We loved it here. It is high up in the hills above Lucca, but absolutely beautiful. And if you follow the signs up the hill, it is easy to find - just hold your nerve as you drive up the twisty-windy road. The villa is an old Tuscan farmhouse that has been respectively restored. The lounge areas are all very comfortable, and there was often a fire lit in the evening as the nights were cool in the autumn. We would love to go back when the weather was warmer, as there is an infinity pool, and it would be great to have drinks on the lawn overlooking the hills below. The rooms are wonderfully appointed - great showers, beds, toiletries, TV, extra pillows on request. The included breakfast was amazing - normally, breakfast in Italy is bread and coffee, but their breakfast was extensive - eggs, cold meats, cheese, fresh salads, and freshly baked breakfast pastries. They charged us once for Wi-Fi access for the entire time we were there.
We ate at the associated restaurant on site - Il Naso - once, the evening we arrived, as we didn't want to leave again to find a restaurant in the village. The food is a level or two above the average Italian restaurant - we had risotto with parmasan cream and liquorice, and pork loin wrapped in bacon with a guiness and potato puree sauce - followed by a pineapple cake..the food was fantastic - a very high caliber of cooking (the kitchen is manned by two young sisters who are the chefs - definitely out to make a name for themselves). Considering the location, the restaurant has to be a "destination restaurant" - hence it is expensive. If you just want a plate of pasta and a bottle of wine - go down to the village to Erazmo or Antica Locanda di Sesto which are more traditional. However, if you wanted something more unusual, this is a great place and was one of our restaurant highlights of our entire trip.
We were there for three nights in the middle of the week, and the place was almost full. We would definitely go back. It's close enough to Pisa airport for a long weekend, and we thought it was great value for money.
- Also Known As:
- Volpi Hotel Lucca
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Volpi Hotel benefits of a splendid vista the villa was erected in the countryside nearby Lucca, however it is not far away from the walls of the Tuscan city so rich in Art and History. It is surrounded by an estate of 20 hectares of olive trees and vineyards where organically certified products are produced by Villa Volpi farmhouse. Its elegant architectural design and green surroundings are perfectly combined with the high quality services and hospitality offered and, together with the high quality services provided, contribute in making it the grand hotel it is. ... more less
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