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VILLA  AQUILEADWL Travel Exclusive

  • Sleeps 8 (possibile to add two extra single beds, write for details)
  • 4 double bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms (2 ensuite)
  • Swimming pool
  • Near Lucca, northern Tuscany
  • Price: US$4,880 - $6,000/week (works out to about 64-80euros/night/person)
  • Detailed price/availability calendar, at bottom of this page

 

OVERVIEW
Just north of Lucca, explore Lucca, Florence, Pisa, the Cinque Terre, and the most beautiful countryside imaginable. Villa Aquilea was our first and original villa! An absolutely magical place, with a long happy history, it has hosted over 1,500 guests through the years.

LOCATION
The villa sits on a beautiful hill called Aquilea (pronounced “ah-kwee-LAY-ah”), just north of the walled-town of Lucca, Tuscany, with views of the countryside, the river, and Lucca in the distance. The villa is completely private but not isolated. It is near a small group of farmhouses, so you are likely to meet the neighbors, mostly local farmers, as they tend the land or gather water from the local spring. Almost all of them have strong and happy connections with the villa — half the village has an ancestor who was born in the villa or farmed its land. Many times guests have enjoyed being invited to tour the neighbors’ wine-making cantinas, have a coffee, or visit their rabbits and chickens. Some have even helped with the local grape or the olive harvests.

The village of Aquilea has a coffee bar and small grocery (1km) while other coffee shops, baker, butcher, restaurants, shops and a large grocery are in the bigger village near the river at the bottom of the hill (3.5km). The drive is very pretty, as the winding, paved road passes olive groves, farmhouses, vineyards and cypress trees. Lucca itself is 13 km (8 miles) from the villa.

From the villa, you can easily explore the Aquilea countryside, Lucca (20 minutes), the Garfagnana region (30 minutes), Pisa (45 minutes), Florence (75 minutes), the Cinque Terre (90 minutes) and many more attractions.

PROPERTY AND GROUNDS
The villa is located near the crest of a hill with 180 degree panoramic views that extend over the local village and farmsteads, across the plain of Lucca to the mountains beyond. It sits within a walled, landscaped garden with several terraces and vine-covered pergolas. A path leads to a secluded infinity pool with its own pergola and spectacular views of the countryside. Inside the villa, which is 500 years old, original features and local materials are combined with designer furniture and modern conveniences: chestnut beamed ceilings, Tuscan tiled floors, marble stairs, stone fireplaces, gas stove, Italian designed dining set.

Main Floor

  • Entrance via external double staircase.
  • Large dining and sitting room with sofa and armchairs arranged around a stone fireplace and a modern Italian-designed refectory-style table (seats 10) with matching buffet.
  • Library (English, German and Italian)
  • Spacious, well-equipped Tuscan style kitchen with chestnut table and chairs (seats 10), gas stove, extra wide oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and microwave
  • Outdoor dining terrace under wisteria-covered pergola with wooden table (seats 10) and breathtaking views across the countryside. Kitchen garden with benches, fruit trees and herbs (rosemary, thyme, mint, oregano, chili).
  • Double bedroom (queen size bed) with en-suite bathroom (shower).
  • Rear terrace with pizza oven
  • Grand marble staircase leading to upper floor.


Upper Floor

  • Spacious living/family room furnished with comfortable sofas, arm chairs, and tables. Study corner with desk. Extensive video library (English) and collection of games. Satellite TV
  • Rear terrace
  • Double room (queen size bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath)
  • Double bedroom (queen size bed)
  • Double room (queen size bed)
  • Bathroom (shower)
  • Washing machine

Pool area

  • Infinity pool (5x10 m)
  • Elevated grape-vine covered pergola with table and chairs
  • Modern Italian pool furniture (2 deck chairs, 2 lounge chairs, 2 coffee tables)
  • Terraced olive grove

OTHER DETAILS AND EXTRAS

  • Wi-Fi broadband internet access
  • Fully equipped kitchen, with dishwasher, microwave.
  • Laundry washer and dryer
  • Screens in all bedrooms/bathrooms
  • Ping-pong table
  • DVD/Video Player, Cassette/CD player


PRICES AND AVAILABILITY

Prices include rental of the entire property for up to 8 guests, fresh linens and towels, weekly cleaning and linen change (Saturdays).  Heating and telephone are metered separately.

