Romiti del Torrente

Fabbriche di Vallico, Lucca
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7946 603713
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€125 - €205
per night

A dramatic setting 400m above the Turrite Secca river, you can visit glorious Lucca, tap into your own creativity & leave feeling deeply restored


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

€125 - €205 per night

The Experience

After four miles of narrow twisting road, crossing the Turrite Secca in a few thrilling places, you arrive at the lively village of Fabbriche di Vallico: 350 inhabitants, four restaurants, a few working mills and, over one last rickety bridge, an Augustinian monastery carved out of the forested mountain side.

Restored with meticulous, exquisite simplicity: floors are flagged and oak planked, chestnut beams are sturdy, stone walls naked, and furniture minimal. In the adjoining deconsecrated church is a galleried library, and creative courses are held below – ceramics, glass, Italian cookery, and sometimes jazz concerts, recitals and informal cinema screenings.

The saltwater infinity pool is a joy, as are the en suite bedrooms, all with private or shared sun terraces, two with tubs, one with a steep stair to a sky-lit platform; sleep beneath the stars. The area is home to the Slow Food movement; expect local, seasonal, delicious food.

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We think you'll love

  • Sitting contemplatively out on the terrace with the sound of the river burbling below or watching the stars appear from the roof terrace
  • Enjoying lively, convivial dinners and drinks around the long carved table
  • Taking a day trip to lovely Lucca to stroll around its cobbled streets
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You should know

  • The road here is winding with a few hair-pin bends thrown in... but it's completely worth it
  • It's pretty remote so won't suit those looking for a city escape
  • There are quite a lot of steps to navigate


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €125
Singles €75-€85. Extra bed/sofabed €10-€20 per person per night. Whole house available to rent in summer €860 per night, enquire with owner.
8 Doubles
From €125


Booking information

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From 4pm
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Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Dinner with wine, €30-35, available on request. Restaurants 15-minute walk.


Such a beautiful place in rugged and off the beaten track Tuscany. Steven was an amazing host and went out of his way (literally!) to help us get around... He's also a wonderful cook and rustled up a delicious supper of traditional Tuscan food, which we enjoyed in his huge and homely kitchen. The monastery itself is beautifully renovated, yet still steeped in history. We spent a lovely couple of days here, as a family of four, in October on a train trip including Florence and Luca. It was a great dip into slower travel before and after the buzz of the city.

Tom, Devon

Travelling to and arriving at I Romiti del Torrente feels like a journey through time and space to another world, another era, another reality. It is enchanting and magical. It is a journey through time into deep history yet at the same time one is embraced by a contemporary sense of comfort, safety and refuge. The location is amazing, the rooms are very comfortable and the chapel is inspiring. Wow!

Colin, Sawday's Inspector

This was our first major stop on a road trip across Italy. It is not the easiest place to reach, but the effort was amply repaid. Steve has expended considerable thought and effort in resurrecting an Augustinian monastery and reimagining its original purpose in the modern age. If you crave tranquility after a long slog through COVID, then this should be high on your list of places to visit. This was one of the best bed and breakfasts that I have ever stayed at.

Gez, London

I Romiti is a simply beautiful place. Visiting in October, we had lovely sunshine with stunning views down the hillside and local porcini and chestnuts. Steven is a brilliant host. His cooking, along with the delicious wine, is fantastic and highly recommended. There are hillside walks on the doorstep and other interesting places to visit nearby but it was also lovely to just relax in this wonderful, peaceful setting.

Rebecca, London

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The neighbourhood

Fabbriche di Vallico village (1km) is a short drive or walk down the road, with several restaurants and a local shop and pharmacy. Garfagnana National Park has fine walking and cycling trails, canyon trailing and horse riding can be organised or wild water rafting on the nearby Lima river. Bagni di Lucca is 23km and Lucca 42km for a big day out, otherwise just unplug, relax and feel restored.

Local points of interest from Steven Newell

  • Breakfast - Poiani ,majestic local birds of prey ,circle languidly overhead whilst below them House Martins work the air currents to compete for that impossible perch. Cacophony of bells from the goats grazing the terraces, surprising the odd pheasant.....
  • For the athletic, mountain or road biking, riding, walking and climbing, kayaking and canyoning are all nearby . Mountain guides can be arranged for walks for all levels. Walk across the valley to our neighbour Martino and meet his pet wild boar- awesome.
  • We are an hour from the small ski resort of Abetone -excellent for family skiing . Return home to log fires, vin brule followed by a great evening meal in the historic surroundings of our restored 13th century church ,rounded off with a movie on the wall .
  • There are lots of transport options for a day in Lucca, Florence or Pisa -travel the picturesque single track railway winding along the valley of the Serchio River. Barga and Bagni di Lucca are even closer for culture and time taking the waters at the spa.
  • Here in the Garfagnana eating is taken very seriously. We have a fabulous selection of locally produced hams,salamis ,sausages and cheeses, ottofile polenta, chestnut honey and grain beers.You can visit the nearby vineyards of Monte Carlo and Matraia.
  • If you really don't want to venture further and feel like acquiring a new skill ,we have a Ceramic and Glass Studio on site and a programme of workshops in everything from Felting to Creative Writing and Yoga- courses will be posted on the website.


Steven Newell

Steve has created a special place to encourage creativity and contemplation within an exquisite setting. He is a renowned artist who spent many years specialising in glass blowing and you'll see much of his superb work adorning the place, as well as work by local artists, some of which is for sale. He lives in his own house within the estate and offers pottery courses in his studio.