Welcome to Casa Berti

A private hill-top estate with expansive views, two houses, a yoga/art studio, gardens, olive groves and woodland.


Casa Berti – the villa

The 17th Century manor house is set on a hilltop spur in fifteen acres of gardens, olives groves and woodland, and offers sweeping views to the East and West.  The villa comprises four luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned double bedroom with en-suite bath/shower rooms, a family suite (double bedroom and twin bedroom sharing master bath/shower room), drawing room with open log-fire, tv and baby grand piano, cloakroom, billiards/dining room (for 16), pantry, kitchen, library and a consecrated private chapel.

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Casa Rosina – the farmhouse

The traditional farmhouse (30 metres from the villa)sleeps six. It has been recently refurbished to provide a double bedroom with en-suite bath/shower room, a further double bedroom which shares a shower room with a twin bedroom.  While independent, it is close enough to the main house to allow a total group of sixteen people. With its own garden, kitchen, open fireplace and study it can supplement the main house or provide a romantic getaway in its own right.

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The Studio

This large and light space (11 x 5 metres) is used for courses ranging from sculpture and painting to yoga and Tai Chi. Newly fitted air conditioning units provide heat in the winter and cool in the summer. We provide yoga mats, bolsters, bricks belts and so on for 15 practioners. The studio is also equipped for analogue and digital sound and vision.

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The Gardens

A terracotta tiled terrace lined with lemon trees leads to a wisteria-covered pergola with a travertine table which provides outdoor dining for up to 16 guests. A few steps away lies the swimming pool, salt-cleaned and surrounded by Gaze-Burvill sunloungers, fixed umbrellas and terra cotta tiles. Set in the well-tended gardens sits a gazebo furnished with day beds and a table. a willow-shrouded pond stocked with gold fish and terrapins, a badminton court and a gravel  boules pitch.  The traditional wood-fired pizza oven is located up a few steps next to the farm house. The pathway between the two houses is floor-lit automatically at sundown.

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Gallery

Some views of Casa Berti, Casa Rosina and the gardens


Floorplans

Estate map, Casa Berti, Casa Rosina and Studio


  • The Estate

    The Estate

  • Casa Berti ground floor

    Casa Berti ground floor

  • Casa Berti upper ground floor

    Casa Berti upper ground floor

  • Casa Berti first floor

    Casa Berti first floor

  • Casa Rosina ground floor

    Casa Rosina ground floor

  • Casa Rosina first floor

    Casa Rosina first floor

  • Studio

    Studio

Our accommodation


The Estate

  • Sixteen acres of olive terraces, gardens and woodland, cultivated by Etruscans, Romans and now locals.
  • Extensive woodland walks
  • A natural spring produces mineral-rich water (prized by locals) all year round.
  • Swimming pool
  • Badminton
  • Boules
  • Archery
  • Croquet
  • private masseuse available by appointment

Casa Berti

  • Sleeps 10 – air conditioed
  • 3 double bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms
  • 1 family suite (double bedroom and a twin bedroom sharing a master bath/shower room)
  • Drawing room with open log-fire, TV and baby grand piano
  • Dining room for 16/ billiards, snooker, pool and darts
  • Library
  • Tuscan kitchen with range cooker
  • Consecrated private chapel
  • catering by arrangement

Casa Rosina

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 double bedrooms (1 with own bathroom)
  • 2 single/dble bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Drawing room with open log fire
  • 50″ Smart TV, blu-ray
  • Kitchen/dining room for 10

The Studio

  • 11 x 5 metres
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling north light and East facing large window aperture
  • Yoga equipment
  • Exercise equipment
  • DJ equipped with twin Technics 1200s, Allen & Heath mixer and active speakers

https://www.artescapeitaly.com/workshop-gallery-march-2017

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https://www.artescapeitaly.com/workshop-gallery-march-2017
https://www.artescapeitaly.com/workshop-gallery-oct-lori-2017
https://www.artescapeitaly.com/workshop-gallery-sept-3-15-2017
https://www.artescapeitaly.com/workshop-gallery-may-21-201

2018 program

April 29-May 5, 2018: Catalyst Art Retreat

Live the life of an artist at our immersive artist retreat. Visual artists, illustrators, textile artists, photographers, digital artists, crafters, makers, writers, musicians, and performers are all welcome! Spring in Tuscany is lovely with lots of wildflowers. It’s also the time of year when the Luccese villas are open for garden tours.

