See and Do

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Lucca
Summer Music Festival

Annual summer Lucca music festival. Justin Bieber, Liam Gallagher, Celine Dion, and Ben Harper headlining in 2022. Events normally run through June and July.

Hot Air Ballooning

Take an air balloon ride and gaze upon  the sights of Tuscany from the skies. A wonderful opportunity to capture some amazing photographs.

Puccini Concerts
Torre del Lago

Puccini composed some of his masterpieces at his Torre del Lago Villa. In tribute to the great maestro, the annual Festival Puccini presents his great heroines in July and August.

Golfing at Versilia

An exclusive golf resort immersed in the greenery, in the heart of Versilia, set between the mountains and the sea, with a varied 18-hole course.

Wine Tasting

Go Wine tasting at one of our partner vineyards in the local wine region of Montecarlo. Or venture further afield to the famed region of Chianti.

Puccini e la sua Lucca

Enjoy aperativo in a beautiful historical piazza followed by an hour or two of Opera at one of the stunning churches in medieval Lucca

Lo Scompiglio

Contemporary arts centre where musicians, performers and dancers create their work in a rural setting. Featuring permanent installations and a calendar of performances and events throughout the year.

You can walk here off-road from Villa Michaela.

Via Francigena

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims who have traveled between Canterbury and Rome since 725 AD. The Via Francigena runs right outside the gates of Villa Michaela.

Sailing Versilia
 

See the bottlenose dolphins, absorb the colours of the Cinque Terre (a UNESCO world heritage site), or visit some of the islands and inlets this wonderful coastline has to offer.

Horse Riding

Enjoy the evocative Tuscan landscape by horseback. A trek out to sunset, from the hills at the foot of the Franciscan trails to the Versilian sea...

Pistoia Blues Festival July

The annual Pistoia Blues Festival is set in the charming Piazza Duomo.
 

Visit Villa Puccini, 
Torre del Lago

Visit the home of Giacomo Puccini and see the piano where he composed Madame Butterfly.

Every year on September 7, the Festa della Rificolona takes place in Florence to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary. A delightful event, ideal for families.

Palio Siena

Perhaps Italy’s most famous annual sporting event, Siena’s Palio is as much about pageantry, civic identity and Sienese pride as it is about the horse race. 2 July 2023.

Cartasia Lucca Biennale

Lucca Biennale, the biggest event in the world on Paper Art, Design and Architecture. Exhibitions, monumental sculptures, workshops and many other events dedicated to the world of paper.

Olive Oil Tasting

After a long day in the Italian sunshine why not sample some of  the various distinctive
local olive oils.
The Lucca region is renowned for its DOP, or ‘protected destination of origin’ olive oils which are harvested only in specific locations.

Perfumery Workshop

Immerse your senses in a boutique perfumery workshop. Options are available both in personal perfumery and in the design and creation of ambient scents.

Thermal Spas
 

Rich in an array of minerals, the thermal waters of Italy are considered to have endless health and beauty benefits. Enjoy  spa treatments - from massages to mud baths, saunas to beauty treatments.

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Calcio Storico Fiorentino

See the Cinque Terre

The way it is meant to be enjoyed-without the crowds.

From 5,000 euro +eva per day

Calcio Storico is an ancient form of football from the 16th century,and is played in teams of 27, using both feet and hands. The winning team is presented with a Chianina cow, one of the oldest breeds of cow in existence. 9 to 24th June

Lucca Luminaria

Luminara di Santa Croce, illuminations of the holy cross, is a beautiful procession held in Lucca. The city is illuminated with thousands of candles at night as the procession goes through Lucca's historic centre. September 2022

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Opera Recitals

 

Lose yourself in the operatic works of Puccini, Verdi and  Mozart all within the Medieval walls of Lucca with 'Puccini e la sua Lucca'.  

Relaxation
Beauty Treatment

Relax and rejuvenate with a Ayurvedica body massage, in your own room.

Cooking Courses

Learn the secrets of the Italian culinary arts in our beautiful Limonaia kitchen, and immerse yourself in local Tuscan foraging culture.

City Tours

 

Discover what Lucca, Pisa and Florence have to offer with one of our experienced guides. Experience Renaissance Italy at it's best.

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Relax in the lemon grove beside the swimming pool, hike up the hills to see the stunning views over Lucca or perhaps learn to make real Italian pizza in our traditional wood burning pizza oven. 

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Guest Review

I stayed at Villa Michaela for a week in August and cannot recommend this place enough. The beautiful decor, picturesque surroundings together with the relaxing atmosphere of the villa is a perfect combination. On top of that, the staff were exceptional.

The Epitome of Bliss

City Tours

 

Discover what Lucca, Pisa and Florence have to offer with one of our experienced guides. Experience Renaissance Italy at it's best.

Skiing

 

Abetone in the Apennines is less than 1 hour drive from the Villa and offers 50km of ski slopes for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and walking trails.