Amazing views and lovely pool
La Lucertola was the perfect place for a relaxing week for my family. The house is isolated, which was important for us during this pandemic, and it sits on top of a hill overlooking Pisa, with breathtaking views of the mountains and the sea. We stayed in House 1 with our friends in the next house next to us and we had everything we needed for an excellent stay: clean and stocked with soaps and sanitizer products; a well equipped kitchen; comfortable, firm beds; a deck with a pool, which was a hit with the kids and adults; lounge chairs throughout for tucking into a good book and some alone time; good wifi everywhere for us who chose not to disconnect; and (I will mention it again because it’s the part I enjoyed most) gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings. Colin and Luisa were warm, friendly and gave us great recommendations of restaurants and beaches nearby. We recommend this house for family holidays in Tuscany and we are already planning our return.
Amazing view and house, the pool is very nice as well, thanks again to Luisa and Colin being so helpful, we really enjoyed our stay here, 5 star recommendation!
Ein Highlight des Farmhauses ist die Terrasse mit Aussicht bis Pisa
“Luisa und Collin sind sehr, sehr angenehme Gastgeber! Bereits im Voraus hat Luisa auf alle Mails und Fragen sofort geantwortet und hilfreiche Tipps gegeben. Sie hat alles gemacht, um unserer Familie (3.5 Jahre und 3 Monate) den Aufenthalt so schön wie möglich zu machen. Das Farmhaus II ist bestens eingerichtet, und obwohl die Aussentemperaturen schon hoch waren, blieb es drinnen schön kühl. Wir waren vier Erwachsene und zwei Kinder. Farmhaus I würde etwas grössere Schlafzimmer bieten. Es ging aber trotzdem tiptop. Wir haben uns ja auch nicht oft im Zimmer aufgehalten. Ein Highlight des Farmhauses ist die Terrasse mit Aussicht bis Pisa, auf der man wunderbar frühstücken und abendessen kann, und das schöner Schwimmbad. Eine tolle Abkühlung nach Ausflügen nach Pisa oder Lucca, Aussicht inklusive. ”
Superbe maison avec une vue fantastique
“Superbe maison avec une vue fantastique sur Pise et sa région. Nous étions heureux de pouvoir nous ressourcer au calme après une journée de visite. La maison était confortable pour nous avec ses 2 grandes chambres et sa cuisine bien équipée. Luisa nous a gentiment prêté un lit bébé ainsi que des caisses de jeux pour les enfants. Elle parle très bien français ce qui facilite la communication et a été de très bon conseil pour le restaurant et l’épicerie située au village juste à côté. Notre seul regret a été de venir trop tard dans la saison et de ne pas pouvoir profiter du la magnifique piscine! Un grand merci à Luisa et sa famille pour leur gentillesse et l’agréable séjour que nous avons passé chez eux!”
“Luisa and Collin’s place in Lucca is exactly as advertised; I would even better from an experience standpoint. Photos don’t do justice to this amazing retreat! Absolutely fabulous location, great amenities and wonderful hosts. We arrived very late (1am!) The keys were on the door, and Collin even came from his house to greet us. Next day morning, Luisa provided a great overview of the house, the neighborhood and things we can do etc. The pool was amazing..the kids loved it. They even had indoor toys (loads of them!). We had a great time (and break from our North to South Italy travel!), and would love to go back again (and definitely spend more than 2 nights!) Check out was easy as well. Overall, experiences like this are to be cherished, and this was clearly one of the best vacation rental experiences we have had!”
The views were stunning
“The views were stunning – you can even see the leaning tower of Pisa. The pool was very refreshing. The restaurant at home meal cooked up at the villa was fabulous too. Probably one of my top two or three meals of the trip. And for sure my top wine of the trip too. The rose was spot on. Great location to get to Lucca or Pisa or the beaches. But also a great location to take a break from your vacation and just hang by the pool and read and relax. Such a picturesque location and great accommodation. see you next time”
“Wow!!! This home is amazing! The view is incredible, the pool is fun, a wonderful home, a huge brick oven for making your own pizza, and one of the most kind couples you will ever meet. This home is great for families, for couples, it would be awesome for a honeymoon! There was absolutely nothing wrong. We loved every bit of our stay. I recommend this place for anyone.”.
Wonderful villa in beautiful countryside, fabulous hosts too!
