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  • luxuryvoyage
    Switzerland3,351 contributions
    We were delighted with the beautifully renovated villa and park. We found the (as yet) unrenovated swimming pool and bathhouse particularly attractive. The park is also very nice to stroll around and offers, among other things, a small kiosk with seating, drinks and snacks. The owners have lovingly brought the entire area back to life and offer visitors the opportunity to follow the history of the villa via an audio guide. Very friendly and helpful staff. A must if you are near Lucca.
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy12,485 contributions
    I have visited this downy oak (Quercus pubescens Willd., 1805) twice; in both cases as part of a trekking circuit (which makes the vision of this wonderful tree more satisfying, thanks to the pleasant walk in the countryside). The second and last time the route included the departure and arrival in the picturesque village of Montecarlo, and the encroachment into the municipalities of Capannori (where the oak stands) and Pescia ..
    On the web there are several pages illustrating this path: one must look for a ring with a 10-12 Kms walk (there are even 25 Kms!).
    We walked west from Montecarlo, towards San Martino in Colle. To do this, we cross lush hills, destined for the cultivation of the vineyard producing the precious “Montecarlo” brand, both red and white wine. At times, the gaze sweeps over the furthest hills of the Pescia region (the so-called “Svizzera Pesciatina”).
    Continuing, one touches, among other things, a panoramic hill, on which stands a settlement called "San Martino Vescovo". Here you will find a chapel of the same name and some restored rural houses. A plaque remembers that here there was a fortress (now disappeared) built by Castruccio Castracani (1281-1328), lord of Lucca, imperial vicar and winner in epic battles against the Florentine armed forces.
    The oak is now near and from here it can be reached in a short time. After an adequate stop to admire it, the journey resumes towards the "church of Veneri" (which is in the municipality of Pescia), the furthest point of the route; where some benches in the public garden near the church allow you to eventually have your own packed lunch.
    The way back to Monte Carlo takes place in a somewhat wilder and more lonely environment than the outward journey. Note the presence of a well-preserved stretch of ancient road, the pavement of which probably dates back to the late Middle Ages or the early modern age. However, I could not find any reliable information on it on the web.
    All in all, I highly recommend this route.
    Written May 6, 2022
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  • Megan P
    6 contributions
    Amazing views from every window. A very peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but still a short drive to Pisa and Florence. Great restaurants very close by and the staff are very helpful. The apartments contain everything you need, along with very comfortable bedding.
    Written May 5, 2023
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  • Prentice
    Atlanta, GA23 contributions
    Absolutely stunning. The ancient gardens along with the incredible grotto were spectacular. The house is open by guided tour only around the 1st floor. Felt very private and exclusive. Finding it can be tricky. But when you do it will be well worth it.
    Written April 22, 2022
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  • muffinn2
    Worcester, UK170 contributions
    We assumed on approaching the Villa that we'd have just a peak over the walls and through the gates as we came in late November on a Monday afternoon. Instead we discovered it open and free to over 65s! The gardens in the warm sunshine were stunning with some great developing views of the perfectly symmetrical house. We were delighted to be able to walk round the place alone just soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the wall decorations, sculptures and stunning views across the garden from the windows, some of which had been thrown open. An excellent place to recommend.
    Written November 20, 2017
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy12,485 contributions
    The Geneva scholar (but of distant Pisan origins) Simonde de Sismondi writes, in 1801, about the Italian plains: “The work and the deposits of the water are recognized at first sight: it is the silt of a former lake that hides the bases of the basin of mountains in which it was contained ”.
    In other words, the Italian plains would be nothing but ancient wetlands which were then dried up by nature or by man.
    This rule doesn't apply to all Italian plains, but still to many of them. And in particular it applies to the flat triangle which has Lucca, Pescia and Bientina as its corners, a large part of which has been occupied for centuries by the lake or "padule" (marsh) of Bientina.
    Gherardesca Lake is a small remnant of this large swamp, which was largely definitively dried up, digging in the 1850s an emissary that passes through a tunnel under the Arno riverbed and thus discharges its waters to the lower region south of the Arno itself; and from there, across the canalized river "Arnaccio", into the sea just north of Livorno.
    One of the residues of this huge land reclamation is precisely the Gherardesca Lake (so called by the family who owned its banks, a noble family from Pisa well known to those who read the XXXIII canto of Dante's "Inferno").
    The lake - which lies at the foot of the "Monte Pisano" near Colle di Compito - is today partially secluded between privately owned land, so that it can only be partially bordered; or you can (as did a group of hikers I was part of) walk around a full circuit, asking in advance for a permit.
    The lake has not only been preserved, but recently the operations of lowering its level operated by water pumps have been stopped (of these pumps you can still see the buildings when you walk around the lake). This is because the importance of this lake has been recognized as a wetland, a privileged wintering place for many birds.
    During our circuit (which took place in January) we in fact saw a large number of mallards, cormorants, coots; and also egrets, white and gray herons.
    In addition to observing birds, marsh flora, and reclamation works, the circuit also allows you to go through two places that tell us about the past: a station of the former Lucca-Pontedera railway, now converted into a home; and the site of a WWII POWs camp. Almost nothing remains of the camp; but a plaque recalls that in September 1943 three Italian officers and soldiers, camp supervisors, were killed by the former German allies because they had refused to hand over their own prisoners.
    For all these reasons of interest, if you have the opportunity, the lake circuit is definitely a path to follow.
    Written January 14, 2020
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  • Paul S
    Gig Harbor, WA140 contributions
    It seems like a strange place for a tower, but it recalls bygone days when it must have been an important lighthouse or guard tower.
    Written May 26, 2022
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