Beautiful house in the historical village of Bagni di Lucca, with a very large private garden and private access to the river.
The region around Bagni di Lucca is called Media Valle - Garfagnana and has a multitude of lovely spots and historical towns like Barga, Castelnuovo, Coreglia degli Antelminelli etc... all at an altitude of 500m (1500 feet). This region has attracted many illustrious British visitors in the past two centuries Byron and Shelley, for instance, visited Bagni di Lucca many times. The thermal baths of Bagni di Lucca have been known for many centuries. Montaigne, the French writer, cured his illness in Bagni di Lucca and wrote about it in his memories. In the first half of the 19th century Bagni di Lucca became a fashionable resort of the court of the grand duke of Tuscany. The first roulette in the world was conceived and installed in the Casino of Bagni di Lucca. Although Bagni di Lucca is a small village, its 19th century dwellings confer to the town the looks of an important centre, as for instance the Anglican church, the Protestant Cemetery, the municipal Casino, the Ducal (later Grand Ducal) Palace and Stables, the Demidoff hospital, the Circolo dei Forestieri, Villa dei Fiori, Villa Ada and the Bagno alla Villa.
Another singularity of Bagni di Lucca is its being composed of two separate villages, called "Ponte a Serraglio" and "La Villa". Along both of them flows a lovely mountain river called the Lima, which offers opportunities for fishing and canoeing. There is a large Municipal swimming pool using the thermal water, with a separate diving pool and a smaller pool for children. Excellent tennis courts are also available. There are good opportunities for Trekking and mountain bike riding on trails and paths which afford some lovely views of the valley. Parachute jumping from the peaks of the Apennines is also available in the vicinity of Bagni di Lucca.
During winter, you can enjoy the skying resorts of the Abetone
Riverside Villa is composed of 3 houses attached to each other, and facing a large garden bordering the river Lima. The 2 houses on the right (in the picture) have been united into a larger house, that is not offered for rental for the moment. The Annexe is the (independent) house to the left. You will have access to the common garden and the river.
Just next door are the Mirafiume Tennis courts. The municipal swimming pool is within walking distance. A good supermarket can be reached in two minutes walking. The village of "La Villa" has several good restaurants and stores.
The Puccini house has 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 with a bath, 1 with a shower, 1 with only WC and sink), a kitchen, a dining room and a large sitting room with a fireplace. The Puccini house has direct access to the garden. Accommodation is for 5 people (one single room, two double). Bed sheets, blankets and towels are provided.
Simply a wonderful place! Perfect also with children (if not too small). The house is extremely charming and authentic, a real Mediterranean summer house of a wealthy bourgeoisie from 2 centuries ago. Yes, it is located directly at the village road – but the forefront only the backside goes to an enormous park falling slightly towards a wild mountain river. If you sleep in one of the big bedrooms on the park side, you will need to get accustomed to the river noise, not to the cars… The famous Spa is 2 km away, there is a great public pool on the hill at Villa Ada. Mountains, river bathing, markets and villages with excellent and cheap food all around, 30 minutes to Lucca, another 45 minutes to Firenze. (Once your children have discovered the river, you might be forced to cancel the beaches in your vacation agenda.)
I was disappointed at the quality of the property.
Originally the Villas must have been a wonderful place.
Obviously over the years it has faded and at present it leaves a lot to be desired. Generally it was clean, but the wiring for the hot water up stairs is a ‘death trap’.
The garden was unkempt – the grass was actually cut on the last day of our holiday – and the leisure facilities are worn out and in a state of disrepair.
A good point, though, is the position of the villa within Bagni di Lucca. Only a few minutes walk to the supermarket, restaurants and shops, and a short walk to the Lido outdoor swimming pool.
Finally, the information folder does tend to underestimate the times and distances to the various places of interest.
Still, my family enjoyed their short holiday.
The house is very charming and its current rather worn decor and fixtures and fittings suit it well. No doubt there will be a gradual restoration process and that will be reflected in the price which is currently extrordinarily good value.
However a couple of comfy sofas in the sitting room and some sun loungers to enjoy the lovely garden would have been appreciated.
Also I think we visualised the village as being more rural than turned out and the busy road alongside the house was a bit of a surprise.
It is a good area for touring and we enjoyed all the usual tourist haunts. Favourite days were spent in Pisa, cycling in Lucca and getting off the beaten track. The latter proved a welcome break from manic Italian driving skills!
Our favourite restaurant in Bagni was the wonderful Circola Dei Forestieri where a delicious 3 course meal in a lovely setting cost 10 euro.
All in all a very enjoyable holiday. Thank you Pietro and family for a 2 week taster of 'real' Italian living.
Situated on the edge of a lovely, friendly village,
the garden would have been great but we could not use it because of the bugs eating us alive.
Plenty of room for all the family, a little bit hairy as the front door opens directly onto the main road passing by. Pietro was a great help overcoming our small problems immediately.
An amazing bed in the second bedroom.
We enjoyed our holiday at Bagni di Lucca in this house which was very spacious. The children liked the river and it was great just to be a few minutes walk from a good supermarket, and also to be able to walk to other shops and restaurants in the town. It is only a short walk to the very pleasant swimming pool in Bagni.We were able to travel to Pisa and Florence (by train from Pescia was easier for us than driving in)which were interesting but busy. Our favourite outings were into Lucca itself and the local surrounding country side which is beautiful, especiallly the gorge at Orrido di Bottri and the Grotto Vento. The local people are friendly ( roast chicken from the van at the Saturday market in Bagni is delicious) and the lady at the tourist information is very helpful. It was also quite an amazing experience to be there in town for Italy winning the World Cup, an evening we will long remember most fondly.
The house was fantastic. Very Spacious with all ameneties catered for. The garden is massive and the balcony overlooking it a real suntrap in the morning. The village is a beautiful place and the views all around were spectatcular. Lucca is a gorgeous city and would recommend a day trip there. We ceratainly enjoyed our stay in Bagni di Lucca and will definitely be back next year.
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