This powerful mansion and its hamlet were built in the mid-sixteenth century, when Lord of Lucca Vincenzo Guinigi spotted this lush area as a perfect natural place for his new residence, well protected from northern winds and overlooking the valley surrounding the city of Lucca. The residence was designed to be the new country farm of the Guinigi family, with the intent of taking advantage of the thriving olive trees and vineyards. Matraia Farm consisted of the manor, the colonists houses and many annexes as the olive oil mill, the stable, the barn, the joiner’s workshop, the warehouse, and the cellars.
Built thanks to Vincenzo Guinigi in the sixteenth century above a pre-existent building, the mansion was then embellished by his son Tommaso, with the wade park, the curtain wall, and the open-air aqueduct. It features an airy Doric porch, oriented south, with seven magnificent arches that form a welcoming veranda. The interior is remarkable for the frescoed hall and rooms, as the park full of evergreens creates a lush and green area.
A careful programme of restoration has brought Villa Guinigi’s main hall and rooms back to their former glory. Meanwhile, the local character of the Borgo has been preserved and every real estate maintains its original name, remembering its antique activity.
The property offers services of the highest level in a unique residential complex including:
- a large secular park that protects the entire property from the outside and a large Cedar of Lebanon on the main facade of the Villa
- a seasonal outdoor swimming pool overlooking the splendid valley of Lucca equipped with umbrellas and sun loungers where one can enjoy the wonderful microclimate of the hills.
- a SPA area in the suggestive ancient cellars of the villa equipped with a heated winter swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, tennis court and a gym providing physical and mental well-being.
The property is in a strategic position just 40 km from Pisa airport, 70 km from Florence airport, and 15 km from Tassignano di Lucca airport which is suitable for private jets. The Villa offers easy access to numerous places of interest as well as cultural and food and wine itineraries whose tradition is celebrated all over the world.