About the property
- Villa26909 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
11 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 23
Magnificent villa dating back to the 15th century located at the foot of the famous hills that surround the beautiful city of Lucca. With large, airy rooms and frescoed walls, it is an enchanting example of the summer residences built by the noble families of Lucca in centuries past to escape the heat and noise of the city. Furnished with antiques and with minimal changes to the original building, the villa will charm aesthetes and culture enthusiasts alike.
The property is set within a large stone-walled garden, typical of the region, which hosts centuries-old trees and several water points and possibilities for al fresco dining and relaxing. Built on several plateaus, all with their distinctive atmosphere, the gardens create wonder and excitement at every turn, providing both intimate spaces and large lawns of lush green grass. The alleys, dotted with lemon trees, lavender and local herbs contribute to create a priceless out-of-time feeling.
Located 5 km from Lucca, the villa is an ideal base to enjoy the Tuscan countryside and is within easy reach of the main cities in Tuscany such as Florence, Pisa, and even Sienna and San Gemignano. The Versilia coast (Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi) with nice beaches, excellent restaurants, nightlife and shopping facilities is a 30-minutes’ drive away. While the walled garden provides absolute privacy, the property is also within walking distance of the main square of Ponte a Moriano.
The villa is a made up of a single building with a surface of 2,500 m² spread over 4 floors, each with a distinct look and atmosphere, testament to the multiple functions of villas in the past. The first floor, with its high ceilings and frescoed walls, was historically the owner’s residence. The ground and second floor offer a more rustic feel with thick wooden beams and dark terracotta floors.
Ground floor: The main entrance hall leads to a large dining room lined with old wine and olive oil barrels, a play area with a billiard and a ping pong table and 2 bedrooms with direct access to the garden. A separate access also provides access to a fully-equipped summer kitchen complete with an old stone oven which can be used to cook pizza. The first floors provides two spacious living rooms and a reading room with floor to ceiling antique bookshelves, a large kitchen with a direct access to the garden, a large living room and 4 bedrooms. The second floor includes 3 bedrooms, two large living rooms and a TV room, in addition to a further kitchen.
Services included: Three hours of daily maid service, Linen changes on Saturday, Gardener and pool attendant, Wireless internet connection, Welcome grocery shopping.
Extra services: Extra services are available upon request and must be arranged at the time of booking. Additional housekeeping service, Daily breakfast delivery, Chef Service, Cooking classes, Wine tasting.
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- english, french, german, portuguese, italian, dutch, greek
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 01, 2018
Why Isabelle Pallemans chose Ponte a Moriano
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
Local Services & Businesses
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The best family vacation ever
My mother and my wife's mother both turned 70 this year, so we decided to do a joint family birthday trip with 19 kids and adults to Tuscany to celebrate, and we could not have been more delighted with the property, the location, and the owner. It was truly a trip we will remember with joy for the rest of our lives.
The property is spectacular. It feels like you are staying in a movie set, with massive rooms, frescoed walls, antique furnishings, incredible oil paintings, ornate wooden desks, massive old wine barrels, and inlaid marble floors. Out nearly every window you have a view of the historic church next door with the Italian countryside surrounding it, and the backyard opens into the family's private olive groves (while the front yard offers terraced lawns with a pool and goldfish pond). One of the highlights of our trip was spending a night cooking homemade pizzas and drinking red wine in the 500-year-old (!!) wood-fired stone oven in the older section of the house. It was amazing in every way.
The location was also perfect, as Ponte a Moriano is a 20-minute drive from the amazing walled city of Lucca and less than two hours from Cinque Terre, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bagni de Lucca, San Gimignano,, and Portofino, all of which members of the family visited while we were there. (Two groups also did overnight trips to Venice and Rome!) The house is also a 10 minute walk from an amazing local restaurant, Erasmus, in Ponte a Moriano, as well as tasty local pizza places, cafes, shops and other conveniences in town. You can also hike or drive up the hill to see other spectacular villas and gardens in the area.
Finally, the owner, Isabelle, and her boyfriend Massimo, were delightful. They live in a small house attached to the property, and they were always available for any and every need, from changing car reservations in Italian to helping book local restaurants, get converters, or master wood cooking in a centuries-old oven.
In short, the only thing we would have changed was leaving, and we hope others have an equally amazing time in our Italian fantasy home.
A very special and beautiful villa for a family holiday
Villa Trenta provided a wonderful and memorable backdrop to our holiday and Isabelle was an attentive and welcoming host.
We were a large family party of 24 with ages ranging from 4-73. Our initial apprehension about age and grandeur eased as everyone became familiar with the layout and feel of the house. In fact, the villa feels very much like a family home and we managed to organise rooms so family groups were either next to each other or children slept with parents (the rooms are huge).
