My family has been using Franello as a home base in Italy since my children were 6 and 8 years old. We just returned again - they are now in their 20s. Lovely spacious farmhouse, beautiful grounds (with lemon, orange and olive trees) and pool for hanging out on the "off days". Neighbors Ivalda who takes care of the house and her family are delightful. Conveniently located - 15 minutes to Lucca, 40 minutes to Pisa, about an hour or so to Florence, Chianti and the beaches; 70 minutes to Cinque Terre; be prepared for a short drive on mountain roads to get to the farmhouse - but well worth it.