Villa Apartment in Historic Converted Convent.
Accomodation: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment (sleeps 8-10)
2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment (sleeps 4-6)
This old villa was completely restored in 2000 and was previously one of the old convents of Barga, standing just below the Duomo (cathedral). The location of Villa Speranza on the walled perimeter of the ancient centro storico (Old Town) accounts for the superlative views over the surrounding hills.
Barga is an ideal location from which to explore the Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, Lucca and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coast. The great national park of the Apuane mountains offers stupendous hiking and the ski resort of Abetone is only an hour away.
The property has been restored to a high standard while maintaining its unique character and offers luxury with every modern convenience. The rooms are spacious and adorned with Tuscan paintings and some are furnished with fine antique furniture. The views over the surrounding hills are stupendous but the calm and peaceful traffic-free piazza fronting the villa is only 3 minutes walk from all the shops, restaurants and facilities of the town.
The villa has an excellent heating system and is warm in winter but cool in summer owing to its thick walls and the fact that Barga stands at an elevation of over 400 metres (1300 feet). Apartment guests enjoy a private first floor terrace which is ideal for relaxing with a good book or an evening aperitif watching the sun go down.
Barga is ideal for those looking for the unique experience of living in a small mediaeval town with a peaceful environment but with a lively programme of activities. Barga has it’s own 18th century theatre and is renowned for its summer opera and jazz festivals and Medici costume pagents such as the summer crossbow competition which is attended by teams from all over Italy. The fine Barga swimming pool complex is also within easy walking distance. The restaurants of the area offer traditional Tuscan food and wines at easily affordable prices for the family.
For those wishing to learn the art of genuine Tuscan cuisine, the owners arrange cooking lessons in the superbly equipped apartment kitchen conducted by one of Barga's professional restaurant lady chefs. Guided hikes of the Alpi Apuane Park are also arranged by prior request and these are conducted by an experienced guide of the Club Alpini.
The owners also offer guests staying for more than one week the option of splitting their vacation in Tuscany between this property and their comfortable apartment in Florence. During their stay in the City of Art, individual customized guided tours can be provided by a family member who is fluent in English and a qualified and licenced guide of the City.(see VRBO listing 217194 for details of the Florence property)
Our guests have always been impressed with Barga and compliment us on the quality and value of the accommodation we offer.
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The owner is a professional engineer who worked on construction projects all over the world before retiring to Italy with his wife in 2001. Italy was the choice not only because of the wealth of art and history, fine climate, cuisine and wine but also because Italian society is solidly founded on extended family values and loyalty to ones comunity which ensures that newcomers who settle there are accepted with friendliness and respect.
The owner purchased Villa Speranza in 1998 when it was in a sorry state after being abandoned for many years. He decided that the building was so important to the fabric and history of Centro Storico that it must be restored. The work took two years to complete and the project was granted a certificate of occupancy in 2001. Further improvements have been made durign every year since. The apartment allows visitors the unique experience of residing in comfort in this delightful historical setting while the rental income enables the owner to maintain this ancient building for future guests to enjoy.
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