiletries are provided and a hair dryer.

Outside at the first floor level there is a large terrace with brand new outdoor furniture (dining table and 10 chairs), sun lounges, and a coffee table, and market umbrella. On the ground level terrace there is a table and 6 chairs and a small wood burning BBQ. There is also the largest forno or outdoor oven in the district where you can cook up a storm for one or more of your nights at I Cinghiali.

Heating is hydronic throughout the house making it suitable for year-round occupancy.

The lower level contains 2 utility rooms with washing machine, trough, iron and ironing board, food storage area, table and chairs and access to a washing line outside.

There is a vegetable garden and orchard - including an abundant fig tree if you are there at the right time of the year!

Parking is just above the house. The village has one shop for your needs and there is a large town a few kilometers down the hill.

The nearest air access is Pisa airport (about a 1.5 hour drive away), or the local railway station at Piazza al Serchio on the line from Lucca (from the southern end of the valley) to Aulla (at the northern end).

The villa is around 350 square meters; the property is 725 square meters. The barn is 100 square meters.

If you would like a smaller space perhaps you would consider the studio in the barn, restored in 1999 and mostly rented by couples for a week or fortnight's break, once for 6 months by an Australian barrister, sometimes by a group of young people or couples with one or two young children. THE WILD BOARS- STUNNING BARN CONVERSION is the name - reference number 293966.

Guests receive an 80+ page booklet of everything they could possibly want to know about living in this magnificent part of Tuscany when they make their final payment. It gives information on local food markets, where we love to eat out, how to get to the important places to visit whilst you are at I Cinghiali and a whole lot more.

If you want an extraordinary experience in rural Tuscany, make this your holiday destination. All reviews on Trip Advisor are 5 star.

Location description from owner

The Tuscany region

The Garfagnana region of Northern Tuscany is happily still in a kind of time warp with good roads but no motorway going through it. You either mean to go there or you don't, and thankfully it is still free from the madding crowds of Chianti-shire in Southern Tuscany where prices are at least double and there are hundreds of tourists year round. Life goes on here much as it did generations ago. Sure they like their mobile phones, but the day to day life of wine and food and community has not changed much for a long time. In the right season you may be able to help neighbours pick their grapes. You can buy your veggies from Vittorio the next door neighbour who has the best veggie garden you've probably ever seen. Carlo, the other neighbour can help you light the huge old stone oven that he says is the largest in the area, if you want to try your hand at a magnificent dinner cooked the old fashioned way. The villa is 800 feet above sea level so the weather is beautiful even in the hottest months and in the summer the days flow from around 5am until 10pm, so there is enough time to do all the local must do's and still have time to relax on the terrace with a vino as the sun goes down or swim in the beautiful new pool. The huge Orecchiella National Park just 10 minutes up the road offers many wonderful walks. There are a myriad hill top villages to visit and wonderful markets to buy your food and your current season's fashions for just a few Euros. In August every village has its own festival so there is always something to do to be involved with village life.The principal town in the region is the beautiful walled city of LUCCA absolutely worth a visit. There is a magnificent cathedral, 75 other churches, wonderful shops, you can walk or ride a hire bike around the entire city walls of 4 kms, and visit many galleries and other treasures. Outside Lucca there are about 6 fabulous old stately villas and magnificent statued gardens where the likes of Josephine Boneparte ruled the social set some time back, now all open for visitors to see how they lived in those days.You can also take a 1.5 hour drive over the magnificent marble mountains of Carrara to the stunningly beautiful Italian Riviera with the stylish town of Forte dei Marmi one of the Sunday morning musts for its absolutely fabulous summer market. The men can eye off the vast yachts being built at nearby Viareggio whilst the women catch up on all the latest fashion for a song! And not forgetting the magical CINQUE TERRE....those five little towns nestling on the coast of Liguria just 1.5 hours north of the villa...easily done in a day trip either by car or by train. There is so much do see here and yet the joy and beauty of coming home to I Cinghiali after a day out with tourists is something wonderful you could easily get accustomed to!!


