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Voted Best Vacation Rental in Italy

Bedrooms 7
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

8 Bedroom, 5 Bath, Villa and Cantina (separate connected apartment)

Medieval restoration with modern comforts for up to 20, Villa Perpoli is luxurious, spacious, private, and memorable. Truly 'once in a lifetime' housing with both high-speed internet and an opportunity for complete escape, Villa Perpoli serves as the perfect Italian villa for honeymoons, retreats, meetings, family reunions and vacations. Perpoli is the most famous and strategically located of Italy's hill towns and the views from Villa Perpoli are spectacular.

Reviewers from previous listings of this property have said that they intended to use it as a base to visit Tuscany's cities and charms, but instead found the perfect vacation on the veranda looking out at the marble mountains and pool and eating in the huge medieval kitchen with modern appliances.

Located in the charming hilltop village of Perpoli, this villa enjoys the feel of the Italian countryside, yet is only 5 minutes from the bustling town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, the entrance to Italy's most famous region, offering endless entertainment, shopping, dining, and annual international music festival. Experience the oldest street market in Italy, hosted every Thursday, and pick up a bottle of hand-pressed olive oil or locally grown chestnut beer. Close to Lucca, but without the terrible heat and crowds of tourists. Live in the cooler hills with the fabulous views and ancient villages, go to Lucca in a half hour, Pisa in an hour, and Florence in 90 minutes. With breathtaking landscapes from the privacy of home, to international fun and fare minutes away, Villa Perpoli is the ideal location to relax and enrich, for 2-25 people.

This large villa is perfect for large families, weddings, reunions, or can serve as an event venue or a corporate retreat. The residence boasts 8 private bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, four separate living areas and a dorm/salon, and multiple outdoor dining areas. The spacious veranda off the grand living room provides an ideal dining space for entertaining and enjoying the dramatic sunsets against the Carrara mountains. Two large rooms have held 100 guests seated for concerts. Villa Perpoli’s landscaped acres feature terraced orchards, gardens with fresh fruit and vegetables, a greenhouse, flat lawn with restored ruin columns, and a solar-heated pool.

Substantial 21st century renovations have introduced the highest standards of modern living and luxury while preserving the villa’s irreplaceable cotto tiles, huge medieval fireplaces, and stunning arches. Several tons of steel were added within the floors and walls of this ancient restoration, along with new wiring, plumbing, solar and other modern technologies, to last another thousand years. You’ll find beauty indoors and out, with hand-painted frescoes and original pre-medieval stone carvings, and different world-class views from every one of the 70 windows.

The mountains nearby provide a cooler environment in the summer than the rest of Tuscany. In addition to the villa’s five grand wood fireplaces, a modern zoned system of oil fired radiators in every room keeps out the winter chill. Every season is beautiful. Spring planting, wine and olive harvests during the legendary fall, and nearby winter skiing provide for an amazingly comfortable palazzo year-round.

Live your dream and follow your heart to Villa Perpoli!



* Large open-plan living and dining area with grand entrance door and central stair, huge medieval open fireplace and doors leading to original veranda which has sun canopies for shade.

* Spacious, country-style, hand-laid kitchen with open fire, 2 large marble counters and marble sinks, US style fridge/freezer, 5 ring hob, double oven, and dishwasher

* Double bedroom, original décor

* Bathroom with tub and shower over

* Shower with a utility room (washer and dryer)

* Study with hidden double-bed, full office equipment i.e., phone, hi-speed wireless internet, and satellite


* Huge second living room with original arches, huge fireplace, drawing room seating

* Master bedroom with four poster bed

* Grandchild bedroom

* Children’s room with 3 L-shaped beds

* Double bedroom

* 1 shower room

* 1 bathroom with 3 person jacuzzi

CANTINA, with stairs to gardens and pools

* Available to rent with main villa or as a separate apartment. To see separate listing go here: VRBO Listing #319766

* Marble kitchen with oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer

* Living room with double sofa bed, enormous arched windows overlooking private side gardens and ruins of ancient castle outbuilding

* Double bedroom and dorm to sleep 6-10 persons

* Shower room, modern Italian style amid ancient stone walls and multiple interior arches


* Many terraced orchards, fresh fruit and vegetable gardens, and lawns

* Spectacular panoramic views from every terrace

* Private solar-heated 5M x 12M graduated pool

* Level for children’s play area and lawns

Property is taken care of by a British manager and a local cleaning person, as well as a groundskeeper/handyman and cleaning person.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Kal

Tuscany is a most wonderful refuge. We found this amazing 800 year-old hilltop villa and we knew we wanted to share it.

