Villa Balena

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Sleeps: 19 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 12

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Walk to Beach Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite

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Evoking a historic element through its opulent features and majestic architecture, Villa Balena offers a beautiful residence for guests looking to forget the stress and strains of everyday life. The imposing house is nestled in central Italy’s Tuscan coastline in the very heart of Viareggio – a resort city with a sandy beach, summer water sports and charismatic promenade.

The spectacular property features nine bedrooms, two of which are suites, and nine en-suite bathrooms to offer the utmost comfort and privacy. The rooms are decorated with ornate wallpapers and four-poster beds and natural light floods in through the large windows or balcony doors. On a sunny afternoon, reflections from the pool dance on the floor! Contemporary artwork and careful renovations add a chic freshness – an amalgamation of features those with great taste will appreciate.

Step outside to the expansive gardens filled with aromatic rose bushes and majestic trees framing the modern pool. Featuring Roman steps for effortless access and multicolour neon lights, this stunning retreat is designed for having guests over for long garden soirées. On quiet days, have your breakfast, lunch and dinner al-fresco on the veranda or find a spot away from the rest of the group on one of the lovely balconies.

When it’s time to explore, you’ll be pleased to find that sandy beaches, local cuisine and the typical amenities of a bustling seaside city are waiting for you just beyond the front door. Make sure to visit at the end of summer when the city hosts its acclaimed carnival – it also has a complex which houses the Carnival Museum, with small reproductions of the city’s allegorical floats. On warm days, cool off in the waves at one of the nearby beaches and don’t forget to reserve a spot in one of the many seafood restaurants framing the promenade to enjoy the day’s freshest catch.

Set amongst the Tuscan wine and olive groves, the city of Lucca is a 30-minute drive away. With a beautifully preserved historic centre that includes palazzos, squares, Romanesque churches and handsome fortifications, it’s perfect for wholesome strolls finished with a hearty meal of fresh pasta and wine.

Pisa, with its famous leaning tower, is also located only a 30-minute drive away, helping you tick this architectural wonder off your bucket list.

Lovers of art and Renaissance architecture will love exploring the true gem of the Tuscan crown, Florence. Easy to reach in less than 2 hours by car, it’s filled with ancient buildings, prestigious statues such as Michelangelo’s David, as well as museums and a bustling dining scene.

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What you should know…

  • Although you’re almost directly on the beach, hiring a car is highly recommended in order to explore all the gems of this beautiful region.

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con All Bedrooms En-Suite Satellite TV Lift Heating

Villa Interior (500m2)

Ground Floor

- Large open-plan living room with sofas, TV and small dining table and chairs
- Kitchen equipped with fridge, freezer, hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave
- Dining room with a long dining table and chairs
- 2 x bedrooms with double bed and en-suite bathrooms with showers and WCs
- 2 x suites with double beds, living rooms and en-suite bathrooms with showers and WCs
- 3 x bathrooms with showers and WCs

First Floor

- Family room with bedroom with double bed and bedroom with twin bed and en-suite bathroom with shower and WC
- 2 x bedrooms with double beds and en-suite bathrooms with showers and WCs
- Bedroom with two single beds and en-suite bathroom with shower and WC
- Bedroom with single bed and en-suite bathroom with shower and WC

Outside Grounds (300m2)

- Heated pool (6m x 5m) with Roman steps, lights and hydromassage jets
- Pool terrace with sun loungers and umbrellas
- Garden with grassy lawns, trees and flowers
- Veranda with lounge furniture
- Dining table with chairs
- Balcony

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Air-conditioning
- Central heating
- Flatscreen TV
- Lift
- Bikes (available on request)
- Dryer
- Iron and ironing board

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Balena
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Sailing Canoeing/Kayaking Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Paragliding Boat Trips
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The Tuscan landscape is considered among the best that Italy has to offer. With its splendid hills, elegant architecture, olive trees and sun-kissed vineyards, the views at every turn are enchanting and awash with seasonally changing colours. Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons – some in search of fine art and others to explore the extraordinary countryside, while wine buffs descend to enjoy the simple but wonderful cuisine and wine.

This dazzling holiday house is right by the brilliant beaches of Versilia, in the northwestern province of Lucca. The coastline is known for its long white beaches, pine forests and the Apuan Alps which loom dramatically in the background. Versilia and neighbouring Viareggio are ideal places for a sun-soaked getaway, with lots of restaurants and shops for stocking up on cocktail ingredients and other holiday essentials to make your stay more comfortable.

Right at the border of Liguria and Tuscany, you can find the city of La Spezia, the gateway to the Cinque Terre National Park. Its 1800s maritime arsenal and the Technical Naval Museum with ship models attest to the city’s seafaring heritage. Once you reach the hilltop St. George’s Castle, you can see many artefacts from the Middle Ages in its archaeological museum and enjoy cinematic views of the verdant backcountry and villages below.

Originally an Etruscan village, 13th-century walls still encircle the enchanting hilltop town of San Gimignano and its skyline brims with mediaeval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The best way to enjoy the old-world atmosphere is to walk around its charming Piazza della Cisterna on a sunny day.

In Livorno – a port city on the west coast of Tuscany – you can stroll around the seafront and admire majestic cruise ships in the modern harbour. After exploring its canal-laced Venezia Nuova quarter and seeing many Renaissance fortifications, head to the city’s main gathering place – Terrazza Mascagni. The busy promenade with checkerboard paving is a fantastic spot for witnessing a Mediterranean sunset at one of the many terraced bars.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Pisa International Airport

(30km)

Nearest Airport 2 Florence Airport

(91km)

Nearest City Pisa

(24km)

Nearest Restaurant

(Within walking distance)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(Within walking distance)

Nearest Supermarket

(Within walking distance)

Nearest Beach Bagno Venezia

(<1km)

Nearest Golf Alisei Golf and country club

(9km)

Nearest Train Station Camaiore Lido Capezzano

(6km)

Region

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, the Lucca and Pisa region is a captivating destination that effortlessly blends rich history, stunning architecture, and natural beauty. This picturesque region is renowned for its unique and unforgettable attractions, making it a must-visit for any traveller. 