https://www.catalystartretreat.com

August 19-25, 2018: Catalyst Art Retreat

Live the life of an artist at our immersive artist retreat in Tuscany. Imagine swimming in marble-bouldered rivers (Seravezza), cooling dips and beers at the Casa Berti pool, and long warm evenings dining beneath a pergola with one of the best views in the world. Visual artists, illustrators, textile artists, photographers, digital artists, crafters, makers, writers, musicians, and performers are all welcome!

https://www.catalystartretreat.com

September 2-8, 2018: Catalyst Art Retreat

Catalyst brings a little bit of Japan to Italy! Shibori means to tie, fold, and bind cloth before dyeing using indigo dyes. We’ll demonstrate how to create an indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo crystals and share several fold, tie, and resist techniques. Participants will create their own dyed cloths. We’ll also introduce complementary tecniques like shifu, Japanese thread spinning with a drop spindle. There’s ample time for you to experiment and do your own thing. The week will culminate in an outdoor exhibition of your creations at the beach in Viareggio.

https://www.catalystartretreat.com

September 8-15 2018

animal sculpture in Wax and clay with Dido Crosby (session 1)

http://www.didocrosby.com/

September 15-22 2018

animal sculpture in Wax and clay with Dido Crosby (session 2)

http://www.didocrosby.com/

September 22-29 2018

Portrait and figure sculpture in clay with Jason Arkles

http://jasonarkles.com/

October 7 – 13, 2018  

Plein air with Lori McNee (session 1)

https://www.finearttips.com/2018/02/paint-tuscany-lori-mcnee/

October 14 – 20, 2018

Plein air with Lori McNee (session 2)

https://www.finearttips.com/2018/02/paint-tuscany-lori-mcnee/

October 21-27 2018

painting flowers in acrylics with Carmelo Blandino

https://www.artescapeitaly.com/workshop-gallery-oct-2017

Courses


Yoga and wellness retreats available all year round

Hiking and biking with Federica and Allesandro (all year by appointment)

The Stunning Scesta Stream. FULL DAY GUIDED WALKING TRAIL: Walk in the stream, admire the stunning waterfalls, have a dip in one of the small natural pools, enjoy a picnic lunch featuring typical products of the territory (wine included) and enjoy life!

The Forgotten Hills HALF DAY GUIDED MTB TRAIL. Spend the morning riding in the typical Lucchese countryside, through picturesque villages and rolling hills, discover the little gems of this territory: Romanesque churches and ancient villas, taste the local wine and food in a historical farm and enjoy life!

The Way of Water between History and Nature FULL DAY CYCLING & WALKING TRAIL:  Bike along the majestic historical aqueduct of Lorenzo Nottolini to the place where the water is collected, walk along the Rio San Quirico to reach the stunning viewpoint, lunch in a typical Tuscan farm, sample local wines and extra virgin olive oil, explore on foot the ancient villas of Vorno and enjoy life! !

 The intoxicating Hills of Oltreserchio HALF DAY GUIDED MTB TRAIL:  Bike along the Serchio river, climb the gently rolling and panoramic hills through olive groves and vineyards, discover the small, precious parish churches, visit a historical farm and taste local wine, extra virgin olive oil, honey and pasta and enjoy life!

amazing sunset aperitivo in Monte Catino HALF DAY GUIDED WALKING TRAIL:  Walk through marvellous woods, discover the ancient history, be surprised by the stunning view in the light of the sunset, take pleasure in a splendid aperitivo, with good local wines and typical products and enjoy life!

Pecorino cheese and the Middle Ages. FULL DAY: Do you like pecorino cheese? Do you want to discover how it is made? Follow us in this easy walk: we’ll unveil all the secrets behind pecorino cheese. And that’s not all! We’ll relive the medieval time in the majestic Fortress, we’ll eat the famous spelt and enjoy life!

The mountains of the poet ADVENTURE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL: . Bike on demanding path through borderline lands of Monti Pisani. Arriving at Passo di Dante and admire the stunning view. Breath the same as the Sommo Poeta Dante,we’ll surprise you with a delicious something to eat and enjoy life!

