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- About The Experience
If historical architecture interests you, this stone farmhouse is located close to some of Tuscany’s most famous villas. This accommodation near Lucca features views of the renowned Villa Reale, former home of Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon’s sister and Princess of Lucca. This villa has a private swimming pool, picturesque garden, and a location near a village with shops and restaurants.
- Location Description
The property is located two kilometers from Ciciana, a small village with food shops, restaurants, and five kilometers from Marlia, famous for its historical villas, including Elisa Bonaparte’s. Marlia also has a grocery store, bank, pizzeria, and bakery. Twelve kilometers away is Lucca. Lucca is worth enjoying simply for its medieval charm, but there are also a number of interesting sights to visit. The Duomo di San Martino and the Church of San Michele in Foro are both gorgeous examples of period architecture, while the Casa di Puccini, where the composer was born, has been transformed into a small museum in his honor. You can also climb the 130-foot Torre Guinigi, but on the other hand viewing the tree-topped tower from below might be just as enjoyable… and a lot less work! Day trips can include Pisa, Viareggio, and Florence.
Florence: 82 km/51 mi
Viareggio (Beaches): 50 km/31 mi
Pisa: 50 km/31 mi
Lucca: 12 km/7 mi
Marlia: 5 km/3 mi
Ciciana: 2 km/1 mi
- Exterior Description
This stone farmhouse is situated in the Tuscan hills overlooking olive groves and many beautiful villas. It features a terrace furnished with a table and chairs as well as a barbecue. A private swimming pool (10m x 5m) is surrounded by a grass-landscaped lawn with sun loungers and umbrellas. Parking is available within the property grounds.
- Interior Description
Ground Floor: There is a living room with couches, satellite TV, DVD player, and access to the garden. A Dining room has a table with chairs and the open kitchen is equipped with a cook-top, oven, toaster, American coffee maker, and dishwasher. This room opens to the terrace. There is one bathroom on this floor with a sink, toilet, and shower. A laundry room has a washing machine.
First Floor: A staircase leads up to a sitting room with chairs and access to a terrace that leads down to the garden. There are three bedrooms on this floor. The first bedroom has two single beds and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, shower, and tub. The second and third bedrooms each have two single beds. There is a second bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. Only one of the twin bedrooms on this floor can have the beds converted to a queen bed.
Second Floor: A staircase leads up to a small sitting room with chairs and a kitchenette with an American coffee maker. There is also one bedroom with a queen-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.
- Features Description
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
- Cook Service: Upon request
- Extra Housekeeping: 15-20 Euros per hour
- Transfer Service: Upon request
- Concierge Service: Upon request
- Housekeeping is provided for 3 hours per day, 5 days per week. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Features and Amenities
- Free Parking on Premises
- Independent Villa
- Outside Area - Private
- Pool Towels
- Swimming Pool - Private
- CD player
- DVD player
- TV - Local Channels Only
- American Coffee Maker
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Concierge Service Available - Extra Cost
- Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
- Housekeeping - Included
- Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
Please note: Official Arrival Times:
- Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 750 EUR
- Heating: According to consumption
- Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
- AT THE TIME OF THE BALANCE PAYMENT, THE PRIMARY RENTER IS REQUIRED TO GIVE RENTVILLAS.COM THEIR PASSPORT #, ALONG WITH THE DATE AND PLACE THE PASSPORT WAS ISSUED. UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
- Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
- Departure Time: 10:00 am
- Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
* These prices and conditions may change based on your arrival date and length of stay. For exact conditions, please click on the View Availability button, enter your dates, and then click on View Pricing and Conditions.
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Based on 2 Reviews
Peace and Quiet
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We had a great time.
The view from the outside patio.
Hard to find the villa!
Nearby Events or Locales:
We were very remote.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring toilet paper. All local restaurants were great, just a challenge finding them. Bring a sense of humor regarding the drive up to the villa. It is not for the faint of heart.
Check In Out:
They did not need copies of our passports.
The villa was everything we could have hoped - there was plenty of room, it was amply appointed, and the views could not have been more spectacular.
Casa Marlia is located just far enough away from the larger cities of Tuscany to give you a real sense of being able to "get away from it all" - but close enough to access many of the big draws of the region. The best thing about Casa Marlia is the spectacular views - the beautiful grounds immediately surrounding the property, to the town of Lucca below, and the amazing Tuscan hillsides.
There was an odor in the kitchen area - strong enough to be noticeable but not strong enough to ruin the overall experience. Editor's Note: The housekeeper did an end-of-season check on the reported odor in the kitchen. No odor was detected, and no further mention of it was made by subsequent autumn visitors to the property. November, 2015.
Casa Marlia is so accessible to so many things - the town of Lucca (which was truly amazing), Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, and all of Tuscany. Our best day was spent driving higher into the hills and seeing the tiny villages where everyday life happens - such an authentic taste of Tuscany! We literally bumped into a small vineyard, stopped and asked if we could look around. The owners very graciously asked us into their tasting room (completely without any reservation) and provided a taste of their wonderful wines. In their restaurant next door, there was a large group who was there for a cooking class. Next trip I will be signing up for that class!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Ciciana - if you are very brave you could walk here, but not advisable on the very small and winding roads. There was one trattoria there - which serves a mean Pizza Margherita!
Tips or Restaurants:
If it's possible in your timing or your budget, take advantage of having a chef come to the villa. I think this was the best evening we spent - and we learned so much. We'll be recreating our meal in a few weeks here at home. Lina and Giada were very knowledgeable, and so wonderful. The pictures of Lina and my husband dancing to the music of Andrea Bocelli bring back priceless memories.
The written directions were pretty difficult to follow - some of the distances were off. We did use a GPS, but the coordinates we were given were not correct, either. In the end we found it and were happy to be there.
Check In Out:
Guido and Gabriella were both fantastic. Very knowledgeable the property and the area. They were prompt and courteous - very easy process.