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- Elevated, spacious retreat
- Stunning panoramic views
- Comfortable interiors
- Simpson family extras available
- Shops/restaurants 15-minute drive
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Deep in the Garfagnana Mountains, Casa al Colle resides in one of the most soul stirring, authentically Italian parts of northern Tuscany. With its gorges, forests, rivers, medieval villages and churches, the region captured the hearts of the poets Byron and Shelley – and from this elevated, spacious retreat, it’s easy to see why.
Parts of Casa al Colle date back to 1761 and over the centuries since, it’s evolved into a welcoming and extremely spacious summer home. As well as 400 olive trees, the grounds feature a swimming pool, including a handy fridge, and an outside dining area with a wood-fired pizza oven and barbecue nearby. An inner courtyard provides extra seating that’s open to the stars and the generous panoramic balconies are perfect for losing yourself in a good book.
The interior living areas, with their heavy wooden beams and light, comfortable interiors, offer ample space for a large family gathering or two families holidaying together – and the two separate entrances to the house make this an even easier arrangement. A clever sliding partition on the ground floor allows you to create an extra sleeping space and, complete with a sofabed, shower room and TV, it makes a great den for a teenager who wants to feel more independent.
Casa al Colle overlooks the 16th-century hamlet of San Romano, home to the Property Manager Veronica and her father, Roberto, who takes care of the garden and swimming pool. Veronica will meet you when you arrive and speaks good English if you need any help. They are among a number of people, including the Swiss/Italian owners of the villa, Thomas and Fiorella, who live in the village and are on hand to ensure that your stay here is as comfortable as possible. So while you enjoy the wonderful seclusion, you need never feel cut off amongst such hospitable company; the owners will even bring you fresh herbs and tomatoes from their garden if you wish. There’s also a delivery of fresh bread every other day, Monday to Friday, which you’ll need to pre-order. And then there’s Anja, the housekeeper and cook, whose pizza, made fresh in your own pizza oven, is legendary. She also offers an excellent catering service featuring a host of delicious Tuscan specialities, payable locally. For everything else, there are several supermarkets a 15-minute drive away.
The local area
San Romano (formerly Castello di Spulizano) doesn’t have shops or restaurants, but does host a local summer festival at the beginning of August. Barga, a 25-minute drive away is part of the ‘Cittaslow’ movement and has excellent places to eat, as well as opera and jazz festivals in the summer.
Also 25 minutes away is Bagni di Lucca, where you’ll find the spa once enjoyed by Shelley and Lord Byron, and in Borgo a Mozzano, 15 minutes away, you’ll find the Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo), a fine example of medieval architecture that, legend has it, was built by the devil himself in a night. The bustling walled city of Lucca is 45 minutes away – perfect for strolling with an ice cream – and famous Pisa and Florence are both within a two-hour drive.
There’s also plenty to do off the beaten track with the areas numerous mountain walking trails, as well as guided canyoning and climbing adventures. For stunning natural beauty, explore the area around Isola Santa up in the mountains, with its lake, caves and atmospheric abandoned villages.
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- 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)
- Formal sitting/dining room
- Informal sitting room with fireplace
- Kitchen includes hob, oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
- Library (with books in English)
- Master bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Shower room with Jacuzzi
- Bedroom (no a/c) with bunk beds with en-suite shower room and washing machine
- Stairs to interior gallery/balcony above the kitchen with sofa (can be locked if required)
Lower ground floor
- Sitting room with small kitchenette and access to garden
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- 2 bathrooms
- TV room with sliding door and sofabed
- Complimentary WiFi
- Air-conditioning in all bedrooms except bunk bedroom
- Outdoor dining area
- Barbecue and pizza oven
- Table tennis
- Private saltwater-filtered swimming pool 12m x 6m ( depth 1.20m – 1.60m)
- The last few hundred metres leading up to the villa entrance are along a very steep and narrow road
- In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first week of your stay only, which means that an average of €1.50 per person (12+ years) may be charged. This should be paid in cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay.
- Due to the cooler temperatures, the swimming pool will be closed from 30 September until the end of the season
Simpson family extras
- Complimentary cot and highchair available
- Car seats and booster seats can be provided at a supplement, subject to availability
- To pre-book any of our family extras please call 020 8392 5747
- All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and email checking. We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
- Check in time – 4-8pm
- Check out time – 10am
- Fornaci di Barga (shops/restaurants) 15min drive
- Borgo a Mozzano (shops/restaurants) 15min drive
- Gallicano (shop/supermarket) 15min drive
- Barga (shops/restaurants/theatre) 20min drive
- Bagni di Lucca 25min drive
- Lucca 45min drive
- Florence 1hr 45min drive
- Pisa airport 1hr 10min drive
This property is priced on an accommodation-only basis. To view details of recommended flights please click here.
