Villa Marlena 12 to 18

Luxury Lucca Villa with Indoor and Outdoor Pool : Vorno, near Lucca

South of Lucca in Tuscany there is a valley with a perfect micro-climate and landscape, long beloved by the wealthy families of Lucca as the perfect place to holiday. Villa Marlena is an 18th-century villa in this valley and has been recently restored to a very high standard, surrounded by stunning formal italianate gardens.

There are three buildings in the gardens: the villa itself, which sleeps 12 in en-suite bedrooms, a Tuscan farmhouse which has a further three en-suite bedrooms, and a stand-alone banqueting hall. Villa Marlena can thus be rented for 12 or, with the farmhouse, for a total of 18 guests, all in utter comfort.

The gardens offer plenty of privacy, and house a private pool which can be heated (for an extra charge), a tennis court, a five-aside pitch, and under the villa you'll find an indoor pool, a SPA with a Jacuzzi and a Hammam.

This is a luxury villa for those who want to be looked after and comes with an extensive list of extra services, some included, others available on request.


The villa is the focus of the gardens and of the visitors eye, a formal building at the heart of the gardens, surrounded by shaded pergolas, furnished terraces and spots to relax.

The villa

Indoors the care with which this historic building has been brought back to life is immediately apparent, with decorated floors of graniglia or handpainted tiles, wall paintings designed and executed by a local artisan, with a theme and a motif for each room, and enormously pleasing furniture built locally as designed by a Lucca architect. This is a home designed for the owners, with no expense spared and a light, joyful touch which makes it a pleasure to stay in; it certainly was a delight to visit.

An entrance hall leads into the living room which is at the heart of the villa, spacious, light-filled and beautifully decorated. Around the living room you will find a well-equipped kitchen, a dining room with beautiful wall paintings and a charming studio with a TV, books, and a bar. From this floor a lift can relieve you of the need to use the stairs, making the other floors easy to reach.

Upstairs a second living room mirrors the first, with three bedrooms surrounding it. One is very clearly the master, but all of the bedrooms are spacious and have their own ensuite bathroom.

On the second and last floor there is a third living room, again surrounded by three ensuite bedrooms. Here the decor has become more rustic and less formal, the floors are typical red terracotta tiles while the ceilings show the enormous wooden beams and rafters that support the roof. All these floors can be reached via the stairs or with the lift.

Downstairs there is a last floor, set under the villa, and it's a treasure trove of delights, with an indoor pool (that can be heated), a spa with a hammam and a jacuzzi, a wellness treatment room as well as a TV room and, delight of delights, a wine cellar with some excellent wines which you may choose for your meals. The wines and any spa treatments like massages carry an extra cost, but you can enjoy the spa and pool free of charge.

The podere

On the left as you enter the walled gardens of Villa Marlena is a Tuscan farming building, a podere. This building was the first to be restored as a base for the owners while they were overseeing the restoration of the villa. They made sure it was spacious and comfortable so that the restoration work on the villa could be as painstaking as they felt necessary, and they wouldn't feel rushed to complete.

Today this beautiful Tuscan building has three ensuite doubles upstairs, with a well-equipped kitchen and a living room on the ground floor, and can be booked together with the main villa, bringing the total occupancy to 18 guests. While the villa outshines the podere, this is a wonderful building in its own right and has been decorated and designed with the same attention to detail accorded to the main villa.

Il Forno

The last of the three buildings is a long building in the opposite corner to the podere and it is dedicated to entertaining. Perfect for wedding events, as lecture space or for gatherings.

The Gardens

The gardens deserve special mention as they are wonderfully designed, articulate, and have so many beautiful sections.

The main focus is the series of fountains that draw the eye from the villa towards the lake and fountain, then beyond it towards the towers of Lucca and the Appennines, visible in the distance. The fountains and water channels are framed by hedges and punctuated along their length by lemon trees, the very same trees that provide the crop for the Villa's own production of Limoncello.

To the left, looking out from the Villa, a white gazebo marks the wedding garden, the perfect setting for wedding photos, draped in white wysteria and framed by magnolia.

