Albergo Villa Marta
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After trying to visit Pisa a few days ago, we wanted to return with more time. With a map this time, we headed to Piazza del Duomo. We had to carry all of our stuff so that was interesting but we found somewhere to eat on the way for a rest. We got pizza in Pisa! :) Once we got to the piazza, we were laughing to ourselves because so many tourists (probably American) had their ...
... wine the lemon-cello the countryside and the architecture but oh the gelato! Off to rome or fumicino in the morning and then split and our cruise. We are all dolled up and off to the opera tonight of course in Puccini territory why not. Three train changes with luggage in tow, then a taxi to our hotel. A tiring day. When will I learn to pack light? SECCY HOTEL in ...... A small fishing port but reasonably close to ...
... that comes close to it at home) then headed to the beach, dragging our super-stuffed suitcases behind us. Note to self - pack light next time. Another note to self - pay attention to first note to self. Feeling a bit peckish, we ordered bruschetta (there's that tomato obsession again - but it was simply delicious) and a coffee. Then it was time to catch the train for our two hour trip to Genoa. This was another enjoyable trip on a ...
... In the end, a kind Italian gentleman offered to lend the remainder of our fine as he was getting off at Lucca too. We graciously accepted. After we got off at Lucca with our new financial associate, he reached into his bag and came out with a piece of paper and said "I give you my address, you send me money when you go back home, I know money is precious when travelling". What a legend! However we insisted on paying him back straight away, and so we went straight to a ...
... and if it wasn't for his music Puccini would have been well and truly ostracised by the local Luccans! Wow, someone should write an opera about all this! Anyhow inspired by this I popped in to the nightly Puccini concert held in the Church that his family had been pillars of...until Giacomo came along by the sounds of it! Quite a nice concert...the soprano had terrific volume, and when she launched into the high notes I thought she might swallow us all! The rest ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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This is a perfect little place.
The owner makes remarkable cappuccinos and is very knowledgable about local restaurants. He send us to a fantastic restaurant. We had a great time.
Ideal base for artists/photographers
The Margaret Cowling Arts Painting Tour, Italy 2005, found Villa Marta to be a beautifully situated venue for a relaxing stay in the Tuscan countryside. The friendly atmosphere provided by the family-run business and attentive staff was a very warm welcome when our group returned to the Villa after each day's excursion. The rooms are all well appointed, clean, tastefully decorated with generous bathrooms. The elegant buildings and chapel are surrounded by lawn, olive groves and the Pisani hills - altogether a picturesque setting. Presentation was always exquisite and we enjoyed many wonderful meals. While we were there as a group, it would be excellent for families, couples, singles because of the relaxed atmosphere and space. Congratulations Villa Marta!
Albergo Villa Marta - My idea of heaven!
TripAdvisor from London, UK
I spent four nights at Albergo Villa Marta in June 2005 and cannot praise it too highly. I arrived in the evening and found the elegant reception area ablaze with candles - so warm and welcoming and just a small example of the flair and attention to detail which is characteristic of this jewel of a hotel. The charming couple who run the hotel go out of their way to make guests feel welcome, but without being obtrusive. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the local area. They are also excellent and passionate cooks. Other plus points:
Beautiful grounds with a breathtaking view in every direction - the Tuscan hills, olive groves, woods... Lovely swimming pool in the grounds (another way to enjoy the view)... Beautifully renovated house and annexe with rooms (only about 12) decorated with impeccable taste... Generous breakfasts (buffet with extensive choice) served on the terrace (ah, that view again!)...
Perfect for relaxation and escape, or a romantic holiday, or as a base for touring the area... I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't love this place. And Lucca itself is a delightful little town (the hotel is about 5 km outside Lucca). It's within easy reach of Pisa, so ideal for a quick trip from London - I can't wait to go back!
A Perfect Retreat...
I live in Italy and I booked this hotel for my visiting parents (five nights) via this website. Clearly, I was hoping they would have the absolute best experience during their stay in Italy... and I wasn't disappointed at all. Every morning when I picked them up to go on our day excursions into Tuscany (the hotel is perfectly located in Northern Tuscany) I listened to them praise the beauty of the hotel... the attention and kindness of the owners... the great breakfast and the dinners so good that my mother (in her own mind, the world's best cook) couldn't say enough kind things ;-) The rooms are rustic, yet modern... overall, a wonderful hotel. A great place to relax, explore some wonderful places... and enjoy beauty.
Peace and quiet in Lucca
This place was a gem. It has been open only 5 months after a two and a half year renovation by the owners. It is in a beautiful location just outside of Lucca (and only a short drive from Pisa). The rooms were clean and charming. The place had the feel of a nice bed and breakfast in the country. The hardworking staff were extremely helpful. Easily the highest quality breakfast we had on our 14 day vacation. Overall a wonderful location for our exploration of northern tuscany.
