B&b The farm of Giustina

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Via del Molino, Montecarlo (LU), Italy-Lucca, Toscana 55015, Italy

The farm, in the middle of Tuscany, surrounded by olive groves, has the same comfort of the most modern townhouses. You will enjoy outdoor breakfast with local produce and the care and attention of the hosts, who will have only you as their guests.

The Space

In the middle of northern part of Tuscany, at a distance of about 50 km. from the airports of Pisa and Florence, on the gentle slopes of the hill separating the plain around Lucca from the area known as Valdinievole, the B&b “The farm of Giustina” is surrounded by olive groves (including more than 400 trees) and fields where vines and vegetables are grown. The house is recently renovated and can offer the same comfort of the most modern townhouses, but is also a farm with a cellar and with all the necessities to cultivate the fields. The two owners live in the house and share with the guests the household appliances (washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc..), the kitchen, the bookcase with guidebooks and maps of places to visit, the garden, the wide open spaces also equipped with some outdoor play equipment for children and the shady grove with tables and chairs. If they wish, the guests can also take part in some simple agricultural activities, such as the grapes or olives harvest.
The bedroom for the guests, designed and furnished in an original style, combines a modern structure with the antique furniture, that used to belong to the owners’ grandparents, and occupies the entire upper floor. The bedroom has its own shower and private bathroom, as well as a LCD HD television with satellite connection (news and movies also in English), a blue-ray and DVD player, a hairdryer and an electric fan. The wi-fi is available and completely free. The room has a view of the surrounding countryside. All the necessary furniture needed for children under 4 is available (cot, high chair, etc.).
During their stay, the guests can enjoy a rich continental breakfast in the morning, prepared by Paola with local produce and much appreciated in all the reviews of the B&b. The breakfast is served in the colder seasons in the large dining room of the house and in the summer almost always outdoors very close to the olive-trees and vines of the surrounding countryside.
What is unique about staying at "The farm of Giustina" is the family hospitality; if you like it, you will be surrounded by the care and attention of the hosts, who will have you as their unique guests and were in the past secondary school teachers. Also the price is interesting, just kept low, because the size of the structure is small and there is no need for extra staff.
Since 1932, for more than 60 years, Giustina, the present owner’s grandmother, lived in this place where she was appreciated for her kindness, good humour and cheerfulness and known to be a hard-working and friendly hostess, always ready to welcome guests and treat them to the delicious food she cooked. After her husband’s death, she became the only owner of the farm until the year 2000, when she died at the age of 96. Her renowned hospitality has inspired the present owners, who have decided to carry on the old family tradition.

Guest Access

Our guests have free admittance to all the rooms of our house, only with the exception of our bedroom, as well to the one hectare and half of our garden. They have the exclusive right to use, in addition to their bathroom and their bedroom, a satellite television, a hair dryer, a fan, a free wi-fi connection, heating, parking. They can enjoy a rich continental breakfast in the morning, prepared by Paola with local produce and much appreciated in all the reviews of the B&b. The breakfast is served in the colder seasons in the large dining room of the house and in the summer almost always outdoors very close to the olive-trees and vines of the surrounding countryside.
In addition, the guests can share, in accordance with us, the numerous household appliances (washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, two refrigerators, micro-wave, etc.), one of the two kitchens, the bookcase with guidebooks and maps of places to visit, the cellar, the garden, the wide open spaces also equipped with some outdoor play equipment for children and the shady grove with tables and chairs, where in summer it is possible to eat. If they wish, the guests can also take part in some simple agricultural activities, such as the grapes or olives harvest. Finally, to those who come by train we can lend or rent one of our (old) cars.

