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Villa Letizia

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Lucca  | Bedrooms: 11 | Sleeps: 22

Rates: from £6,384 per week

Situated in beautiful Western Tuscany, in a tranquil village close to the sea-side, Villa Laetizia promises to create memorable holidays; Guests may roam the villa's own Italian and Rose Gardens or simply enjoy a cocktail by the pool. Villa Laetizia prides itself with eleven fully air-conditioned bedrooms, all with their own private bathrooms. Together with the wide outdoor facilities and meeting rooms, it makes the villa the perfect venue for events of any kind and big family reunions.

The history of this majestic villa dates back to the 17th century when the aristocratic Massei family acquired it to turn into a representative country house. In 1866, the villa changed owners and was given to the Cappucini monks who continued modifying the building. Since its extensive renovations in 1995, the current owners have transformed Villa Laetizia into a place of tranquility and utter beauty.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION

Ground Floor:
Entrance into the living room with satellite TV
Office with computer and printer
Dining room with frescoed beams and terracotta floors; access to the street and gate
Professionally equipped kitchen
Laundry room with washing machine and dryer
Two guest bathrooms
Elevator

First Floor:
Suite with tub & shower, walk-in closet, sofa bed. The bedroom and shower bathroom are on the upper floor
Bedroom, en-suite bathroom with a shower, TV, safe, twin bed, view over the Italian Garden
Room 1 & 1a can be interconnected.
Four suites, each with tub & shower, walk-in closet, sofa bed. The bedroom and shower bathroom are on the upper floor.
All double beds can be divided into twins.

Second Floor:
Bedroom with double bed, bathroom with tub and shower attached
Living room with access to two double bedrooms, each with own shower room
Two small bedrooms which share a bathroom with a tub and shower attachment
All bedrooms have mini-bar. Double beds can be converted into twins on request.

KINDLY NOTE:

  • The owners live on the lower and ground floor of the villa, in a separate section. They have their own independent entrance and will not use the garden or pool area but are available in case of emergencies.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.
February:

  • Carnevale di Viareggio:

Colourful parade of giant floats made of papier-mâché and created by local master craftsmen and engineers. The floats have all different themes but they all are meant to mock and make fun of Italian politicians. The parade is held along the beautiful seaside boulevard.

March:

  • Lucca Effetto Cinema:

A newly born festival dedicated to the cinema and film industry. Besides films, interviews and lectures held by professional actors and directors, there will be a week-end when all the shops, restaurants, bars of the centre will recreate the setting of famous films. Visitors are welcome to join and wear costumes.

  • Puccini International Permanent Festival Lucca:

From March until October concerts are held daily at 7pm in the Basilica di San Giovanni.

April:

  • Festivita’ di Santa Zita:

This flower fair is held in honour of Santa Zita, the patron of housekeepers, housewives and bakers. On April 27th within the Anfiteatro, really worth to pay a visit as the piazza looks great with all the flowers. Local people love this event very much.

May:

  • Anteprima Vini:

Renowned Tuscan wine producers gather to present their wines. The event includes wine tasting, debate, show-cooking, workshops, and local gastronomy.

June:

  • Open-air cinema:

Every evening in the beautiful garden of Villa Bottini.

  • Festival La Versiliana:

Dance, theatre, live music, cabaret: this festival offers each year a very rich programme where anyone can find something for his taste. Held in the lovely Parco della Versiliana, Forte dei Marmi.

  • Puccini International Permanent Festival Lucca:

From March until October concerts are held daily at 7pm in the Basilica di San Giovanni.

  • Il Canto degli Alberi:

Classical music concerts held in the beautiful venue of the Botanical Garden. Every Friday evening.

  • Festival Internazionale di Musica Jazz:

A rich programme of events and concerts held in one of the most beautiful piazza of the city, the Anfiteatro.

July:

  • Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago:

Summer opera festival held in July and August to present the operas of the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. The festival is held in the recently restored open-air theatre right on the lake, where the maestro has lived for many years.

  • Lucca Summer Festival:

Live concerts in the city centre. This Festival, born in the late ‘90s, has hosted some important international singers like Bob Dylan, Elton John, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Nora Jones, Dave Matthews Band, The Eagles, Robbie Williams and many others. Each year big names and good music.

  • Palio di San Paolino:

Historical parade and an exciting crossbow shooting tournament held in honour of the patron San Paolino.

August:

  • Open-air cinema:

Every evening in the beautiful garden of Villa Bottini.

