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Valdottavo 55023 Italy

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Last Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cafaggio, a beautiful 17C house near Lucca, Italy with 18m/59ft pool

Cafaggio is a rustic two-story stone farmhouse 16km north of Lucca. Built in 1656, it was renovated in 2017 with a new kitchen and pool and is now available for short and long-term rentals.

Cafaggio sits alone and undisturbed on three acres above the village of Valdottavo and overlooks a beautiful panoramic view of vineyard-covered hillsides, clusters of farmhouses and the spectacular Apuan Alps in the distance. The google satellite below shows an aerial view of the house and pool. Silent and peaceful, it is an ideal writing retreat.

The house is simply and comfortably furnished. Terracotta tiled floors and white stucco walls offset the exposed beams made from local chestnut trees. A fireplace provides coziness throughout the year. There are books to read, a television/VCR and satellite dish, a stereo, CDs, and high-speed internet access.

The ground floor consists of a kitchen newly fitted to the highest standards, a dining room that looks out beyond a terrace to the pool, a double living room that opens directly onto another terrace and a modern-tiled bathroom with a washing machine.

On the second floor are three double bedrooms, one single bedroom, two bathrooms with showers and a fully supplied office.

A wisteria-covered pergola covers the terrace in front of the house. The pergola offers a shady respite from the sun in summer - a place to relax, to read or to dine. The spectacular view from the terrace lends itself to quiet days of writing or relaxed conversation.

The large (18m/59ft) pool means that you can get your laps in before indulging in the excellent food of the region: fresh bread and homemade pasta, extraordinary local pecorino cheeses, wonderful fruits and vegetables, and local wine, the red from the Lucchese hills, and a delectable white from nearby Montecarlo. Two large and well-stocked supermarkets are within a short drive. There are many good restaurants nearby that serve the renowned cuisine of northern Tuscany.

Day trips from the house can include hikes along the marked trails of the Garfagnana; visits to the 18th century villas that surround Lucca; the beaches of Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi, an hour away; Pisa is 40 minutes and Florence, 1 hour 15 minutes by car. The towns of the Cinque Terre are an easy day trip. Parma is a two and a half hour drive. One of the great advantages of the house is its easy access to Lucca, Pisa and Florence. It is possible to spend the day in the library, or sightseeing, museum-going, and shopping, yet be home in time to enjoy a swim and a quiet dinner on the terrace.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1600 Sq. Feet
Suited for
8 people
Property Type


Available from Tuesday, October 1, 2019 until Friday, November 1, 2019
Minimum Stay
3 day(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Valdottavo
Postal Code - State or Province 55023 Toscana
Country Italy
Neighborhood Keywords Tuscany, near Lucca
Closest University ITM Lucca by car; normale Pisa
University nearby Pisa/Florence by car

Home Exchange:

We are only interested in a home swap with the following location(s)...

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1: London

United Kingdom

Neighborhood Keywords
Bloomsbury, Chelsea

Rental Price:

USD 2000 Weekly
Rental Fee Comments
Discount for terms beyond one week
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Mountains

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Second Home
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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About Me
I teach the history of photography and the history of early cinema at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I bought Cafaggio in 1972 and with my husband embarked on a big renovation four years ago. We are there part of each summer and are often joined by our son who lives in London.

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