We fell back in love with ourselves during a week at the Burlamacchi Estate, dating back to the XV century, consisting of 2 villas totaling 8,600 sqft, which are surrounded by vast, private, terraced gardens leading to a small forest, ancient stones, and marble seats among rose bushes and other scented flowers. It was only a 5-minute walk to the town center of Bagni di Lucca, where we found shops, bars, restaurants, and plenty of culture.
Our days were filled with daily yoga and meditation, massages, facials, tarot readings, Venus/ cacao ceremony, new moon circle, family constellations, wine tour, city tour, cooking class, plus we had our very own private chef preparing our breakfasts and gourmet dinners that we enjoyed outdoors under the Tuscan stars!
Burlamacchi Villas is a complex of 2 luxury CATERED villas -' San Francesco ' and ' Casa Burlamacchi '- rented as a unique property with a private pool, completely restored in 2009 and 2020/21, which date back respectively to XIX and XV century. The complex, together with a few nearby houses and villas, lay on an enjoyable and privileged position, within easy reach of the town center of Bagni di Lucca (5 minutes walk), where a good number of shops, bars, and restaurants can be found.
The local Spa resorts were a short distance from the Villa (1 km) and were reachable for a leisurely walk in the green. Immersed in a typical Tuscan landscape, it is an ideal destination for those looking for a relaxing holiday amongst serene surroundings with culture and other diversions close to hand. Both villas are three-floor constructions for a total of 800 square meters.
There is a professional kitchen where the chef prepared typical Tuscan and Italian meals, an equipped kitchen for guests available for snacks and drinks, and plenty of common areas, including four living rooms.
The interiors, accurately and elegantly redecorated with XVIII and XIX century furniture, are typical of the Lucca region's residences. The precious and light fabrics, meticulous attention to detail, and interior lighting made the environments warm, cozy, and comfortable.
'Villa San Francesco' and the back of 'Casa Burlamacchi' faced the garden, which was spacious with a fabulous view of the Tuscan valley and mountains. The meadow had rich vegetation and big ancient earthenware basins with flowers. The range opposite the villa was large, with areas exposed to the sun and hidden in the shadow. There was a big table with chairs and various pieces of garden furniture made of wood and wrought iron. The place was most suitable for resting, reading, or talking in the shades of secular trees. It’s also perfect for having a typical Tuscany dinner during a cool refreshing evening. Adjacent to the villas, along the hillside, a vast area of private terraced gardens leads to a small forest. One can find ancient stones and marble garden seats, rose bushes, and other scented flowers here and there. Our villa was ideal for those searching for peace and intimacy within the luxurious building immersed in green foliage.
The Town of Lucca:
Lucca is a splendid medieval city located in the northwest of Tuscany. The ancient walls surrounding it, dating back to the early sixteenth century, have remained intact and can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Nicknamed "the city of a hundred churches" for the magnificent religious buildings, Lucca offers the opportunity to visit towers, squares, and palaces whose charm has remained intact over the centuries.
Outside the walls, it is possible to admire the enchanting countryside of Lucca with the churches and villas famous worldwide. There are excellent restaurants inside the historic center and outside where you can taste the typical dishes of the local tradition.
This trip was the experience of a lifetime. It was so well organized and first class. The accommodation was wonderful, and the chef and sommelier were amazing. The yoga/chakra cleansing was energizing before each day’s tours and activities. Thank you, Kimberlee, for putting together such a memorable experience!
- Jennifer V.