no alt text

Best places to stay:

Last updated: 19 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

Set in lovely terraced Mediterranean gardens on a hillside, overlooking the coastal plain to the sea, this old farmhouse has been transformed into a stylish, laid-back retreat.

The owner – once in the fashion business –has an eye for interior design and a mania for collecting; he has filled his house and gardens with a wonderfully eclectic mix of antiques and vintage pieces, paintings and sculptures. The emphasis is on peace and quiet, so this isn’t really place for families although children are welcome. Local chef Gianluca whips up three-course dinners for guests served by candlelight and bakes fresh croissants and bread for breakfast.

This is a great location for visiting both Lucca and Pisa, plus the majestic, marble-rich Apuanian Alps. The chic beach resort of Forte dei Marmi is a short hop in the car.

Surrounding area

Set just above the town of Camaiore, the Locanda stands on a hillside in its own grounds surrounded by olive trees, woods and birdsong.

It’s about 2km from the main road (which isn’t very main), up a narrow, twisting country land. Camaiore is around 4km away and has lots of local shops, restaurants and cafés. Beachside Forte dei Marmi, with its eye-wateringly expensive beach clubs, chic shops and restaurants, is a 15-minute drive, as is arty Pietrasanta.

Please note - we hope to one day have live prices for you, but for now, here are some useful links for you to compare prices...

Check pricing & availability on:

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

A day in Lucca

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy[21.4 miles]

A picturesque mix of Medieval and Renaissance buildings, Lucca is a gem of a town that never gets over-run with tourists, giving it a delightfully authentic feel.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

Website >
Overview >

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Tourists and residents fill a busy market in the Tuscan town of Lucca

Lucca Flea Market

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy[21.8 miles]

On the third weekend of the month, Piazza San Martino and the surrounding streets host a sprawling antiques market with everything from furniture and pictures to coins, jewellery and vintage clothes.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

Website >
Overview >

Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Tuscany, Italy

The astonishingly beautiful region of Tuscany has it all: art cities and ancient hill towns, high mountains and long sandy beaches, alongside luxurious hotels and some of Italy’s best food and wine.

Website >
Overview >