OVERVIEW Villa Gioli
Set high in the idyllic landscape of the hills southeast of Pisa, this patrician country house is approached by an age-old alley of birch trees which, beyond the tall gates, leads into the spacious and well-kept gardens of the villa.
This was once home to two brothers, renowned artists and philanthropists – Francesco and Luigi Gioli – who for many years invited leading exponents of the Italian impressionist movement “the Macchiaioli” to spend their summers here. It was from here that these painters could venture out into the open countryside, capturing the play of light on nature in all its many hues and facets and transferring them to canvas.
On the ground floor, the large living room opens onto an extensive lawn bordered by English roses and hydrangeas. Spreading holm oaks lend their shade to a magical outdoor living area. Above the painter’s atelier, on top of the tower of the villa, a stunning loggia with arches on all four sides gives you marvellous views onto the surrounding landscape.
There are six large and airy bedrooms, all of which enjoy a splendid view. They have been decorated in a traditional Tuscan country house style with iron bedsteads, lively cotton print upholstery as well as with paintings and other family antiques.
The private pool of Villa Gioli is located in a sunny and secluded part of the garden.
Amenities and services
Villa is equiped with:
- Pool: 11 x 4.5m
- Private Pool
- Fenced Pool
- Internet access
- Hifi stereo
- Satellite TV
- Disabled access
- Dogs welcome
- Bed & bath linens
- Final cleaning
- Volley ball - Ping pong table - Personal sightseeing advice by owner
Service on request:
- First shopping
- Arrival dinner
- Baby equipment
Floorplan of the villa
Living room with French windows
Study with TV
Upstairs living room
1 twin or double with en-suite bathroom (tub)
1 double bedroom
4 doubles or twins (as requested)
3 further bathrooms (two with shower and one with tub)
Painter’s atelier and loggia
Mature garden with century old trees, roses and hydrangeas
Sheltered Swimming pool 11 x 4,5 metres with child-proof fencing
Table and chairs for outdoor meals
ESTATE: Villa Gioli
Impressionist’s summer residence
In the summers of a century ago aristocrats and academics from the ancient University of Pisa, as well as naval officers from the nearby port of Leghorn retreated to their patrician country residences rising on the gentle hillsides shouldering the city of Pisa. One of these, the Villa Gioli, was built in the 1700’s. Originally a hunting lodge, villa Gioli acquired its present style and dimensions in the second half of the 1800’s when the brothers Francesco and Luigi Gioli, descendants of a wealthy aristocratic family from Pisa, whose life was dedicated to the arts, added the tower which was to become the artists’ atelier at their country house villa in Tuscany.
This was the golden era of Italian impressionists, known locally as the “Macchaioli”, derived from “macchia” which means as much as dot or stain and is a reference to the impressionistic stroke of the brush. This powerful, though at the time controversial, movement embraced some of the leading painters of the day, many of whom had studied in Paris. This was a time when artists were venturing beyond the confines of their studios into nature and the constantly fluctuating light and colours of the surrounding countryside, breaking with academic traditions, seeking new frontiers. There was a pressing urge to congregate among fellow artists to exchange ideas and derive strength from each other’s inspiration. Matilde Bartolommei Gioli, wife of one of the two artist brothers, offered these striving artists a haven. Intelligent, cultivated and well-read, she flung open the doors of the Villa Gioli to the most avant-garde artists, intelligentsia and writers of the time. Among these Fattori, Lega, Signorini, Kienerk and Cecconi came and stayed in the villa Gioli for many a long summer.
The present owners, the Marquis Cerrina Feroni family, are direct descendants of the Gioli brothers. The spirit of those times has remained to this day.Read more about Villa Gioli
- Lucca: At forty five minutes by car from Villa Gioli, Lucca is one of the most enchanting towns in Tuscany. Whether you stroll along the wide avenues cresting the top of the ancient city walls or wander through the narrow streets punctuated by its ninety nine churches, visit one of the richly endowed museums or browse among the old-fashioned little boutiques, sip a cappuccino at one of the many traditional coffee houses and sample some of the best ice cream in Tuscany, this is a sheer delight.
- The celebrated villas around Lucca: Some of these historic villas are open to the public and a few have internationally renowned gardens, offering an inimitable glimpse of gracious living which has endured until the present day.
- The seashore: the nearest sea resorts are at approximately 20 minutes from Villa Gioli. At a 40 minute drive north are sandy beaches along the coast of Versilia at turn of the century Viareggio and fashionable Forte dei Marmi with their trendy bars, designer shopping and some of the best seafood restaurants in Italy. You will find amore natural coastline in the Maremma, which is at a 40 minute drive to the south.
- Carrara: visiting the marble quarries of Carrara are a fascinating excursion. After having been up the quarries, stop at Pietrasanta, a charming town between mountains and the sea where many sculptors have come to work.
- The Puccini festival is held every summer in July and August at Torre del Lago, the summer residence of Giacomo Puccini, at 45 km from Villa Gioli.