  • Festival La Versiliana:

Dance, theatre, live music, cabaret: this festival offers each year a very rich programme where anyone can find something for his taste. Held in the lovely Parco della Versiliana, Forte dei Marmi.

  • Puccini International Permanent Festival Lucca:

From March until October concerts are held daily at 7pm in the Basilica di San Giovanni.

  • Il Canto degli Alberi:

Classical music concerts held in the beautiful venue of the Botanical Garden. Every Friday evening.

September:

  • September Lucchese Festival:

For the entire month of September the city will host markets and various cultural events and performances. The most important of all being the celebration of “Santa Croce” held on Sept 14th: on this evening all the buildings of the main street will be all lighten by candles to accompany an historical and religious parade. At the end beautiful fireworks will conclude the event.

  • Murabilia:

A fabulous flower and garden exhibition with over 150 exhibitors not only from Italy but also from France, Germany etc etc all of them presenting the best of their productions and of their selected botanical collections. The exhibition also includes demonstrations, garden furniture, straw and wrought iron creations ranging from country style decor to accessories and tools used for gardening, and much more. Very popular among locals and tourists as well.

October:

  • Lucca Film Festival:

Annual event dedicated to experimental cinema.

  • Lucca Comics and Games:

It is the largest comics festival in Europe attracts each year thousands of visitors who can meet their favorite authors, attend meetings and presentations, see the latest about cartoons, role games, fantasy etc etc. Many side events take place each year. End of October, beginning of November.

November:

  • Il Desco:

Local producers gather and showcase the best of their productions (wine, cheese, bread, honey and much more). Guests can taste the products, attend presentations with professional sommeliers, and take part in demonstrations /cooking classes and many other side events. Can be fun for both adults and children.

  • Lucca Fotolux Festival:

Held every two years, this festival has been growing continuously and is now a very eagerly awaited event for all photography lovers. Exhibitions of great photographers, portfolio lectures, talks, magazine presentations and technical workshop are some of the events featured.

December:

  • Il Desco:

Local producers gather and showcase the best of their productions (wine, cheese, bread, honey and much more). Guests can taste the products, attend presentations with professional sommeliers, and take part in demonstrations /cooking classes and many other side events. Can be fun for both adults and children.

  • Lucca Fotolux Festival:

Held every two years, this festival has been growing continuously and is now a very eagerly awaited event for all photography lovers. Exhibitions of great photographers, portfolio lectures, talks, magazine presentations and technical workshop are some of the events featured.

General Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella - visit the pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and discover all the different perfumes, herbals and soaps
  • Opera - head to Torre del Lago and attend one of the many performances based on plays written by Puccini (only in summer)
  • Wine and Olive Oil tasting - travel to Badia di Passigano and visit the abbey with its wine cellars before relaxing in the abbey's Osteria di Passigano, for a real Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting experience
  • The Chocolate Valley Tour - visit the Chocolate Valley which lies between Pisa and Montecatini and visit an esteemed factory where you will be tantalised by aromas and flavours of the process of traditional chocolate making and tasting session (not available during summer)
  • Carrara and Pietrasanta Marble - enjoy the marble caves of Carrara, the marble that Michelangelo chose to immortalise his masterpieces. Afterwards see artisans at work as you visit a Sculpture Studio in Pietrasanta
  • Fantastic Gelato - located in central Florence to visit one of the most well known " gelaterias"
  • Private Villa Concert - the ultimate Italian music experience in the intimacy of your villa. A Violin-Piano Duo, Harp and Flute, a String Quartet with Soprano and Tenor singers as well as Jazz and Neapolitan Folk formations can be arranged
  • Ferrari Touring - drive on winding roads through the hilltop villages of Tuscany, down cypress-lined avenues and along the coastal freeways of the Mediterranean…all behind the wheel of a Ferrari

Sporting Activities IN TUSCANY

  • Golf - 18 holes: 10 clubs; 9 holes: 10 clubs (golf is well established in Tuscany and a secret golfers paradise)
  • Jogging/ Walking - put your running shoes on and enjoy the beautiful countryside
  • Mountain Biking - many routes are on offer including challenging tours like the Monti Metaliferi
  • Horse riding - Tuscany is a paradise for going horse riding
  • Swimming - is offered in many touristic locations
  • Surfing - is possible along the Tuscan coastline
  • Diving - is recommended especially in the Archipelago della Toscana and the Golfo di Baratti
  • Tennis - is offered in many touristic locations