“We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Tuscany staying at this property. The views are stunning across the Tuscan valley looking over to Pisa and even include a view of the tower! Luisa and Colin are the perfect hosts, very welcoming and on hand if you need any advice on the area. The property is clean and well equipped with a good wifi connection and everything you need to enjoy your stay. A BBQ and pizza oven are at your disposal, we need more practice with the pizza’s though! I would not hesitate to recommend this property for peace and quiet, amazing views and plenty of places to visit within easy reach by car or train. We would recomend hiring a decent car, the drive up is a little steep but the views when you get up to the property are spectacular and well worth the drive! Thank you Luisa and Colin for a lovely stay”.
“The four of us rented the house for our first vacation in Tuscany. The house was exactly what we had expected – from the owners’ description as well as the reviews. The drive up was a little nerve breaking, but it totally worth it once you get on top of the hill. The view is to die for – absolutely amazing! Luisa and Colin are very friendly hosts. We felt absolute privacy while staying at their guest house. The house was very clean and well equipped. We had everything we needed.
It is about 20 minutes drive from the Leaning Tower in Pisa, 20 minutes drive to the center of Lucca and 30 minutes drive to the beach (marina di Vecchiano).
We felt that we made a very good choice by staying at this property and will definitely recommend it to our friends. It was an amazing vacation and we hope that one day we will go back. Thanks Luisa and Colin!”
Great house in amazing location
“This house is simply amazing! It was even better than the pictures. Great pool area with 8 proper sun beds and a small table with chairs for the late night drink. Amazing bbq and pizza oven facilities, both bedrooms were spacious and comfortable beds with a balcony and view over Pisa. Dining table on the front with a great view and with a small roof and curtains around to block sun out during lunch and created a nice cozy feeling in the evening. Luisa and her husband where very helpful and nice in all ways without being intrusive. Great tips for restaurants and places to go, beds made up when we came, a cold bottle of beer/wine prepared when we arrived. Cleaning included and in general just nice people. We are already thinking about going back as it was perfect for us when traveling with couples and friends. We where 5 people (all around 30 years old) during the week but could have been 6 without it being tight with space. Location is great but car is absolutely necessary. 20 min to Pisa town, 30-40 min to the coast, Cinque Terre 2 hours away, under an hour to Florence. So I would recommend it to anyone – families or groups of friends. It suits everyone!”
Idyllic villa with pool close to Pisa
“We are a family with four children and had plenty of room to relax. One bedroom has 3 single beds and the downstairs sitting room had a sofa bed. The villa is up on the hillside with stunning views of the area. Our kids shared the pool with the other family in the adjoining property. The pool area is lovely and the pool was a godsend in the summer heat. The owners provided a fan for each room. You can eat inside or al fresco. We even cooked pizza in the wood fired pizza oven with fantastic results. Pisa is 20 mins drive (once you know the way) and Lucca is 20 mins in the other direction where you can hire cycles and cycle wound the walled town. Florence is best reached by train. We even managed to drive our 9 seater van up the hair pin bend driveway up to the property everyday. The owners are just next door if you have any needs or questions. Would definitely stay here again if we come back to the area”.
A real Italian experience
“We have just returned from a very relaxing 2 week stay at La Lucertola. Hosts, Luisa, Colin and Max were so welcoming and friendly and were on hand next door at the farmhouse if we needed anything. We found the villa to be very well equipped for all our needs and the fridge was ready stocked with a selection of drinks which was a nice touch. The pool was just bliss to cool off as there was a heatwave during our stay. The villa is nestled upon a steep hill. The road is rather daunting at first, but the trade off is the magnificent view over Pisa and surrounding countryside. We took a few trips out to nearby Pisa and Lucca, and also to Pistoia, Montecatini Terme and Viareggio. It’s also well worth making the trip to Florence by taking the train from nearby San Giuliano Terme (approx 1.5 hrs). Many evenings were spent eating outside on the terrace, cooking on the BBQ (and pizza oven) and watching the sun setting over Pisa. We would definitely recommend you experience the option for “In house dining”. We chose the fish banquet which was simply stunning, freshly caught that morning. Served with wonderful wines, dessert and coffee. A perfect end to a wonderful holiday!”
Heaven in Pugnano
“Wij mochten twee weken genieten van het prachtig gelegen en goed uitgeruste vakantiehuis in la Lucertola te Pugnano. Op een kwartiertje rijden van het uitzonderlijke Lucca dat meer dan één bezoekje verdient. Het vakantiehuis is confortabel en gezellig ingericht. Vanop het terras heb je een prachtig uitzicht op de weidse vallei met onder andere de scheve toren van Pisa. Het zwembad is prachtig ingewerkt in het landschap en zeer gezellig om in te vertoeven. De eigenaars die in een apart huis wonen op het domein, zijn uiterst fijne, behulpzame en gastvrije mensen. Onze kinderen hebben evenzeer genoten van deze toplocatie. Wij keren zonder twijfel nog terug!”
