Bagni di Lucca (Lucca) -
In Bagni di Lucca, once renowned for the presence of the "waters of health", a well-known spa place among the gentlemen who frequented the city of Lucca, this historic villa is for sale.
The luxury property, built in 1550 and belonged to Giovanni Guinigi, lord of Lucca, who went there precisely to benefit from the thermal treatments, is perfectly maintained and preserves all the charm of the time.
The villa, surrounded by a garden of about 2500 square meters with different romantic corners that can be used for pleasant conversations or aperitifs outdoors on cool summer evenings, is arranged on four levels for a total of 665 square meters and is composed as follows:
on the ground floor a large entrance corridor leads us to the triple living room with access to a beautiful terrace with arched arcades of about 30 square meters. The floor is completed by a comfortable kitchen with dining area, a study with walnut furniture and a service bathroom.
On the first floor there is the sleeping area which consists of two large double bedrooms, one of which with en suite bathroom and access to the splendid 30 sqm terrace overlooking the garden, two double bedrooms and a second bathroom.
The second floor consists of three further large rooms, currently two bedrooms and a multifunction room and a further bathroom while in the basement there is a large kitchen with original stone fireplace of the time, a wine cellar, a large pantry, a technical room and two comfortable closets.
A beautiful walkway with rose pergola leads to a pedestrian access from which in just a 3-minute walk you can reach the well-served town center.
A charming residence for those who love the history of this wonderful area of Tuscany.
Probably known since Roman antiquity, the thermal springs of Bagni di Lucca acquired great fame in the 11th century, at the time of Countess Matilda di Canossa, until they became one of the most elegant spas in Europe during the 19th century. Bagni di Lucca was a real elite destination for European tourism before the boom of the coasts made us forget this corner of Lucca, which the British called the "Switzerland of Tuscany". The Anglo-Saxons were the first to discover Bagni di Lucca and the therapeutic properties of its waters, loving it to the point of transforming it into a small second homeland. In fact, the town became - and even today traces of that brilliant British explosion can be seen - an exclusive meeting place for the nobility and diplomats from all over Europe, accredited to the court of Lucca and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, as well as a destination for illustrious guests, such as the poets Byron, Shelley, Lever, Giusti, Monti and then in the twentieth century Carducci, Pascoli, Montale; of writers such as Dumas and musicians such as Strauss, Listz, Paganini, Puccini, Mascagni; politicians and rulers such as the Napoleonids, Queen Margherita, D'Azeglio, Galeazzo Ciano; religious such as San Luigi Gonzaga, Santa Gemma Galgani and even of Popes, such as Sixtus IV and V.
The town center has all the necessary services that allows spending the whole year here. The 19 thermal springs that flow from the slopes of the Colle di Corsena are still particularly attractive today. The classic spa treatments can also be combined with physical, massage and physiotherapy, recreational and sports therapies: all in an environment that maintains the charm of the exclusive nineteenth-century spa.