Villa Michaela (Former Villa Nottolini)
Immersed in 50 acres of olive groves, hills and pine-covered gardens, Villa Michaela is an eighteenth-century villa and a boutique retreat in the delightful town of Vorno near Lucca. It is possible to rent the Villa for a minimum stay of three nights, weddings, tailor-made lunches, dinners, corporate retreats. The Villa is a luxurious Tuscan retreat like no other.
A 10 minute drive from Lucca, 30 minutes from Pisa airport and one hour from Florence, the Villa is located in the heart of the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Villa Michaela's heritage, assets and beauty, all nestled in the heart of Tuscany, will add a magical touch to your plans, whatever they may be.
Villa Michaela, formerly Villa Nottolini, and belonging to the Rhode family, is located at the foot of Mount Zano, a short distance from the "parish" of Vorno.
The building has 3 floors and basement. The original building dates back to the 1800th century, but over the years there have been many changes and the current appearance of the Villa is that of the early XNUMXs when it was bought by the Nottolini family.
The main facade is the one facing north, which has a large door with an architrave and stone cornices. There is also a similar entrance on the south side of the building where the flower garden, a pond, flower beds, rose gardens, paths and pergolas are located. The estate also includes other buildings such as the Limonaia, the building where lemon trees were kept every winter, now a beautifully decorated full service kitchen often used for cooking school demonstrations, the Stables where our cellar and tasting of wines there is the room and the “Cappella dell'Annunziata”, now consecrated for Anglican wedding ceremonies, which is of historical and artistic interest.
The chapel dates from the 18th century. The Annunziata has been owned over the years by several families; the Giglis, the Macariuis, the Simibaldis, the Carbolanes, the Lucchesinin and at the beginning of the 1860th century passed into the hands of the Nottolini family who restored the house and between 1870 and 17 rebuilt the chapel in a public chapel where held every Sunday and until the XNUMXth century it had its own priest.
Every year on March 25th there was a big party with illumination processions and food was given to the poor of Vorno. The chapel has a beautiful neoclassical facade, with an arch at the top of the building depicting floral motifs and the Annunciation. The chapel is reached from a path built in 1910 after the old Valle road (which once passed in front of the Annunziata) was made private by the municipality of Capannori.
In the last century, Villa Michaela was owned by the Basttananis, Ciurlanis and Rossis. The current owners have significantly restored the Villa and all its frescoes, transforming it into a modern and luxurious property without ruining its original beauty.
Villa Michaela is the ideal place to spend unforgettable holidays in the Tuscan countryside. It is also possible to rent the villa for private events and weddings.