Casa Tolomei is a lovely historic villa located in the well-known town of Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany, within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets and banks. The leafy walled garden with pool, palm trees, and olives is a great place to relax, and there's a large, shady terrace adjoining the kitchen for easy al-fresco dining.
The accommodation is the entire first upstairs floor of the villa together with private garden and, in summer, the pool. There are no other guests at the same time as your group. It is suitable for groups from 4 up to a maximum of 10 people, and includes up to 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (of which two are en-suites), a modern kitchen, adjoining utility room, secluded and shady dining terrace, snug/TV room, and the stunning frescoed living room.
Outside there is a private walled garden on two levels with various trees and plants including palms and olives. Here you will find a gazebo, picnic table and chairs and the pool located below the impressive stone monument.
A few features at a glance: Wi-fi internet, private walled garden, pool, dining terrace, modern kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher, balcony, TV, DVD, splendid large sitting room with antique frescoes, up to five bedrooms.
In the immediate vicinity of the house one can find nature walks (including the Poets' Walk along the river, accessed via steps across the road from the house, and a circuit through the woods which can include the thermal baths at Bagni Caldi) and all facilities such as restaurants, banks and supermarkets. Nearby there are quaint villages nestled among the hills and mountains, the Canyon Park (a very popular adventure park), rafting, and a famous ski resort - Abetone - which is also a popular outside of the ski season for it's nature and hiking . The nearby walled historic centre of Lucca is not to be missed.
The English poets Robert & Elizabeth Barrett-Browning were summer residents in this house during the 1850s, writing many letters and working on their poetry. Later, in the early 1900s, composer Giacomo Puccini was a regular guest as he was a close friend of the owner of the house at that time.
The front facade of the villa is famously decorated with Liberty (Art Nouveau) period frescoes, while the garden facade has the classical period design dating from the 1700-1800s. Inside, several rooms exhibit original antique frescoes, including the stunning grand sala which is entirely covered in frescoes.
Where are we located
We're in the historic centre of Bagni di Lucca, a few steps from all shops and services. A very good cafe is a few doors away and the nearest restaurant is virtually next door. A pleasant park with selection of specimen trees, a fountain and children's play area is across the street. Across the park you will find the entrance to the villa Ada which has a huge outdoor public pool in summer and a heated indoor pool for winter. Across the road, directly in front of the house, is a lane that leads to the riverside walk known as the poets walk, as it was here that English poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning used to stroll while staying at the villa.
Thermal and other wellness activities are available at the historic spa establishments in the vicinity. A famous tennis club is a short walk away down the main street. All around you can admire the elegant architecture of this town which was frequented by the aristocracy and celebrities of years gone by.
The well-known and popular Canyon Park (adventure park) is a short drive away.
It's also a perfect starting point for trips to nearby cities such as Lucca, Pisa, Florence, or Viareggio and its beaches.