Casa Milly

Lucca Region

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hallway. Living room (CD, fireplace) with French doors to terrace. Dining room with doors to covered dining terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to covered terrace. Utility room (washing machine). Cloakroom. Underfloor heating (payable locally). WiFi.
  • Annexe: (externally accessed and with internal stair linking to main house). Double bedroom with patio doors to garden (A/C). Shower room. Twin room (A/C) accessible via double room with patio doors to garden.
  • First floor:  Living room (fireplace). Games room (TV). Shower room. Two twin bedrooms (A/C). Shower room. Master double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room. A/C payable locally.
  • Outside: Enclosed garden with grass and trees. Covered dining terrace with outdoor suite. Barbecue. Table tennis. Poolside changing rooms.
  • Private swimming pool (14m x 7m) with corner steps. Open from May to end September.

Lucca is but a stone’s throw from Casa Milly, a delightful property set in the hills above the town amongst the splendour of some of Tuscany’s most beloved historic villas and gardens.

A new bespoke build was borne from the ruins of a medieval farm building close to the Pieve di San Pancrazio, itself bordering the estate of the nearby renaissance Villa Oliva. A sense of history pervades within as the living spaces are peppered with Italian and European antiques and furnishings.

Four pretty bedrooms are on the first floor, whilst a convenient annexe consisting of two bedrooms and a bathroom has its own entrance door and also connects by a stairway to the first floor of the main house.  With a comfortable sitting room on each floor as well as a TV / games room, there is ample space for everyone in the party to relax both indoors and out.

The medieval bell tower of San Pancrazio can be seen from the garden and within walking distance is one of Lucca’s oldest villas, the renaissance Villa Oliva. A little further are the neo-classical Villa Grabau and Villa Reale with its large formal garden and English-style park. Lucca (9km) is a few minutes drive away for perhaps a family bike ride over and around its iconic walls or an evening meal on a warm summer’s night.

The beaches around Pisa and Viareggio are 30 minutes away, as is the summer Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago. Further afield Pistoia, Prato and Florence all make for some lovely days out from this fabulous Lucca home.

  • Air conditioning and heating are payable locally.
  • The housekeeper lives in a small house on the edge of the estate. They do not use any of the facilities and your privacy is respected at all times.
  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.
  • Parties paying the Small Party Rate will have use of the main house only. The Annexe will not be available.
  • Arrival time at Casa Milly is between 17:00 and 19:00.
  • Please note: the price shown does not include a tourist tax of approx. €4.50 per person (payable locally). Children under 14 are exempt.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Milly

Gorgeous walks!

To the north of Bagni di Lucca lies the Orrido di Botri, a natural gorge known as the Canyon of Tuscany. Guided walks are available, but not obligatory. Hard hat hire is obligatory, and you will need to bring trekking shoes. Take a change of clothing and a picnic, and enjoy the dramatic scenery and tranquillity. Continue up the Serchio Valley and you will reach Castelnuovo della Garfagnana, from which there are also many wonderful hiking opportunities.

Festival Puccini

The Festival Puccini is an annual opera festival which is held in the open-air theatre at Torre de Lago during July and August and is a short distance from the villa where Giacomo Puccini lived and worked. His house is now a museum, full of Puccini memorabilia including family portraits, his piano and original scores to his operas. The programme can be found at www.puccinifestival.it and tickets can be purchased there too.

Visit the spa town of Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme is a beautiful town that was built around its mineral water springs. The most famous spa in the town is the Tettuccio Terme. Built in the late 18th century by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold of Habsburg, it made Montecatini Terme famous all over Europe, and a favourite place for the rich and the royalty. Now you can visit the Tettuccio to admire the liberty architecture and to enjoy a treatment from the thermal waters. You can also take the funicular (1898 cablecar) to Montecatini Alto, the historic part of the town, which offers a spectacular view and a typical square full of inviting restaurants.

Explore Lucca

One of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, if not in the whole of Italy, Lucca is a Renaissance jewel. Perfectly preserved, the walls encircling the city are no longer needed for defense, so have been turned into a tree-lined pedestrian promenade - 4km in length. Its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot. The Piazza Anfiteatro at the heart of the city was built on the site of a Roman amphitheatre, its unique oval shape circled by a row of colourful houses. It is still accessed by the four low archways through which the gladiators were ushered in. In July, the Anfiteatro hosts an international music festival. One of the most famous sights in the city is the Torre Guinigi. After climbing the 200 plus steps to the top, you will be glad of the shade of the oak tree growing there!

