Villa Soraya Bargecchia, Massarosa - Lucca Italy
Corsanico Bargecchia, Massarosa – Lucca, Tuscany
Nestled on the beautiful hills of Viareggio just 30 minutes away from Lucca’s famous ancient walls, Villa Soraya was first built in the 15th century. Built in 1500, Villa del Colle, the name how it was called, it became immediatly a part of the dependencies of the nearby convent to accommodate their monks.
The Villa remained the property of the Farnese Certosa until the Napoleon confiscation on 1807.
After the fall of Napoleon, the villa met several owners until 1846 when it was bought by Francesco Del Prete a noble of Viareggio.
In this house lived Dr. Rodolfo Giacchi and his wife Telene Del Prete dear friends of the composer Giacomo Puccini, which was often a guest.
During these stays Giacomo Puccini was able to hear the sound of the bells of the village, which he used in “Tosca” during the duet between Tosca and Scarpia at the end of the first act.
In this villa in absolute incognito spent two weeks of vacation Princess Soraya of Persia.
It tells the story of Beatrice who loved flowers and was a member of the Garden Club, the flower-filled courtyard of roses.
At the end of the war, her husband Charles was founder and first director of the Bulletin of the Army and Navy, later renamed the Armed Forces.
In 1951, after the death of her husband in 1949, Beatrice, strongly depressed, moved to Florence in Italy, bringing with her young daughter Olive. In 1955 she returned to America to plant trees in the school of Holton Arms. When Olive moved ‘to college at the University of Colorado, Beatrice decides to go back to live in Italy, continuing to return in U.S. frequently.
In 1962 the villa was bought by Olive Beatrice McLean and the property was baptized “Lorien” (as can be seen still hanging from the plate).
The terrace was (and is) the focal point of the house. Beatrice has carefully setting of the house and has worked continuously to improve the structure. Established a library and two bedrooms off in the attic on the third floor, she did put tiles in the bathrooms and installed central heating.
Beatrice died at the villa Lorien in 1979.
Apart from enjoying Lucca which is lovely, our location is an ideal spot where to start all your visits to Tuscany and surrounding regions. Pisa is only 35 min. away, Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio and their beautiful beaches are just 30 min away.
In the summer season Lucca hosts a very nice modern music festival, Torre del Lago hosts various Puccini concerts and all of Tuscany is packed with all sorts of cultural events.
You can go to Pietrasanta in 30 min. for a full immersion in modern art and there are too many places to visit to list them all here.
You can even opt for a winter vacation, Abetone ski resort is just one hour away.
Its long history goes back to Etruscan and Ancient Roman times, and the city retains pieces of Ancient architecture. Lucca’s great era was in the Gothic era just before the Renaissance, and the city contains much marvelous architecture from that era. Lucca’s current defensive walls were designed by Leonardo Da Vinci and were never breached. Lucca remained an independent city state until the end of the 18th century. Giacomo Puccini, one of italian worldwide known opera composers, was born in Lucca.
The area of most interest to visitors is still enclosed within the old city defensive wall. The top of these broad walls is a ring park, a pleasant place for walking.
- Roman amphitheater – To be found off the Via Fillungo, main entrance by Piazza Scarpellini. The remains of the amphitheater are gone. The houses there are of medieval origin, built where the spectator stands were. The amphitheatre hosts concerts and many international performers including Van Morrison and The Eagles have played here.
- Duomo di San Martino, Piazza di San Martino. Romanesque cathedral dating to 14th century. Contains the must-see Volto Santo and Ilaria del Carretto’s Sarcophagus (Note you have to pay to see this) – By Jacopo della Quercia. Includes a sculpture of the crucifixion attributed to an eyewitness, Nicodemus. Some interesting carvings in the marble exterior, including a labyrinth.
- Torre Guinigi – this is a tower with trees atop it, a very dramatic sight, with good views of the city. No lift, many stairs.
- Torre delle Ore – ancient clock tower with original clock still working; is it possible to go upstairs on this tower too (beautiful view on the city, good perspective of Fillungo street).
- Palazzo Mansi.
- Saint Michael’s Church– Located in center of the Roman Forum
- Saint Frediano’s Church
- Via Fillungo Main street full of shops and bars.
- Palazzo Pfanner, Via degli Asili. Preserved rooms formerly inhabited by the Pfanner family, as well as a pleasant garden. Also on display, some 19th century medical equipment.
- Piazza Napoleone, Lucca’s largest square. Contains the large Palazzo Ducale, now a government building.
- Domus Romana, remains of an old Roman home, have been partially excavated, and may be seen at via Cesare Battisti 15.
Forte dei Marmi
With its beaches and its sea (blue flag certified), hills, parks and Apuan St. Flushing, Forte dei Marmi Versilia is one of the ideal destinations for a vacation of relaxation and nature. Here you will find many opportunities to spend a wonderful holiday. You could spend your time on our beaches or hiking in the Apuan Alps or in parks, or walk over the splendid avenues of Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio enjoy our fresh seafood in a typical restaurant, and finally let yourself down into the fun of life night where the lights of night are linked with those of the morning.
Forte dei Marmi
is now pioneering an elite tourism, a worldliness that preserves its original splendor. Good food and clean sea make always a point of reference for those seeking an exclusive holiday.
With the several attractions in Forte Dei Marmi available to tourists, Forte Dei Marmi must do’s are galore. Located in the Lucca province of Tuscany, Italy, Fort Dei Marmi is a quaint sea town thriving on tourism. Forte Dei Marmi attracts several tourists who come here to enjoy their vacation by the pristine sandy beaches and enjoy shopping in the exclusive designer boutiques (or the flea markets available all over the place). Given below are top five must do’s while in Forte Dei Marmi.
