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Sant' Andrea di Compito, Lucca

Villa Allegra is situated in the walled, protected village of Pieve Di Compito, where Prince William and Kate - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - spent their honeymoon in 2011. Pieve and Sant Andrea di Compito are together known as the Borgo delle Camelie. The Borgo is home to several elegant villas built in the 17th and 18th Centuries by land-owning families of Lucca , who escaped the city's Summer heat in their carriages.  to the cool of their gardens, where they cultivated what has become one of Europe's most unique and extensive collections of antique camelia trees. The first camelia plant was imported in the1500s from Japan and planted in the gardens of Villa Borrini .


Cooled in Summer by streams from the Pisan hills (Monte Pisano) and sheltered from the harshest sun by its location on the north side of this range, the Borgo delle Camelie has a unique micro-climate where camelias and indigenous flora and fauna thrive.

Pieve (Sant'Andrea) di Compito dates back to Medieval times and still has an ancient Tuscan look-out tower, an ancient, working olive press, with traditional stone grinders. Each Spring the owners of Pieve di Compito's ancient camellia collections open their doors to welcome visitors during the annual village camelia exhibition. Attractions in recent years have included tea ceremony performances by a Japanese delegation, visits to the camellia nursery, with its ever-growing range of rare cultivars, and wine and soup tastings at the village olive press.  

 The village is 10 km from Lucca and a 35-minute drive from Pisa Airport and the nearest beaches.


Free resident car parking

Free high speed internet

Two self-contained, private buildings

Pool, restful gardens and recreational lower lawn

Dining room and living room

Ensuite bathrooms

Private alfresco dining terrace

Tennis courts 5 minutes on foot

Touring bikes available on request

Local village shop and local bar at 200 metres

Closest restaurant at 450 metres.

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