Impressionist's summer residence
Set high in the idyllic landscape of the hills south-east of Pisa, this patrician country house is approached by an age-old alley of birch trees which, beyond the tall gates, leads into the spacious and well-kept gardens of the villa.
This was once home to two brothers, renowned artists and philanthropists who for many years invited leading exponents of the Italian impressionist movement “the Macchiaioli” to spend their summers here. It was from here that these painters could venture out into the open countryside, capturing the play of light on nature in all its many hues and facets and transferring them to canvas.
The villa is surrounded by extensive lawns, century old holm oaks, an orchard and a vegetable garden. Beyond the garden walls lie olive groves and fields.
On the ground floor, the large main living room opens onto an extensive lawn bordered by English roses and hydrangeas. Large holm oaks lend their shade to an outdoor living area. The upper floor of the villa also has a very comfortable living room.
Above the painter's atelier, on top of the tower of the villa, a stunning loggia with arches on all four sides gives you marvellous views onto the surrounding landscape.
There are six large and airy bedrooms, all of which enjoy a splendid view. They have been decorated in a traditional Tuscan country house style with iron bedsteads, lively cotton print upholstery as well as with paintings and other family antiques.
The private pool of Villa Giola is located in a sunny and secluded part of the garden.
In the summers of a century ago aristocrats and academics from the ancient University of Pisa as well as naval officers from the nearby port of Leghorn retreated to their patrician country residences built on the gentle hillsides shouldering Pisa. One of these, the Villa Giola, was built in the 1700's. Originally a hunting lodge, the villa acquired its actual dimensions in the second half of the 1800's, when the owners, two brothers, renowned for their philanthropy, descendants of a whealthy aristocratic family from Pisa, whose life was dedicated to the arts, added the tower which was to become their artists' atelier at their country house villa in Tuscany. The two brothers invited for many years leading exponents of the Italian impressionist movement to spend their summers here.
This was the golden era of the impressionists, known locally as the "Macchiaioli", derived from "macchia" which means as much as "dot" or "stain" and is a reference to the impressionistic stroke of the brush. This powerful, though at the time controversial, movement embraced some of the leading painters of the day, many of whom had studied in Paris. This was a time when artists were venturing beyond the confines of their studios into nature and the constantly fluctuating light and colours of the surrounding countryside, breaking with academic traditions, seeking new frontiers. There was a pressing urge to congregate among fellow artists to exchange ideas and derive strength from each other's inspiration. The wife of one of the two painting brothers, offered these striving artists a haven. Intelligent, cultivated and well-read, she flung open the doors of the Villa Giola to the most avant-garde artists, intelligentsia and writers of the time. Among these Fattori, Lega, Signorini, Kienerk and Cecconi came and stayed in the villa for many a long summer.
The present owners are direct descendants of the two brothers. They treasure their inheritance and one their most fervent wishes is to safeguard and upkeep this house which has such an important past. The spirit of those times has remained to this day.
Villa Giola, with sun pouring in through the French windows, its pastel colours and spacious gardens is still a place to find fulfilment and inspiration. The house and gardens in their bucolic surroundings will give you a taste of some of the best that Tuscany has to offer: art and elegance, luxury and leisure among gently rolling hillsides. And from a more mundane point of view: fruit and vegetables from the villa garden as well as excellent restaurants in the vicinity specialised either in fish menus or Tuscan cuisine. There is a small trattoria just down the road, and many more are to be found in the country villages surrounding the estate.
Our Guests Reviews
Left on Jul 17, 2019 for a stay in Jun 2019
Living at Villa Giola is like going back in time. The breakfasts in the outside table next to the kitchen, the gardens are infinite, the walk to the pool through the trees. The house itself is extremely unique, it has its own tower, corridors worth of being in movies and many interesting rooms. The kitchen keeps the spirit of the times it was built and Sara the house keeper is more than helpful. Our 3 and 1 years- old children had a blast being there and wondering around. Sara, the housekeeper was incredibly helpful and Bettina from Hidden Italy was the kindest and super honest and helpful also. Whenever we come back to Italy, hidden Italy will be our choice.
Last summer I rented three properties from Hidden Italy. La Casina in Sicily. Mulino in Sinalungo. And Villa Giola near Pisa. We loved every second of our trip. The powerful, sensorial overflow of feeling still lingers. My wife and I set out to create a trip for our three teenaged children that would sink into their skin and open up their whole being to the beauty of Italy. Having the pleasure of staying in exquisitely located and uniquely beautiful homes that are loved, personal and cared for made all the difference. I deeply hope to return again to Italy with my family, and I guarantee you that we will stay with Hidden Italy.
