Villa Liburnia is a new structure, but in a pleasant country style, built and is run by a young brother and sister pair. The rooms are large and modern, not luxurious but furnished with everything needed for a pleasant night's stay. One thing that was a big plus was the bed - a fantastic mattress! Upon waking we immediately noticed the absence of aches and pains that we have had for ages.
Our room - and it seems to be the same for the others - opened onto a little patio with garden table and furniture, overlooking the pool and with a commanding view over the city of Livorno (Leghorn). One of the interesting details is the photovoltaic installation directly inside the entrance gate, which we were told produces sufficient energy to power the entire B & B villa during the summer months.
We were met by the very friendly Ramona, who speaks excellent English (for those of us who are language-impaired), and who provided us with a map and directions to the places we needed to visit the following day.
In the winter months, the breakfast is delivered to the individual rooms. In the summer, we were informed that it is served in the main central portion of the building. It was copious, although on the sweet side typical of Italian breakfasts; if you are from northern Europe you may miss a bit of savory choices. However, the sugar rush is compensated for by the fantastic location. One is literally only minutes from central Livorno while being able to sleep in the silence of the countryside - not to mention having an ample place to park a car in secure surroundings.
The land immediately around the villa has been newly planted with herbs and a garden/pool area which with a few years growth should become quite charming. As the villa has over two hectares of land, there is also the possibility for walks on a forested part of the property.
In short, the place is welcoming with a great location and friendly, helpful owners. If we need a place to stay in the area in the future, we know exactly where to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Liburnia, situated in a park of 2.5hectares,in Livorno, a city on the sea of the beautiful Tuscany, is only 20 min from Pisa, 1h from Florence. All the artistic cities are easy reachable by train from the local Train Station which is only 10 min by car from the Villa. Villa Liburnia is not to be regarded as a simple B&B but a proper Villa. It is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun terrace with parasols and sun beds for common use. A hall of 70sqm available for conferences, dinners, birthdays or any other kind o celebration. And a room and services for disabled people. It is easily reachable from the Port which is only 10 min by car. It enjoys a panoramic view from both sides; one overlooking the sea with the islands of the archipelago; the other shows the hills where you can make excursions on foot or by mountain bike. Possibility of horse riding from nearby stables. Each room is equipped with: Bathroom with window - Air conditioning - Satellite TV with plasma screen - Wireless Internet access – hairdryer – telephone - Private garden with a table, chairs, umbrella, sunbeds - Private parking- independent entrance- Continental Breakfast. ... more less