Utter bliss - can't recommend it highly enough
Probably the best hotel we've ever stayed in.
It is a small, extremely personal and friendly villa. The staff are great. Very genuine. nice people who make you feel instantly welcome (not in that saccharine "have a nice day" way). They work unbelievably hard, but are always good-humoured. They speak near-perfect English.
The room we had was of a good size, beautiful furniture, superb wooden beams in the rafters, marble en-suite with a huge shower. The reception and communal ares are very tasteful.
The swimming pool area was just what we needed after a very early start. Arrived in Pisa about midday and were sitting by the pool by 3 drinking wine and San Pelligrino (after a few detours - we found it hard to find, but mainly our fault for not following their instructions so well). Beautiful garden swimming area with comfy loungers, sitting area and very attentive yet inobtrusive service by the pool. Lovely gazebo to sit and relax in (day or night). Great views!
Had dinner there that evening. Was the best meal we had in our entire trip, on their cozy candle-lit veranda. Breakfast was superb, both quality and quantity.
Went into Lucca to wander around. So much nicer than big crowded Florence or touristy Verona. Small streets, lovely shops, great coffee and ice cream at a fraction of the price we were expecting.
A WORD OF WARNING - we parked in the centre in a square with no signs saying "No Parking" and with plenty of other cars parked. Arrived back one hour later to find our car had been towed away. Managed to track it down with the help of a kindly carabinieri, after a frantic hour rushing around and at a cost of 60 Euro (not as much as we had been expecting). ONLY PARK IN PLACES WITH BIG BLUE P SIGNS.
We were disappointed to be able to stay only one night. Will definitely go back, hopefully for the chocolate or wine festival! All this for only 140 Euro a night (another 70 for dinner and drinks, including the cheapest and best wine we drank on our trip) seems wonderful value if you really want to treat yourself to a little piece of heaven.
My wife and I spent three wonderful nights at Villa Marta. The villa is a recently renovated farm house, situated on lovely grounds with a dramatic view of moutains. Our room was large and very comfortable, the bathroom also large and with a wonderful shower that I could stand under without slouching. There is a long list of things to love about the villa, but I'll just highlight a few:
-- it has a pool, and an extremely beautiful pool at that. Swimming in the evening with as the sun goes down behind the mountains -- magical!
-- the breakfast is great, in the Italian tradition of light breakfasts.
-- our hosts were truly welcoming and friendly
-- you can have dinner there, and you should if you get the chance. Choose from a menu, and Andrea will prepare your choices. Dinner is served on the terrace with mountain view
-- the villa is NOT in Lucca, but in the small village of San Lorenzo about 2 km from Lucca. If you're travelling without a car (as we were) Lucca is still easily accessible by bus and you get the added bonus of a lovely walk through the neighborhood to the bus stop.
Add to this that the villa was less than half what we paid to stay in Florence, and it becomes clear that Villa Marta is a great bargain as well.
This is a lovely hotel, beautifully decorated to a high standard. We had a junior suite wich was very nice indeed. The room itself was not as big as I was expecting for a suite but none the less we were satisfied. The only difficulty was perhaps the noise. We stayed in 103 which is situated behind reception and it could get a little noisy. The hotel is situated about 10 minutes drive out of Lucca in the countryside. We found it to be an ideal location. Lucca incidently is fantastic.
La Toscana at its best
Albergo Villa Marta just opened in April after a two year renovation by hosts Alessia and Andrea. We found the villa absolutely charming with a wonderful garden and pool. The rooms are decorated simply but beautifully and the bathrooms are completely modern and tasteful. Guests may take their breakfast outdoors overlooking the hills of Tuscany and both the continental breakfast and cappucino were delicious. It is hard to come up with any critique: perhaps that the pool lounges could be more adjustable... The location is perfect: only 5 km from central Lucca, but far enough away to provide a quiet beautiful setting away from the dust of the city. All in all, we loved our stay here, found our hosts to be very helpful and friendly and we will definitely come again should we find ourselves in the area. We were traveling with our one-year-old and he loved it, too!
Albergo Villa Marta - Great style in the country
My wife and I have just returned from a 5 night stay at Villa Marta.It is a old country house in the countryside about 5 kilometres outside Lucca which the owner, Andrea , has spent the last two years converting into a small (11 bedroomed) boutique style hotel. He has retained the original features wherever possible , beamed or frescoed ceilings , marble floors, and furnished it with great taste and style.One touch that we particularly admired was returning at night after dinner in Lucca to find the lounge lit by candle light. An excellent cold buffet breakfast is included in the rates and is served on Villery and Bosch porcelain. Although the bedrooms are of average size they are well furnished and the beds are the most comfortable we have slept in. Andrea himself is the perfect host and will arrange anything you require.
In the past I have thought Italian hotels to be dated and overpriced but Villa Marta is hopefully part of a new trend in small , high standard hotels in Italy.