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Hidden B&B in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,100 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Villa with 3 Suites, private full baths, each rented individually.

Escape into relaxation and enjoy the finest Italian cuisine and the best wines Italy has to offer. Whether

you choose the 'Cecilia', 'La Soffita' or 'Aldo' Suites,

this elegantly appointed & romantic Villa will leave you a lifetime of memories. Just a short drive to the historical town of Lucca. An hour train ride to the Charming Villages of the Cinque Terre and the beautiful City of Florence. No touches left undone, with luxury bedding and detailed attention to comfort and décor. And there is a beautiful rose and flower garden for you to explore. The Villa is a mecca for honeymooners or folks just needing a romantic getaway...and it's never too late for that second honeymoon!

Pieve di Compito is one of several sought-after villages within 20 minutes of Lucca.... tucked into a bowl-shaped valley, surrounded by olive trees and pine-covered hills, 'Il Rifugio' is a recently restored 18th Century villa, which was once part of a monastery building. The monks catered to pilgrims traveling to Rome, welcoming them with a bite of food and a rest...a 'refuge' for weary travelers...Now you too can relax and regenerate at 'Il Rifugio'....a 3-suite B&B, elegantly appointed, surrounded with extensive flower and veggie gardens.

All 3 Suites have a private bath and sitting area, Satellite TV and Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and are furnished for relaxation and comfort. Italian and Asian antiques give the rooms a classic feel.

The full breakfast is served from 7AM to 10 AM.

'Il Rifugio' is centrally located to Pisa, Florence and the Tyrrhenian Sea ...the walled city of Lucca can be reached quickly from the village.

There are hiking trails into the Monte Serra hills, olive groves to explore. Come enjoy a pizza from the local trattoria (along with wonderful Tuscan dishes) and of course, our own Monte Carlo wines. Wine Country self-guided tours are a must.

Each Suite is located on a different floor for privacy,,,the "Aldo" Suite is an attached apartment with a loft bedroom and bath, private patio, and kitchen.

All of the rooms enjoy a great breakfast and afternoon "Happy Hour"..."Aldo" can be self-catered if desired.

Keywords: Romantic B&B in the rolling hills of Lucca,

Luxury, Relaxing, ideal for Honeymooners and lovers.

A true Italian experience.

More Details

William Dodge
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About William Dodge

We purchased the property, in a very run-down condition,

in 2005 while on vacation here in Pieve di

was love at first sight...although it took a bit of imagination to see through the dirt and grime, visualizing

a potential dream home. After 2 years of restoration,

and many trips to Italy from our home in Hawaii to oversee

the restoration, the villa was finally finished. Now we would like to share this beautiful village home and garden with you.

William Dodge purchased this villa in 2007

Why William Dodge chose Capannori

We investigated several hilltop, islolated properties

when we were thinking of coming to Italy...lovely classic views...but lonely. We wanted to be where there was some life, maybe a few neighbors, within walking distance to a restaurant or 2...and so found

'Il Rifugio', part of an old grouping of buildings which once served pilgrims going to Rome.

What makes this villa unique

The location is prime...and living here has enforced that

opinion for us. We are close to many visitor attractions

and yet away from the hustle and bustle...this little

valley is perfectly situated, with a microclimate that

allows roses (my obsession) to bloom in December, and

my Spring bulbs to pop out in February...with just a bit

of chilly weather. A gardener's delight!


Capannori Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'Cecilia' has a large shower, sink, etc.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'La Soffita' has a shower, sink, etc.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , 'Aldo' Suite has large shower, sink, etc.
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 'Cecilia' Suite sleeps 2 on an Italian Queen-size bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 'La Soffita' has an Italian Queen-size bed, plus sofabed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 'Aldo' sleeps 2 on an Italian Queen-sized bed.
  • 3 bedroom Suites, each with an Italian Queen-sized bed, plus 'La Soffita' has an extra bedroom with a double sofabed, sleeping an adult or 2 children. 'Aldo' has a loft bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
Bill and John, the owners, want you to feel right at home. We will help you plan your daily activities, suggest places to visit, and shopping venues. Many of our guests prefer just staying around the village, and relaxing in the Villa garden.


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Hidden B&B in the Rolling Hills of Lucca, Tuscany
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Loved our stay here!

  • 5 of 5

This place truly is a "hidden jewel" as the name says -- beautiful home, absolutely lovely surroundings and very welcoming and helpful hosts. The location is perfect for day trips to Lucca, Pisa and many other surrounding towns and villages.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always so rewarding to know that our guests respond positively to our efforts...and these folks were an absolute pleasure to be with. We'll welcome them back any time they can return!
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Hidden jewel is an apt description

  • 5 of 5

This charming B&B is located in a small village 20 minutes outside of Lucca. If you are looking for a genuine Italian experience away from the crowds, this is the place. At the same time, Lucca is nearby and you are within an easy drive to a number of other popular destinations. The inn is tastefully decorated and our room was comfortable and well appointed. Bill and Johnny, ex-pat Americans, were welcoming hosts with a wealth of local knowledge. Bill even provided a tour of the local olive press (it was harvest season), which was a unique experience and much appreciated. Breakfasts were prepared fresh daily and delicious. Highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These great people were very interested in our little corner of Tuscany, and enjoyed exploring the local "sights"...the road up towards Monte Serra, planted with hundreds of camillias, the neighboring houses, some dating from the 1600's, the local church...the list goes on. We enjoyed serving them...always a pleasure when they appreciate our efforts. We will welcome them back any time!
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The Best of Italy

