About the property
- Villa4520 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Villa in Vorno, Lucca Area, Tuscany, Italy - Charming traditional village is 5 miles from the City centre of Lucca
Casa Joanna is situated in the charming traditional village of Vorno, famous for Royal families of the past who designed and built their summer villas in this tranquil, temperate village just south of Lucca (10 minutes drive) and north of Pisa (30 minutes drive). Chosen for its beauty, the views of the rolling Tuscan hills and the ever so slightly cooler temperature in the summer, Vorno became the home of some of the most amazing villas in Tuscany. Today the village has four restaurants, a village shop, butchers, church and hairdressers. There is a regular bus service into Lucca. Located within the walls of Villa Lucia, Casa Joanna has it's own private garden, separate entrance and parking. The school house was designed and constructed in a grand style well over a century ago. The 4 metre high ceilings on the piano terra give an open spacious feel to the rooms with a large chandeliers hanging from the brick-laid vaults. A terrace provide al fresco dining for guests, partly shaded by an old cherry tree and mulberry trees. The delightful garden of terracotta pots, fruit trees, local flowers and scented climbers of jasmine and honey suckle create a truly Tuscan feel. The house can be rented out as one whole with 6 en-suite bedrooms or two separate houses with their own staircases and 3 en-suite bedrooms. The pool is salt water and exclusive for a six bedroom rental. Casa Joanna is full of art, books and games. The kitchens are well equipped. There is wi-fi available.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, russian, italian, czech, polish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Sarah Buckingham
We are a family of artists and scientists, a true Renaissance. We use this home for get togethers where Melbourne meets San Francisco. The children love to cook and what better place than this. Shopping at the local farmers market, cooking and chatting and finally sitting in the evening air for long conversations over delicious food and wine.
Sarah Buckingham purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Sarah Buckingham chose Vorno
If you really want to step off the world for a few days and chill right down, just come here. The word is "slow". Enjoy the beautiful art in this old school house and relax. Walk through the village up the hill until the road peters out. Take in the views. There is an excellent butcher, a village shop and four restaurants that you can walk to. Our friends in the village say it is a piece of heaven. I must say we agree, it is indeed heaven on earth.
What makes this Villa unique
Great house, beautiful village, 10 minutes from Lucca by car. Thirty minutes from Pisa airport. We have superior beds, beautiful cotton sheets, spring water from the taps, a salt-water, spring-fed pool. Original art works from British artists and a great library. There are board games and TV's if required. The house can be one with six en-suite rooms or two separate houses each with their own front door and separate staircase. The views are stunning. This house is truly accessible and yet peaceful and idyllic.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Charming, beautiful, calming
We had a wonderful and relaxing time staying at Casa Joana while in town for a wedding. Roman, Micaela and Victoria were great hosts!
Amazing Tuscan villa!!
Our family recently came back from a two week vacation in Italy of which we spent one glorious week in Tuscany. The six bedroom eight bathroom Casa Johanna was perfect for our group of nine (we could have used more people actually!). Both Roman and Sarah made us feel very welcomed and the huge villa had all the amenities one could ask for. The pool was well used almost every day by our kids and the canopies and loungers were great! The grounds were immaculate with beautiful flowers and greenery. The 360 degree views of the Tuscan hills and the city lights of Lucca were amazing. The pictures, as one previous guest mentioned, do not do the place justice. We also loved the area and had a chance to explore. Peace and blissful quiet was just what we needed. Thank you very much for hosting us Roman and Sarah!! We hope to be back one day!
~With much love and appreciation, the Hwang's
A lovely property in a very quaint village!
We had a party of 5 that thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the West side of Casa Joanna. The apartment looks even better than the photos can indicate.
The bedrooms are all nicely sized and each has its own individual bathrooms. The master bathroom is particularly nice with 2 sinks, a ver nice shower, and soaking tub from which you view the forested hills outside of Vorno.
The common space is very large open room with a huge table (that can seat more than a dozen people), a very nice kitchen and a seating area that has a comfortable couch and love seats. The kitchen has all of the equipment needed to cook whatever you'd like. It also has all of the utensils, plates, bowls, etc as well as glasses that you would ever need. When we arrived, there was milk in the fridge, coffee in the cabinet, and a loaf of fresh bread on the counter as well as fresh flowers in the bedrooms.