Interaction with Guests

We really like interacting with our guests, if they too wish. Some of them became our friends (also on (website hidden)). We have a large number of maps and guide-books, in Italian and in English, and each day we provide the guests with information on restaurants, pizzerias, places to visit, itineraries (by car or train, on foot or on bike, ..). If the guests arrive by train, we always pick them up at the station and, when they leave, we take them back. Sometimes, especially in the winter, we can also accompany someone to the restaurant.
We are available to give any kind of explanations or information, for example about the local history and art or about the local recipes, well known by Paola. Having been in the past high school teachers, it may also be possible for us to organize courses of Italian language or accompany the guests on guided tours.
We like very much the children of our guests, who have access to the toys of our grandchildren in the house and to the outdoor play equipments (swings, slides, etc.); if they like, they can also play with our two grandchildren, Caterina and Leonardo, 6 and 3 years old.
If we become friends of our guests (we need time for this), we can invite them at the parties for birthdays of our grandchildren or at the dinners with our friends or at some musical show. It happened several times and we hope it may happen again.

The Neighborhood

Starting from the house, you can go for walks in the surrounding area in the middle of the typical landscape of the Tuscan hills and you quickly reach the village of Montecarlo, very characteristic for its urban plan of medieval period and for the Medici fortress, but also full of many good restaurants and pizzerias. The large number of farms in the area produce a great wine, for which the DOC has been recognized, and an extra virgin olive oil, considered one of the top quality oils of Tuscany; the guided tours to wine cellars and “frantoi” (oil-mills) are very appreciated by tourists and allow them to understand the production process of the wine and of the olive oil.

Getting around

Although the house is right in the middle of the countryside, in an area protected for the environmental beauty of its landscape, it is not too far from the motorway (4 km.) or the train station (1 km.), which can be easily reached on foot. With the train you can easily reach Lucca, Pisa, Pistoia, Florence, Viareggio (seaside).
Montecarlo is a quiet little village, surrounded by nature, yet all the main comforts are close at hand because it is placed in an ideal position, which makes it the perfect starting point for trips to visit the Northern part of Tuscany. No matter your age or taste, you will enjoy a holiday here, whether you are looking for culture, museums and ancient towns, such as Lucca, Florence, Pisa, Pistoia, Vinci, S. Gimignano, Volterra, or you like to choose, between the restaurants of Tuscany, famous for the quality of their service, those which are best suited to your tastes. This place is also ideal for children: Collodi, Pinocchio’s home town, is just 8 km away, a zoo in Pistoia is 25 km. far, public swimming pools are also rather near and it is half an hour drive to Viareggio, the renowned seaside resort along the Versilian coastline. You may decide to go for relaxing walks in the woods around Montecarlo, on the nearby Pizzorne plateau (around 1000 metres above sea level), in the Garfagnana area or maybe you prefer going out at night to one of the many pubs and discos in Viareggio, which is very busy and lively, especially in summer. On the other hand, if you want to take care of your health, you might choose to go to a spa in Montecatini or in Monsummano Terme, where you can also find the famous Giusti Grotto, just 12 km away.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $21 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $256 /week
Monthly Price: $996 /month
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • My wife and I and our little boy (2.5 years) spent seven nights at the Farm of Giustina. It's situated on a beautiful little Podere just down the hill from the little walled village of Montecarlo. There is an olive grove and a row of grape vines on the property. We used it as our home base as we saw as much as we could around the area. Florence is 45-50 minutes, Lucca and Pisa are 25-35 minutes away.
    We drove up the Garfagnana Valley for a day. Our itinerary may have been a little intense for some. Marco was very helpful of helping us plan our strategy and gave sound advice on it, like maybe the Cinque Terre on a Sunday would be ill advised as the trains would be very busy. A wonderful suggestion as even on a Thursday in the off season, they were full during the day and a sardine tin by evening.
    The room was amply sized for our needs and comfortable. The shower as reported in other reviews is quite great. They were kind enough to give us a bed for our little guy as well. Marco and Paula are great hosts and very helpful to the unique needs and motivations of the guests. Thanks so much Marco and Paula!!

    April 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay with Marco and Paola. The room has everything you would need - well designed shower and bathroom, kettle and TV should you need them. Every morning we were served a lovely breakfast, along with guides and tips for places to see and visit. The cat and birds are also lovely, not to mention the lemon, orange and olive trees all around the property. A real treat, and we look forward to coming back. Thank you Marco!

    March 2014
  • Great stay at Marco's place. The room upstairs is very nice with a great shower, comfy bed, and cable TV. We wanted to use this time to rest in the middle of our 7 week Europe trip but I don't think Marco was happy about that :) Montecarlo is a beautiful little town on a hill.

