Hotel Villa Casanova
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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 Lucca is packed full of handsome churches, majestic towers, outdoor cafés and cobblestone streets. The medieval walls surrounding the city are topped by a tree-lined pathway that’s ideal for strolling or cycling.