This Villa was once the Bishop of Pisa's summer retreat since it is the only cool house in Italy's summer. It has been completely updated with a pool and is most comfortable. You have an easily accessible mountain stay, splash in the pool, enjoy views all around, and take short easy trips to other parts of Tuscany.

Kal purchased this villa in 2003

Why Kal chose Gallicano

This is a town of 35 houses built in 1012, and at the center of local history, with grand views in every direction over northern Tuscany. The village is located in the heart of the green and mountainous Garfagnana with dramatic views at every turn, but whilst in the midst of the countryside, is also ideal for exploring. Peaceful and traditional, yet five minutes from a great little city with everything, including beauty, rivers, stores, routes to all major Italian areas, and few tour buses or major crowds.

What makes this villa unique

The house is 800 years old and was built for a Bishop; it dominates the tiny town's one street, and has panoramic views over Carerra quarries, surrounding hill towns, and beautiful farm and forested vistas. Totally peaceful, but a short short drive to many interesting and entertaining settings, including Barga, Lucca, and famous hill towns. The house is a 60 minute drive from Pisa; 40 minutes from the walled medieval city Lucca; 20 mins from the artsy beautiful town of Barga; 90 mins from Florence; 25 mins from skiing at Carregine; half hour from the National Park of Orecchiella, and less than 90 minutes to the Versilia coast.

Closer to home and for shopping, bars, restaurants, etc. is the village of Gallicano (10 minutes) and the market town of Castelnuovo (7 minutes). All facilities can be found in these villages.

An enchanting and accessible retreat!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Once again your house was full of music, love, laughter and joy. All of us have been enjoying this incredible place and our lives have changed for the better. We have already been thinking of a return to Perpoli. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, wonderful place and for keeping an eye on us while we were here. Three generations of my family shared in this holiday and it will be hard to do this again!
May 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gallicano in Province of Lucca

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - This is a large Master bedroom that can sleep 4-5
    Bedroom 2 - can sleep 4 - a couple and kids
    Bedroom 3 - can sleep 4 - a couple and kids
    Bedroom 4 - can sleep 4 - a couple and kids
    Bedroom 5 - can sleep 4 - a couple and kids
    Bedroom 6 - bunk type beds for kids
    Bedroom 7 - bunk type beds for kids
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (5), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (2), Bunk Beds (2) Single beds can be added for more guests in the dorm/salon room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
central heating, private solar heated pool, terraced berry and vegetable gardens


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Voted Best Vacation Rental in Italy
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Fabulous Tuscan Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Staying in this amazing villa was the highlight of our recent trip to Italy!

Authentic but with modern conveniences made it perfect in every way.

Perched on a hilltop in the small village of Perpoli was truly romantic magical. Sitting on the balcony, listening to the birds, hearing the church bells with the spectacular view watching the clouds go by, was so relaxing, that it was hard to get up. It's now my "go to place in my mind to de-stress. I especially loved the kitchen! We built a fire in the mornings and the warmth and coziness made it a perfect way to start the day. In addition, every window's view was like looking at a painting. We loved walking around the beautiful grounds and area, it was so inviting to explore. Everything done to rebuild the villa was absolutely perfect! We so appreciated Kal and Candaces's hospitality, making this a little piece heaven on earth!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Munich / Germany

The perfect Location for creative Workshops

  • 5 of 5

I have been renting this wonderful home in Perpoli, a small village near Lucca, for one week sessions over a 9 year time period, to headquarter my music-school (www.school-of-singers.de)

The school hosts professional singing and music workshops for "up and coming" young recording and entertainment artists from all over Europe. The usual rentals were for 16 people and the home is highly suitable for such a large group gathering and related activites. The 800 year old restored villa is surrounded by beautiful nature (forests, moutains, rivers and streams) and also the friendly people of Perpoli.