D. Terry, April 2018
Once again Hidden Italy has delivered above and beyond my expectations. Villa Giola is just perfect for my family.
D. Terry, July 2017
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 4.5 x 11m
- Pool prefabricated
- Pool area is gated
- Internet WIFI connection
- Telephone, fax
- Satellite TV
- Washing machine
- 2 large fridges with built-in freezer
- Food processor
- Filter coffee machine
- Espresso machine
- 2 toasters
- Electric orange press
- Iron and ironing board
- 2 hair dryers
- Fans in every bedroom
- Screens on all bedroom windows
- Parking for two or three cars
- The former tennis court (near the pool) is now a perfect place for playing football, and volley ball.
- There are also a ping pong table and a play house and toys for young children.
Please note: central heating is not provided.
The staircase of the house disposes of a wheelchair elevator, the staircase is equipped with a chair which goes up and down. The width of all doors is sufficient for wheelchairs except for the ground floor WC. One large bathroom on the upper floor can be accessed with wheelchair, but other wheelchairs facilities are not provided.
Next village 2 km
Local shopping 2 km
Pisa 21 km
Casciana Terme (hot spa) 19 km
Livorno 27 km
Volterra 55 km
Lucca 60 km
Viareggio 60 km
San Gimignano 60 km
Bolgheri 65 km
Florence 80 km
Siena 125 km
Rome 340 km
Pisa and Livorno are within a radius of 20 minutes by car, Florence, Volterra and San Gimignano are 45 minutes by car, Siena is an hour's drive away.
Pisa: The Piazza dei Miracoli, or the Square of Miracles with the Leaning Tower, the Duomo, the Baptistry, the Monumental Cemetery and the museums. Pisa is at 21 km from the villa.
Lucca: At 45 minutes by car, Lucca is one of the most enchanting towns in Tuscany. Whether you stroll along the wide avenues cresting the top of the ancient city walls or wander through the narrow streets punctuated by its ninety nine churches, visit one of the richly endowed museums or browse among the old-fashioned little boutiques, sip a cappuccino at one of the many traditional coffee houses and sample some of the best ice cream in Tuscany, this is a sheer delight. Don’t miss Lucca’s beautiful cathedral – and have a euro in your pocket, because Tintoretto’s Last Supper in the right nave of the church can only be admired after paying for the spotlight focused on it.
Lucca is also home to one of Italy’s nicest antique markets. Depending on the time of the year, it can be small or take over Lucca’s two largest piazzas and almost all the streets and alleys in between. Lucca’s market is held each month on the weekend that has the third Sunday of the month.
The famous villas around Lucca: Some of these historic villas are open to the public and a few have internationally renowned gardens, offering an inimitable glimpse of gracious living which has endured until the present day. The most important villas open to the public are Villa Reale di Marlia, Villa Grabau, Villa Bernardini, Villa Oliva, Villa Mansi, Villa di Carmigliano.
Florence: Blessed with breathtaking landscapes and famed masterpieces, the so-called “Cradle of the Renaissance” is an open-air museum, a genuine lifestyle experience, a real, yet dreamlike, treasure chest, filled with innumerable inspiring discoveries. Florence is at 80 km.
Siena: This proud Medieval city has much to offer with its Duomo, churches and musuems sitting amongst its tight and winding lanes, which themselves ultimately converge on to the open space of the Piazza del Campo: Siena is at 125 km from the property.
Chianti: The Chianti region between Florence and Siena is famous not only for its wines but also the wooded landscape of cypress, olive, and oak trees, interspersed with vineyards and picturesque towns and villages.
Cinque Terre: set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, ought to provide enough to bolster the most jaded of spirits. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, Cinque Terre’s five villages date from the early medieval period. Sinuous paths tempt the antisocial to traverse seemingly impregnable cliffsides, while a 19th-century railway line cut through a series of coastal tunnels ferries the less brave from village to village. Thankfully cars – those most ubiquitous of modern interferences – were banned over a decade ago.
The seaside: The nearest sea resorts are at approximately 20 minutes away. At a 40 minute drive north are sandy beaches along the coast of Versilia at turn of the century Viareggio and fashionable Forte dei Marmi with their trendy bars, designer shopping and some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy. You will find amore natural coastline in the Maremma, which is at a 40 minute drive to the south.
Carrara: Visiting the marble quarries of Carrara are a fascinating excursion. After having been up the quarries, stop at Pietrasanta, a charming town between mountains and the sea where many sculptors have come to work.
