Villa Sermolli

Buggiano Castello, Pistoia
+39 392 6944777

In a hilltop hamlet between Florence and Lucca, with views across the Valdinievole, is a stately villa-hotel with a warm homely feel


34 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Step out of the door and into Buggiano Castello, a scented tangle of steep medieval streets, known for its Citrus Gardens. As for the 15th-century villa, it was in the same family for 600 years, and is now for others to share.

Feel like a nurtured guest in a historic home. In many bedrooms, headboards are upholstered in velvet, and frescoed ceilings soar. Outside, wander the terraces, bask on wicker sofas, dip in the jacuzzi. There’s also a unique pool on the edge of the village. All you hear are the birds, the wind, and the soft rumble of a train making its way through the valley.

The larger village, Borgo Buggiano, is a 20-minute stroll downhill. It has a handful of shops, cafes, restaurants, and trains; set off for Pisa, Lucca or Florence. Return to sundowners on the panoramic terrace, as you gaze on the twinkling Volterra.

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We think you'll love

  • Enjoying wonderful Tuscan food on a sun-drenched terrace
  • The views of the walled gardens, ancient towers and far-off olive groves
  • The hushed, intimate feel
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You should know

  • There are multiple levels inside and out, and no lift
  • Staff shuttle guests to and from the car park, pool and station
  • There are sometimes weddings and celebrations on site


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
November to Easter.
Breakfast included. Dinner, 3 courses, €25 per person. Dinner à la carte, €9-€25 per person. Restaurants 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €89
Extra bed available in the apartments.
2 Suites for 2
From €119
7 Apartments for 2
From €129
17 Doubles
From €89
1 Family room for 3
From €119



Villa Sermolli's elegance, layers of history, stunning terraces and vegetation enchant. The fresco-lined bedrooms are quiet and dreamy. It's a privilege to leave your car behind and sink into a retreat here; the chefs offer local specialities from sunrise to sunset. Delightful Martin and his accommodating staff dote on guests and will whisk you to the nearby station for slow-travel explorations.

Kate, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The villa lies in the walled hamlet of Buggiano Castello, 2km up the hill from the small town of Borgo Buggiano. Don’t miss the 13th-century Palazzo Pretorio or the Romanesque Church of Saint Nicolao. Everything is within walking distance, but the terrain is hilly, so there’s a free shuttle cart to the car park, pool and station. Pizzeria S. Elena is a seven-minute stroll, and a wonderful Tuscan restaurant lies 15 minutes down the hill: Taverna del Vin Vino.

Local points of interest from Martin Pleiner

  • We are the ideal starting point to discover the hearty Tuscan cuisine and the aromatic wines. Besides our own restaurant there are many trattorie, osterie, agriturismi and ristoranti on the strada dell'olio.
  • Two Italian cities nearby to fall in love with are on the one hand the picturesque town of Lucca with its ancient city walls, small boutiques and cozy piazzas and on the other hand the buzzing city of Florence with all its famous sights and full of life.
  • Not to be missed is Pisa. Everybody knows pictures of the Leaning Tower, but seeing it life-sized still is worth it - and a little cliché picture is always fun. To recover from the tourists Pisa offers its calm side with gentle hills surrounding the city.
  • But why look afield when there is so much close at hand? Next to the well known attractions you can explore some smaller towns nearby. Wine tasting in Montacarlo, relaxing spa in Montecatini Terme, villas around Capannori or Collodi, origin of Pinocchio.
  • You don't even need to leave the Villa Sermolli, it offers many hideaways to enjoy the view over the sparkling lights of the valley with a glass of wine, get lost in a compelling book or simply stock on some sunshine on the terrace.
  • Occasionally we offer wine tastings or cooking classes in the villa, you can rent our e-bikes, go for a walk alongside a serene brook or hike up and down the hills surrounding Buggiano Castello. Active or lazy, buzzing or at ease, what's at your taste?


Martin Pleiner

When the owner learned the villa was up for sale, he could not resist. Embarking on a major restoration, he turned his professional eye to the detail, "and furnished it in the unique taste of my wife.” Their "biggest wish is to offer an everlasting memory of the dolce vita.” Martin and Francesca live near Pisa, and a young, eager-to-please team look after guests.