THE HOUSE
Welcome to the web-site for Casa Clara, a wonderful vacation rental in the hills of Tuscany near Lucca. Susanne and I purchased Casa Clara in 2004. The 300 year old house had been deserted for 10 years and had never been "modernized". We had the house totally gutted, new wiring, water, heat and plaster but retaining the traditional Tuscan flavor with terra cotta floors, ceilings and chestnut beams.

THE LOCATION
We are excited with the house and its location in the idyllic village of Gromignana. The house is situated at 1600 ft. above the Serchio Valley which lies between the Apuan and Appenine Alps, a short distance from Lucca. Casa Clara is in a good location to do day trips to Cinque Terra, Pisa, Florence, Lucca and our local art and music town of Barga. Take the local train from the bottom of the hill. Leaving at 7:30 AM will permit you to see all you care to in a day in Florence and return home to cook a meal of fine local products by 8:30 PM.

A PLACE TO RELAX
Best is a day of relaxation- visiting the street market in the morning to purchase of fresh ripe vegetables, cheeses, meats and wine for a wonderful lunch starting with antipasto plate- ravioli in sage butter- rabbit with rosemary....(we will leave you good recipies) accompanied by local wine bought by the liter. After lunch (4pm) take a walk in the nearby medieval villages of Coreglia, Ghivizzano, or Tereglio.

The view from the dinner table at sunset.

Rentals will be for a weekly minimum period from Saturday to Saturday except under special considerations. In order for us to provide someone to give you the key, you also will have to arrive before 5 PM. The rate for 2011 is $1000 /week, for 2-4 people and there is a $500 refundable damage deposit. High speed internet is also available at $4/day. At this stage, we cannot anticipate all your questions so please ask and we will incorporate them into the site. We do request that if you are interested that you plan to drop by the winery first so we can talk about staying at Casa Clara. We want to make sure the place is right for you.

WHERE IS CASA CLARA?

ABOUT THE HOUSE

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

THINGS TO DO LOCALLY

For more info and reservations please e-mail to chianti@swva.net