We are happy to arrange your car hire, using one of our trusted local suppliers. Choose to collect your car at the airport or use our taxi transfer service and find your hire car waiting at the villa; please ask us about options and prices. All hire cars booked with us include:
- Fully inclusive insurance, with zero excess*
- Free additional driver
When you book your car with us, we'll also make sure the paperwork is done in advance, leaving you free to simply check and sign for the vehicle when you arrive. For further information regarding travel arrangements click here.
* For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.
- 2 guests – 1 group B, Fiat 500 or similar
- 3 guests – 1 group C, VW Polo or similar
- 4 guests – 1 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar
- 5 guests – 1 group F, Automatic BMW Series 2 Gran Tourer Station Wagon or similar
- 6 guests – 2 group C, VW Polo or similar
- 7 guests – 1 group C, VW Polo or similar, and 1 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar
- 8 guests – 2 group D, Peugeot 308 or similar
- 9 guests – 1 group D, Peugeot 308 and 1 group F, Fiat Tipo SW or similar
- 10 guests – 2 group F, Automatic BMW Series 2 Gran Tourer Station Wagon or similar
Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*
Group C – 1.6 litre engine, 2 medium and 1 large suitcases*
Group D – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group F – 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*
Group H – Alfa Romeo Giulietta AUT or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
We return again after two years – why wouldn’t you? What a perfect place to neutralise – a most strange and unusual year with Covid-19. We leave feeling totally relaxed and at peace ready to face the world again. Thomas was an excellent host and Leonardo produced some magic with his pizzas and at every meal. Veronica was forever helpful. Thank you, Thomas, for sharing your magnificent villa. We shall be back no doubt.
The Aggarwal family – September 2020
We booked to go to France but when the quarantine rules changed Simpson Travel was extremely helpful in finding us an alternative villa in a different country. The booking was easy and communications good. Prior to our arrival in Italy I asked Jonathan, the local representative, numerous questions about restaurants, bike hire, places to visit and activities. His replies were prompt and thoroughly researched and well informed. The villa was very impressive, well-apportioned and had a large pool with fantastic views. The local support from the owner was tentative but not intrusive. This is the perfect villa for some R&R set in a spectacular location.
Steven Treharne – August 2020
Thank you, Thomas, for letting us stay in your fabulous house. We had a wonderful time, perfect place to hide away in these strange Covid-19 times. Plenty of opportunities for chilling, swimming, eating, chatting, singing and tasting the local wine! We had an amazing pizza night with Leonardo and Anya – a really special evening. We made good use of the barbecue – fantastic meat from Antica Macelleria Nutini in Piano di Coreglia. We had lovely meals out and ice cream in Barga and a great day in Lucca. Thomas was a fabulous host and made sure we had everything we needed and more. Anya’s tomatoes were delicious. Thanks also to Veronica for looking after us. We wouldn’t hesitate to return to this beautiful house and area.
The Hale and Dennis families – August 2020
Delighted with our stay. Casa al Colle is in an area of outstanding beauty. We received a very warm welcome and were very well looked after throughout our stay. We are sad to leave today.
The Nahhas family – October 2019
After a week in Milan, we enjoyed our week at Casa al Colle, very relaxing and fabulous views! Two days of thunderstorms and torrential rain gave way to sunshine and blue sky for the rest of the week. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
The Bartlett family – September 2019
A lovely house and pool area – with a fantastic view! We didn’t need to go anywhere – we just had a week of relaxing. Thank you Thomas, Assunta and Veronica for looking after us.
The Keeble family – August 2019
What a beautiful house, what a wonderful area to explore. We’ve had such a happy, peaceful time and were so well looked after by Assunta, Veronica and Roberto and of course Thomas. We would love to come back and will try very hard! Thank you.
Jo, Chris, Charlie, Fred & Hannah – August 2019
Fantastic, quiet and a beautiful location – views all round. Nine adults and two young children easily accommodated and never felt cramped. Extensive gardens to enjoy. Really enjoyed the barbecue and pizza oven. Loads of wood available. Sitting on the arched balcony overlooking San Romano was magical. Veronica always available to help with any problems.
The Woods family – August 2019
What a fantastic two weeks we’ve had at Casa al Colle. The villa itself is nestled in an outstanding landscape, the views are magnificent and it could not be any more peaceful. From the balconies our nightly ‘wildlife watch’ entailed sightings of multiple deer, owls, eagles, buzzards, foxes and one particular bat that we took to naming ‘Bertie’. Huge thank you to Thomas, Veronica, Roberto and Assunta for looking after us so well! From Veronica’s friendly smile on arrival to Roberto’s great discretion while maintaining the pool/gardens every morning – we barely knew he was there! We cannot forget Assunta and her fabulous cooking – best restaurant in town and a massive privilege to taste to have such authentic Italian cuisine. We especially loved her lasagne and pizzas cooked in the outdoor pizza oven! We’d definitely recommend a trip to Lucca and a day or two in Siena is definitely worth the drive! We also really enjoyed some pony trekking and an afternoon in Castelnuovo was time well spent – go to the little coffee shop through the main gate – they have chocolate spoons! All in all we absolutely loved our time spent in this ‘perla nascosta’.
The Emmott family – July 2019
What a fantastic holiday! The villa itself is nestled in outstanding landscape, the views are magnificent and it could not be any more peaceful. From the balconies our nightly ‘wildlife watch’ entailed sightings of multiple deer, owls, eagles, buzzards, foxes and bats. Huge thank you to everyone for looking after us so well. From Veronica’s friendly smile on arrival to Roberto’s great discretion while maintaining the pool/gardens every morning – we barely knew he was there. We cannot forget Assunta and her fabulous cooking – best restaurant in town and a massive privilege to taste such authentic Italian cuisine. All in all we absolutely loved our time spent in this ‘perla nascosta’ (hidden gem).
The Emmotts – July 2019
What a stunningly beautiful place – heaven! After a long journey with two young children we were delighted to arrive here. Long days by the pool, a trip to Lucca and Borga, plenty of wine and Assunta’s fabulous suppers is just what the doctor ordered. Both sets of grandparents came to stay and went away brown and very happy – we don’t want to leave.
Tom, Lianna, Henry & Emmeline – June 2019
What a stunningly beautiful place – heaven! Long days by the pool, a trip to Lucca and Borga, plenty of wine and Assunta’s fabulous suppers is just what the doctor ordered.
Tom, Lianna, Henry & Emmeline – June 2019
Thank you, Thomas, for such a magical week in your beautiful Casa a Colle. The weather has been amazing, picking and harvesting olives has been an amazing and memorable experience. We loved exploring Barga. Assunta and Patties cooking was delicious. We even managed a few dips in your beautiful pool. We will be heading home very happy and with some wonderful memories. Thank you to veronica and Roberto also – delighted to be heading home with some of the first press. Many Thanks.
Tom, Bethany, Claude, Noah, Jilly, Miles & Jeff – October 2018
Had a lovely time – It’s a truly special place, so tranquil, beautiful long distance views and gorgeous sunsets. Especially loved the wide selection of well thought places to appreciate the beautiful surroundings. Loved the original features of the house and homely touches. Can’t recommend Lucca highly enough for a day trip. We’re very sad to be leaving such a wonderful place.
Mr & Mrs Smith – September 2018
After a cancelled flight and a very long drive from London, we made it to this beautiful location. Lovely days by the pool, trips to Lucca, Pisa and Florence. Recommend Marameo (thank you Thomas!) and Assunta’s pizza. Eagles, deer and baby fox – sad to be leaving for home already.
Tracy, John, Ben & Harry – July 2018
Wow! What a stunning place. Loved everything about the house. The pool, the terraces and all the nooks to explore. Thank you, Thomas, for keeping an eye on us and Assunta & Simone for the pizzas and Tuscan dinner. Florence was beautiful, Lucca was a gem and just being at Casa al Colle was the best bit by far. Thank you!
Andy, Mary, Kate, Nick & Catherine – July 2018
Perfect Villa, perfect hosts, thank you for your hospitality. This was our first trip to Tuscany and it exceeded all our expectations!
The Hampshire’s – June 2018
We have had a thoroughly enjoyable week in this wonderful villa with its spectacular scenery. We enjoyed the pool and table tennis. Pizza and lasagne evenings by the pool provided by Assunta was well worth it. Well worth a hiring bikes in Lucca and we all had a fun filled evening at Fattoria al Dotto. Casa al Colle Villa itself is fun to explore – there are many places to sit and marvel at the Vista! I am sure we will be back again!
The Aggarwall Family – June 2018
Thank you so much for an amazing two weeks! The house and surrounding country are so beautiful, we never got tired of waking up to the wonderful view. If you are reading this and you have toddlers, we highly recommend a day in Lucca – hire a bike and cycle around, there are a couple of playgrounds and plenty of places for ice-cream. Also, lots of wild strawberries around of you are up for some foraging – along the drive and by the pool are good places to start. Plus, mint and oregano along the footpaths. A wonderful holiday and we will be coming back!
