Our pretty little village of Brandeglio sits above the Val di Lima, a beautiful green valley in the Garfagnana National Park, 25km north of Lucca. This region is characterised by fast flowing rivers surging through breathtaking steep-sided valleys, covered in dense forests, inhabited by many kinds of wildlife. The Lima joins the river Serchio at Bagni di Lucca, passing under the famous 13th century "Devil's Bridge" at Borgo a Mozzano on its way past the historic walled city of Lucca and onto the sea.
To cool off on a hot day, there is an excellent swimming pool a short distance away at Bagni di Lucca and you can even take a dip in the Lima river at the bottom of our hill, complete with its own beach.
The old Roman spa town of Bagni di Lucca is just 15 minutes drive away, with a wide selection of bars, restaurants and shops, banks with ATMs and a couple of fuel stations.
Ancient thermal baths dating back to Roman times were developed into a spa complex by Napoleon's sister. We offer discounts for all health and beauty treatments booked through us.
Poets such as Shelley, Keats and Byron stayed in Bagni di Lucca and artists love Bagni di Lucca for its crisp, clear light conditions. There is so much to paint and photograph at all times of the year, from bright, sunny summer views through autumn golds to impressive winter snows.
If you like an active holiday, this whole area is a paradise for walkers and cyclists, with established routes and points of interest, some starting right outside our driveway!. In Bagni di Lucca there are tennis courts offering coaching, public swimming baths with amazing views, thermal spas and horse-riding near to our village, and now there is mountain bike hire.
The famous hill-town of Barga, long associated with Scotland, is only 40 minutes away in the Garfagnana valley, along with the fantastic caverns of the Grotto del Vento. The Orrido di Botri is a mysterious series of gorges cut deep into the mountainsides by water action and surreal gorges and magical canyons carved through the Apuane Alpes, also known as the Marble Mountains, as this is where Carrera marble is quarried. You can even visit the quarries.
The road up to Brandeglio is a scenic drive in itself. After following the main highway along the dramatic river valley, you turn onto a smaller asphalt road which climbs up a typically Italian winding hill, weaving its way between acacia woods and chestnut groves, whilst all the time giving fantastic vistas of valleys, mountains and distant villages.
The village of Brandeglio appears at the top of the next hill, with spectacular panoramic views of the many surrounding valleys. On the way, you may see porcupines or deer or even wild boar among the trees and eagles and hawks soaring above the trees. In June and July, firelies light up the woods and gardens from early evening.
Our village is what most people think of as a typical Italian hilltop village, with its elaborate 17th century church, shrines, piazza, fountains, narrow cobbled streets and ancient, shuttered houses.
Castagni d'Oro is situated towards the edge of the village, just 50 metres from the piazza and is accessible by car with driveway parking.