Country Villa "il Troncolo"
"Il Troncolo" is a charming typical Tuscan farmer’s resident built in the mid - 1800s. The cottage and garden are locatedi inside extraordinary setting of Migliarino National Park owned by the Salviati family since 1500 A.D.
Guests seeking peace and rest, will be welcomed in one of the best preserved pine forests on the Tuscan coasts.
The cottage, once used as the gamekeeper house,has been renovated in 2007 respecting the tradition and preserving the original architectural elements, and it consists of two apartments furnished with the elegant simplicity of the countryside. Each of them are spacious and arranged on two floors, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor and a sitting room, bathroom and a kitchen on the ground floor with direct access to the private garden.
Salviati Estate and it’s park
A few steps from the cottage, a private gate, strictly reserved to the Troncolo’s guests, gives access to the forest, a nature reserve which is part of the Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore e Massaciuccoli. Crossed the entrance, you will find many long paths among pines, “cipressi calvi” (taxodium distichum), oaks and holm oaks in an area of 2000 hectares. There, may happen to see deers, wild boars and other wild animals that live in absolute freedom. In fact the Migliarino Park is a natural oasis strictly linked to the history and to the foresight of a man, Scipione Salviati, who in the middle of the 1800 transformed these places from unhealthy swamps to a marvelous example of model farm.
The Salviati, one of the most ancient and important Tuscan family, related with the Medici, are the owners of these lands since 1500, but only in the 19th century the forest was studied for a sustainable exploitation of wood and the harvest of pine-nuts.
Recommended walk into the wood :
Step from the door and into the forest : YOUR FOREST
Cool glades of pines, oaks and holm oaks surround this sunny-coloured Tuscan farmhouse, part of the Salviati family’s private estate.
1. Fiumaccio : wetland where waters from the Idrovora di Fugata (draining pump) are collected and through the Biancalana ditch go directly to the beach. In this area, you can find many plants characteristic of wetlands
2. Leccetti’s Hut : It was used by lumberjacks as a shelter from the rain in winter days and as a place for refreshments
3. Groups of plants : of the “ Taxodiacee” family (e.g. sequoias - yew trees)
4. Dewatering system : this takes water from the cultivated lands around the Serchio river and drains it into Fiumaccio
5. Italian Stone Pine : approximately 150 years in age with a circumference at shoulder height of 5,40 meters
The total distance covered in the walk is about km 7,00
At only 4 km of highway, nice for cycling too, you will reach the enchanting sandy beach of Marina di Vecchiano, which is as well part of Natural Park of Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli.
There you can choose beaches equipped with deckchairs, cafè and convenient facilities, or enjoy the pure nature with kilometers of free beaches that reach up to Torre del Lago and further on to Viareggio.
Close to Troncolo, you will find a small “trattoria” and a Church, and not far, shops and restaurants.
Historical Tuscan towns are quite close:
13 km from Lucca,
7 km from Pisa and the airport,
10 km from Torre del Lago Puccini, with its opera festival,
14 km from San Giuliano with its famous bath
80 km from Firenze (easily reachable also by train from Pise station)
Only 20 minutes driving you can reach the famous tourist resorts of Versilia, as Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, where you can enjoy a wide choice of restaurants, pubs and discos.
Dogs on leashes are welcome on the beach of Marina di Vecchiano.