    March 2014
  • I stayed at Marco and Paola's farm with my girlfriend for 4 nights and we had a fantastic time! Marco is the quintessential tour guide and is as hospitable a person as you will ever meet. He was there to give us rides to the train station every morning and even gave us a couple of impromptu tours of the area! He would find out where you are going the next day and in the morning you'd have maps and train schedules waiting for you. I've never been anywhere let alone a small bed and breakfast that did that. Speaking of breakfast, Paola's was delicious every morning. The room itself is very well designed and the soothing shower was a welcome respite after a long day exploring Tuscany. Marco can also help you in loaning out Paola's car (just be sure you can drive a stick shift fellow Americans). The only slight caution I would give is that if you are not driving, the options to eat in the general vicinity of the farm are extremely limited unless you like walking. I give Marco my highest recommendation and the farm of Giustina is a true gem, if you want to feel like you are staying with your long lost Italian family.

    March 2014
  • Des Hôtes très accueillants, sachants vous aider dans vos recherches.
    Nous avons passé un agréable moments chez eux.

    March 2014
  • This was the best two days of my life. On a long trip of Italy with my best friend, I took two days by myself to visit this farm in the ridiculously charming town of Montecarlo. Marco and his wife, Paola, are the warmest and most welcoming people of all time. They served me an incredibly delicious breakfast each morning and were happy to help out in any way they could - giving info, advice, etc. I speak about three words of Italian but communication was not an issue and they were the sweetest hosts of all time. Montecarlo is a hidden gem in Italy and one of my favorite places I've ever been - views for days and the food is incredible! I can not recommend this stay more and I can't wait to return.

    March 2014
  • Marco is a warm man and wonderful host - ready to help you with whatever you need to enjoy your stay. He even bought ricecakes for me to have with breakfest when I told him I couldn't eat wheat. I spent three nights at his B&B in Febuary and very much enjoyed the countryside. There are numerous small towns that you can walk to from his place, all the while enjoying views of vineyards and olive trees. Note that the supermarket in town is very very small, so options are limited! Thanks for everything Marco!

    February 2014
  • My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Marco's! The room was perfect, and the breakfasts were delicious! Marco was incredibly helpful with suggestions on places to eat, what to see, and even where to park as we visited different cities. I wish we could have stayed longer!

    January 2014
  • Our stay at the farm of Giustina was a true taste of Tuscan hospitality. Marco and Paola welcomed us into their home, which is surrounded by olive trees and grape vines, nearby the quaint hilltop village of Montecarlo. During our 4 night stay, they shared stories and knowledge of the area; books, maps; and homemade bread and cake from traditional recipes. The upstairs room was a comfortable, tastefully designed space for 2 people. The very comfortable bed had a lovely duvet, which was our first in our 3 weeks in Italy. The shower was like having hydrotherapy! We explored both southern and northern Tuscany with tips from Marco and the very reasonable rent of Paola's old fiat. There were several lovely restaurants in the area with tasty Tuscan fare and Pizza, as well as a nearby family-owned market. Marco speaks very good English, and is a delightful man with a surprising quirky sense of humor. We highly recommend a visit to the farm of Giustina!

    January 2014
  • Era la prima volta che viaggiavo col AIRBNB e ci siamo trovati benissimo. Marco e Paola sono davvero gentili e ci hanno messo la loro casa a completa disposizione, hanno avuto molta pazienza anche con le nostre bambine. Lo consiglio a tutti. Torneremo di sicuro a soggiornare. grazie di tutto

    December 2013
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Hi I'm Marco, I'm a former teacher of Italian and Latin Literature, retired, but now I became a farmer, who produces wine, olive oil and vegetables for himself, his family and his guests. As a former teacher, I can guide you during your vacation exploring beautiful places in Tuscany and also organizing and holding intensive courses in Italian. As a farmer, I can let my guests, if they wish, take part in the olives and grapes harvest or in other agricultural activities. My wife, Paola, a former teacher of Mathematics, became skilled at preparing jams, cakes and other food preparations.
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