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.