CELLE DEI PUCCINI

Self-catering accommodation in beautiful and unspoiled hilltop village near Lucca,

with heated swimming pool.

The small and friendly village of Celle dei Puccini,  where very little has changed over the generations, is the ideal location for discerning Italian holiday seekers .

Set in the hills of Lucca among the olive groves and grape vines, Celle is the unspolit ancestral home of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini.  The Puccini musuem and local restarant are great assets to the village.

Our holiday homes are located overlooking the village,  giving uninterrupted views over the Tuscan rooftops with the forested valley and hills beyond.  Each property has been lovingly restored in the traditional Tuscan style by local craftsmen.  There is a good size heated swimming pool with ample of space for relaxation and sunbathing.

This part of Tuscany with its stunning scenery has much to offer for all ages.  The hills of Lucca, Pescaglia and the magnificent Garfagnana region is right on the doorstep.  The Apuane mountains and National Park are all areas of great beauty and are of particular interest to walkers, trekkers and explorers.

The cities of Florence, Lucca and Pisa are all within easy reach.

The Tuscan people and their way of life is very appealing and it is understandable why so many return to Tuscany to recharge.

Celle is a peaceful place totally unspoiled. It retains its slow tempo and traditional way of life.

It has  been home to generations of Italian families who still cultivate the surrounding land, making wine and olive oil in the traditional way.    There  are  approx. 30 inhabitants in Celle and like so many Tuscan settlements, clings to the side of a hill overlooking the valley.

Our  properties are set at the top of the village of Celle dei Puccini, where generations of the famous Puccini family have been inspired to compose their music. The views of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking with olive groves and vineyards on the terraced landscape and the impressive games of light, a particular treasure of Tuscany.

During the summer months, there are concerts held in the village – free of charge.  On 1 or 2 of these concerts, Opera  singers from the famous Torre del Lago Opera House give their evenings, in honour of the great Puccini.  The concerts are held in the small piazza outside the museum, under the stars - a truly memorable experience.

The tiny village church  still have services every other Saturday evening. Vittorina would be thrilled to open the church up for anyone who would like to see the inside.

* 4 of the properties are intimately linked to form part of one single structure. It is known that this building was the first to be built in Celle in the year 1594 and a carving of this date is etched on the archway of Filomena.  It is thought that in its earlier years it was a convent and that the cellars were used to produce wine and olive oil from the land.

The 1st  property we refurbished was Il Capriccio and this stands apart from the others but still in the same location, at the top of the ancient steps of the village.  The living room of this property is on the 1st floor – on the same level as the bedrooms.

La Farfalla is NEW for 2015.  It is a detached 1 bedroom house that stands in its own private garden and olive grove.  It is located adjacent to Il Capriccio.

All the properties have been lovingly restored from their derelict state,  by local craftsmen to include all the modern day appliances while maintaining the traditional Tuscan charm. Each have their own features and there is a wealth of high ceilings, original floors, chestnut beams and stone fireplaces for those choosing a winter break. The thick walls and the shutters keep the properties cool in the heat of the day. Full central heating ensures a comfortable stay during the cooler months.

There are hairdryers in all the bedrooms and put u up beds suitable for children on request. Each property has an iron and ironing boards and  B-B-Qs are provided with each property -  charcoal and fire lighters are included.  There is a small safe in each property

We provide a starter pack of essential items to save you having to buy in bulk when only staying for a short time. A list is available on request.

Crisp white egyptian cotton sheets are used and bath towels are included in the price.  We DO NOT charge extra for a final clean and gas and Electriciy charges are also included in the price.  Beach towels can often be bulky to pack and with the limited baggage allowance offered  by the airlines, beach towels can also be provided, on request at no extra charge.

Ken and Gill are on site during most of the summer period to assist you in any way possible to make the most your time in Italy.

There are 6 self contained properties:

Filomena       -  3 Bedrooms  -  sleeps 6 +1  (£640 – £1170)

La Sinfonia   -  2 Bedrooms  -  sleeps 4 + 1   (£640 – £950)

Il Belvedere   – 2 Bedrooms  - sleeps 4 + 1 (£640 – £950)

Il Capriccio   -  2 Bedrooms  - sleeps 4 + 1 (£640 – £950)

La Rondine    -  1  Bedroom   – sleeps 2 + 1   (£400 – £660)

La Farfalla – 1 bedroom – sleeps 2 (£400 – £660)