Caprignana is a small village where life matters. Only about 60 inhabitants, they look after each other and a sense of real community often missing in current lives, is still present. In the next village you can visit an amazing family run cheese factory. Down the road there is an adventure park where you can swing in the trees doing a ropes course. Everywhere there are daily village markets for your food, wonderful wine shops where you can buy a five litre pack of delicious red or white for a song, and the baker in the next town has the best bread on the planet. Everything is local and everything is fresh. You buy in season and eat the best of what is available. You will be directed to wonderful inexpensive restaurants where you will wonde

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: King Bed
    Bedroom 6: Single Bed
  • 2 Family bathrooms


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

Getting around

You'll have your own car and a map or sat nav and you'll receive a list of all the wonderful things to do in the area. The local railway station is Piazza al Serchio, just down the hill from the house, in the next town, if you have visitors coming in by train. You can also use a train to go to Lucca for the day, or Florence or the Cinque Terre. Italian rail is incredibly cheap.

Interaction with guest

You will be met by my charming neighbour, Anna, a former schoolteacher at the local school who was part of the family from whom I purchased the property in 1988. She will help you with any information or help you require during your stay. If you're there in the summer months it is likely that I, the owner, may be in the villa and if so I will look forward to meeting you and sharing some home grown produce from my garden with you.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
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About the owner

Buzz M.
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Languages spoken: English, Italian

This Villa has 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 11. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 02 Jan 2013. Located in Province of Lucca, it has 16 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £2500 to £3500.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 Apr 2017.


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“Simplistic luxury with spectacular views”

Reviewed 10 Aug 2015

Loved the wonderful location perched on a hilltop with breathtaking views. Everything on hand to make for the perfect holiday...great location, gentle evening breeze to cool off from the hot tuscan sun, swimming pool, terrace for outdoor dining, comfy bed and excellent amenities. Would definitely go back.

“Holiday within the holiday!”

Reviewed 5 Aug 2015

Six adults and four teenagers travelling Italy during the heatwave, travelling between cities, dragging luggage, changing hotels....BUT THEN...our stay at the Wild Boars, Beautiful Tuscan Rustic Villa. What joy, what a different pace, what total enjoyment for one and all. The moment we stepped inside we knew we had finally arrived on our truly beautiful Italian holiday. It was the highlight of our trip. The calmness and the serenity of the surroundings is what one can only dream of. The spectacular views - simply breathtaking. We all found ourselves at the windows, taking in as much a we could. The pool was wonderful to cool down on those hot days. Staying in a villa as opposed to a hotel, changed the dynamics of our group, it became wholesome and together. Cooking and eating together was simply sensational. One complete and stunning meal was cooked for us by a local, in our villa, whilst we galavanted and played tourist. Coming home to local produce and a home cooked meal...too hard to convey the joy! Everything we needed was there in the villa. Fresh supplies upon request, were ready and waiting for us upon arrival. We purchased freshly picked vegetables from a neighbour with a fabulous garden, for our dinners. The villa's garden supplied us with fresh herbs. The fruit and veggies were not fully ripened, sadly. The wood fired pizza oven was a great hit with the teenagers and fathers; not sure how, but the end result was delicious! The Villa did more than provide the holiday we all truly needed and wanted, it gave us a family holiday that we all longed for.

“Wow, it couldn't be more stunning!”

Reviewed 4 Aug 2015

We stayed at The Wild Boars villa and it was truly spectacular! The views are nothing short of breath taking, the pool is irresistible and the villa is gorgeous. We had everything we could need and loved our stay. Evening drinks on the terrace watching the sun set of the Tuscan countryside needs to be seen to be believed. The surrounding villages are picturesque and you can drive into many local towns for a yummy dinner when you don't feel like cooking. The villa has been done beautifully and still feels very Italian, I would definitely recommend a stay at Wild Boars

“Seven Days of Bliss”

Reviewed 20 Oct 2014

I spent seven wonderful days at I Cinghiali in the beautiful mountains of Tuscany. Everything about this place is magical - the villa, the views, the pool, the food, the surrounding area (you do need a car). Great local walks & a little further afield great shopping & exploring of history. Highly recommend to anyone thinking of visiting. I'm planning to go back with family & friends. AAA+++ in my books. Totally relaxing & energising.