Perpoli is a tiny ancient village overlooking three large valleys, situated at the end of the road but close, down the small mountain, to a small city.

I`m renting this wonderful place since 9 years for my singing- and music workshops with usually 16 people and it suits as very well.

The villa is surrounded by beautiful nature and the friendly people of Perpoli. The house is very spacious and big , that on your first time visit you could even get lost :-)

Every room is different and nicely desigend .

we all appreciated the 5 bathrooms and to have the choice of 2 big living rooms with fireplace.

There is much love and art in every corner of the house. Tasteful decorations, wall paintings and beautiful furniture ,which immediately makes you feel "home".

The kitchen is enormous with a big fireplace, fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for large groups.

The romantic balcony has a stunning breathtaking view to the valley as well as the big garden with its wonderful pool .

It is definitely one of the most beautiful houses that I could find in Tuscany. The owners are wonderful people .We have a great communication and they are very helpful.

I can highly recommand this place. It is pure magic.

Sandrina Sedona school of singers

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vernon BC

The Perfect Location for a Romantic Family Wedding

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter was married at this villa this summer. It was everything she dreamed of. We stayed at the villa for two weeks, with our group of 14 family members. The villa itself is magnificent. The stone structure and beautiful gardens were enjoyed by all. The wedding was held outside in one of the gardens, overlooking the mountains. I could not think of a more fitting location for this event.

The main kitchen was well equipped and there was plenty of room for the many cooks in our group. We found everything we needed to prepare all of our meals. We appreciated the large refrigerator and the freezer with an ice cube maker. We enjoyed dining on the balcony for all of our meals. What a view!

Everyone enjoyed the pool. We spent a lot of time in the pool area. The pool area was very well set up, with lots of places to sit and a choice of sun or shade. This was the kids' favourite place to be. There were plenty of pool towels and even some pool toys.

The bedrooms were spacious and the beds comfortable. We had enough separate spaces for 6 couples and 2 children. Having 5 bathrooms was a luxury. We never ran out of hot water, even when 14 people were getting ready for the wedding at the same time.

We loved the location of the villa, in the small and friendly village of Perpoli, but you must have a car. The village was a great place to do day trips from. Some of our group went to Florence for the day. The city of Lucca was easily accessible and enjoyed by all. We also enjoyed visiting the smaller towns, like Barga and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. We enjoyed drinking some local wine and dining at local restaurants. But we all looked forward to returning to the villa and spending many hours there. Even with 14 people, we never felt crowded. There was plenty of space for everyone.

Kal, the owner was extremely helpful in assisting us with our wedding plans. He organized our wedding feast with some locals and it was truly a memorable, authentic, and delicious meal. Kal was very helpful and always responded promptly to my many questions.

When you hear "Tuscan Villa", this place fits all of the criteria. I highly recommend staying there and I plan on coming back again soon. We made beautiful memories there.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Tuscan Castle in the Sky

  • 5 of 5

"Ah Perpoli!" said an elderly Italian couple sitting next to us at a nearby vineyard restaurant as we described our wonderful stay at this villa. We spent three weeks touring Italy, from the ruins in Rome to the museums in Florence to the canals of Venice but our stay here was, by far, our best experience. The villa itself is, as advertised and reviewed. It's a castle with a majestic terrace view of the hills and the valley with the modern amenities of an in-ground pool, immaculate facilities, and a kitchen fit for a gourmet chef. Our party consisted of about a dozen, and we were all very comfortable. We also cooked plenty of meals here, but still managed to enjoy the local restaurants with superb, authentic Italian cuisine at very reasonable prices.