Comfortable home with great views – 5 of 5
“We stayed at La Lucertola for 2 weeks in July ’16, and wish that we could have stayed longer! The owners, Colin and Luisa, were very helpful and friendly…suggesting local attractions, booking dinner reservations, and providing everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Colin was able to get a reservation for us at a very special restaurant (Villa Bongi) for our anniversary dinner, and even helped us to arrange a cooking class at the house. They were close enough to be helpful, but still gave us all of the privacy we needed. The views from the house, and dinners on the terrace are some of the fondest memories of our trip. The pool was also a great way to stay cool during the hot Tuscan summer. The house is situated between the towns of Lucca and Pisa and is in a great spot to facilitate many day trips. You have to drive up a steep and twisting driveway to get to the house, so make sure your car has a high clearance or you won’t make it up to the top. Once up there, the views from everywhere in the house are spectacular (you can see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the sea, a quaint villa, and sweeping views of the valley). The town of Pugnano is small and there are not many restaurants/markets within walking distance, which is probably the only negative I have about the stay. There are, however, plenty of places that are a short drive away. In short, the house was in a great spot and was very comfortable with very welcoming hosts. I would recommend it for anyone!”
Sehr empfehlenswert – 5 of 5
Das Haus hat unsere Erwartungen weit übertroffen. Der Ausblick aus jedem Fenster und der Terrasse ist atemberaubend. Der Blick geht über Pisa und Livorno bis zur Küste, gesäumt von einer wunderschönen Berglandschaft. Lucca ist nur 10 Minuten Autofahrt entfernt. Pisa ca. 15 Minuten. Florenz ist in 1 h 20 Min. erreichbar. Der Pool ist sehr gepflegt, so wie das ganze Haus. Die Besitzer sind unglaublich service-orientiert. Sie boten an, Einkäufe für uns im Vorfeld zu machen, damit der Kühlschrank schon voll ist, wenn wir ankommen. Zudem hatten sie wertvolle Tipps für uns bezüglich Freizeitgestaltung mit Kindern, Restaurants, Strände, etc.. Die Atmosphäre war sehr herzlich und freundlich.
Heerlijke vakantie met fantastisch uitzicht
“Wij (gezin met twee kinderen 9 en 11 jaar uit) verbleven een week in Farmhouse 1, begin april 2015. Het huisje was ruim en gezellig ingericht, met een open haard in de keuken die we bijna iedere avond gebruikten. Het uitzicht vanuit het huisje en het terras was fantastisch! De gastheer en gastvrouw Luisa en Collin waren hartelijk en behulpzaam. Zeer prettig dat ze goed Engels spraken. Het was ook geen enkel probleem dat we op de dag van vertrek wat langer konden blijven (omdat er op die dag geen nieuwe gasten kwamen). Aangezien het ‘s avonds nog kil was, was het fijn dat de verwarming iedere avond en ochtend aan ging.
We waren niet helemaal voorbereid op het zeer steile weggetje omhoog naar het huis, met zeer scherpe haarspeldbochten. Maar na de eerste enigzins spannende keer, raakten we eraan gewend en was het goed te doen. Het is wel aan te raden om niet een grote lage auto mee te nemen, maar juist een wat kleiner compact model. We snapten nu ook waarom in Italie zoveel kleine autootjes rondrijden.
Wat we leuk vonden is dat we vrij in de tuin rond konden lopen en sinaasappels en citroenen konden plukken. Er was ook een pad omhoog de berg op, met een mooi uitzicht. In de omgeving zijn veel mogelijkheden voor uitstapjes. Binnen en half uur rijden ben je in Pisa, Lucca en aan het strand. Vooral Lucca vonden we leuk, waar we fietsen huurden en over de stadsmuur hebben gefietst. Ook is het niet ver naar het strand, ongeveer een half uur. Op een uur rijden ligt Florence.
Als enige aanmerking zou ik kunnen maken dat het bereik van de wifi binnen in het huisje niet goed was vanwege de zeer dikke stenen muren van het huis. Maar buiten op het terras ging het prima. Ook aan de tv hadden we niets, want er waren alleen Italiaanse kanalen beschikbaar.
Ik kan een verblijf in La Lucertola van harte aanbevelen!”
An amazing spot
This is truly an amazing spot. You can’t ask for a better view every morning you get up.