“A breathtaking, relaxing and authentic Northern Tuscany experience”

Reviewed 22 Jun 2014

WOW ... If you want to embrace a part of Italy with narrow streets, views of castles built in 1000, within driving distance of markets where the locals sell clothes, food and nick nacks this is the place to house your experience. Beautifully designed home, well fitted out kitchen, luxurious linen, wonderful hosts and local support to ensure the experience is absolutely AMAZING. Maximise an authentic experience rather than a touristy option and stay here at i Cinghiali... just gorgeous!


Reviewed 25 Jan 2014

Fabulous home with large spacious rooms ideal for friends or family. Everything you need in the kitchen is supplied and wonderful dining room to enjoy dinner at home - there is even a local cook available if required as well as close restaurants near by. Comfortable beds and freshly ironed linen and lovely new wet area showers - abundant hot water. Close to villages and amenities and fun markets and great shopping. Also if you want a night at home excellent DVD selection to enjoy reminiscing some great movies and cosy open fire for the winter months. Great library and games for kids. Would absolutely recommend this accommodation and will definitely be back with the family. Great way to experience Italy at its best.

“Beauty and comfort among Tuscany's hill-top villages”

Reviewed 2 Dec 2013

When my husband and I take family and friends to stay at I Cinghiali - which we have done 7 times - I like to make them wait a second at the bottom of the external stairs to the terrazzo so I can dart up first - then turn to watch the expressions on their faces as they catch their first view of the panorama that spreads before them. It never fails! Appreciative gasps of "O.M.G.: that's beautiful/incredible/amazing !" are pretty common. I Cinghiali has many delights - but for me, that terrace is what brings my family back- again and again. Well, that and the relationships we've built with the good folk of Caprignana as we've participated in their summer pursuits: most notably, the local summer bocce festival where visiting players (like us) are welcomed (and, if necessary, taught) with great enthusiasm. And the historic cheese-rolling tournament in the next-door village. And the village feast and dancing in the little square to mark ferragosto and the conclusion of the bocce season. And cooking porchetta 'to-die-for' in the big, stone open-air oven. When you return frequently to a holiday place that you've learned to love, it's usual to notice the inevitable, gradual deterioration. At I Cinghiali, the opposite is the case. Every year, there are improvements on what you'd thought was already perfect. Next year (2014) there'll be a swimming pool - and we can't wait to get there again!

“Just divine,awesome place to stay with beautiful views from every window,classy,relaxing and very stylish Tuscan hideaw.”

Reviewed 29 Nov 2013

Really enjoyed my stay, it is an amazing place to stay in the beautiful Tuscan hills, very good condition, quality accomadation, safe,clean ,quiet and very relaxing. With a beautiful view of a the surrounding Tuscany countryside including a 10th Century fort on the hillside in the distance. Lots of attention to detail with the furnishings and deco, i really loved both the villa and the adjacent Studio next door. Would definately stay again given the opportunity. My stay there was a great adventure and wonderful opportunity to see Tuscany and the lovely surrounding villages and more .

“A jewel on Tuscany- What a find!”

Reviewed 26 Nov 2013

As soon as you arrive- you feel you have 'switched off' from the busyness of life- peace , views to die for- Fresh food- fun towns to visit and shop! What more can any one want from a holiday! So easy to get to by train or car After two visits - its right up there.. Go find out for yourself...

“A magnificent location, with outstanding views and quality accommodation”

Reviewed 24 Nov 2013

I have actually stayed at I Cinghiali 3 times with different groups of friends, and every time was an enjoyable experience. As keen walkers, we enjoyed the many opportunities for mountain and forest walks in the Apuane and Appennine Mountains. We were remote from the usual tourist routes, but could still use the villa as a base to visit Florence, Lucca, San Gimignano and the Cinque Terre. The local people were very friendly, eating opportunities most satisfactory, and numerous short scenic drives available if you want to explore the countryside, albeit on narrow mountain roads.

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