San Giuliano is the manor house of an impressive 18th century Tuscan farm, located between Lucca and Pisa, where the climate is particularly mild and at that time, this allowed the local aristocracy to establish their settlements right here. This villa gives you a precise idea and feeling of the aristocratic Tuscan way of life of the 18th century.
The villa is immersed in a completely fenced in park, where you will find many botanical species in a lovely greenhouse. There are many rare trees and plants a lot of them 200 years old and more: You will see: camellias, magnolias, cedars of Lebanon, oak trees, palms and mimosas. In the greenhouse it is possible to admire tropical plants as well.
The villa offers a huge private swimming pool of 16 x 8 meters, which has a dark ground to capture the sun heat and keep the water warm. Especially for a bath at night this is a splendid feature. By the pool there is a lovely gazebo that provides a shady equipped area for meals by the pool and also a charming spot where to organize a party.
The garden is surrounded by woods and paths where you can hike around and reach a belvedere from where you can admire a wonderful panorama over green hills and valleys. The owner will allow those who are enthusiasts of plants to practice gardening in his wonderful property.
The villa is divided in three floors. Guests can use the ground floor and the first floor which present the noble part of the Villa and both are really spacious. San Giuliano offers more than 600 square meters of individual living space. The third floor is for private use and has an independent access. All walls are decorated with original paintings and frescoes. The furniture respects the traditional Tuscan style with many antiques, massive wooden tables, decorated wooden beds or wrought iron beds.
The main entrance on the ground floor opens to a large lounge area with columns which gives access to the bedrooms located on both sides. The ground floor holds the large living room, the fully equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
The fully equipped eat-in kitchen opens directly to the garden, where is available a gazebo with a large table and benches for the group to seat all together plus other tables and chairs where to relax with a book or a glass of good quality Tuscan wine, while admiring the wonderful botanical garden, that holds a collection of plants and high trees coming from different parts of the world.
There are many living spaces, among them a piano room (on the 1st floor), a billiard room where you will find not only the pool billiard but also table games, cards, dominoes, etc for funny and relaxing moments of your vacation. Besides, there is a large library with its walls all covered of bookcases plus a video-library with more than 3000 movies in original language. A TV and a VCR are available in both rooms - the main living room on the first floor and the billiard room on the ground floor.
The staircase leads to the first floor where are located another large living room, a second kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. The living room has French doors which open to a charming open terrace overlooking the romantic garden.
All bedrooms have a double bed except for one that has twin beds. All beds are antique pieces of furniture of Tuscan style, so the sizes can vary from queen- to king-size. Read our article about Italian beds in this link. The mattresses and all linen are brand new.
All bathrooms are brand new, all modern and covered of marble or granite stone, with a peculiar decoration. Except for one bathroom on the first floor, that has been made just like the antique 1700's bathrooms, with an original antique bathtub, a beautiful dresser and the colored painted walls.
Right beside the villa, accessed by the back garden, there is a dependance for 2 more people, composed of a large room with living and dining area and an equipped kitchen corner. On the first floor there is a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom equipped with a bathtub plus shower, WC and sink. Upon request, you can rent also the dependance for 2 extra people.
The location is fantastic for day-trips in Tuscany. The villa is within walking distance of a cosy Tuscan village, where you will find some coffee shops, restaurants and services. Within only 5 minutes drive you can reach the town of San Giuliano Terme, famous for its thermal bath and wellness establishments. Many of them offer day spas, a very interesting option for a one-day wellness treatment and relaxation.
Besides, the villa is located only 20 minutes from Pisa and its international airport, and the same for the amazing historic city of Lucca. The Tuscan coast well known as Versilia can be reached with a short drive and you will be able to enjoy also this aspect of the Tuscan beach life. For the lovers of mother nature, the area is surrounded by natural parks, like the Park of San Rossore, that extends from Pisa up to the beach. The area around Pias is really flat so it is ideal for biking, trekking and footing.
Another wonderful feature of this location is that you can easily reach Torre del Lago and the brand new Puccini’s opera house, where specially during the summer, there are a lot of exhibitions of his operas and other concerts in his honor. On December 2008 it will be the anniversary of 150 years of Puccini’s birth day, so all along the year there are lots of Pucini events all over Tuscany.