Visit the neighbouring Villa Oliva

Built in the late 15th century by Matteo Civitali, a famous Italian Renaissance architect it was originally the country residence of the Buonvisi family. Now you can enjoy a stroll around the beautiful grounds, designed on three levels with fountains and waterfalls and admire the stables, where the walls are covered with “Louis d’Or” French gold coins. A legend tells us of a bet between Cardinal Francesco Buonvisi and Louis XIVth of France. Buonvisi claimed that his stables were more beautiful than any of the rooms in the newly constructed Palace of Versailles. A curious Louis XIVth sent his ambassador to Lucca who, after inspecting the stables, had to agree with Buonvisi.

Discover Pisa

Sitting on the banks of the Arno, Pisa is famous for its leaning tower but there is much more to discover in this vibrant city. The main hub is around the Tower on the Campo dei Miracoli, the square that the Pisans claim is the most beautiful in the world. You can now visit the Tower and it is really something you should do - don’t forget to take a photo of you holding it up as well! To the south of the Campo are the quieter streets of the town itself. Here you will find interesting shops, good restaurants and cafés. Or take a walk around the Botanical Gardens. They were founded in the 1540s and are the oldest botanical gardens in Europe and during the summer you may stumble across some outdoor theatre for children. If you don't want to drive you can get a direct train to Pisa from the station in Lucca, it takes about 30 minutes.

Spend a day at the beach

Try Lido di Camaiore, where the wide golden sandy beach and the palm tree lined promenade will appeal to families. Viareggio is the main resort on the Versilia coast and one of the most popular in Italy. It is a bustling, lively resort in the summer with a long stretch of golden sand and a promenade lined with cafés and restaurants. Forte dei Marmi is seen as a chic and exclusive beach destination by many Italians, and the designer shops and elegant villas set amongst the pine trees are testament to this.

Play a round of golf

at the Vicopelago or the Maglificio Romana golf courses, both near Lucca. Or tackle the 18 hole course at the renowned Versilia Golf Club at Forte dei Marmi on the coast, just over half an hour from Casa Milly.

Visit the local markets

Market day in Lucca is Wednesday. It starts early in the morning and goes on until about 12.30/13.00. The market is the best place to buy your fruit and veg, as well as the local products and the freshest fish, meat and cheese.

Monkeying around

The ‘Selva del Buffardello’ Park makes for a fun day out with a treetop adventure course involving rope bridges, swings and zip wires through the trees. There are 6 levels of difficulty to choose from. Access to the park itself is free, so those who don't fancy the rope swings can relax in the sun, or at the bar! There is also a play area, and space for picnicking or barbecueing.

Tennis and horse riding

Both activities can be be practised nearby... don't forget to pack your racquets if you fancy a game of tennis during your holiday.

Children in the party will enjoy

spending an afternoon at the Pinocchio Park in Collodi, towards Florence. The author of 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' took the name of the town (his mother's home town) as his pseudonym. The park celebrates the author and the stories about the wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy. Combine with a visit to the hanging gardens of Garzoni and the Butterfly House, also in Collodi, which will enchant young and old alike.

For an alternative view of Lucca....

hire a bike and cycle along the city walls, about 4km in total

The Serchio Valley

Heading north, away from Lucca, you can make a day of it by driving up the Serchio valley. Roads on both sides of the river closely follow its course, and there are fairly frequent crossing points. A key sight is the 'Ponte della Maddelena', also known as the Devil’s Bridge, as legend has it that it was built by the devil who offered to give it to the locals in exchange for the soul of the first person to cross it the next day. Bagni di Lucca and Barga are lovely towns to stop at. And over the river from Barga are the 'Grotto del Vento' caves with fabulous curtain stalactites.

Take the train to Florence or Pisa

Travelling by train is an easy, relaxing way to reach these beautiful, magical cities. There are hourly departures from Lucca to Florence, with the journey taking about 1h 20mins. And Pisa is only a 30 minute journey and trains depart every half hour.

Nearby

Towns

Lucca 15 mins
Pistoia 35 mins
Viareggio 45 mins
Prato 50 mins
Florence 75 mins

Beaches

Lido di Camaiore 45 mins
Forte dei Marmi 50 mins
Marina di Massa 55 mins

Airports

Pisa 45 mins
Florence 50 mins
Bologna 105 mins
Genoa 120 mins
Times are approximate

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