Nearest Airport : Pisa Airport at 40 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry : Viareggio at 30 Kilometres
Nearest Train : Lucca at 15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway : Lucca at 15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach : beach at 30 Kilometres
Car : necessary
Lucca is a beautiful historic medieval walled city and former capital of Tuscany in the wealthy days of the silk trade. It is also the birthplace of the famous Italian composer Puccini. The city is mostly pedestrianised, which is fantastic for cycling ( cycles available for hire) and walking. The passeggiata (Italians take to the streets for a walk before dinner, which is a social, sanctioned opportunity for flirting and courting) is a great time to cycle around the walls of Lucca, admiring the views, the courtyards and beautiful gardens. Lucca boasts wonderful art, architecture, shops and restaurants.
The countryside north of Lucca is breathtaking with medieval villages perched on wooded hillsides. There are many beautiful palazzos, spas and vineyards to visit in the area. Florence, Pisa and the beaches are all within a short distance.
In the Summer sagras (local village dinners & dances) and many musical events take place. Puccini operas are performed at Torre del lago, whilst in Lucca, during July, several of the worlds best musicians (rock, jazz, blues, & classic) play in the amphitheatre. There are also several jazz festivals.
There are many superb restaurants within 15 mins of the house to suit all tastes and budgets. Fungi and truffles are some of the local specialities and olive oil from Lucca is reputed to be one of the best in the world. One hour’s drive north from the house is the beautiful ski resort of Abetone. This is a very popular resort with very good facilities.
Lucca has 2 markets a week and an antique market on the 3rd Sunday of every month. There is a market in Ponte a Moriano (5km from A Corte) every Tuesday morning selling fresh seafood, local cheeses & honey, fruit, vegetables, tools & clothes.
This wonderful location (a wildlife paradise), can be viewed using Google Earth.
Local shop keeper and grand daughter helper
Maurizio in his family DIY shop, Ferramenta opposite Sauro’s gelateria. He stocks 25,000 items
Fabrizio (wife and son) own the Butchers opposite the gelateria near the square.
Saurio’s gelateria & bar, Ponte a Moriano square 7 over looking River Serchio
Sauro’s gelateria, the best ice cream and drinks on the terrace upstairs
Wonderful seasonal fresh produce
A really good grocer selling artisan breads. On the road 250m from Antica Locanda di Sesto.
Gugliano church cloister
Gugliano Church overlooking valley
The war grave of the Barsotti & Bertolacci families
Eating in the stala of our lovely Texan friends, Robert & Kay Ghiselli who live just 7 minutes walk up the lane from our house. Kay is a wonderful Italian cook.
Garfagnana truffle hunter
Farmers drying corn for winter chicken feed
Over the hill to Lucca on a December day
Balmy sunny evening on the Serchio valley
Croce di Brancoli visible north east from across the pool. As the crow flies the cross which is over the valley and River Serchio is only about 3km away, but a 40min journey by car, via Ponte a Moriano, left to Brancoli and then a drive up the hill on tarmac and then on clay.
Looking from Croce di Brancoli back towards Casa a Corte
Beautiful walled city of Lucca, 15 minutes drive from A Corte
Lucca’s Piazza Antfiatro before the thunderstorm
One of many Madonnas in Lucca
wonderful marble San Martino duomo, Lucca
Giacomo Puccini in his Luccese birthplace
the nearby Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge), 10 mins from the house and near Brancoli
The Devil’s Bridge with steam train at Borgo A Mozzano