When we began planning for our Mediterranean cruise and short post-cruise visit to Italy, I started reading about Tuscany and various places to go there.
For some reason, I was drawn to Lucca, and one of the books I read was "A Garden in Lucca", which tells about the purchase and renovation of a wonderful property outside Lucca, named Villa Massei, by Gil Cohen and Paul Gervais.
So, I wrote a couple of emails to the owners of the property, asking if we could join a group to tour the property. I was instructed to call when we got to Lucca, and they would see if an appointment could be arranged. Lucky us - we were given permission to visit! And, for us, it was one of the special highlights of our trip!
View down the hill from Villa Massei:
Lawn area was perfectly manicured:
Front of property:
This walkway heads toward the fountain:
115-year-old camphor tree:
Inside the grotto:
Guest house - available for rent:
Sculptured hedges and plants:
What a gorgeous view:
Bill and author and co-owner Paul Gervais:
Nancy says goodbye to a beautiful place:
Bill says goodbye too: