Holidaymakers looking to get away to a hot climate in a peaceful and scenic part of Italy will find Villa Collemandina is the perfect retreat. This beautiful place lies within the province of Lucca in the region of Tuscany. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and farmhouses.
The area in and around Villa Collemandina offers spectacular views and is a wonderful place for hiking and cycling. In the winter it is possible to ski at the mountain of Abetone, which is 1,400 to 1,900 meters high and approximately 50 kilometres away.
There are several excellent golf courses in Tuscany including 18-hole courses at Versilia Golf Club near Pietrasanta and Cosmopolitan golf near Pisa. Tuscany is a famous wine producing region and visitors may like to go on a wine tasting tour in Chianti.
A grocery store and restaurant are available in the town of Villa Collemandina. A greater selection of bars, restaurants and shops can be found in Lucca, which is about an hour’s drive in the car. Various celebrations take place in the town including the Trout Festival held annually in August, where guests can taste typical local cuisine and wines.
Numerous places of interest can be found in and around Villa Collemandina such as Saint Sisto Church, Saint Michael Church in Sassorosso and the remains of the medieval fortifications. A fascinating and beautiful place to visit in the area is the botanical garden in the Natural Park dell'Orecchiella in Pié Magnano.
Lucca is also well worth visiting with its magnificent cathedral, tiny Romanesque churches, cobbled narrow streets, towers and lovely mediaeval buildings. Pisa is about 83 kilometres away via the A11 and is a fantastic city to visit, featuring the world famous Leaning Tower. Florence is another wonderful city and can also be reached via the A11 road and is approximately a two hour journey from Villa Collemandina.
During the daytime in summer the temperatures can get very hot in Tuscany. The warmest time of the year to visit Villa Collemandina is generally July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 30 degrees centigrade, while June and September hit a respectable 27 degrees centigrade as well. The average rainfall for one year is below 90mm with October often the wettest month.
The nearest airport to Villa Collemandina is Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa, which is approximately one hour and 40 minutes away. It offers flights to and from domestic and major European destinations such as Paris, London, Madrid, Munich and Amsterdam. Ryanair has the largest number of flights and destinations. Car hire firms such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National, Sixt and Thrifty are all represented at the airport, with desks in the Arrivals area. Europcar and Sixt also offer chauffeur-driven cars. The nearest railway Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is about nine kilometres away and runs services to Lucca, Florence and Pisa.
Thrifty are all represented at the airport, with desks in the Arrivals area. Europcar and Sixt also offer chauffeur-driven cars. The nearest railway Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is about nine kilometres away and runs services to Lucca, Florence and Pisa.