This rambling 14th-century farmhouse stands in the hills above Lucca – elegant, informal, and gently restored. The view from up here takes your breath away; on a clear day, you can see the Tuscan archipelago.
The dream starts on the loggia, at a rustic table for two: brioche fragrant from the oven, cherries fresh from the trees. If you’re self-catering, stock up in little Matraia, a ten-minute walk downhill. As Andrea tends his olive groves and Laura her kitchen, you’ll be basking by the sun-drenched pool. Gaze on the far-off walls of Lucca; listen to birdsong and church bells.
Sleepy hilltop Montecarlo (19km), with its ochre hued shuttered houses and vines crammed into every garden, is on the Lucca wine trail; start with Tenuta del Buonamico. Lucca’s treasures (14km) are unmissable, and its walls are so massive you can cycle on them.