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The True Paradise In Tuscany - Villa del Cardinale

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cozy Villa With 4 Large Bedr.s And 5 Bathr.s Surrunded By A Vibrant Olive Grove

Beautiful villa from the 1600 renovated with high level of beauty and comfort. Originally, the villa was built by the famous Cardinal Francesco Bonvisi as his private study and meditation retreat. The property offers a gorgeous view over the Lucca valley and yet is located just 5 minutes' drive from the walls of Lucca and 20 minutes from the airport of Pisa. Firenze (Florence) is only 45 minutes away by car. The estate is surrounded by 16 acres of olive trees and boast 4 large bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, heated swimming pool, Patio for al fresco dining. Air conditioning in all rooms.One of the bedrooms has a suite with sofa where two young persons can sleep - thus providing accommodation for 10 persons in all. In addition to this, we provide a baby bed and chair.

Our key holder is also an experienced Chef de Cuisine. In addition, she will enthusiastically assist you in organizing a unforgettable Wine tasting experience, or help you find a Tourist guide, or guide you to the most exclusive and exciting shopping.

In the nearest neighborhood there are two hotels that can accommodate larger groups.

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Lucca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , bidet , Master bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet , Bathroom close to the studio on the 1st floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Baby crib available to be put in one of the 4 bedrooms
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The 2 single beds can be put together to make a double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , The studio can easily be converted in a 2-beds room
  • All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and AC
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
Guests can choose between providing their own meals or booking our catering service. We have a network of professionals that can provide you with additional services and events like wine tasting, private chef de cuisine, tours, shopping assistant, face and relaxing massage, etc.


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The True Paradise In Tuscany - Villa del Cardinale
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful owners and their assistants, beautiful spot ideally located in Tuscany for great day trips. Fabio and Mari make you feel like family. They are so thoughtful and caring. I do not have enough words to express their wonderful welcome nor to describe their exceptionally fine home. If you are thinking villa in Tuscany, this has to be your dream spot!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest, thank you very much for your kind review. Your appreciation is the best reward for the work that we and our enthusiastic team have done to make your stay the best possible and to give you good, lasting memores of Lucca and Tuscany. My wife and I hope to welcome you back to Villa del Cardinale in the near future. Best regards Fabio & Mari Manzetti
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Lucca, like in a beautiful dream

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house, gorgeous view and great hospitality. I loved it and will return. It will be difficult to find a more romantic place to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest, thank you very much indeed for Your encouraging Words. Your satisfaction and appraisal are highly motivating for us and for Our dedicated staff. We too hope to welcome you again in the not-so-distant future. Best regards Fabio & Mari
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Il Cardinale: The views of the Tuscan hills and the town of Lucca are fabulous!

  • 4 of 5

Once you park the car at the top of the hill, one can begin to enjoy the views and the tranquility that Il Cardinale offers. The villa, plus the annex, are comfortably appointed and the pool added to everyone's pleasure.

Our family enjoyed the 3+week stay at the villa which was enhanced by the marvelous staff that facilitated our every need.

Phyllis/Bob Colin. New York, New York USA

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests (it appears from the new rules of homeawaythat I cannot useyour name.....), thank you very much for your review. We are happy to read - both in our review and in the house book - that you have had a wonderful time and this is all that counts for us and our dedicated team. We hope to welcome you in the not-so-distant future and will work to make your stay even better than the one you had in August. Best regards Fabio & Mari Manzetti
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A wonderful Villa, place and service!

  • 5 of 5

This place has everything.

The Villa itself takes you back to the year of 1600 and at the same time provides all the facilities you need for a modern life. On top of that, very tasteful interior.

The area around was perfect with the pool, places to sit, having dinner, morning coffee etc. At the same time you feel like your on the countryside.

The service personell and the owner were the best we have meet. Topservice, quick replies and hasselfree.

We really recommend this place if you are in the area!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you really very much for your excellent review! Your satisfaction is the prime goal of our team and of us. We hope to welcome you again to Il Cardinale in the near future. In the meantime, we wish you a good rest of summer and all the best!😊 Fabio & Mari Manzetti
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Our dream home for a week!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to make lifetime memories! Villa II Cardinale is absolutely stunning: beautifully & comfortably furnished! I receive so many ooohs and ahhhs when I share photos of this historic home with friends! Every detail is so well thought out. The home, its gardens and pool are immaculately maintained. Views from every window and outside sitting area are spectacular - quintessential Italy!