Forte Dei Marmi Beaches
One of the first beach resorts in Italy Forte Dei Marmi is very popular among the rich and beautiful people. People from around the world, especially from Milan, Russia, Florence and Germany, flock to Forte Dei Marmi to enjoy the sand and sun among other things that the city has to offer. The fine sand and the calm and clean waters of the beach make it an ideal place for children and one of the best in Europe. The beach has several club houses, which offer sun bathing decks and other amenities to their guests. You can choose to play in the water, or just enjoy watching the kids play and relax.
Forte Dei Marmi Flea Market
Forte Dei Marmi is a shopper’s paradise. Apart from the exclusive boutique showrooms or “Made in Italy” tags, it is also famous for its flea markets. The Forte Dei Marmi flea market opens every Wednesday from 8.00 to 14.30 at Piazza Marconi near the city center. Traders from all over Italy come over to display their wares. Everything under the sun, from crockery to branded designer wear, is available at this flea market for bargain prices. During summers when the tourist inflow increases, this market is open even on Sunday’s. This is the perfect place to shop, as you get the best of Italy.
Forte Dei Marmi is also known as the Fort of Marbles, a name that it received as it was the main marble deposit area in ancient times. The only constructions available then were a warehouse and wharf to transport the marbles. The Marble Warehouse is one of the very first constructions in Forte Dei Marmi built in 1618. Its remains are still visible in the city. The old wharf’s remains are also visible in the sea, stretching over 300 meters and offering a great view of the city.
- Main house: Villa dating from about 1400 on three floors, in a small village. Former home of the abbot of the nearby monastery. Former farm, with land cultivated with olive and fruit trees. Patio, wood oven, swimming pool and conservatory.
- Ground floor: Two entrances, Living room with fireplace,1 living room with pellet stove, 1 dining room for 20 people, 1 dining room for 8 seats, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom.
- First floor: Suite Sofia: the master bedroom, an adjoining dining room and bathroom with tub and shower
- Second floor: Silvana Suite: double bedroom, living room and adjoining bathroom with dressing room with bath and shower. Anna Suite: double bedroom, bedroom with single bed and adjoining bathroom with tub and shower. Claudia Suite: 1 large bedroom with double bed furnished with a desk, 1 sofa bed and 1 bathroom with shower
- Square Meters: 900
- Outside: Swimming pool (7×4 mt) , garden and relax area
- Private parking: 4 cars
- Closest village: Bargecchia 1 km
- Closest town: Viareggio 11 km
- Distance to shopping: Viareggio 11 km
- Closest restaurant: Ristorante “RINO” 2 km Bargecchia
- Other restaurants & pubs: “Da Romano”, Viareggio 11 km
- Closest beaches/sea: Viareggio 11 km, Forte dei Marmi 20 km
- Closest bus stop: Bargecchia 1 km
- Nearest highway: Viareggio 11 km
- Nearest train station: Viareggio 11 km
- Nearest Airport: Pisa (PSA) 34 km
SITES OF INTEREST:
- Cinque Terre: ferry companies depart daily from the Marina of Lerici
Shedules and information: http://www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/
- Beaches: Forte dei Marmi 20 km, Cinque Terre: 30 mins by ferry boat from La Spezia, Portofino: 40 mins by Ferry Boat from La Spezia
- Places to see: Lucca: 30 km, Viareggio: 11 km, Pisa 34 km, Forte dei Marmi: 20 km, Carrara/marble quarries: 33 km, Montecatini Terme 52 km, Firenze 120 km, Lerici: 50 Km, Fiascherino/Tellaro: 53 km, Cinque Terre: 79 km by car, Portovenere 78 km, Portofino: 129 km, Genova: 145 km,
- All linen and towels
- Pool towels
- All utilities
- WiFi Internet Access
- Water, gas, electricity
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Security Deposit € 500,00 to be paid in Euro on arrival
- Final cleaning € 250,00
- Rentals are Saturday to Saturday
- Short rentals considered on request
- Arrival between 4 and 8 p.m.
- Departure by 10.00.
- Car essential
- Child friendly
- Pets welcome
Hair Dryer, Iron & Board, Heating, Internet WiFi, Linens Provided, Parking, Washing Machine, Sunbed, Towels Provided,
Coffee Maker, Dishwasher, Dishes & Utensils, Oven, Refrigerator, Pantry Items,, 4 ring Stove, Microwave, Toaster,
Dining, Seating For 20 People,
Books, Stereo, Dvd Player, TV Sat, Pool table, Satellite / Cable, Video Library,
Private Garden, Garden Table & Chairs,Parasol , Private Pool (7×4 m), Outdoor Grill, Gazebo
Boat/Yacht Charter, Cooking service, Daily domestic staff , Extra Maid Service, Guided Excursions, Private Driver, Private Chef
Churches, Lakes, Forests, Restaurants, Ruins, Rivers, Museums, Water Parks, Winery Tours, Marina
Local Services & Businesses:
Atm/Bank, Fitness Center , Hospital, Babysitter, Medical Services, Massage Therapist , Groceries
Sports & Activities:
Cycling, Disco Club, Deepsea Fishing, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Jet Skiing, Mountain Biking, Outlet Shopping, Paragliding, Rafting, Sailing, Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, Water Skiing, Whale Watching, Whitewater, Wind-Surfing