Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there a section of the swimming pool suitable for children? A. Yes, there is a large shallow section surrounding the main pool which is quite unique!

Q. Is the pool heated? A. Yes, the pool can be heated by arrangement. It is normally not necessary in June, July and August. 

Q. Do we need to bring pool towels. A. No, we provide pool towels for each guests.

Q. How big are the beds. A. In Italy single beds are a standard size 90cm x 190cm, double beds are 160cm x 190cm.

Q. Can we bring an infant. A. Yes, we have a cot and a highchair.

Q. Are there shops nearby? A. Yes, only a few minutes drive, the nearest supermarket is in our local town of Bientina – 5 to 10 mins drive.

Q. Does the local supermarket have a gluten free section. A. Yes it does.

Q. How far is Lucca? A. Only a 20 minute drive on a good, direct road.

Q. How far is the coast? A. Viareggio and Forte di Marmi are 45 minutes drive.

Q. Are there local places to eat? A. Yes, many good trattorias, pizzerias and restaurants within 10 minutes, we can recommend and make bookings for you.

Q. Are there vineyards nearby to visit? A. Yes, outside Lucca and Montecarlo, a beautiful medieval hill village only 15 minutes drive. We can arrange wine tastings at of some of the vineyards. We can also advise on the Chianti, Bolgheri and Val D’Orcia regions which can easily be reached for a day trip. We can also arrange for a local wine expert to accompany you on an organised trip to vineyards.

Q. How far is it to the nearest motorway. A. 5km – Altopascio, Autostrada A11 to Florence, Bologna, Rome, Forte di Marmi, Pisa, Genoa, Parma.

Q. Which is the best way to go to Florence? A. We recommend taking the train from our nearest station in Pontedera. Florence is only a 45 minute journey and the train arrives in the centre of the city.

Q. Will it be possible to go to an opera? A. Yes, the Puccini festival is held every year in July in Torre di Lago and in nearby Lajatico, birthplace of Andrea Boccelli, where he organises an annual concert in his ‘Teatro di Silencio’, an amazingly beautiful location.

Can a chef be arranged? Yes, we can also arrange cooking lessons here at the Frantoio (minimum 6 people).