The swimming pool is lovely, well cared for with plenty of shade and a lush grass surround appreciated by children and dogs. The children loved ping pong, table football and chess or cards in the library. Grown-ups valued good wifi, local information and intel from Isabelle, the library and all the places around the property to chill out. The villa’s proximity to Florence, Lucca and Pisa for sightseeing is a bonus, and the younger party members even had an evening in the nightspots of Lucca.
Bathrooms were all working well with hot water all the time. Even in August the villa was cool at night and the fabulously comfortable beds with fans in the bedrooms ensured everyone slept well. The large main kitchen was well equipped and had plenty of space for 8 or more of us to prepare meals together. The smaller upstairs kitchen was useful for early suppers for our younger family members. Housekeeping help in the mornings was a real bonus and recommended for a large group especially for bathrooms and kitchens.
We absolutely loved the terrace for al fresco dinners. Although it is on the other end of the villa from the main kitchen (a challenge for anyone in charge of the ancient trolley with the squeaky wonky wheel) we ate there most evenings for the atmosphere and cool breeze. We employed a chef for one special evening dinner: it was a perfect evening of wonderful food and great service - highly recommended.
There is an excellent supermarket about five minutes’ drive away and the local village walking distance for bread and local produce.
Isabelle gave some of us a fascinating intro to other villas in the area and we visited a couple of her recommendations. Her local knowledge, obvious pride and love of the area and its villas is inspiring.
Our family feedback that they had the best holiday: ‘delightful and relaxing’, ‘a marvelous place with so much character, history and comfort’, ‘a beautiful place to spend time together'.
Villa Trenta is full of character, and Isabelle is a gracious host.
We couldn't have picked a better spot to bring our family together.
Extraordinary and Authentic Tuscan Villa Experience
Look no further if what you are seeking is a truly Authentic Tuscan Villa Experience. Our experience at Villa Trenta was truly one would expect when going to visit family in Italy. We were greeted by the villa owner, Isabelle, who instantly treated us like family. The welcome luncheon set the tone for what would be one of many memorable meals and experiences that we completely enjoyed during our week in Tuscany.
The Villa Trenta description prior to our visit was exactly what we expected upon arrival. The villa is set in a charming town, Ponte A Moriano, centrally located for day trips in Tuscany (ie, Lucca, Siena, Florence, Forte dei Marmi beach and San Gimignano to name a few).
Our family enjoyed the local experience by walking to town for fresh bread, pastry and "the best" gelato each day. We enjoyed the local wines, olive oil from the Villa Trenta grounds and fresh fruits daily that don't often get at home. Our 21 guests of varied ages (2-50's) each enjoyed themselves while utilizing the amenities available at Villa Trenta. We utilized the chef services and dined on the magnificent "al fresco" terrace as well as in the wine "cantina". It was amazing!
This was the cousins' family vacation that allowed those of us with Italian roots to experience what living in Italy truly feels like.This villa is perfect for a large group with plenty of spacious rooms, high ceiling and amenities for all. The pool and the grounds were perfect for all ages, beds extremely comfortable and there was a beautiful breeze in the evenings that kept the house cool even in the middle of the hottest month of the year. Whether this is your first time or not, Villa Trenta will offer you and your guests the authentic Tuscan experience that most of us dream of having (atleast) once in a lifetime. We cannot thank Isabelle and her staff enough for their incredible hospitality!
A setting for a perfect family vacation
My extended family and I (17 in all) stayed at Villa Trenta from July 30 to August 6. The owner Isabelle Solari who occupied an apartment at the villa made us feel like family. The villa with its large dining room and numerous parlors provided more than adequate space for us.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the villa’s lovely pool and bucolic setting as well as the village of Ponte di Moriano – a short walk from the villa where one could purchase freshly baked croissants in the morning and enjoy music over drinks in the evening.
Milagros, the resident cook and house keeper who we retained to help with cooking and clean up during the evenings that we ate at the villa, did a terrific job.
The villa for us was a perfect location from which to launch day and evening trips to Lucca, Barga, Florence, Pisa, and Siena.
All in all our joyed filled stay at Villa Trenta will likely be remembered by my family and me as our best ever family vacation.
This beautiful 16th century villa has charmed all of us. We spent there a week in July, with other 5 families with children. Villa Trenta is simply enchanting piece of Tuscany history, with frescoes walls (my son called the graffiti), furnished with antiques so you can feel like back in time. Surrounding gardens with well maintained trees and plants, superb swimming pool with bouncy bridge, bamboo forest, the tower of close church... this all emphasize the authenticity of being there. The villa is really close to Lucca, so it is very easy to get there by car (15 minutes) or train for day or dinner. The location is suitable for travelling around Tuscany. But what made the week definitely unique were hosts. Isabelle and Massimo are very nice people, openhearted, helpful and sincerely amicable. We will never forget them. And thank you for your great olive oil, Isabelle!
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