And when you are having lunch or dinner at the terrace.
The house has plenty of space and all the things you need. The supermarket is within a short driving distance.
Don’t forget to use the wood fired pizza oven.
Luisa and Colin are fantastic hosts. And you can always ask for advice on where to go.
Luisa also helped us out with some basic shopping. So, we had something to start with since we were arriving late.
We loved the place and will definitely recommend this place and will book it with yourself again.
Great place with a great view
Great place with a great view and very friendly hosts. I highly recommend booking with Luisa and Colin.
This place is great! The views are amazing, and the pool is lovely. House itself is very clean and tidy and has all necessities needed. Everything went very smoothly from the check-in to leaving. Colin and Luisa were If you want to be in an amazing place do not miss to stay at Luisa’s place “La Lucertola” The route is a bit challenging to drive but you get used to it the second time. The place is peaceful, perfect to disconnect, get in contact with nature, enjoy wonderful views of Toscany and Pisa and most importantly get great memories while swimming in the pool, having a relaxing meal in the garden, doing bbq or cooking pizza with the family! The house is big, comfortable and clean. We were traveling with a baby and we had all the need to feel at home! Thank you Luisa and Colin!
Luisa is a host like no other
Luisa is a host like no other. She quickly becomes a friend you’re happy about when she passes your window in the morning. You can ask her everything and that’s the same for Collin, her partner. You will definitely enjoy your stay here and many more things as the view. Don’t hesitate to book here, it’s worth it!
We had a lovely time at La Lucertola
We had a lovely time at La Lucertola. The house is very nice, the view is amazing. Very close to Pisa and Lucca.
Luisa and Colin are very kind and hospitable.
We would love to come back again!!
It really exceeded our expectations
My friends and I based ourselves here for a weekend to travel around Tuscany and it really exceeded our expectations. Stunning views of the area, a great pool and outdoor wood fire pizza oven. Luisa was an amazing host who really goes out of her way for you. Highly recommended!
Great place and hospitality from Luisa
Great place and hospitality from Luisa. We enjoyed our weekend getaway! She was quick to respond to our questions and meet our needs. It was kid friendly, the pool was nice, and making pizzas in the oven was fun! The place is comforting with amazing views! Be aware it’s not direct or easy access to the lovely home, however it’s well worth it.
The house offers a fantastic view over Pisa to the sea
Luisa and Colin were excellent and friendly hosts. The house offers a fantastic view over Pisa to the sea. The house is very spacious and we had enough room with 5 people. We enjoyed the daily breakfast on the terrace in the sunshine. We only used the pool once. In October it would be perfect if the pool was heated.
The driveway to the house is steep and winding. We were grateful that we could use the rental car for this. But after a few days we also got used to the adventurous way up.
Hope to see you again. Thanks for everything!
La Lucertola is a piece of heaven in Tuscany!
A very beautiful and clean house, equipped with everything you need.
The view is simply indescribably beautiful. Luisa and Colin are such lovely hosts.
Cities like Pisa, Lucca or Florence are easy to reach and the sea is not far away. We will definitely come back.
The location is great, its near Pisa and Lucca
Luisa and Collin are very kind and welcoming hosts. The location is great, its near Pisa and Lucca and little less than 1.5 hours to Firenze. The drive up to the house is a bit of a challenge but we managed it and it becomes easier with each attempt. Besides, the view from your porch or from the pool over the region is worth all the trouble.
The house is well equipped and when properly ventilated at night, together with the provided fans, I had fine nights of sleep. There is a large pool, you have your own porch and everything is very well maintained. There are two places next to each other and you share the pool but our neighbors were very nice and we communicated well with them. It is possible to keep your privacy if you want through good communication.
Luisa is very kind and when passing by always stops to have a chat. I really enjoyed talking to her and she knows the region very well and is able to provide many in and outs.
I would strongly recommend staying with Luisa, me and my friends had an amazing time. Thanks again Luisa!
We really liked the space and how it was decorated
We really enjoyed our stay at Luisa! She and Colin have done a great job making it homely AND special! We really liked the space and how it was decorated. The fresh pears, tomatoes, basil, and rosemary were a nice bonus. The wood-fired pizza oven was really great and the pool with a shower from the olive tree – wow – fantastic! Next to that everything was spotlessly clean and it was very handy that detergent and the like were available. A lovely place And we will certainly recommend it to friends !
A luxury experience
A luxury experience in the hidden gem ‘la lucertola’ Wonderful view and Tuscany style home! Great pizza oven and very nice host!
We enjoyed every second! Everything was perfect.