Tuscany 

With its rolling fields, historical heritage and a cuisine that’s a delight for all the senses, it’s no wonder Tuscany is one of the most popular regions in Italy for holidaymakers. Yet even with its popularity, you can still kick back in one of our luxury villas in Tuscany and feel peace, tranquillity and the joy of seclusion. 

This is one destination that really does have a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you’re travelling with family, friends or are just looking for a romantic getaway with that special someone.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Children will love making the most of their Italian seaside holiday. In the morning, head to one of the closest public beaches, such as Bagno Maurizio and Bagno Flora. While toddlers will love building sandcastles and trying to catch tiny fish in the shallow water, teenagers can get their adrenaline fix by trying various water sports such as paragliding, banana boating and even jet skiing. There are plenty of restaurants lining the promenade where you can escape the blazing lunchtime heat and refuel for the afternoon with delicious pizza, pasta and, of course, ice cream.

Before dinner, take a scenic stroll on the pier that reaches over 500 metres into the sea and offers magnificent views of the coast and the port or explore the Pineta di Ponente – a cycling park with rides for kids, including a carousel and playground.

Horse-riding and hiking excursions can also be arranged in the pristine landscape surrounding the Lago di Massaciuccoli – Tuscany’s largest lake. Keen animal enthusiasts can even go bird-watching near the marshes of LIPU Massaciuccoli nature reserve – a protected area with wooden piers and views over the wetlands. Alternatively, visit ancient castles such as the Rocca di Ripafratta and the remains of Castel Passerino before heading back home.

Switching up the scenery is super easy – Florence is full of art galleries and museums such as the interactive Leonardo Da Vinci Museum and Natural History Museum, where school kids can practice for their art and history lessons. Here you can also find many beautiful vantage spots and towers which offer panoramic views of the Renaissance architecture and its famous Florentine cityscape. An easy way to make Florence’s architecture seem more interesting for little explorers is to rent a Segway. This also allows you to see more in a couple of hours than you would on foot. Arrange a private family tour and zoom around the city with a guide that will tell you many interesting stories about this Italian region.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Lift

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Cooking Classes Available
  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Admittance to Versilia Lido Included
  • Restaurant Discount Available
  • Tour Guide Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning 
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
- Bike hire

Extra services included at this property

- Restaurant Discount (20%)
- Admittance to Versilia Lido

Extra services available at this property

- Chef
- Catering (lunch and dinner in the villa)
- Breakfast 
- Cooking classes
- Bartender training/Masterclass
- Wine tasting
- Babysitting
- Wellness treatments 
- Hairdresser
- Live music and DJ set

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner 7 days before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Late check-in charge between 10.00 p.m. and 12.00 a.m. of €200 will apply.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Minimum stay 7 nights from mid-July to mid-September. 3 nights during all other periods.
Changeover day Flexible.
Pets welcome? A small pet is allowed on request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pool heating charge? Extra €600 per day. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Pool opening dates? Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Other Ts and Cs A cot is available on request.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs Bikes are available on request.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 19 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 25th 2024 - Aug 22nd 2024 £5,266 £7,021 £8,776 £11,059
Aug 22nd 2024 - Sep 12th 2024 £8,228 £10,970 £13,712 £17,279
Sep 12th 2024 - Oct 3rd 2024 £6,254 £8,338 £10,422 £13,132
Oct 3rd 2024 - Dec 26th 2024 £5,266 £7,021 £8,776 £11,059
Dec 26th 2024 - Jan 2nd 2025 £10,642 £12,262 £13,882 £15,501
Jan 2nd 2025 - Aug 21st 2025 £5,266 £7,021 £8,776 £11,059
Aug 21st 2025 - Aug 28th 2025 £8,228 £10,970 £13,712 £17,279

Prices based on an occupancy of 19 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 25th 2024 - Aug 22nd 2024 €5,734 €7,645 €9,555 €12,040
Aug 22nd 2024 - Sep 12th 2024 €8,959 €11,945 €14,930 €18,813
Sep 12th 2024 - Oct 3rd 2024 €6,809 €9,078 €11,347 €14,298
Oct 3rd 2024 - Dec 26th 2024 €5,734 €7,645 €9,555 €12,040
Dec 26th 2024 - Jan 2nd 2025 €11,587 €13,351 €15,114 €16,878
Jan 2nd 2025 - Aug 21st 2025 €5,734 €7,645 €9,555 €12,040
Aug 21st 2025 - Aug 28th 2025 €8,959 €11,945 €14,930 €18,813

Prices based on an occupancy of 19 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 25th 2024 - Aug 22nd 2024 $6,211 $8,281 $10,351 $13,043
Aug 22nd 2024 - Sep 12th 2024 $9,705 $12,939 $16,173 $20,379
Sep 12th 2024 - Oct 3rd 2024 $7,376 $9,834 $12,292 $15,488
Oct 3rd 2024 - Dec 26th 2024 $6,211 $8,281 $10,351 $13,043
Dec 26th 2024 - Jan 2nd 2025 $12,551 $14,462 $16,372 $18,283
Jan 2nd 2025 - Aug 21st 2025 $6,211 $8,281 $10,351 $13,043
Aug 21st 2025 - Aug 28th 2025 $9,705 $12,939 $16,173 $20,379

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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