The Exham Family – June 2018
Casa al Colle was rented for 10 friends and it was perfect. Everything was catered for and cooking facilities were excellent in the kitchen as well as the outside barbecue, pizza oven and fridge-freezer by the pool. There is plenty of room in the villa and there are breath-taking views from every window and balcony. The gardens are very well maintained, as is the pool. The fireflies which lit up the night time sky were a dream come true. We were also blown away the hospitality of Thomas, the villa owner.
Linda – June 2018
Thank you so much for providing a wonderful place for a much-needed family get together. Despite the rainy weather, we had a lovely stay and enjoyed exploring the area around San Romano, Lucca and Florence. We loved the scrabble, pick – up sticks and table tennis tournaments, as well as relaxing by the pool on the beautiful sunny days. We are all heading home very relaxed and very well fed! We thoroughly recommend Assunta’s cooking.
The Young Ones, The Goodman’s & The Speedstar – May 2018
A delightful week for two families in this lovely house. The pool has been much enjoyed by all but the wonderful surroundings have inspired at every turn. Thank you.
Robert, Victoria, James, Laura, Matthew, Alex & Henrietta – September 2017
Set in the most spectacular of locations, this villa really is a little gem. Temperatures had soared into the 40s during our stay so the first few days were spent by the beautiful pool. This was rather on the cold side as not heated but certainly did the job of cooling us down. After much internet research the males in our group absolutely perfected the use of the pizza oven, which is a wonderful feature of the property. You couldn't eat dinner in a nicer location. Air conditioning in bedrooms is very effective and a life saver for us in the heat. The beds were exceptionally comfortable – very supportive – as were the sunbeds by the pool. In fact they really were in a league of their own – very light to move, but very strong, supportive and had overhead shades – just perfect. Loads of wild life including wild boar, deer, lizards, golden eagle. A day trip to Pisa was well worth doing. Overall a wonderful holiday with lots of memories. Thanks.
Howard Family – August 2017
Sadly, heading home after a glorious week at Casa al Colle. We loved the pool and spent many hours playing and just enjoying the amazing views. The pizza oven is a must and Assunta and Pattie’s pizzas should not be missed. We recommend a day trip to Lucca and Pietrasanta. Look (and listen) out for Giovanni the ghiro. Our thanks to Veronica, Roberto and Assunta for their kind attentions and help during our stay at this lovely house.
Caroline, Lisa, Issy, Sian & Dilys – August 2017
Had a wonderful time in the 30-degree Tuscan sunshine. Had delicious ice-cream in Barga high street, only €1 each! Took a day out in Lucca. San Romano Village Hall was a great find, very cold beer, table football and lovely bar lady. Thanks for a beautiful stay.
Sarah, Steve, Hannah, Holly, Jim, Sandra, Richard, Gillian, Lou & Heather – August 2017
A lovely peaceful stay with the excitement (we think) of seeing a pair of Golden eagle’s hunting along the valley. A much needed rest after sightseeing in Florence and Lucca (do not miss!).
Alison, Mike, Elanor & Lydia – July 2017
Just heading home after a wonderful stay at Casa al Colle. What a stunning and quiet place. Our highlights included the pizza oven, which makes amazing pizza. You just need to stack it up with wood and let it heat for around 90 minutes and then go! The ice-cream shop on the outskirts of Bagni di Lucca is a must and lastly, Pietrasanta which is quiet and quaint. It is lovely for a leisurely walk and some lunch. Thanks to Veronica and Roberto for helping out around the house.
Jonny, Paul, Mandy, Shaun, Tim & Imogen – July 2017
Perfect week in every way from the tranquil, beautiful surrounding, the gorgeous sunshine, the stunning Italian countryside and the delicious food and wine. We loved nearby Barga where we ate at Caffe Capaetz and L’Osteria, both of which were superb. We had lots of fun using the pool and barbeque and were very impressed with our pizzas which we cooked in the pizza oven. We were very well looked after by Roberto and his family who provided a fantastic service and loved Casa al Colle and hope to be able to return in the not too distant future.
Susan, Tim, Michael, Harry & Hannah – May 2017
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From the moment you arrive in Tuscany, you are invited to share in its grand passions and indulgent pleasures – world-famous wine, mouth-watering food and epic histories. Each of Tuscany’s ten provinces has its own unique personality, but wherever you stay, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a verdant patchwork of olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards. From the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, to the narrow streets of hilltop San Gimignano, Tuscany makes for a stunning escape.
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