Villa Lucia is a bed & breakfast with 6 or 7 double rooms in a quiet but central and convenient location in Tuscany.
Our hostess, Lucia ("Lucy"), is American of Italian heritage and her husband, Jorge ("George"), is Argentine. Both have lived for a long time in the Los Angeles area where Lucy owned and ran 3 restaurants (still owns one) and George practiced as a plastic surgeon. Some of their guests are reputed to be Hollywood people. We met a stunt coordinator, Eddie, who regaled us with stories of the Pink Panther and Bond movies.
An unusual aspect and value of a stay at Villa Lucia is the atmosphere of the place particularly during meals (breakfast of course, but you can also dine) thanks to Lucy and George: very relaxed, convivial, family-feeling, with free-flowing conversation on a thousand subjects lasting for hours if you want. Most guests relish the togetherness and the conversation, and friendships are easily formed. Lucy has a huge table in her inside dining room and an unusual and large round stone table outside with a stone lazy-Susan. The view over the valley is grand and adds visual spice to your meal. Nobody seems to mind if you wander around the kitchen while the meal is being prepared sipping an aperitif wine or Prosecco. Lucy will also give an Italian cooking class if desired and take you to the market to discuss produce.
The rooms are great, all with King or Queen sized beds and air conditioning. The rural location means quiet at night for a good sleep unless Bobby, the barker of the three Dachsunds, is let out too soon in the morning.
The location is about as perfect as possible to experience Tuscany: it’s in a beautiful olive grove setting near a small and charming hilltop village, Montevettolini; also near the major international airports of Pisa and Florence; near magnificent Florence and its art museums, cathedral, restaurants, and shopping; near Lucca and its beautiful fortress city; within an easy drive of historical Siena, Pisa, the Cinque Terra fishing villages, the charming hilltop villages of San Gimignano and Volterra, and the Chianti, Montepulciano, and Montalcino wine areas. Within a 10-15 minute drive are 6 wellness spas and the view-rich 18-hole Montecatini Golf Club where you can rent clubs and even a golf cart.
Finally, the property includes one thousand olive trees from which Lucy extracts the highest quality organic olive oil you can ever hope to obtain! In fact, Lucy is happy to educate her guests on all aspects of olive oil including what makes a truly great oil and why you should be wary of almost all olive oil sold in the United States. During the olive harvesting season, end September and November, Lucy offers special “discovery” packages over a week during which you’ll learn all about olive oil, the making of parmesan cheese, the hunting of truffles including visits and a hunt as well as cooking dishes with these marvelous ingredients. Great stuff!
- Also Known As:
- Villa Lucia Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy