The Tuscan cities of Pisa and Lucca need no introduction, but the countryside surrounding them is lesser-known – meaning that farm stays come with fewer crowds and better value.
Pisa and Lucca lie 20km apart in the northwest of Tuscany; the former famous for its iconic Leaning Tower; the latter an easy-going Medieval town boasting charming piazzas and impressive city walls. All around, lush countryside spans both hilly and seaside areas, offering a diverse range of landscapes and natural attractions. The below five farm stays are perfectly suited for those seeking a peaceful retreat within reach of the city.
Agriturismo Sardi Giustiniani
Part of a long-established family business, Fattoria Sardi is run by a young couple producing wine through organic grapes and sustainable methods. Unusually for Tuscany, the core of the production is rosé wines, which benefit from the favourable influence of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea. Reds and whites are also produced here, and the whole range can be discovered while visiting the cellar. The agriturismo offers seven apartments sleeping up to six people, located next to a swimming pool and surrounded by woods, olive trees, meadows and farmland. Agriturismo Sardi Giustiniani is 5km away from Lucca and 40km from the nearest beach. From €107 per night.
Perched near the medieval town of Volterra, Agriturismo Pretenzano relies on simplicity and traditional ways to provide the authentic pleasures of country life. This family-run farmstead comprises an olive grove, farmland and barnyard animals, as well as a small vineyard from which the house wine is made. Guests can choose between four rooms and a dependence, while an independent apartment with swimming pool is best suited for families. The restaurant delivers genuine Tuscan home cooking, with set menus available for guests and rich breakfasts showcasing the house products. From €74 per night.
Al Podere di Rosa
Al Podere di Rosa offers genuine rural hospitality where simple pleasures are key. The farm has been in the current owner’s family for around a hundred years, when his great-grandfather bought the property on his return from working at a San Francisco ranch. Recently opened, the agriturismo offers seven rooms as well as communal areas such as a kitchen and a reading room. The surrounding countryside is ideal for quiet wanders among woodland, farms and ancient villas. In keeping with the family tradition, the farm produces wine, olive oil and vegetables. From €72 per night.
Agriturismo La Pisana sits at the foot of the Pisan Mountains, in open countryside yet just outside of the town. A sophisticated rural style characterises the property, which offers a range of double and twin rooms (convertible to triple or quadruple). The buffet breakfast focuses on homemade cakes made using closely-guarded family recipes. Cereal, fruit, vegetables and olive oil are also produced in-house. The farm’s communal spaces include a ping pong table, a children’s area, a swimming pool and a small bocce court. Local cheeses and salumi are available in summer upon request. From €87 per night.
Agriturismo Casa Rosa
Agriturismo Casa Rosa brings a modern touch to the countryside near Lucca. Guests can choose between four bright and spacious apartments accommodating up to seven people, surrounded by a large garden with views over the Morianesi Hills. A barbecue and two whirlpools are some of the popular amenities provided. Attractions and places of interest within easy reach of Casa Rosa include the historic centre of Lucca, the Garfagnana region and the Tyrrhenian Coast. From €150 per night.