The outdoor space is very nice and we used the pool and comfortable lounge chairs and ate most of our meals out side under the canopy.
The owners happened to be staying in the east side of the villa. They were very respectful, warm and helpful hosts. The property manager was responsive and very helpful. One thing to note is that the deposit and rental payments are paid via wire transfers. In my case, that added $100 to the cost of the stay. It was still worthwhile but something to be aware of.
Vorno is a very quaint town with nice amenities. There is a very good restaurant called Bimbotta just a couple of blocks away. It bills itself as a pizza restaurant but actually has a much broader menu including pasta and meats. Also 2 blocks away is a very good butcher shop.
It was lovely to welcome Edina, Dennis and family into our Italian home. They were excellent guests and we thank them for a lovely review. We do take onboard the comments regarding payment and plan to use STRIPE in future.
Italian rural idyll
There were 5 in our group and our ages ranged from v early 20s, through the mid fifties and on up to mid 70s and we were here for our post Christmas holiday and New Year celebrations and it was all here for all of us. Villa Johanna, once upon a time the village school, is truly delightful: comfortable, clean, well maintained, quiet, relaxing, elegant, gracious, private and yet close enough to divine Lucca to ensure we all tasted the full Italian life on offer. We shopped close by for food and cooked our meals in the large family kitchen/living room. We indulged in the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted in Lucca after a cycle ride around the city walls and we partied in a local hostelry to bring in 2014. Walking around the village gave us a true taste of an unchanging way of life that is rarely experienced these days. We shall return!
Fantastic original Italian Villa
Situated just outside Lucca, this beautiful villa is stunning and secluded in gorgeous gardens with a swimming pool. The villa is tastefully furnished, has a huge living room /kitchen plus generous size bedrooms with ensuite. Surrounded by fab views of Lucca and the countryside, there are so many walks to explore, including the local village and church. The villa exudes originality and authenticity.
We had a wonderful time there - you definitely need a car to explore and get to Lucca which is an amazing walled city, full of history. Highly recommended.
Beautiful accommodation: authentic Tuscan
My husband and two children stayed here for a week and we could
not have been happier. We had a magical holiday, which was very
peaceful, surrounded by stunning landscapes. The house itself is truly sumptuous and luxurious, yet so comfortable and inviting. Our youngest son loved the grounds which were secure and large enough to find a number of super secret hiding places. The newly refurbished pool and garden make all the difference when it comes to dining outside. We absolutely adore this holiday villa and have already booked to go again in 2015. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wishes for a true taste of luxurious and authentic Tuscany. Close enough to Lucca but far enough into the hills for a true getaway.
Vorno is 35.9 km from the famous beach town Viareggio reachable in 33 minutes by car
The luxurious resort of Forti De Marni is approximately 40 km away and reachable in 38 minutes by car
We are served by two main Tuscan airports. One in Pisa only 30 minutes away drive and the second in Florence that can be reached within the 45 minutes drive door to door.
Vorno to Lucca 7.1 km = 10 mins
Vorno to Pisa International Airport 22 km = 35 mins
Vorno to Florence 83.4 km = 1 hr
Vorno to Viareggio 35.9 km = 33 mins
Vorno to Forte dei Marmi 40.6 km = 38 mins
Vorno to Rome 355 km = 3 hrs & 25 mins
There is a Coffee Bar, four restaurants within the walking distance from the villa, a butcher's shop, hairdresser and village shop. Dello Scompiglio is the theatre school and restaurant, serving excellent food and wines. Performances run through out the year Buses run regularly into Lucca which is ten minutes drive.
We can organise Bruno to pick you up from the airport in his Mercedes people carrier if required.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: The deposit sum of €500 is required for each wing. The booking deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking if the booking is made over 3 months from the arrival date at the property. A 30% booking deposit is required if the booking is made under a 3 months from the date of arrival. Changeover Day: Our changeover day is Saturday, but we are flexible to accommodate your needs upon request. Notes on prices: There are early bird reductions of 10% if paid in full before the end of January