Villa Patricia
Great things to do near Villa Patricia
Walk the gardens below the house
and pick the cherries in June, the figs from May to October, the apples from August to October, the grapes from the vines by the pool in September/October.

Go down to the Villa Demidoff by the river
below the house for a hot spa bath and massage.

Sit on the terraces watching the mists clear on a sunny morning
to slowly to reveal the hidden villages nestling in the hills or lie on the sun warmed patios and count the stars in the deep blue velvet night sky.

Sit out on the terraces of an evening
and watch the fireflies coat the slopes of the garden around you with a shimmering blanket of twinkling lights with the song of the cicadas in the background.

Make your own pizzas
Buy fresh pizza dough from the local supermarket to spin your own pizzas and cook them in the pizza oven on the terrace.

Just laze by the pool in the brilliant sunshine
cooled by a gentle mountain breeze before rolling into the pool for a lazy swim and feel life's stresses peel away.

Watch the eagles soar over the house
and valley as you sit on the patios eating your al fresco meals.

Buy an assortment of your favourite gelato (ice cream) by weight from the Gelateria in Bagni de Lucca and take back to the villa for desert.

If you cannot generate the effort to cook your own pizzas
in the pizza oven on the patio by the fountain, go up to the bar at Granaiola and get some delicious crispy take away pizzas (evenings only).

Go to Lucca, only 30 minutes drive away,
for the antiques fair held on the third Sunday of each month.

Go to the various music festivals in Lucca
ranging from Elton John to the Puccini Festival in September.

Walk the walls of Lucca
admiring the Lucchesi families as they promenade on a Sunday afternoon and admire the 68 churches within the walls.

Hire a bicycle
... or a tandem for the day and cycle round Lucca.

Drive up the winding road through Granaiola to Monte Figatese,
birthplace of Dante. Enjoy a pizza at the pizzeria behind the bar on the right of the village square.

Drive on beyond Monte Figatese to the Orrido di Botri,
a cool haven in one of the deepest gorges in Italy, full of ferns and rushing waters to cool you on a hot summer's day.

Wrap up warm and go ski-ing at Abetone,
only 45 minutes drive away, but avoid the hordes of Italians at the weekends.

Dine in style
at the old coaching inn of Locanda Antica in Sesto a Moriano on the way to Lucca, 20 minutes drive away, admiring the asymmetric Devil's Bridge at Borga a Mozzano on the way.

Drive up the Serchio valley
to the mediaeval Cathedral at Barga and on to the Garfagnana National Park, home of wild wolves and lush alpine meadows reaching up to the far peaks.

Cross the river from Barga
and go to the underground caverns of the Grotto del Vento with its fabulous curtain stalactites, and 1, 2 or 3 hour explorations of the caves with an English speaking guide.

Go for a day by the sea at Viareggio
and take one of the ferry boats to the Cinque Terra coastal villages or even to Elba.

Go hill walking along the many trails
through the hills to the high peaks and visit the many hillside villages along the way.

Enjoy the fabulous light on the hills
in the autumn and paint the varied colours and foliages of autumn.

And if all this fails to tickle your fancy,
why not visit Pisa, Florence, Siena, Orvieto, Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra, 2-3 hour drive of the breakfast table and bring back scrumptious bottles of the best Italian wines from the region to enjoy with your dinner.

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