(rates in € / week)2020
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* Low season :
* Mid season :16 May - 30 May 2020
* Mid season 2 :30 May - 27 June 2020, 29 August - 26 September 2020
* High season :27 June - 29 August 2020
GUEST REVIEWS, Villa Gioli, Villa Gioli
Ces deux semaines furent sources de grands plaisirs. Une immersion dans la campagne toscane à la rencontre de nos racines latines. Les paysages tant chantés par Virgile s'offrent à nos yeux chaque jour des bords de la piscine. Le parc est magnifique et la Villa Gioli, si authentique et historique, nous a permis de voyager au XIX siècle. Merci à Giuseppe pour son amabilité et son efficacité. Merci à Sara pour son sourire et le repas délicieux du premier soir. Merci pour l'accueil à la propriétaire, dont le charme et l'élégance symbolisent toute l'aristocratie transalpine. Nous gardons un excellent souvenir de ces vacances.J.M.J. , France, Août 2014, France, 09/08/2014
Bonjour Katharina, notre séjour à la villa Gioli fut délicieux, bercé par la gentillesse de Laura et Giuseppe. J'ai même pris un cours de cuisine toscane. Cette maison est absolument somptueuse de calme et de beauté. Toute la famille s'est régalé.
Merci à vous et nous serons preneurs de toutes vos belles idées en Toscane.
Des vacances magnifiques et inoubliables. La maison était superbe et le couple Laura/Giuseppe d'une extrême gentillesse. On a hâte d'y retourner!!H. Bennaceur, juillet 2011, France, France, 23/07/2011
Ich wollte mich, auch im Namen meiner gesamten Familie, nochmal sehr herzlich für all Ihre Hilfe im Vorfeld bedanken, die uns einen wunderbaren Familienurlaub in der wunderschönen Villa Gioli beschert hat. Dank Ihrer Agentur und der tollen Organisation, die alle eventuellen Problemchen schon im Vorfeld vorzubeugen vermochte, haben Sie uns einen Urlaub der anderen Art geschenkt.. nur selten vorher war unsere gesamte Familie, die sonst durch Arbeit, Schule, Stress etc getrennt ist, so harmonisch, glücklich, entspannt vereint wie in dieser einen Woche. Auch Dank der fröhlichen herzlichen Präsenz von Laura und Giuseppe, und natürlich nicht zuletzt der herzlichen, überschwänglichen Gastfreundschaft von Signora Illaria, haben wir dort einen Woche verbracht die wir niemals vergessen werden, eine Woche von deren Erinnerungen wir noch lange zehren werden, einfach wunderbar! Und dies alles haben wir allein Ihnen und der gesamten Agentur zu verdanken, wofür wir uns natürlich sehr herzlich bedanken wollten!M.-S.von B., Deutschland, August 2010, Deutschland, 10/07/2010
Un séjour mémorable, du charme partout retracant la marche du temps, les bruits étoffés, le silence majestueusement roi, la sérénité des lieux, la beauté plein les yeux, des rêves paisibles, des amours enchantés la nature envoûtante...tout cela à la villa Gioli.Joanna Moukarzel & Antoine Andraos, Lebanon - juillet 2009, Lebanon, 15/10/2009
We have felt very privileged to have spent a fortnight in this special place: a family home with a fascinating and distinguished history, which still retains such a warm and inviting atmosphere. We were made to feel so welcome by Ilaria ( who has also extremely helpful with her advice), and we have been beautifully looked after throughout by Giuseppe, Laura (a wonderful cook) and Deborah. Lucca is very lovely and well worth a visit, as is Pistoia with ist incredible surrounding nurseries. Pisa and Florence have to be seen, although both are very crowed at this time of the year. Vittoria, too, is interesting, and Lari is a lovely, quiet place only 1/4 hour away . The restaurant Antica Osteria al Castello in Lari is a charming family-run place with good food. Our most enjoyable afternoons were spent relaxing by the pool, and reading in the tranquillity of the gardens or one of the many lovely charming rooms. I cannot imagine a more atmosphere place for an evening aperitif than the tower at sunset. A thoroughly magical place.John Harries, UK - August 2006, UK, 29/01/2009
Merci pour ce merveilleux séjour, un souvenir dans nos cœurs pour toujours! Laura et Giuseppe, merci de votre gentillesse à notre égard.Lise, Charles et Sandrine David, Canada - juillet 2008, Canada, 19/01/2009
Des gens que l’on aime, l’on dit qu’ils ont une belle âme. Exactement comme cette maison. Merci à elle de s’être si docilement laissé envahir.Béatrice Best & Jean Werner, Belgique - août 2007, Belgique, 18/08/2007
Merveilleuses vacances en Toscane dans la belle villa Gioli qui a su conserver toute son authenticité et dans laquelle on retrouve tant de souvenirs des Macchiaioli... Nous avons eu beaucoup de plaisir à finir nos soirées sur la terrasse, dans la fraicheur, et les enfants ont goutés avec plaisir dans la piscine „plantée“ au milieu des oliviers.
Merci à Laura et Giuseppe pour leur gentilesse et leur disponibilité. Le retour à Paris va être difficile.
Lucca: At forty five minutes by car from Villa Gioli, Lucca is one of the most enchanting towns in Tuscany. Whether you stroll along the wide avenues cresting the top of the ancient city walls or wander through the narrow streets punctuated by its ninety nine churches, visit one of the richly endowed museums or browse among the old-fashioned little boutiques, sip a cappuccino at one of the many traditional coffee houses and sample some of the best ice cream in Tuscany, this is a sheer delight.
- Villa Gioli lies near Pisa, on the western coast of Tuscany
- The closest village is Fauglia at 2 km – 5 min
- Pisa 25 km – 30 min
- Leghorn/Livorno 30 km – 30 min
- Viareggio 55 km (beaches) – 40 min
- Bolgheri 65 km (area famous for its wine) 50 min
- Lucca 60 km – 45 min
- Florence 75 km – 1 hr
- Volterra 55 km – 1 hr
- San Gimignano 60 km – 1 hr 10 min
- Siena 125 km – 1 hr 45 min