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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- We welcome children of any age, but especially of less than five years.
- We welcome also animals, if they are small, but it is necessary a preventive agreement.
- In the room smoking is not allowed.
- Upon arrival guests must produce a valid passport or identity card for each occupant of the room.
- Upon arrival guests will have the keys of the room and even those of the house.
- The room may be occupied from 12.00 on day of arrival and must be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure, unless otherwise agreed. You can leave your luggage in the room or somewhere else until you leave.
- Breakfast will be served in the dining room until 10.00 am, unless otherwise agreed.
- Access into the room is free at any time.
- Any damage to property, plant, furniture, linen, towels of the B & B will be declared and refunded immediately by the guests.
- The owner of B & B reserves the right to access the room to carry out urgent maintenance or cleaning.
- It’s possible to ask to use the washing machine, if the stay is long enough.
- It’s possible to ask to use the kitchen, but it’s necessary a preventive agreement.
- It’s possible to ask the owner the use of maps, guide-books and information on tourist itineraries or restaurants.
- In our house, we make separate collection of rubbish and use energy-saving devices.
- The cleanings are made daily by the owner and include fresh towels every three days.
- The sheets are supplied and are washed after each change.
- Breakfast is in according to continental use and usually includes cereals, toasted bread (home made), cakes, biscuits, jam, butter, yogurt, juice, tea, coffee, milk. Any dietary requirements are to report on your arrival.
Staying at Marco's and Paola's house was truly feeling as at home, they are very hospitable, we got all the information we needed, even appreciable hope for our medical problems. The accomodation is clean, comfort, peaceful, sorounded by trees, olives...so very Tuscan...A great solution to explore western and central Tuscany, in 3 days we saw it much. Very recomended! Thank you Marco!
Our stay at Marco's was lovely. The room was large, private and clean and Marco and his wife Paola were so welcoming and kind. Marco really went above and beyond- picked us up and dropped us off the train station, arranged a winery tour for us, showed us around the farm and really ensured that we were having a good time! They also went out of their way to provide me with gluten free food, which was such a nice touch! Thank you Marco and Paola!!
Marco was a lovely host. He was very helpful with recommending local restaurants and places to visit, as well as providing me endless travel books and maps :) he even took me for a guided tour around town. the room was very clean and comfortable with everything I needed right there.
The only con of this BnB would be that the house was a bit out the way of some tourist attractions. Took about 1hr of travel (with train waiting times) to get to Pisa and over an hour to Florence. Other than that everything was perfect :). Thanks Marco
Super séjour en Toscane chez Marco et sa femme. Hôtes très accueillants, aux petits soins du déjeuner au coucher. L'emplacement de leur maison est parfait pour se plonger dans la campagne toscane loin du bruit des villes grouillantes de touristes. Perdu au milieu des vignes et des oliviers, à 10 minutes à pieds de la gare (qui permet de se rendre à Pise, et de Pise à toutes les grosses villes de la région) et à 15 minutes de Montecarlo (village fortifié avec château avec restos sympas). Rien à dire sur la petite chambre à l'étage, propre, bien entretenue, douche spacieuse.
Il est plus que conseiller de faire la visite/dégustation de vin de la "Tenuta Del Buonamico" (on en a pour son argent !) et de manger au restaurant sur le coin à gauche d'un petit carrefour juste avant d'arriver à Montecarlo (rarement vu un service et une qualité de produits aussi remarquable pour un prix aussi modique).
Merci Marco et peut-être à une prochaine fois !
PS: Je vous conseille de louer une voiture si vous en avez la possibilité, même si notre séjour s'est bien déroulé sans.
Great long weekend. Marco and Paola are very welcoming and we felt at home. Very grateful for the local information Marco has given us. Highly recommended...we will be back again!
We really enjoyed our stay at Il Podere Di Giustina. The room is really lovely and exactly as it looks in the pictures. Our hosts were very kind and helpful, providing us with all the info and with plenty of useful guides. Breakfast was also of a high standard, with local products and tasty home-made bread. Marco also booked a restaurant for us on NYE. We were very well liked after, Marco and Paola really made us feel home.
Wow what lovely, accommodating hosts and what a lovely home. The room is gorgeous, just like the pictures... and Marco went out of his way to help us from start to finish. Home-made jam and treats at breakfast was a lovely start to each day. A great place to kick back and enjoy the quiet side of Tuscan life.
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.