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Emozione Toscana, Altopascio - Lucca

4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 8 guests Private Pool 5 - Superb - Superb 5

There is nothing standard about Emozione Toscana, the home of a well-known local artist, which is one of the reasons why the villa is full of character. Even its construction – a seemingly haphazard mix of brick, stone and terracotta – fascinates. Every room is strikingly individual, with an array of artwork, including some by the owner, to enjoy. Its extensive garden, filled with a wonderful variety of trees, shrubs and terracotta pots, and lovely private pool invite you to spend many hours moving between sun and dappled shade.

Set in low-lying farmland less than an hour’s drive east of Viareggio, this makes a great base for enjoying both the coast and some of Tuscany’s best-known cultural gems. Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano and Florence are all easy day trips. Sleeping up to eight people, Emozione Toscana suits groups of family or friends equally. You’ll come together around the pool and under the lovely loggia for al-fresco meals, and scatter happily with a book or a drink (or both) to favoured chairs and benches in this great garden.

Ground Floor

Lounge 1

Two sofas, table and chairs, two cabinets, corner cupboard, two occasional tables, fireplace, double doors to back terrace.

Dining Room
Table and chairs, armoire, small cupboard, wood-burning stove, stairs to main section of the first floor, double doors to back garden.

Kitchen
Fully equipped, door to loggia.

Lounge 2
Sofa, book shelving, side table, stairs to Bedroom 1, door to garden.

Bathroom 1
Shower, sink, WC.

First Floor

Bedroom 1

Double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, double-doors to Juliet balcony, stairs to ground floor.

Bedroom 2
Twin beds (can be converted to a double), wardrobe, chest of drawers, writing desk, chair.

Bedroom 3
Double bed (cannot be converted to twins), wardrobe, dressing table, side table, chair, double-doors to Juliet balcony.

Bedroom 4
Double bed (cannot be converted to twins), wardrobe, bookcase, chair.

Bathroom 2
Corner bath with handheld shower, shower, dressing table, chair, sink, WC.

Our Thoughts
It’s hard not to rave about the secluded grounds of this villa because so much thought has gone into them. The pool, its terrace and pergola are elegant and thoroughly enjoyable places to lounge on the good-quality furniture. The loggia is perfect for coffee, aperitifs or al-fresco meals. The trees – many of them fruiting –  create a wonder-world of light and shade. As befits a place you’ll want to spend a lot of time at, the villa has a collection of books in English, French and Italian. When you feel like venturing out, you might want to take the train to Florence, rather than drive, from the local station at Altopascio.

Notes
Four bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Bedroom 1 can only be accessed from the ground floor, there is no connection to the other bedrooms on the first floor. Pets are welcome and the garden is fenced but is not pet secure; there is also a separate fenced area with a kennel that can be used. Please note, however, that care must be taken with children and pets in relation to the large private pond within the garden, which is not fenced off. The pond is not for swimming in, although children can fish in it if they have rods. A relative of the owner, who is available should you need any help, lives in a house in the grounds. This does not overlook the villa, although it can view the pool. They have two dogs, which do not roam freely.

Pool
There are Roman steps to enter the water of this generously sized pool, which is surrounded by a terracotta terrace furnished with two tables and chairs, one under a shaded pergola.
Pool size: 6m x 12m, 1.1m-1.5m deep. Open April through September, weather permitting


Facilities

Dog Friendly
Flexible dates
Washing Machine Inhouse
Air-conditioning
Internet
Kitchen
Dining Area
Dishes/Utensils
Refrigerator
Linen
Lounge
Bathroom towels
Stove top
Concierge
Furnished terrace
Barbecue
Pizza oven
Fire place (open)
Fire place (stove)
TV - Sat Astra Free View
DVD player (Euro)
CD player
MP3 player
Filter coffee maker
Moka espresso maker
Kettle
Oven
Toaster
Dishwasher
Cook on request - extra cost
Ironing board
Iron
Hairdryer
Safe
No smoking
Fenced property
This is a privately owned villa. Owners of privately owned villas are not permitted to carry out services for guests. Services such as linen, towels and cleaning are arranged by To Tuscany and carried out by our local partners.