The gardens also have beautiful raised-bed vegetable beds providing fresh produce for the villa's table, as well as a tennis court, a playing field, the lake and or course, the swimming pool and its furnished surroundings. Behind the villa an unusual kiwi pergola provides welcome shade and, of course, produces fruit for the villa's jams and jellies.


Villa Details

  • Air Conditioning
  • Swimming Pool
  • All ensuite
  • Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Private Pool
  • Fireplace
  • Gym
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pets Welcome
  • Tennis Court
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter Pad
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • 6 Double Bedrooms With Ensuite Bedrooms In The Main Villa
  • 3 Double Bedrooms With Ensuite Bedrooms In The Main Villa
  • Luxury Toiletries Provided
  • Slippers And Robes
  • Safe In Each Room

Kitchen equipment

  • Two Kitchens, One In The Main Villa, The Second In The Farmhouse
  • Fully Equipped Kitchens
  • American Coffee Machine
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Juicer


  • Sonos Music System
  • Helipad

What's included

  • Concierge Service
  • Italian Style Breakfast
  • Housekeeping Service 6 Hours A Day
  • Linen Change Twice A Week
  • Welcome Aperitif And Tuscan Basket
  • Sauna And Hammam For Two Hours A Day


  • Chef Service On Request
  • Massage And Beauty Service
  • Sauna And Hammam If Used Over 2 Hours
  • Indoor Swimming Pool Heating
  • Car And Vespa Rental
  • Babysitter
  • Laundry Service
  • Pizza Oven
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bar Service
  • Wedding Or Event Fee


  • Private Pool Can Be Heated For An Extra Charge
  • Tennis Court
  • Spa With Sauna And Hammam
  • Private Formal Gardens
  • Five-Aside Pitch

Nearby Activities


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Where is Villa Marlena ?

Getting here

  • Pisa airport 30 min
  • Florence airport under an hour
  • Bologna airport 2 hr
  • Lucca railway station 15 min

Around Villa Marlena

Though it's undeniably tempting to fully indulge in the amenities at Villa Marlena, the villa also serves as an ideal starting point for exploring the prominent attractions of Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Pistoia and the captivating seaside destinations of Versilia, including Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio.

Lucca, just a short 15-minute drive from the villa, holds the distinction of being an Italian "Città d'arte" or "City of Art" due to its remarkably preserved Renaissance walls, originally constructed as a defensive fortification and later transformed into a pedestrian promenade.

In a half-hour drive you can reach Forte dei Marmi, a sea town with a sandy beach nestled within a pine forest. Here, you can relish a visit to the local market, embark on a leisurely bike ride amidst the historic villas and take a walk along the Pontile, a scenic pier along the coast.

Venturing on a slightly longer journey, you'll find the cultural treasures of Florence, which are less than an hour's drive from Villa Marie.

Nearby Activities

  • Vorno 10 min
  • Lucca 15 min
  • Pisa 20 min
  • Florence 1 hr 15
  • Tennis club 3 km
  • Golf course 30 km

Sleeps: 12 to 18
From € 2500 ($2700 or £2125) per day


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How to book

Is Villa Marlena perfect for you?

For availability and pricing see the calendar above. If you have any questions or would like help choosing, we visit our properties regularly and can help you choose and book the best villa for your holidays.

We can hold dates for you for 48 hours while you make sure everything lines up, then you simply pay the deposit (30% of total) to secure your booking. The balance will then be due 10 weeks before you travel. You can also add "XCover" to your booking for a full refund if you can't travel.

For more details see our Booking Conditions and XCover. You can add XCover to your booking at any time until you have paid your balance, simply ask your agent.

Worth knowing

Many local administrations now charge a “Tourist Tax” for people staying in rented accommodation and these vary from town to town. The charges are generally per person per night with a maximum number of nights, usually around 5 but sometimes 7, beyond which they will not charge. The charges range between 50 cents to 3 euro. Children are sometimes included, sometimes not and these charges should be collected by the property owners.

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