We encouraged to stay here because we would experience the "real" Italy, not the typical tourists' destinations. You can take the train from Diecimo to nearby Lucca, Pisa, Florence, or the hotel management, with notice, can arrange to drive you to your destinations. Make sure to vist the town of Barga, find a vinyard, ask for a recommendation to a nearby restaurant and tour the Serchio River valley. Before you arrive, take some time to learn the history of this area and it will mean much more to you. Franco and Ida are truly wonderful people and will do everything to make you feel like family. This would be a great place to stay with other friends, but they only have 6 rooms, so book well ahead of time. We also visited Venice, Rome, Florence, Positano, Capri, but on our next trip to Italy we want to see MIlan, Como and Chinquatera AND stay at this villa again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Franco's Friendly Villa, built in the 1900s, is a family home lovingly restored to its turn of the century elegance and transformed into exquisite bed and breakfast accommodations set in the heart of Tuscany. We offer a peaceful stay in one of our 6 rooms and suites and an excellent breakfast experience, made fresh daily on the premises with local products. ... more less