Villa Donato "Gaia" - Experience Tuscany as a local
From $49 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Old Tuscan house atop the village of Granaiola, one of Bagni Di Lucca's medieval hamlets. Enjoy 180 degree views of the MediaValle Garfagnana and the rivers Lima and Serchio great for rafting and summer cooling swims. Welcoming you is two good sized independent apartments in the house. Please specify upon booking if you want the part of the house exclusively for yourselves since prices will change.
GAIA: Complete with spacious kitchen, living room, 3 double bedrooms, bathroom and access to the front house garden and olive trees space on one side of the house.
SERENA: Complete with spacious kitchen, living room, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, terrace ...Read more
About the owner
About the owner
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Villa Donato "Gaia" - Experience Tuscany as a local Bagni Di Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Additional Location Information
Enjoy 180 degree views of the MediaValle Garfagnana and the rivers Lima and Serchio great for rafting and summer cooling swims. Great Outdoor activities all year around.
Laying between the Apuan Alps and the Appenine Mountains giving a semblance of a climatic mountain resort in spite of it's 152 meters above sea level, prefectly intergrated by the River Lima and Serchio, it can be considered an oasi of peace and serenity. Decentralized from the traffic which reaches the nearby Lucca(27kms), Versilia(48kms), Cinque Terre and Florence (100km).
Welcome to enjoy the Lucca province and countryside with its vineyards and olive groves which produces the highly rewarded olive oil, the beautiful villas of the eighteenth century. A good option for those who wants the fancy beach life of Versilia should visit Viareggio and the surrounding coast, or "Marina di Vecchiano" for those who want a more natural environment and contact with the sea and beach life. Here is where our rivers (Lima and Serchio) meets the Mediterranean ocean, and where you will find long natural beaches, dunes, native plants and wild-life. .
In its time Bagni di Lucca was one of the most famous health resorts in Europe, frequently visited by european aristocrats, politicians, international authors and poets when in Bagni di Lucca an english church (1840) and cimitery was built and also the chapel and hospital Demidoff, the Royal Casinò (first Casino in Europe where the Roulette was invented, inspired by the ancient game Biribisso), The Foreigners Club "il Circolo die Forestieri" and numerous Villas surrounded by parks. Bagni di Lucca consists of 24 Medieval Hamlets, most of them strategically positioned up in the panoramic hills, rich with traditions, culture, history and legends. With all these characteristics Bagni di Lucca is very well positioned as an ideal place to explore Tuscany and live like a local. The friendliness and hospitality of the population, combined with the unique flavors of the cuisine of the area helps to give a more comfortable and pleasant stay.
The thermal spa is probably better than many other famous ones. Known from the antique romans, the Thermal Spa of Bagni di Lucca became renown in the 11th century, epoca of the countess Matilde di Canossa and became one of the largest spa's in Europe. The springs of the hills of Corsena are all sulphate-bicarbonate-calcium and have temperatures between 54.1°C/130°F and 36.5°C/98°F.
The springs that have hot water are:
Spring Doccione al Bagno Caldo T.54.1°C/130°F, used to drink, bathe, irrigation;
Spring Maritata alle Docce Basse T.42.5°C/107°F;
Spring Ospedale Demidoff T.46°C/115°F, used to drink,bathe,irrigation, showers;
Spring Bagno alla Villa T.39°C/104°F, used to drink, bathe;
Spring Bernabò T.40°C/1O5°F, used for bathing;
Spring San Giovanni T.38°C/100°F, used to drink,bathe,irrigation,showers;
Spring alla Cova T 37.1°C/98.5°F, used to drink;
The historian Cesare Sardi says that in the roads of Bagni di Lucca in the 800's one could find noblemen and women with common people. Lots of noblemen and diplomats from all over Europe could be found because of the court of Lucca and the Grandduchy of Tuscany. Lots of illustrious people came to visit like the french philosopher Michel de Montagne in 1581, the poets George Gordon Byron, Bysshe Percy Shelley, Guiseppe Giusti, Heinrich Heine, Giosuè Carducci, Giovanni Pascoli, Eugenio Montale(author of the famous poem “Bagni di Lucca”), Louise de la Ramèe(Ouida), novelists Charles Lever, Francis Marion Crawford, Alexander Dumas(father), musicians like Johann Strauss, Franz Litz, Niccolò Paganini, Giacomo Puccini, Pietro Ma scagni, Guiseppe Verdi, politions and reigning people like the Napoleonidi, Charles Montesquieu, la Regina Margherita, Massimo D'Azeglio, Galeazzo Ciano, Vittorio Emanuele I di Savoia, religious people like San Luigi Gonzaga and Santa Gemma Galgani.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways
Nearest train station: Bagni di Lucca, 4 miles
Nearest airport: Pisa , 40 miles
Nearest ferry port: Livorno, 46 miles
Car is recommended