We used the villa as our home base to explore quant villages, marvel at the ancient churches, and shop in the local markets. I highly recommend Castelnuovo Garfagnana and Castelvecchio Pascal. We also took day trips to a vineyard, to the beach and to the marble quarries where the ancient Romans would cut slabs for statues and monuments. We also managed trips to nearby Luca for a tour of the city and a bike ride around the city walls and to Pisa for the Leaning Tour. Each night, however, we looked forward to returning to this castle in the sky as our home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This kind of review from these very wealthy and demanding world travelers seems more than I could have expected. They are still well remembered by our neighbors! Kal
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Tuscan Dream

  • 5 of 5

One arrives at the Perpoli Villa after driving up a winding, narrow road until you think you're lost, then suddenly you pass through a stone archway and onto a cobbled alley that leads to the doorway of a classic country villa. This is a lovingly restored 12th century castle said to have been the summer Residence of the Bishop of Pisa. The first thing to do is step onto the terrace and take in sweeping views of the Tuscan hills, studded with tiny vineyards, fruit orchards, and pointy cypress trees that look like patchwork quilts of green along the gentle slopes in the distance. The house is extremely well-appointed, with a modern chef’s kitchen that was the center of family activity for our stay. The pool is a refreshing and luxurious retreat from the heat of the Tuscan summer. The rooms and baths have modern

amenities without losing any of the ancient charm of the place. We shared the house with three families, and kids of various ages, and there was enough space to gather everyone for meals or find private time away from the group.

This was my family’s first trip to Italy and while the villa feels very far from the crowded streets of the busy tourist cities,

we were close enough to visit the major Tuscan sights in a day trip. It was an easy drive to Pisa (about an hour), the Roman beach resort of Viareggio, the Carrara marble mines,

and the medieval walled city of Lucca with its fashionable European vibe (50 minutes). On market day, we drove 10 minutes to Castelnuovo di Garfagna where we shopped for iItalian linens, shoes, clothes and kitchenware, all ridiculously inexpensive.

My favorite hill town was tiny, magical Barga, just 10 minutes away, where opera poured from doorways and windows. On lazy days we stayed by the pool while the kids wandered through the orchards looking for plums, and then for dinner visited a restaurant 5 minutes down the hill that served pasta as good as any you’ll ever eat. My 11-year-old and 16-year-old proclaimed our vacation in Perpoli the best of their lives and keep asking when we can go back. We felt as if we’d been let in on a wonderful secret and we will return as soon as we can.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

On a first trip to beautiful Italy, one would hope to stay in a historic, stunning, storybook get-away that would help foster priceless memories of such a special trip. If that sounds like the place you are looking for, look no further - Perpoli Villa is just such a magical place. The view from the private terrace atop the secluded little town is absolutely stunning - really more reminiscent of a professional postcard photo than what you would expect to awaken to every morning. And the home has been wonderfully renovated with lot's of special features. All in all, this villa is perfect for a large family or group to create fabulous memories.

Large, eclectic, and historic, this mansion has plenty of space and lots of nooks to please the largest family. Ours spent more time either on the terrace overlooking the valley or in the spacious kitchen but the bedrooms were roomy and the baths were updated and well-appointed. Our group consisted of three couples but the villa would easily hold five couples without much strain.

As to location, we barely had time to experience much of what the villa offered because we were doing our best to enjoy as many of the special Tuscany sights as possible during our family's week-long stay. Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre and Greve in Chianti wineries were just a few of the special places we traveled to from this home base in the Garfagnana mountains. And I would recommend them all - if you don't mind racking up a thousand kilometers on your rent car! It's not that any were that distant - all were within an easy hour and a half drive - it's just that we wanted to see it all!

In summary, if you want to truly immerse yourself in old world Italy, this is a wonderful place to create an unforgettable experience!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cathedral of Barga
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
35 Miles

This is a gorgeous mountain area with very easy access to the Villa. There are jeep tours of this incredibly scenic region, as well as wonderful hikes.

You have the option of renting the entire Villa and Cantina or just the Villa or just the Cantina. Villa alone sleeps up to 20. Cantina alone sleeps up to 7. Please inquire.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gallicano, Lucca Area

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Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £93 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Utilities / wk. £148.52
Cleaning £222.78

All rates are subject to discussion and negotiation up or down, based on usage.

Extra charges will apply for cooking and cooking lessons, language lessons, tour guiding, trip planning, possible car included, and other services to be arranged.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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