Additional information

Arrival/Departure day: Saturday   Request any day arrivals

Terms and conditions: please read the booking contract

The Security Deposit is 400 Euro payable only in Euro. This is collected on your arrival and held by the owner for the duration of your stay. Should you or your party cause any damage at the property, contact us straight away so that we can help agree a reasonable settlement. Damage does not mean normal usage or wear and tear.

Approach road: Unpaved, even

Meet and greet
Arrival time is 16:00 - 19:00. Departure time is before 10:00. Out of hours arrivals on request.

Are pool towels supplied?
included - provided by local supplier

Is there Internet in the villa?
free WI-FI available

Heating, if used: by week

Final clean: included - provided by local supplier

Tourist tax to pay on arrival: included in the rental price

Baby cot: 1 available on request, no extra cost

High chair: 1 available on request, no extra cost

Optional extra costs: Air conditioning is 250 Euro per week

Parking: Private, onsite parking

Dogs: stay for free

Concierge Service
Sometimes the villa is all that you need, but if you’re tempted by the culture, excitement and activity Tuscany has to offer, then the To Tuscany free Concierge Service could be for you. Working alongside our local hand-picked partners and professionals, your concierge is there to ensure you have experiences to remember. At the time of booking or any time prior to arrival at your villa, your concierge will be happy to discuss any additional requirements to help make your stay extra special. This can include anything from organising a pre-arrival shopping service to booking a personal chef for a special meal.

Concierge Service Contact
Email: concierge@to-tuscany.com


Villa rates

  • 2019
Date range
7 night price
23 Mar - 01 Jun 2019
2,727 US Dollar
01 Jun - 06 Jul 2019
3,071 US Dollar *
15% discount available between 29 Jun - 06 Jul. Save 461 US Dollar
06 Jul - 24 Aug 2019
4,091 US Dollar *
15% discount available between 06 Jul - 13 Jul. Save 615 US Dollar
24 Aug - 14 Sep 2019
3,071 US Dollar *
10% discount available between 31 Aug - 14 Sep. Save 308 US Dollar
14 Sep - 09 Nov 2019
2,727 US Dollar *
10% discount available between 14 Sep - 28 Sep. Save 273 US Dollar
09 Nov - 14 Dec 2019
1,910 US Dollar
14 Dec - 28 Dec 2019
2,727 US Dollar

Layout (230 sqm)

Ground floor
Lounge
Lounge
Kitchen
Bathroom
Terrace
Dining Room
First floor
Bathroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom

Villa location

How far are the airports? Distances and driving time
  • Aeroporto Pisa: 55km - 0h 37m
  • Florence Airport: 57km - 0h 38m
  • Aeroporto Bologna: 140km - 1h 25m
How far are the nearest towns? Distances and driving time
  • Altopascio : 4km - 0h 06m
  • San Miniato: 23km - 0h 31m
  • Lucca: 24km - 0h 28m
The nearest village is Spianate, which is about 1.5km away. It has a small grocery shop, post office, pizzeria, tabaconist and bar/café. For a wider range of shops, restaurants and amenities and a large supermarket it's necessary to go to Altopascio, which is a larger town about 4km away.

Guest reviews: Emozione Toscana <div class='textCenter'>9,6/ 10</div>Score from 11 reviews - Superb (11 Client reviews)

Sarah
August 2018
Family with older children
Twickenham, United Kingdom Twickenham, United Kingdom
Guest villa score
10/10
This is a jewel of a villa, set in beautiful orchards and incredibly quiet. We felt as though we had been invited to stay in someone's home, which indeed we had, as w found out. It is a wonderful Tuscan farmhouse and immersed us in Tuscan life. The owners are astonishing- arriving late, and worrying about not having eaten, they had provided a beautiful spread for us! Every now and then a basket of freshly picked tomatoes, peppers, melon (and other variations on that theme) would appear. Alberto tended the beautiful swimming pool every morning - what a joy that was. Always spotlessly clean and such a relief in the hot weather. Alberto and Rosella are the perfect hosts - exceptionally kind and thoughtful and very discreet. And we enjoyed Alberto's art work throughout their beautiful home. We could not fault this gorgeous property. We hope to be back one day!

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Duration (weeks)

Any size

Number of Guests

adults Ages 16+

children Ages 2 - 15

infants Under 2


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