The Puccini festival is held every summer in July and August at Torre del Lago, the summer residence of Giacomo Puccini, at 45 km from Villa Giola.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
If rented for 12 people
- 1 entrance hall
- 1 living room with French windows
- 1 drawing room with fireplace
- 1 study with TV
- 1 dining room
- 1 kitchen
- 1 laundry
- 1 WC
- 1 living room
- 1 twin or double with en suite bathroom (shower)
- 1 double bedroom
- 4 double or twins (as requested)
- 3 further bathrooms (two with tub and one with shower)
- (1 extra bedroom with twin beds available at extra charge)
- Painter's atelier and loggia
- Traditionally planted garden with local trees, old roses and hydrangea bushes
- Vegetable garden (the caretakers will bring the produce directly to the villa table)
- Pool with sheltered area (gate for children) and bamboo shade roof
- Comfortable pool furniture
- Dining table for 12
- Parking space for two to three cars
Sara, the housekeeper, lives in a separate wing of the villa with her family. They have 2 small children and 3 cats.
4550 EUR €
28 Aug 2021 - 25 Sep 2021
5550 EUR €
6690 EUR €
If rented for 8 people
As above, two bedrooms will be closed.
3760 EUR €
28 Aug 2021 - 25 Sep 2021
4580 EUR €
5550 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
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28 Aug 2021 - 25 Sep 2021
|26 Jun 2021 - 28 Aug 2021
If rented for 12 people
12+3 PAX 12
|4550 EUR €||5550 EUR €||6690 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingIf rented for 12 people|
If rented for 8 people
8 PAX 8
|3760 EUR €||4580 EUR €||5550 EUR €||N/A||Request BookingIf rented for 8 people|
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Pool towels
- Internet WIFI connection
- Maid service (2.5 hours house cleaning from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Should you have rented Villa Giola for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
- Wood for fireplace: please check prices on the premises.
- Extra guest: EUR 100 per night for two, EUR 70 per night for one person. Should you need an extra bedroom during your stay (occasional guest for instance), this can be prepared upon request.
- Extra bedroom: If you rent the house for 8 and wish to have more than 4 bedrooms, the above rates apply.
- Baby kit: EUR 35 per week
- 2 baby beds with linen, 2 high chairs, 1 pram and 1 baby bath are available. Baby beds: EUR 20 per week per bed. Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
- Pets upon request only: There is an extra charge of 50 Euro per week + 300 extra deposit (to be paid together with the below mentioned security deposit).
Prior to arrival guests are asked to make a security deposit of EUR 1000 (credit card pre-authorisation held by our agency). At the end of the stay the credit card pre-autorisation will be cancelled, unless it has to be used partly or fully for any damage or unpaid local expenses. If you bring a dog, the security deposit is EUR 1300.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- First shopping: EUR 150 (expenses for a few basics and shopping time included). The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, eggs, 2 litres of milk, 1 packet Earl Grey tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurt, 2 bottles of orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 2 jars tomato sauce, 1 piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra vergin olive oil, 4 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, dishwasher detergent.
- Arrival dinner: EUR 25 per person, EUR 18 for children up to the age of 12. The dinner consists of an antipasto, a pasta dish, salad and pecorino cheese, fruit and local biscuits to finish, plus bread and 1 bottle of wine and 1 of water for every 4 persons. The cook will lay the table and prepare the dinner, after which she will leave.
- Dinner during the week: A dinner prepared by the cook of the estate (who lays the table) with first course (pasta dish), second course (meat with vegetables and salad) and a dessert. The cook will prepare the meal, lay the table, clear the table and clean up the kitchen. The cook is paid EUR 12 per hour, plus the cost of the ingredients and shopping time. Dinners should be booked 3 days in advance. You can choose a menu from a list of dishes we provide. Cook service on Sunday only on request at EUR 15 per hour.
- Babysitter: A babysitter is available in the daytime and/or the evenings. She speaks English. If there are more than 2 children, 2 babysitters will have to be hired. The cost is EUR 15 per hour. Please make arrangements in advance, before your arrival.
- Cooking course: please enquire for information.
- Help with your suitcase: Giuseppe, the caretaker can help carry your suitcases upon arrival and departure. Please advise us when booking (and please remember to give Giuseppe a tip!).
- Extra set of towels: EUR 12 per set
- Extra set of bed linens: EUR 22 per set
- Extra set of table cloth and napkins: EUR 15 per set
For additional services on the premises, please contact us.
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- Availability only during the above mentioned dates
- Central heating not available
- Pool opening dates: mid of May - end of September
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