  • 5 of 5

The stay here was the highlight of our trip to Italy!! It was beyond what I had hoped for when looking for a villa in Tuscany. Bill and John (owners) were so gracious, kind and so much fun to be around. They fixed a beautiful breakfast each day and often times we met late afternoon for a bit of happy hour. Their home is stunning!!! The bedrooms and bathrooms are complete with lovely linens, soap, hair dryers and spotless. (I make a note of this because I found other places we rented in Italy did not have such things). The property is stunning!!! The care and beauty of the flowers and lush gardens are a must to go out and just breath. Its a wonderful place to just relax and truly enjoy Italy. We loved the town of Lucca,...and appreciated the recommendations of Bill and John for places to see and eat at. You owe it to yourself to stay here while you visit this part of Italy. When we left (stayed 4 nights) we all felt like we left family.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These two lovely ladies from Arizona were an absolute pleasure to be with...wonderful attitude, great adventure spirit, and easy to please. They are already a part of our "family" here at Il Rufigio...and hopefully they will consider a return in the near future...we sure hope so.
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A Hidden GEM in Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

What is not to love about a cozy home, outstanding hosts, a fresh breakfast, and beautiful scenery?!

You will get all of that, plus more at Il Rifugio. My family and I stayed here recently, for a little over a week, and we would all highly recommend this location to anyone looking for an absolutely stand out holiday!

First, lets talk location: nestled along the olive trees in the countryside, but conveniently located about 1 hour from Pisa, around 2 hours from Florence, 15 minutes from Lucca, and about 2 or so hours from Cinque Terre, this B&B presents the best for all interests! I mean come on, it doesn't get much better than that. This B&B is perfect for anyone looking to get away for a relaxing stay, but still has intentions to see the sights, then get away from the crowds at the end of the day.

Next, the atmosphere of the place: beautiful, comfortable, clean, and tastefully decorated. Flowers and plants spread throughout, as well as eclectic art and decor everywhere; just outstanding!

Lastly (although I could go on forever), the hosts Bill and John. They are now like family, I was actually sad to leave them. They were so insightful, attentive, and accommodating with everything and anything. Whether it was offering suggestions for day trips, providing light snacks to end the day, or just friendly conversation, they will steal your hearts.. I know they stole ours.

I cannot extend enough praise about our stay here, so I will end by saying that this b&b is a gem in Tuscany <3

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were completely overwhelmed by this wonderful American family. It was a reunion of sorts, as the son and his wife are living in England, and don't get to see the family very often. We didn't have to entertain them, as they had a great time playing funny games in the evening, with our "Happy Hour" food and wine, in front of the fire. They are very much part of our family now...we can only hope for a return visit very soon...they are always welcome.
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"Il Refugio"is like no other. Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at il Refugio along with our good friends this past July. Bill and John were wonderful host and made our stay perfect. Their home is beautiful and the landscape is breathtaking. Every morning Bill and John made a spectacular breakfast and made sure we knew where we were going for the day. When we returned in the evening, they both sat down with us to enjoy a glass of wine and listen to our adventures. Bill provided maps to help guide us on our tours. After our stay we headed to Florence and ended our trip in Venice. I can say without a doubt our stay with Bill and John was by far the best part of our vacation. I would recommend il Refugio to anyone. Thank you Bill and John for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always very happy when guests respond to "Il Rifugio", the village, and this part of Tuscany in general...and these folks were no exception. We enjoyed their company as much as they enjoyed's like having an extended family come and visit...always a pleasure. They are welcome back any time... joining the growing list of returnees!
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A wonderful stay at Il Rifugio

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a perfect, restorative week at Il Rifugio. John and Bill couldn't be nicer: the beauty of their buildings and grounds reflects the same graciousness they show their guests. The setting in the hills to the south of Lucca has the gentle beauty one expects of the Tuscan countryside, but happily without the crowds, heat, or fuss of summertime Lucca. The croissants (cornetti) that showed up at breakfast everyday (fresh from the bakery up the hill) were better than any I've found in Paris. With the friendly, informal Tre Tigli available for dinner just up another hill from Il Rifugio, we didn't have to budge if we didn't feel like it. We're already looking for an excuse to come back.

Our recommendation could not be higher.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our local bakery is making believers out of our guests...we serve hot briosh (criossants) every morning, along with a "torta" or a sweet cake... the guests all seem to love the fresh baked items...these folks were on an extended holiday, visiting several areas both here in Italy and Europe. It was a complete pleasure being with them...and we can only hope they can come back soon. They are always welcome here at Il Rifugio.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Pisa Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Tre Tigli
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Tre Tigli Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Viareggio and the Virsilia Coast
Car: necessary

Wine Tasting Tours to Olive Oil factory

Tours thru local Gardens


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The quoted rate of €95 per night, or €650 per week, is for a single Suite. The entire Villa, with the 3 Suites, rents
for €285 per night, or €1950 per week, including all breakfasts and "Happy Hours" in the afternoons.
The rate quoted by the site gives the cost, per room, for a single Suite. Additional guests above 2 are charged
at €47.50.00 per person...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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