La Lucertola | Self-catering houses in Tuscany | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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La Lucertola - Self-catering houses in Tuscany

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Via di Cavina 14, 56017 Pugnano, Pisa
Tuscany, Italy

Luisa Riddiford

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Peaceful olive grove farmhouses, hours of hiking along CAI trails, a shared pool with incredible views, Pisa and Lucca only 20 minutes away

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The drive up is exciting and fun, the views when you get here stupendous: a panorama that reaches to the Leaning Tower and to the Mediterranean sea on the horizon. Sitting on the southern slopes of Monti Pisani are a group of farm buildings immaculately restored, served by spring water and powered by solar panels. Musicians Luisa and Colin live on site, love people, love the place, and take care of everything. The two, independent, farmhouses stand side by side (ideal for friends), with living spaces on the ground floor, bedrooms up, and a big wide stone terrace at the front with curtained-off pergolas. There’s a terraced olive grove for exploratory romps - or naps in the shade - and a decked and fenced infinity pool with an outdoor shower. All you hear are the birds and the wind. As for the farmhouses: they’re functional, spotless, family-friendly and furnished in traditional style, with fireplaces for winter stays, repro art on the walls, and toys. You get a restaurant at the bottom of the hill, a food shop a six-minute drive, jazz in Lucca, guided rafting on the Serchio, and the Parco di Pinocchio in Collodi – child heaven.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Luisa Riddiford:

Local points of interest from
Luisa Riddiford:

  • Unique and stunning views of The Leaning Tower of Pisa.. Panoramic and inspiring views over our lovingly tended olive grove, forest, fields, villages, Pisa in the midground, the Mediterranean Sea in the distance - spectacular. Great hillside walks on site.
  • The natural spring water salt swimming pool is set in a truly amazing location with views to infinity over valley field Pisa and Med. The pool zone also boasts a unique shower which pours out water from the trunk of an ancient olive tree - simply fabulous.
  • Our own organic olive oil for sale - buy it and try it on your very own home made pizzas using an original wood fired pizza oven. Try our allotment for toms, peppers,salad and herbs to create your perfect pizza. Peaches, pears, figs and cherries in season.
  • From right outside your door enjoy some of the best walking trails imagineable. Truly great walking on hand, offering views over Pisa, Lucca, The Meditteranean. Enjoy walking through wonderful chestnut stands, pine forest and olive groves - inspiring!
  • Restaurant At Home: We have two great friends who double up as chefs and offer a Restaurant At Home service - they come to you and prepare a real Tuscan banquet - it's a winner and well worth trying. Also load up on some genuine Tuscan cooking tips.
  • Lovely to do's on hand: rafting on the nearby River Serchio, great cycling trails-bike hire from nearby Lucca, paragliding right over our hills, great beaches-wonderful snorkeling not far away, fishing-sea or river,wine tours, chefs at home - just ask!!
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"What a lovely place! We had such a great holiday. The house is in such a wonderful setting, set high amongst olive trees and overlooking Pisa. Happiness is sitting on the balcony in the evening drinking a cup of tea. The children were delighted with having a pool in their back garden. Colin and Luisa are welcoming and friendly hosts. I would definitely recommend this special place. "

Jane - Brighton , United Kingdom

August 2017
"This place is a little slice of heaven! From the moment my family arrived we were taken in by the beautiful surroundings. Luisa and Colin were the perfect hosts. As soon as we stepped out of the car they were there to greet us and made us all feel so welcome. You just got the feeling that nothing would be too much trouble. The views are absolutely amazing and the pool area was great. We loved cooking on the wood stove and eating on the terrace, while staring at the views of Pisa and the coast behind it. The accommodation was lovely and the kitchen well stocked. Hope to return one day......"

Justin - Sheffield, United Kingdom

August 2017
"La Lucertola is a truly special place to stay - the house is situated among ancient terraced olive groves with plenty of areas to sit and relax in the shade of olive trees or in the sunshine on the terrace by the pool. Inside, the beautifully decorated house was extremely comfortable and we woke each morning to the fragrance of jasmine blossom. We enjoyed many evenings watching the fireflies from the patio, and experimenting with the woodfired pizza oven. There are lovely walks through the olive groves directly from the house. Our 5 yr old particularly enjoyed the Parco di Pinocchio (30 mins)"

Helen - Whaley Bridge, United Kingdom

May 2016
"The farmhouse is situated high on the hillside which then allows spectacular views over to Pisa and the Med. Colin and Luisa were informative and gave us some good suggestions on places to visit. The farmhouse is comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. If you don't fancy cooking the local deli is excellent and there are good restaurants in the area. Try the Pizza oven if you feel adventurous. The outdoor patio is ideal for sitting out on warm evening and makes very enjoyable experience. The pool is an added attraction - if a little chilly in late September! Anji, Brian and John "


September 2015
"First let me say that Luisa and Colin were wonderful host. The property is a little hard to get to, but it is very nice and has a wonderful view. The outside area is great for dining or for cocktails after a day of activities. It is nicely located between Pisa and Lucca and only about 50 minutes from Florence on the autostrade. 
I would and will definitely recommend this place to my friends and family. Paul "

Paul - Louisville, Ky , United States of America

August 2015

We stayed in house no 1 & were delighted with our choice. Beautifully nestled on a hillside, amazing views across the countryside & leaning tower of Pisa in the distance. 

House spotlessly clean-home from home plenty big enough for our 5. Challenging drive up mountain but well worth it! Relaxed under the pergola, sunbathing or by the pool. Wifi 5*-coped easily with iPads,iPhones and laptop! Easy reach of Lucca/Pisa/Florence by train or car. A magical stay with excellent hosts-there to help but not intrusive. Exceptional value and highly recommended-you will not be disappointed!"

Wayne - Kent, United Kingdom

August 2015
"We rented the house for our first vacation in Tuscany. The house was exactly what we had expected - from the owners' description as well as the reviews. The drive up was a little nerve breaking, but it totally worth it once you get on top of the hill. The view is to die for - absolutely amazing! Luisa and Colin are very friendly hosts. We felt absolute privacy while staying at the guest house. The house was very clean and well equipped. We had everything we needed. It is about 20 min drive from the Tower in Pisa, 20 min drive to the center of Lucca and 30 min from the beach. We loved it!"

Victoria - New York, United States of America

May 2015

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  • 2 Houses for 4
Price:(i) 800 to1820 per week

Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 4 nights.


Restaurant 2.5km.




Via di Cavina 14, 56017 Pugnano, Pisa

Self-catering 2 self-catering houses
Houses (x2) ~ Sleeps 4-6: 2 twin/doubles; 2 bathrooms. Extra sofabeds & cot available.
Price: (i) 800 to 1820 per week

Luisa Riddiford

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