The owners' hospitality is extremely generous: we were greeted by the owners' representative with a great overview of the home, sparkling wine and olive oil from their olive trees and were given hugs and cookies from a local bakery when we left! She checked in on us throughout the week and gave great recommendations for places to visit and restaurants to dine. The home is in a great central location for making day trips. Lucca, now our favorite Italian city, is perfect for tourists yet isn't touristy or crowded. It's just a short drive from the villa. We also made excursions to unforgettable towns and cities including Barga, Bolgheri, Carrera, Livorgno, Volterra, Pisa, Florence, Cinque, Terre and more.

The owners were extremely dedicated in making sure that everything was perfect for our stay - so delightful that we've encouraged them to come visit us if they come to Virginia! We highly recommend staying at Villa II Cardinale for the perfect Italian vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kim and family, we are extremely delighted by your most encouraging review! It's the best reward we can dream of and continuosly work for with our dedicated team! We hope to welcome you again in the future, so if you miss Lucca.....just give us a call! All the best! Fabio,Mari and their team
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Great villa for 2 families with kids

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the villa the last week of June. We were 2 families with a total of 4 adults and 5 kids. The villa was perfectly laid out for us all and the location was perfect for day trips to explore Tuscany. Maria cooked a delicious meal for us all to enjoy. We had a fabulous time and highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My wife and I are very thankful for your review and feel priviledged to have had you as guests in our Italian home. We hope to welcome you again in the future. Best regards and happy summer! Fabio & Mari Manzetti
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Fabio Manzetti
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, italian, swedish, norwegian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Fabio Manzetti

Fabio and his wife Mari live partly in Norway (where they are resident) and partly at the Villa Il Cardinale. Fabio is a business advisor, coach and mentor; together with his wife he also started "paradiseintuscany" - an initiative to help Non-Italians to buy a residential property in Tuscany, without experiencing the hassle that Italian laws and business practice often imply - see

Fabio Manzetti purchased this villa in 2012

Why Fabio Manzetti chose Lucca

Fabio is originally from this area - born in Pisa, lived in Lucca before moving to Norway over 30 years ago. For Fabio, buying this property has meant coming back home.

What makes this villa unique

Fabio and his wife fell in love with Villa Il Cardinale both because of the location - with stunning views - and because of the energy and harmony that this place emanate.


Nearest Airport
19 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
700 Metres
Bar La Perla
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Golf Club Vicopelago
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Lucca Est
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Villa Cheli
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Riviera from Tirrenia to Forte dei Marmi
Car: recommended

Villa Il Cardinale is located along the SS12RADD just at the outskirts of Lucca, in the area called Massa Pisana. It takes 2 to 3 minutes by car to reach the villa from the motorway A12 Pisa-Firenze exiting at Lucca Est. The villa is located on the hills surrounding Lucca and offers a stunning view on the valley and the town of Lucca.

Lucca is a real jewel with ancient history and yet many modern activities - like the concert season in the summer featuring the most famous pop artists. In the Autumn and Winter starts a quite remarkable concert and opera season at the Teatro del Giglio.

Around Villa Il Cardinale there are many cozy restaurants and wineries. Just 1 km from the Villa you can train your golf capabilities or take lections with a Pro at the local Gol Club at Vicopelago; or you can play at two important golf courses in Tirrenia, just half a hour away.

Our property includes most of the hill the villa lies on and you can hike up to the top, discovering the old marble quarry or feeling the harmony of the olive trees. For more general info on Lucca, please see also


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $616.29

Rental rates include:
1) House maid Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 hours; Saturdays 3 hours + final cleaning at check out - Additional cleaning available on request as extra.
2) Bed linen shift once a week - additional shift available on request as extra
3) Towels shift on Tuesdays - additional shift available on request as extra
4) Air Condition, pool & garden cleaning, in addition to the normal usage of the house facilities

On request as extra:
- Tourist guide
- Chef de cuisine
- Wine tasting
- Shopping assistance

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.