ALBERGO VILLA MARTA
Stylish and serene former hunting lodge near Lucca
YOU'LL FIND HOSPITABLE Albergo Villa Marta at the foot of Monte Pisani, 5km outside the medieval walled city of Lucca. Set in wooded countryside with glorious valley views, this one-time 19th century hunting lodge has now been beautifully restored by owners Andrea and Alessia Martinelli.
Albergo Villa Marta makes a terrific alternative to staying in Lucca itself – the villa is charm itself and the pool and garden setting idyllic. If you prefer tranquility to the well-trodden terrain of town – while staying within easy reach of all Lucca's attractions – this is the place to be.
Surrounded by serene Renaissance gardens, Villa Marta is equally tranquil inside, with light-filled rooms, high beamed ceilings and classic decor. Bedrooms glow in a restrained colour palette of creamy beige, pastel greys and soft apricot, distresed paintwork accented by pretty cushions and a cool mix of antique and contemporary furniture.
Private garden chapel
Hit the Spot
Wooded Tuscan setting close to medieval Lucca
Pick a deluxe room, and you’ll slumber beneath a frescoed ceiling or pad around on an original mosaic floor.
It's an ideal spot for those flying in or out of Pisa.
Spotless serenity in fine surrounds.
Outside, there’s a gorgeous swimming pool and even a small private chapel in the gardens tailor-made for an intimate wedding. You can also hire a bike and pedal around some quiet lanes and villages. Dining outside is a summertime highlight
, with candlelit tables and first-rate cooking.
Hop in the car and you’re just a short drive from lovely Lucca
, with its medieval walls, ancient squares and inviting small shops. Pisa is within easy reach and you're less than an hour from the airport, making this a great place to stay at the start or the end of a Tuscan trip.
Albergo Villa Marta was reviewed for Room for Romance by Claudia Vicenzi
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The restaurant offers a smart but not too formal atmosphere where you'll enjoy Tuscan favourites such as risotto primavera
Villa Marta is in the heart of the countryside so you might not want to drive. For something totally different, ask about the decidedly different restaurant in Volterra maximum security jail near Pisa – where former Mafiosi and bank robbers now serve guests dinner.
Villa Marta's Botton d’Oro
Refined Tuscan cuisine
Dress the part
It's smart casual here
The gardens are made for al fresco dining
See & Do
Florence and Siena are within driving distance and you wont want to miss their feast of museums, churches and Renaissance art. The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is close at hand, as is the historic walled city of Lucca.
Lucca is the place to stock up on Tuscan wine and foodstuffs to take home – pesto, pasta and porcini
Massages can be booked at the hotel. True spa fanatics should head for the San Giuliano Terme, 10km away or the Bagni di Lucca spa, 20km distant
Star-crossed lovers will enjoy a night time promenade on Lucca’s ancient city walls. Otherwise pour yourself an after-dinner digestivo
and go for a moonlit walk in the grounds.
Opera fans should head for the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago Puccini
Lucca’s residents dress up in period costume and re-enact ancient scenes for the Festa di San Paolino
Via del Ponte Guasperini, San Lorenzo a Vaccoli, 55100 Lucca
There is free guest parking
Lucca station – 5km
EUR 15 from the station, EUR 50 from the airport.
Pisa – 20km
Rooms and suites
One deluxe room has painted ceilings and the original tiled floor, while another has a four poster bed.
In the gardens you'll find a swimming pool, a private chapel and an olive grove.
From EUR 110
Minimum night stay?
During high season there is a minimum stay of three nights
Breakfast is served until 10am. Set yourself up for the day with pastries, salami, fresh eggs and other goodies.
Available 24 hours a day
Youngsters are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Sorry, your furry friends must stay at home.
Italian, English, French and German
Yes. The hotel can accommodate up to 30 guests, based on exclusive hire for at least 4 nights. The chapel can be used for blessings.
Water is purified on site.
Andrea Martinelli – general manager