The Village of Montecarlo
The lodging Antica Casa Naldi, a charming Tuscan home, is situated in the center of the medieval village of Montecarlo, one of the most beautiful hamlets in the Lucca area.
Montecarlo is located at 162 m above sea level, on a hilltop between Lucca and the Valdinievole overlooking the surrounding plains. The hill of Montecarlo is cultivated with vines and olive trees and produces a high quality oil and excellent DOC wine.
It’s territory is crossed by the tourist wine route established in 1999 named "Road of Wine and Oil of Lucca, Montecarlo and Versilia."
The village was named Montecarlo in honor of Prince Charles, son of King John of Bohemia, the liberator of the Pisa occupation. The prince became Emperor under the name of Charles IV and was several times in Montecarlo dealing with the fortification of the fortress that proved to be a strategic garrison during the wars between Lucca, Pisa and Florence in the fourteenth century.
The historic center, built in 1333, is well preserved and still surrounded by the beautiful walls. Of all of the 14th century gates, those that remain are the Porta Fiorentina in the east, the Porticciola in the west toward Lucca, and the Porta Nuova in the south which was opened at the end of the 16th century.
- The Church S. Andrea of the 14th century with precious works such as the statue of St. Anthony the Abbot (Francis Valdambrino) and the panel with the Madonna Enthroned with Child by Francesco Anquilla
- The Cerruglio fortress, the castle of Montecarlo; open for a visit in the weekend or by appointment
- The Theater of the Rassicurati of 1702
- The Church of San Piero in Campo, a medieval church with its roots in early Christianity
- The great oak of S. Martino, also known as “Pinocchio’s tree” or “oak of witches”
- The many farms in the area where you can taste wine, olive oil and local products
- The Pinocchio Park (http://www.pinocchio.it/en/) at the village of Collodi, which is only 15 minutes by car from our accommodation! From Collodi you can find an easy hiking trail called “via della fiaba” (Fairytale Way), approx. 1 ½ hours to Pescia!