Just a twenty-minute drive from the pedestrian city of Lucca, Villa Alata boasts a couple of unique and unexpected characteristics: it is built into the marble side of a hill and its roof opens to naturally ventilate its interiors. The property is composed of the main villa and the annex, close to each other. The location is very private and yet near the convenience of Lucca. Besides the originality of the dramatic design, another big plus of this luxury villa is the stunning eagle-eye view of the valley below from most rooms and from the spectacular infinity swimming pool. For those who want to add striking style and modern amenities to the traditions of Tuscany, Villa Alata is the perfect retreat which will fill all guests with wonder every time.
Nearest Airport: Florence 58 min; Pisa Galileo Galilei 40 min
Nearest serviced town: 15 min
Nearest major city: Lucca 26 min
Nearest beach: Forte dei Marmi: 44 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
The historic town of Lucca features many attractions and unlimited historic charm. Take a stroll or rent a bicycle and ride on its ancient walls and through the town past famous monuments, several churches and the Guinigi Tower, which has trees planted at the top. Make sure to visit the church of Saint Michele and then enjoy a cappuccino in Saint Michele square. Don't miss shopping along Via Fillungo!
North of Lucca, the famous Garfagnana Valley extends for miles, a splendid natural vista of mountains and hills. Along the way, stop at the famous "Devil's Bridge"—legend says the Devil himself has visited this spot. A huge Halloween celebration is held here every year. In Pisa, the famous Leaning Tower awaits. Some say it is one of the wonders of the world, and all agree that a sight of the Leaning Tower is a must for all those coming Italy. The nearby Forte Dei Marmi is one of the most popular places in Italy during the summer, boasting a beautiful beach, elegant shops and boutiques, and an active nightlife of bars and clubs like La Capannina and the Twiga Club.
WHERE TO EAT
Buca di Sant'Antonio - Mouthwatering dishes with excellent service. The English speaking waiters will thoroughly explain every dish and provide impeccable service.
Via Cervia 3, Lucca - +39 0583 558 81
Ristorante Lombardo – great local food and attentive service, all enhanced by a stunning view from the terrace.
Via della Pieve S. Stefano 4801, Lucca - +39 0583 394268
Antica Locanda di Sesto – a very good and consistent restaurant in Lucca, where the food and the service will not disappoint you.
Via Ludovica 1660, Lucca - +39 0583 578181
Ristorante Giglio - A lovely restaurant within the city walls with indoor and outdoor dining. Friendly and attentive service, including a complimentary glass of Prosecco while you make up your mind on what to order.
Piazza del Giglio 2, Lucca - +39 0583 494 058
Vino e Convivio – If you want wine by the glass accompanied by de-li-cious homemade food, do not be fooled by the look of this very rustic osteria. Extensive selection of wine and great simple dishes that change almost daily (they do not have a menu) that you do not want to miss. If available, order a glass of Ripasso Superiore della Valpolicella by Monte Dall’Ora (you are welcome!).
Via Di Coselli 4/6, Guamo - +39 0584 989 069
WHERE TO SHOP
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! at Chocolat, a city heaven for chocoholics.
Corte Cenami 1, Lucca - +39 0583 467 878
Tuscan Cigars - Those who like to know the story of an all-Italian pride can make a visit to the Manifatture Sigaro Toscano of Mugnano where guided tours reveal the history and work processes of the most loved cigars in the world. Today the handmade cigars are those of great value, limited editions or special editions such as the Moro, the Millenium, the Toscano Original or Selected.
Via Enrico Mattei 780, Lucca - +39 0583 4391
Jewelry - Lucia Giovannetti Maison – romantic jewels created with great passion and Italian craftsmanship.
Via Santa Croce 20, Lucca - +39 0583 464331