Local Attractions IN TUSCANY

  • Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Open all year round
  • Florence, Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, Bargello National Museum - Open all year round
  • Florence, The Boboli Gardens - Open all year round
  • Florence, Santa Maria Novella - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Forte dei Marmi - beach and exclusive beach resorts
  • Lucca, Palazzo Pfanner - climb Giunigi Tower
  • Lucca, San Frediano Church - Open all year round
  • Lucca, Villa Reale Gardens of Villa Real - House and Garden open all year round
  • Arezzo, Gothic Cathedral
  • Arezzo, Main Square with Vasari's loggia
  • Arezzo, Mecenate Archeological Museum - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Medieval and Modern Museum and Gallery - Open all year round
  • Arezzo, Petrarca Theatre - Changing program
  • Arezzo, Piero Francesca's fresco cycle "Legend of the True Cross"
  • Pisa, Campo dei Miracoli and Duomo - The Dome is open all year round
  • Pisa, Leaning Tower and Cathedral - Open all year round
  • Pisa, Zoological Museum - Open all year round
  • San Gimignano, Medieval Towers
  • Siena, Il Duomo - Open all year round
  • Siena, Piaza del Campo
  • Siena, Pinacoteca Nazionale - Open all year round
  • Siena, Torre del Mangia
  • Grosseto, Tarot Garden - Open from April to mid October
  • Grosseto/Maremma, Rocca di Franssinello - winery designed by Renzo Piano
  • Livorno, Fortezza Vecchia (Old Fortress)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR TUSCAN VILLA HOLIDAY

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Italian

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping IN TUSCANY

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather IN TUSCANY

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and milder; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity SUPPLY IN TUSCANY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving IN ITALY

There are some important rules of the road -

  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • Always carry your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Traffic drives on the right.
  • Seat belts must be worn - children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways.
  • Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked " biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyzer tests carried out regularly by the police.

Parking in Italy

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying " Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use. Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard. In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

Guest Book

10th August 2013
Thank you so much for a truly fantastic week. Villa Letizia is the perfect place to celebrate and we have enjoyed every minute. A apecial thanks to Valentino for wonderful food and wine, and great service
Anon

31st July 2013
We have a wonderful holiday despite the heat - thank goodness for the pool! Your hospitality was amazing.
Blythe Family

1st July 2013
Thank you so much for a magnificent two weeks. Our family vacation was perfect and your kindness will never be forgotten.
Bob & Joan

Location

  • In Piaggiori (basic shops and restaurant)
  • 600m to Villa Torrigiani
  • 11km from Lucca
  • 44km from Pisa Airport
  • 44km from Viareggio (beach)
  • 52km from Forte dei Marmi (beach)
  • 53km from Pietrasanta
  • 73km from Carrara
  • 77km from Florence

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Inclusions

  • Maid service 4 hours daily. Service not available on Sundays.
  • Exclusive use of the swimming pool (14 x 6m / 45.9 x 19.7ft).
  • Daily breakfast service (cost of groceries and beverages extra).
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to. 
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.Towels are changed once during the week.
  • Final cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request at EUR 18 per hour.
  • Telephone as per consumption.
  • Air-conditioning as per consumption.
  • Central heating as per consumption.
  • Pool heating.
  • Extra beds (sofa bed) - available on request at EUR 30 per night per bed.
  • Transfer from Florence Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 215. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • Transfer from Pisa Airport to the villa (one way): Mercedes Sprinter (for 8 passengers) available from EUR 160. (Please note: between 7pm and 7am a supplement of 20% applies).
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • The 14 people price option gives access to 7 bedrooms only. Please contact your Tour Consultant for detailed information about which bedrooms are accessible with this price option.
  • The owners live on the lower and ground floor of the villa, in a separate section. They have their own independent entrance and will not use the garden or pool area but are available in case of emergencies.
  • CCTV cameras are in operation outdoors.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

The history of this majestic villa dates back to the 17th century when the aristocratic Massei family acquired it to turn into a representative country house. In 1866, the villa changed owners and was given to the Cappucini monks who continued modifying the building. Since its extensive renovations in 1995, the current owners have transformed Villa Letizia into a place of tranquility and utter beauty.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Function Facilities (Banquet/Conference/Weddings)
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool (Fenced/Gated)
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Table Football
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

Call 01242 547 705 to speak to a specialist Enquire


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