Q: What’s the best view from the house?
A: All the views are spectacular; you can see the Apennine Mountains as well the attractive hills and city of Lucca. We are on the closest mountain to Lucca and there are no houses within 600 metres. The estate comprises 10 hectares of land, and the tranquillity is absolute.
Q: Where would you recommend guests visit during their stay?
A: The house is only 10 minutes away from Lucca, as well as motorway connections to wider Tuscany. Therefore, as well as visiting the wonderful city, I recommend visiting the coast. There are three types of seaside to choose from. Parco San Rossore is a nature reserve 30 minutes away and features 20 kilometres of fine sand and pine forest by the sea. If, on the contrary, you like organised beaches of soft sand, umbrellas and swimming pools, there is the Versilia, and in particular Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio – about half-an-hour’s drive from the house. Finally, for mountainous and romantic seaside, there is the Cinque Terre and Porto Venere village, around an hour away by car.
On the other hand, if you prefer cultural visits, Florence is 40 minutes away, and San Gemignano is about an hour away.
Q: Are there any regional delicacies you recommend your guests try whilst here?
A: I would say that we eat well or very well everywhere in Tuscany, but I recommend the tortelli lucchesi and the bistecca alla Fiorentina.
Q: What would you like your guests’ first and last impression of the house to be?
A: We want our guests to have an extraordinary experience, and to enjoy being immersed in our world and our creations – from the architecture and sculptures to the painting and design. They can be proud to have stayed in the only house in the world with a fully opening sunroof. In the guestbook, what stands out to us most is that people felt as if they had been in paradise for a week or two (before facing the harsh reality of having to return home). Others rented the house as a base to explore Tuscany, but ended up enjoying the property so much they spent most of their time in it.
La Blanche is a six-bedroom property in Lucca in Tuscany. To book your stay, speak to one of our villa specialists today.