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Villa San Rocco

A Short  History of Villa San Rocco

Little is known of the origins except that it was a monastery dating from around the mid 14th Century. Some say San Rocco stayed in the village helping the poor, and for this reason a holy centre was built in remembrance of his charitable life. The Villa is set on one of the old pilgrim trails and afforded rest for weary people.

In 1688 a rich family from Lucca bought the monastery and pulled down the top part, replacing it with a baroque Villa. Thus it became a family home for over the next 250 years. In 1960 the last of the family died and the Villa was gifted to the Carlo del Prete society, becoming a home for foundlings. This closed  in the early 1990’s. In 2004 the orphanage was acquired by us and our family has gradually renovated it. The Villa has essentially reverted to its former use as a family home, but is mixed with a strand from the religious inception of open house  hospitality.  

The Villa Today

Villa San Rocco is again a  glorious ten-bedroom private residence set in the beautiful village of Benabbio in the hills above Lucca. We offer “hospitality at home” with a retreat mentality for friends who enjoy travelling and who are looking for a special kind of experience. For those of you who do not know, we have a yoga studio and workshop in-house, along with classical Italian reception areas and a private walled garden, a chapel and olive groves. If you wish to paint, or walk the woodland footpaths, just meditate, or simply meet up with old friends and acquaintances, the doors are open for you to join us as always.   

Get in touch if you’d like to pay us a visit. Lend a hand in the kitchen or the garden and bring family and friends if you’d like to share your passions within our ancient walls. With space for twenty visitors, a private car park, and two restaurants and shops within walking distance, we know you’ll discover a secret corner of Tuscany you’ll want to come back to. For those of you driving we can send you a route map.

Villa San Rocco

Via Magenta, 7

Benabbio

55022 LU

ITALY

 
 
 

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Villa San Rocco

Via Magenta 7

Benabbio

55022 LU

ITALY

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