Villa Michaela

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Rental Description

Villa Michaela is a very large, listed early nineteenth century frescoed villa designed by the famous Lucchese architect Lorenzo Nottolini who was also responsible for the celebrated aquaduct which used to bring water down from the hills to the city.

Nestling in 50 acres of pine forests and olive groves the villa lies about 8 kilometres to the South of Lucca and has extensive gardens, a floodlit tennis court, a large swimming pool and several different al fresco dining areas. The main house accommodates 24 people in 12 bedrooms and bathrooms and the coach house (Casa Una) which is adjacent to the villa sleeps another 6 people. Whilst the house is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Vorno, the surroundings are completely rural and tranquil but guests have the convenience of the village bar, shop and restaurant being only five minutes walk away. There are wonderful views of the surrounding hills, forests, olive groves and the Alpe Apuane, sometimes snowcapped in the winter.

Due to its vast size the villa can provide perfect locations for large family groupsm or reunions, weddings in its beautiful consecrated chapel, corporate meetings, off sites, away days, product launches and film sets.

Should the accommodation for 30 not be sufficient we have a unique relationship with our sister villa only 5 minutes walk away and between us we can offer 34 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as vast meeting rooms, a chapel, three swimming pools, two tennis courts and parking for at least 30 cars.

Coupled with the proximity to Pisa airport which has numerous daily international flights, Vorno is an ideal meeting place for large groups, either for pleasure or for business. In addition to these excellent facilities we have a strong management team one of whom, Michela Panigada is a qualifies event organizer and has for many years been instrumental in the organization of many important weddings and corporate events in and around Tuscany, and especially in Lucca, which is her home town. All the staff are well aquainted with the area and will help guests discover the less well known places - markets, villas, gardens, restaurants, shoe stores, perfect views and even night spots! For those who do not wish to attempt driving in Italy arrangements can be made to drive you around.

Their resident chef is a master of the culinary art and has a varied repertoire due in part to the fact that he lived in India for 10 years. Luca is more than happy for any guests to join him in the preparation of dinner either as a spectator or hands on!

Attractions & Activities

There are cookery courses held in conjunction with the RHODE SCHOOL OF COOKING and that incorporate an education in the local & national culture and cuisine; and language courses with the finest teachers.

They also offer wine and olive oil tasting, Tuscan Slow Food demonstrations, In House Opera with a trio singing arias Puccini and Verdi and Neapolitan love songs.

All other activities at the villa there is a plethora of distractions both near and far; any of which can be organized during your stay.



Villa Michaela has Ten bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Two twin bedrooms on the top floor share a shower room on the landing below. All double beds are six foot wide, all single beds are 3' wide.

Casa Una the guest house sleeps 10 in 5 double bedrooms and bathrooms and is adjacent to Villa Michaela.

-There are wonderful views and a 12 meter pool with separate children’s pool, outside dining area, tennis court, central heating, air conditioning, cable TV, and an American pool table.

-The house is luxuriously furnished in the style of an English country house. All bathrooms have showers and the main bedroom, Dante, has a double jacuzzi bath with spectacular views of the sunsets over Vorno church.

-The main dining room with its impressive frescoes and chandeliers seats 36 to 80 and is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding parties , family re – unions , film shoots and product launches.

-An American pool table  , ping pong and a cinema / party room in the basement perfect for late night or early morning  festivities.

Swimming pool, Tennis court, 50 acres of grounds, ornamental Italian lemon garden

Camellia garden, Wine cantina

Central heating, air conditioning

Formal dinging room to seat 36

Grand piano

Communications room with up to date computer, printer and internet access

Satellite TV

Video and DVD player, video library

Fully staffed, resident chef

A full nanny service can also be arranged if prior advice is given

Parking for 18 cars

Massage table and masseur available

Wedding Facilities:

Consecrated chapel seats 100, wedding license at The Commune di Capannori.



Low season: From €25,000 pw

High season: From €28,000 pw

Minimum stay: 3 nights

Contact Information

For More Information And To Reserve Your Presidential Retreat Contact…

Name: Angelica Alaniz
Phone: (210) 300-7330
Cell: (210) 535-0952
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