The legend of Monte Forato ADVENTURE HIKE:  Wild mountains, stunning views, old history and splendid nature, walk in the surprising Regional Park of Apuan Alps, discover the legend of Monte Forato and enjoy life!

between sea and sky FULL DAY WALKING TRAIL: : from Bonassola to Monterosso Walk through old villages, breath in the beautiful sea air, admire the fabulous view

Our Products


Casa Berti extra virgin olive oil

We maintain an olive grove of around 900 trees of three types which produces the finest quality Lucchese extravirgin olive oil. Each November family and friends gather to harvest and press the olives and bottle the oil. A limited quantity is available to buy.

Acqua minerale

a mountain spring on our land provides mineral-rich fresh drinking water all year round.

Vino da Tavola

A tradition at Casa Berti is that each year we visit the best local vineyards, some of which can be seen stretching down the valley from our terrace. Our friends and neighbours allow us to choose some of their best wine and bottle it so that our friends and family can enjoy it, too.

Limoncello

Our lemon trees are nurtured all year round by Margherita, the housekeeper at Casa Berti. When the fruit is ripe the kitchen is filled with the citrus smell as she steeps the peel in alcohol for several weeks in order to make a rich, full bodied after dinner liquor to be enjoyed by friends and family.

Location

How to get to us


Nearest airport

Pisa airport is 40 minutes away and is a hub for Tuscany. British airways, Easyjet and Ryanair all provide daily flights from the UK.

 

Nearest train and bus stations

Ponte a Moriano is 10 minutes away from the villa. Trains run regularly from Pisa and Lucca.
A regular bus service runs between Pisa and Lucca, Lucca and Ponte a Moriano and (twice a day) from Ponte a Moriano to Gugliano (2 mins walk from home)

Driving directions

Casa Berti is marked on google maps. The journey is more direct and free if the SS12 is taken, although journey time is the same (45 mins).

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DIRECTIONS TO ‘CASA BERTI’ FROM PISA 
 
 
1.            PISA AIRPORT TO LUCCA
Follow the green signs for the autostrade A11/12 : LIVORNO, GENOVA.
Turn north (right) towards Genova on the A12
After nearly 10 kilometres the autostrada divides.  Take the right fork, A11, signed PISA NORD, FIRENZE.  Keep on the A11, direction FIRENZE, LUCCA, heading east towards the mountains.
The LUCCA EST* exit is about 16 kilometres.  Current autostrada charges are about €2.40.
Follow signs to Centro.
[*There are two Lucca exits, Est and Ovest.  In our view  ‘Est is Best’, but either will do.]
2.            LUCCA TO PONTE A MORIANO
 
At the ring road, circling the city walls, turn left (clockwise); follow signs to ABETONE on theSS.12.
Keep following the ABETONE directions.  These will lead you round Lucca, and then away from the city heading north-east up the valley of the Serchio.
The small town of Ponte a Moriano is about 8 kilometres up the SS.12, just past the big supermarket, ‘Esselunga’.
3.            PONTE A MORIANO TO GUGLIANO
At the complex roundabout by Esselunga, continue straight on to Ponte a Moriano. [Do NOT take the by-pass.]  Just past the main square turn left over the bridge across the Serchio. At the far side turn right.
Then take the left fork towards MASTIANO and GUGLIANO, passing under the by-pass.
After nearly 2 kilometres there is an unmarked divide.  You can go either way, but on the first attempt the left or lower road is easier.  It sign posts MASTIANO at junctions, and takes you through this long straggly village.  (The alternative road is narrow and twisting, but also arrives at Mastiano.)
After MASTIANO go on up hill to GUGLIANO, keeping left at the AQUILEA fork.
In GUGLIANO the road forks at a small war memorial.  Keep left, towards the Church.
At the Church turn hard left, and follow the zigzag track up through the olives, turning right at the first fork.
Casa Berti, is the big house directly above the Church.
The driveway to the house turns sharp left, rising steeply to a car park under the big oak trees.

Nearest Ferry

Livorno (to Barcelona, Sardinia and Corsica) is 60 minutes away. Piombino (to Elba) is 90 minutes away.

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Activities

Lucca, Pisa, and Lunigiana holiday guide


Things to do

Nature

The Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park, outside Pisa, is protected area of coastal macchia scrubland that is ideal for walking, horse riding, and cycling. The hiking is more strenuous—and the views more dramatic—in and around the Garfagnana Valley, north of Lucca. Hot springs bubble to the surface to create natural spas at Monsummano Terme, Montecatini Terme, and Bagni di Lucca. Sands at Viareggio are well served by a lively town, and have a shallow shelf that is ideal for little ones to paddle.

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