Stunning views of the Tuscan hills and the medieval walled city of Lucca
Peace and quiet — you’re surrounded by 360 acres of private woodland and little else
Bathroom bliss: freestanding tubs, twin sinks, L’Occitane products and a rainfall shower
Candlelit alfresco dining beside the infinity pool; much of the produce comes from the villa’s orchard and vegetable garden
What To Know
There are no restaurants, bars or shops within walking distance
Best suited to couples, although children are welcome
Not all rooms have a view; Deluxe Suites overlook Nozzano Castello and Lucca, and Classic Suites face the wooded area behind the property
No spa, but staff can arrange massages in advance
Outdoor pizza oven for hands-on cooking lessons in summer months
A city tax of $4 per person, aged 13 and over, per night (for the first three nights) will be collected by the hotel at checkout
Parking on site
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All-suite retreat atop a cypress-studded hill, with an infinity pool overlooking the medieval city of Lucca
Overlooking the medieval walled city of Lucca, the Albergo Villa Casanova is an all-suite retreat surrounded by 360 acres of private woodland. The villa’s color palette (mustard, burnt orange and bottle-green) is as textbook Tuscan as the cypress-studded hill it sits atop. The views are the main draw here, whether you drool over them from the infinity pool, over a candlelit dinner on the terrace or from the freestanding pewter tubs in the sublime bathrooms.
Bed and Bath
All 14 suites are similar in size, with high ceilings, wood floors and creamy walls. The huge shuttered windows are draped in silk and frame views of the Lucca Valley (Deluxe Suites) or acres of woodland (Classic Suites). Separate sitting areas feature sleigh-frame sofas, stacks of books and giant TVs. The bed frames come in different shapes and sizes, from wrought iron four-posters to ornately carved wooden ones, but all are piled high with goosedown bedding and heaps of pillows. The bathrooms are pretty special. Bigger than the sitting areas, they’re kitted out with twin sinks, freestanding pewter tubs, generously sized L’Occitane products and rainfall showers large enough to hose down an entire family.
Dating from the 18th century, when it served as a summer retreat for a family of wealthy merchants from Pisa, the property has preserved many original features, including a consecrated chapel (complete with cherubic artwork on the vaulted ceiling) and several outbuildings dating from the 15th century. There’s very little to do in the immediate area, but several Tuscan treasures are within a 45-minute drive, including lovely Lucca, the coastal resort of Viareggio and Pisa. Cram in the sights in the morning and spend leisurely afternoons by the infinity pool followed by a candlelit dinner on the terrace, surrounded by the villa’s own orchards and vegetable and herb gardens, from which the menu takes its flavors.
In the Area
La Corte Pizza, in Santa Maria a Colle, is a short drive from the property and serves delicious stone-baked pizzas. The bufala mozzarella and porcini mushroom combo is particularly good. Catch a recital of music by Lucca native Puccini at the Church of San Giovanni, where concerts take place seven nights a week from March through November (and every Friday night from December through February). Rummage for bargains at the Mall, a fashion outlet about an hour’s drive away; you can renovate your wardrobe with pieces from Italian designers such as Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli at savings of up to 70 percent. Lovely
Hotel Villa Casanova
Via di Casanova I, 1600
How to Get There
Flights are available to Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) and Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from PSA, about 16 miles away, are approximately $95 for up to three people in a car, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from PSA are approximately $75, each way. Alternatively, transfers to/from FCO, about 186 miles away, are available at an additional cost for up to three people in a car, each way, and can be arranged through the property. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, valet and self-parking are available at no additional cost.