12 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, Sleeps 24
- english, french, german, portuguese, italian, dutch, greek
Why Isabelle Pallemans chose Lucca
The villa has been our family's summer residence since the 1930s, when we purchased it from the Trenta family who had owned it for more than 500 years. Although family members now reside in different countries and continents, this is the place where we gather and reunite every year. We have toured the world, yet no other place brings us the combination of culture, art, food, nature and peace of mind that we find in Tuscany.
What makes this Villa unique
What strikes our guests the most is the out-of-time feeling that the villa exudes. As we remain the primary users of the property, we have kept the historical antique furnishings, down to the smallest detail, making a stay here seem like a voyage in time. The villa's inner garden, which boasts a size of more than 10,000m², is surrounded by an ancient stone wall, ensuring total privacy and disconnection from the outside world. Finally, the volumes in the house itself are impressive, and unseen anywhere else, with the majority of rooms and bedrooms measuring more than 50m², and some even reaching 100m² with ceilings up to 5m high.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Life behind the velvet ropes
Normally, places like this can only be found in cordoned off museums leaving you to wonder what life might be like behind the velvet ropes. As it turns out, quite nice actually. Indeed, a magical place awaits with comfortable antique furnishings, hidden treasures, personal touches and just enough modern conveniences to make the stay easy without spoiling the ambiance. It’s larger than you might expect, the size of a small hotel, and no two rooms are alike.
We came from different parts of Canada and the U.S., family and friends, ranging in age from 16 to 80, from different walks of life. The pretext was my father’s 80th birthday but the villa wound up serving as the backdrop for my sister’s storybook wedding. Flowers sourced from Ponte a Moriano adorned the white tabletop in the vine-covered terrace for the event. Lorenzo arranged the catering from chef Celine. She comes with our highest recommendation as does the pizziaiolo who catered our wood-fired oven pizza night.
The renaissance-era villa has a rich history. Pictures do not adequately capture its grandeur. Reputedly, Puccini once played the piano in the music room, though it may have been the last time it was in tune. The place has a softer feel to it than one might expect from its tiled floors and masonry and it has a surprising way of both embracing and elevating its guests. This might help explain its consistent five-star reviews – as would its gracious, accessible, helpful and friendly hosts.
I think I shall always remember playing chess on the antique chess table, with the shutters open to the fresh Tuscan air and Puccini on the stereo – the most idyllic setting for a chess game ever devised. I shall remember how beautiful my sister looked in her white dress tossing fresh flowers with her hubby, like royalty, from the veranda to their guests in the courtyard below, the cool and refreshing waters of the saltwater pool, the extraordinary collection of people staying with us, the taste of freshly picked grapes from the grounds, the ring of the bells of the adjacent bell tower marking the hours, the Tuscan hills in the distance, the laughter in our hearts and the finest of Italian cuisine and wine I have tasted.
If you are not one to be moved by such things, then you have something seriously wrong with you and should probably stay at home.
Five stars, without hesitation.
Fantastic Villa for large multi generational group.
We were a three generation family group of 20 ranging in age from 88 to 4 and the Villa was perfect for us. Everyone had plenty of beautiful spaces.
Riccardo cook for us for three nights, which was just lovely. We also had a group come in and do pizzas in the old pizza oven one night which was delicious and tons of fun for the 8 grandchildren.
Lorenzo was absolutely lovely and easy to deal with both before we arrived and once we were in the villa.
There is a fairly nice 5 mile biking trail into Lucca that we used as a walking trail most mornings. The views from the hike up to the Monastery are lovely. And the road walk to Villa Reale was quite lovely too.
Beautiful villa in a quiet location close to Lucca.
We had a wonderful stay at Lorenzo’s magnificent villa. The grounds were stunning. Rooms were nice and spacious. We enjoyed dinner nightly on the terrace. Lorenzo was always available to answer any questions we had.
It's hard to believe, but Villa Trenta is even better in real life than it looks in these gorgeous photos. The owners are lovely and responsive, and although the villa is regal and elegant, it somehow feels as if you are staying with family friends. We had a combination of family and friends with us, aged 1 to 75, and we created some wonderful new memories together that we will cherish across three generations. I would say that a couple of the rooms with twin beds, although nice, are quite a bit less impressive than most of the other bedrooms, so if you are dividing up costs and charging families individually, you may consider charging less for those rooms.
Best Vacation Ever
From the first time reading about this property, to the final day of our family vacation here, our appreciation for this fabulous villa and its dedicated owner/manager just kept growing. And we were never disappointed, not even once. My first piece of advice to all potential guests is to read the online reviews for Villa Trenta. They are honestly true in their praise.
Our party was a group of 17, family and friends from the U.S. and Europe, spanning 3 generations, with ages ranging from 2 to 69. It was a celebration that reflected a dream many of us shared, which was to spend two weeks in a Tuscan villa that would be grand enough to provide the perfect setting for chef-prepared group dinners, but just as importantly to offer enough inviting nooks and crannies for people to relax with a good book in the privacy of their own company, if desired. The reviews I read captured these aspects of the villa perfectly.
Also very accurate were the descriptions of the villa's lovely grounds and gardens, the very well-tended and much appreciated swimming pool, its proximity to the little town of Ponte a Moriano with its handful of good restaurants, bakeries and butcher shops, and finally the reassuring fact that the full time resident property owner/manager Lorenzo, lives just a few steps up the hill from the villa.
Lorenzo speaks beautiful English, which proved to be a tremendous advantage for our group. He also knows the villa inside and out, since the property has been in his family for over a century, and was the place of his own family gatherings for many years. Lorenzo also knows his way around Tuscany very well, and can direct his guests to any number of service professionals, from chefs to custom tour operators. I can vouch for the reliability and professionalism of his contacts.
The villa itself is perfectly situated for day trips to a great variety of destinations. We enjoyed using the local train for the short trip to and from Lucca. However, in order to really get to know Tuscany, my advice is to rent a car.
Villa Trenta has been modernized in the ways that make staying here very comfortable for today's travelers. However, the charm and elegance of this centuries old home have been retained. Beautiful frescoes adorn the walls of the living spaces, and the wood-fired brick pizza oven come to my mind first. You will enjoy discovering these treasures, and many more, as a privileged guest of this fine property. Ciao!
An experience of a lifetime
We visited Villa Trenta for a one week family reunion with people aged 8-80. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. Beautiful, authentic, spacious, and comfortable, the Villa was the perfect place for connecting with family, getting alone time, swimming in the beautiful pool, enjoying a cooking class and pizza night. Lorenzo was very accessible and accommodating, setting up events and giving us bus schedules. It was truly something we will all remember.