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
- 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.
How to Get There
We enjoyed a very pleasant experience at this Villa. The family who run it, mainly Madame is very friendly and accommodating.
The views are great, sadly apart from a few pylons which are visible amongst the trees from the Villa as about half a mile or so away.
We had an amazing suite which had a ginormous bed which was so comfortable . The linen is excellent. Quite a lot from the White Co. as well as local Italian fare.
The setting and location are very good and tucked away. Lucca is about 15 mins drive if that and a lovely place to visit. The breakfast is good but not exceptional but the way they cooked the bacon was so tasty. Tiny pieces wafer thin and then fried. It has a feeling of grandeur of the once magnificent residence it must have been. It is still grand but a bit tired in areas.The bathroom and shower are. massive . We found lots of places to visit near to this place. There is currently no in house dining but you can get a light lunch if you want. I understand that the current Italian company who own the villa are going to reinstate the restaurant . This would be a good idea.
The pool looked lovely if a little green but it was freezing cold to swim in as not heated. As we visited in the autumn, it was not heated enough by the sun and being up in the hills, it gets cooler at night and in the mornings. That was a shame.
Overall the comfort, peacefulness and hospitality make this a very nice place to stay a few nights. It is tucked away so you definitely need a car. Would revisit.
Room: perfection. A wonderful view across to the distant towers of Lucca, extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean. The best hotel bathroom I have had the pleasure to use, a very comfortable bed
Location: so quiet, slightly elevated so I imagine has a breeze in the summer. Warm enough in late October to eat breakfast outside.
You do need a car: 20min drive into Lucca is straightforward, but other gusts without a car were somewhat marooned. Loads of good parking and easy access
We are coming back
This was the best place we stayed in during a 3 week, 5000km tour of Northern Italy
We stayed at Villa Casanova Lucca for one night in early October, at the end of a 10 day stay in Tuscany. I am so sorry we had only one night to enjoy this remarkable hotel.
I chose the hotel because of its relative proximity to the Pisa airport, its location near Lucca, and because of its beautiful setting. The hotel was all that I hoped for and more.
What an extraordinary hotel. We have stayed in some spectacular hotels and I must say that the suite here at Villa Casanova equaled or exceeded ones that cost 3 times as much. All the appointments were luxurious, understated, and superb.The web site pictures do not do justice to the quality and ambiance of the rooms. The bathroom, itself, was larger than some of the rooms in five star hotels! The public spaces are beautiful.
Unfortunately, the day we arrived was rainy and cold. As a result we were unable to use the magnificent pool and fully appreciate the outdoors. But the hotel setting is spectacular and the views provided a wonderful last impression of Bella Toscana.
The owners were friendly, kind, and provided excellent recommendations for dinner. They went out of their way to ensure our comfort.
We had to leave early the following morning, so did not have breakfast at the hotel. I am unable to comment on the quality.
In short, I can't imagine a better way to end our vacation. Should we return to this area, we most definitely will stay here again.
What a fabulous experience we had during our stay this w.end, overlooking the mystic hills of Tuscany with its diffuse light, inspiring many artists around the globe, is the added value of this boutique style hotel.
The proprietors, assisted by there daughter, are passionated folks with a nothing is to much service level, the suites are huge and spotless.
The breakfast is fresh, the coffee brilliant, and a good selection bread,cold cuts, cheese, fruits en so on.
This Is Italy at its greatest, GRANDEUR.
My wife and I stayed there for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon in Tuscany. We stayed in the deluxe suite and absolutely loved the place. The suite was gigantic by Europe standards with incredible bathroom and jacuzzi tub. The hotel is great but do know that it's very secluded and about 20-25 minutes away from the old town. Taxi's are very expensive into the city from the hotel and dinner is not available in the hotel, so you'll either have to be willing to drive at night or take an expensive taxi (35 euros each way) into town. Overall, we loved staying there and is in a gorgeous setting.