 

 

2014 Calendar Weeks

 

Availability

Weekly price in U.S. dollars (and estimate in euros)

Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Jan 4 - Jan 11, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Jan 11 - Jan 18, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Jan 18 - Jan 20, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Jan 20 - Feb 1, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Feb 1 - Feb 8, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Feb 8 - Feb 15, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Feb 15 - Feb 22, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Feb 22 - Mar 1, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Mar 1 - Mar 8, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Mar 8 - Mar 15, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Mar 15 - Mar 22, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Mar 22 - Mar 29, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Mar 29 - Apr 5, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Apr 5 - Apr 12, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Apr 12 - Apr 19, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Apr 19 - Apr 26, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Apr 26 - May 3, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
May 3 - May 10, 2014 Available
$4,880 (€3,610)
May 10 - May 17, 2014 Available
$4,880 (€3,610)
May 17 - May 24, 2014 Available
$4,880 (€3,610)
May 24 - May 31, 2014 Available
$4,880 (€3,610)
May 31 - June 7, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
June 7 - June 14, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
June 14 - Jun 21, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
June 21 - Jun 28, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
June 28 - July 5, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
July 5 - July 12, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
July 12 - July 19, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
July 19 - July 26, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
July 26 - Aug 2, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
Aug 2 - Aug 9, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
Aug 9 - Aug 16, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
Aug 30 - Sept 6, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
Sept 6 - Sept 13, 2014 Available
$6,000 (€4,450)
Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
Sep 27 - Oct 4, 2014 Booked
$6,000 (€4,450)
Oct 4 - Oct 11, 2014 Available
$4,880 (€3,610)
Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2014 Available
$4,880 (€3,610)
Oct 18 - Oct 25, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2014 Available
$4,880 (€3,610)
Nov 1 - Nov 8, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Nov 8 - Nov 15, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Nov 15 - Nov 22, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Nov 22 - Nov 29, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Dec 6 - Dec 13, 2014 Booked
$4,880 (€3,610)
Dec 13 - Dec 20, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)
Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2014 Booked $4,880 (€3,610)


 

My husband and I wanted to do something special to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We'd been to Italy several times but had not spent more than a few nights at a time in Tuscany. We learned about Villa Aquilea from an acquaintance in Chicago who knew the one-time owners and had stayed at the villa on several occasions with his family. Wow, what a great referral! We took 5 couples to Italy; spending the first week at Villa Aquilea and a long weekend in Cinque Terre. The villa was super roomy and comfortable for our group. We cooked several nights, delighted in the on-site "cooking class", wood burning oven pizza party and many restaurants that James recommended. James has surrounded himself with a tremendous support team. Paola was our guide on 2 tours - we could easily have adopted her. Allesandra dropped off a wonderful meal for us at the villa our first night and hosted the cooking class - the best! A different alessandra guided us on a bike tour of Lucca, which our guests just loved. It was truly a magnificent setting and villa with a wonderful group of locals to guide our experience. We're foodies, we're picky and we're adventurous. If you are too, start planning your trip to Villa Aquilea. - Lucy B, Chicago, guest October 2012

 

I tried for years to plan a trip to Italy, but I always wound up getting intimidated or frustrated and I would put it on the back burner for another year. Friends told me about a trip they took to Villa Aquilea and I knew this was the solution! Our group consisted of ten people, 6 adults and 4 teenage girls, with ages from 16-69! We all had a Great time! The Villa was beautiful and plenty big enough. The town of Lucca is a gem. We loved going to Lucca so much that we actually cancelled a day trip somewhere else to have one more day in Lucca. Highlights of our trip included the walking tour of Florence with the beautiful and intelligent alessandra (planned by James), Cinque Terre and the beautiful sea views, the wood fired pizza party at the villa (planned by James) which was so fun and so delicious, drinking homemade wine and singing on the terrace of the villa, and meeting some of our Italian neighbors who came by to visit! Having James as a resource was invaluable! We plan to go back to Italy in the near future and we will absolutely rent and plan our trip through James! - Andrea D, Doylestown OH, guest July 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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