A place to relax and enjoy with a strong personality and homely feeling.
With history that characterized these walls for over 500 years, an intimate feeling and beautiful nature, we dare say that Villa Buonvisi is something extraordinary. Here you will find the ideal place for friends and family looking for the perfect little personal "hotel" or who may want to rent the whole place for an event. We also tailor programs and experiences, conferences or theme retreats for private and corporate groups. We offer personal service in a unique environment with the goal of making your stay simply the best. We hope you want to experience Tuscany and share the dream with us.
Villa Buonvisi is today owned by the Swedish Mattsson family, who stumbled upon the estate on a vacation through Italy that has always been close to their hearts.
"The passion for food, the wine and the culture led us to Tuscany and Lucca was love at first sight as we quickly realized how much the city and its surroundings have to offer. The 15th century estate became the foundation of our dreams and now we wish Villa Buonvisi to be a place where our guests can create memories for life and share our passion ".
THE VILLA BUONVISI HISTORY
The Buonvisi family's banking and silk business flourished during the 16th century and they become Lucca's leading family of wealth. Later on they broaden the scope of the business and banking relations and started businesses in Naples, Venice, Lyon, Louvain, Antwerp and London. Beginning of the 1500 century Villa Buonvisi is starting to take shape and is being built as one of the family's summer residences after careful searching for the perfect ground. Five minutes outside Lucca's ring wall, at the former border between Lucca and Pisa, it became the perfect place with good opportunities for cultivation and hunting. They raised cattle, planted olive trees, vines and lemon trees at the estate to provide for the large family and all residences. These are the same trees and and olive groves we are harvesting from today. During the 1600s, Lucca and the Buonvisi family fell victim to an extreme economic collapse and during the 1800s, most of the Buonvisi family were extinct. In Lucca there is still an old saying that reads "even the Buonvisi's went broke" to describe how extreme the economic collapse were. The family sold Villa Buonvisi in the beginning of the 20th century and then figures out several owners of the property and the villa was also fortified by the Germans during the Second World War.
Villa Buonvisi is today 500 years old and is one of the oldest buildings in the area. In the basement vault of the villa you can see traces of an older tower on which the house is built upon and is believed to be over 1000 years old.
The Buonvisi family's motto we carry with us;
"Tutto il giorno penso a ben fare"
Wine, olive oil and growing with love is something that is close to our hearts at Buonvisi. The vineyards located in front of the villa on either side of the avenue consist mainly of the grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Trebbiano and Chardonnay. Today we produce about 20,000 liters of wine from our farms on the farm with the help of our wine farmers from the area.
Up on the hills behind Villa Buonvisi you will find our beautiful olive grove with up to 1000 olive trees. During the harvest season in October and November, we pick the olives by hand and then press on the local press. Our organic olive oil, which has a wonderfully spicy grassy taste with a peppery bite, is something we are fantastically proud of and very happy to be able to produce and share.
We also make limoncello and arancello on citrus trees that grow in the garden and are up to 250 years old.