When a trip to China was cancelled at the 11th hour, I was in Italy I had to improvise at the 11th hour. Through a recommendation I arrived in Villa Michaela and was embraced by Vanessa, and fortunately for me her extended family, I arrived during her son's 19th birthday celebrations and the party continued from there. Villa Michaela became my base whilst my godchildren joined me, we explored Pisa on their arrival and then Lucca - 5 minutes from the house - and finally Florence before venturing further afield - always returning after a week or so and on each occasion we had such fun, from the local karaoke, something I thought I would never do - which was highly entertaining when up to 20 from the Villa participated! Dinners, which were delicious, could be 4 or 20 and on occasions were memorable in dining room with has 3 of the most spectacular chandeliers I have seen.
Villa Michaela is ideal for people who enjoy country weekend house parties in authentic period surroundings - perhaps not for those who like a sterile environment and expect International 5 star service. It certainly has my vote and my godchildren keep pestering me as to when they can return - with WiFi access and a Cinema room they considered it the best holiday they had ever had!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Michaela is one of Tuscany's most beautiful villas set in an olive grove with an adjoining chapel. Weddings, family re-unions Corporate events a speciality. 17 Double bedrooms. Stunning pool, screening room, large dining room seats 40. Private chef available. Villa Michaela is the Italian home of the Rhode School of Cuisine. 20 Minutes to Pisa, 40 to Florence, 10 to Lucca and 30 to Forte de Marmi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Michaela Hotel Lucca
- Michaela Hotel Lucca