Villa Colombai is a luxury property in Tuscany, more than 100 years old. From 1928 to 1958 the Villa was used as a primary school for Orentano’s children, for this reason the property is well known in Orentano under the name of “Le Scuole Vecchie” (the old school).
Villa Colombai is located in the village of Orentano, in a borough named Colombai, only 18km away from Lucca. The villa has been recently thoroughly restored and equipped with an elegant swimming pool, entirely lined with authentic “travertine” stone, and filled with salt water. Moreover it has a pleasant whirlpool area on one side, amusing and refreshing. The luxury swimming pool measures 12 x 6 m, and varies from 1.10m to 1.60m of depth. By the pool there is an external warm shower to wash off the salt as soon as you come out of the pool. Around the pool there are parasols, deck chairs, sun beds and tables to sunbathe, relax and read. You can also have fun playing table tennis, table football or soccer in the field equipped with goals that is part of the large enclosed property of Villa Colombai. There is also a playground area for small children.
Near the kitchen there is also a wonderful very large veranda with a large table and chairs, where you can sit and eat together, or play cards after dinner. The veranda roof is made of wood, whereas the table is made of travertine stone and the barbecue will make your evenings unique. The garden is very large (12.000 sq.mt.), always well looked after and totally fenced to guarantee your privacy and safety, especially of your children and family pets.
The villa is equipped with every comfort. There is a hi-speed internet Wi-Fi connection, both inside and outside the villa and there is an alarm system. The walls of our hundred-year-old villa are very thick so the temperature is pleasant in the rooms, however they are all equipped with fans and the bedrooms on the second floor also have air-conditioning because they are close to the roof, therefore slightly hotter.
The entrance to the villa is on the ground floor, where there is also a living and dining room (with an exit on one side), with a fireplace and a modern satellite television with foreign channels and a DVD player. On the ground floor there is also a kitchen with a fireplace which can also be used as a barbecue. The kitchen is fully equipped with all crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, and electrical appliances. There is a fridge, a freezer, a dishwasher, a gas stove, an electric oven, a microwave oven, an electric kettle, a toaster, a filter coffee machine, a traditional Italian “Moka” coffee machine (to use on the gas stove), as well as an electric Italian Lavazza espresso coffee machine (the latter can be requested for a small fee). From the kitchen you can come out into the adjacent veranda with table, chairs and outdoor barbecue.
On the ground floor there is also a bathroom with a wc, a bidet and a shower with cubicle. You’ll also find a utility room with a sink, a washing machine and a drying machine.
If you take the stairs you will come to the first floor. Here you’ll find:
- the Venus Suite: a very elegant double bedroom with a canopy bed and a large wardrobe
- an elegant bathroom with Jacuzzi next to the suite
- the Bacchus Room with a double bed and wardrobe
- the Juno Room with twin beds and wardrobe
- an elegant blue bathroom
On the second floor you'll find:
- the Concordia Room with twin beds
- the very large and lovely Diana Room, with a double bed and baby cot if needed
- the elegant Loft Room
- a shower room with cubicle
- a study with internet connection (wireless or with wire)
The villa has been furnished very elegantly and accurately, and with great attention to every detail. There are terracotta tiled floors, beamed ceilings, walls painted in pastel colours, and frescos in several parts of the house, as well as mosquito nets at all windows.
There is a car park for several cars within the property just behind the villa.
Villa Colombai is the perfect location to visit the main attractions of Tuscany, but at the same time guests can relax spending time around the luxury pool with whirlpool, in the very large garden, or in the beautiful veranda next to the barbecue and the kitchen. Small children can play in the playground especially made for them, and bigger children can play table tennis or soccer in the field that is also part of the property.
Within easy reach of the Villa there are grocery stores, cafes, a butcher and a traditional baker. There is also a well-known pastry shop still following an old tradition of pastry making.
In Orentano you will also find the Trattoria-Pizzeria da Benito, one of the most famous restaurants of the area. Their absolute specialty is the typical very thick grilled Tuscan steak, absolutely delicious at an affordable price, but they also serve traditional starters, pasta dishes and pizza. Remember to reserve a table in advance because the restaurant is always fully booked.
Within 15km distance there are also a golf course, thermal resorts, tennis courts and many other activities.
Guided wine-tasting tours can be arranged for you, as well as any other activity you might be interested in. We can arrange visits to artisan ceramic or copper pot workshops, we can reserve concert or theatre tickets for you, etc… according to your interests.
We can also organize your wedding, anniversary, birthday party or other events and take care of all the details.
Here at Villa Colombai you can enjoy the wine and the olive oil produced not far from the villa or the typical food of our area – we can arrange to have groceries delivered to your door by the local shop keeper on his bicycle.
Orentano is well known for the “Sagra della pizza” – a pizza and beer festival where you can experience the hustle and bustle of Tuscan life and at the same time eat pizza or grilled meat and listen to music. The traditional local “Sagra” takes place throughout June and July.
The ancient pastry tradition of the village is celebrated every year with a local event called the “Cream puff Festival” (“Sagra del Bignè”) , on the third Sunday of August.
There are other “sagras” (festivals) of all kinds in neighboring towns and villages. There are also historical festivals like, for example, the Medieval Festival in Monte Castello, Lucca, Nozzano, Buti, and many other places which take place from May to September, but especially during the summer months of June, July and August.
Only 5 km from Orentano you can find the small town of Altopascio with all kinds of shops and a market on Thursdays. You can also find supermarkets and other stores (furniture, clothes, shoes, etc..).
From Altopascio you can catch a train or take the highway to go and visit Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca, Montecatini, Viareggio, Pisa, and many other places. The famous historic and art cities of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, etc.. or the sea are within easy reach. The surroundings offer a lot for sport freaks and wellness lovers: tennis (4 km), golf course (15km), horse riding (5km), thermal resorts (15km) and fitness centres (7km).