Tuscany: Regina Alta
Views Galore, Beautiful Pool
- Name: Regina Alta
- Sleeps: 8 + 2
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 3
- Price: From €2900 - €6200/week
On a hill overlooking Tuscan olive orchards and the valley below, this roomy and comfortable villa is located in a scenic region of Tuscany with many activities to see and do in the vicinity. The modern amenities include a swimming pool, air conditioning, a mini-gym and screens on the bedroom windows. The property is easy to reach on paved roads and is close to the charming town of Montecatini Terme, known for its spas, music festival and activities for the whole family. In the quiet lands of Tuscany, it overlooks rolling hills of olive groves and woods of chestnuts and oaks. It is on a hill and on a paved road with easy-to-navigate curves.
For larger groups it can be rented together with the neighboring villa, Regina Bella.
Within a few minutes drive are Montecatini Terme and Monsummano Terme. Terme means "baths" in Italian as the area is famous as a retreat for Italians through the ages for the many natural thermal spas, the waters of which are believed to have curative and restorative powers.
The location is ideal for exploring the region. Montecatini Terme and Monsummano Terme are a short drive and have restaurants, grocery stores, shops, bakeries.
Enjoy day excursions to Florence by car or train. A benefit is the ease of taking the train from Montecatini Terme directly to Florence, about a 1 hour train ride.
Not to be missed is Montecatini Alto, the tiny village above Montecatini Terme that can be reached by an old fashioned funicular (cable car) that slowly makes is way up, up, up the very steep mountainside as you enjoy looking down at Montecatini Terme below. This is a particularly unique and fun outing with children. Wander around Montecatini Alto, shop and relax in the sunny piazza for a meal at one of the restaurants in the piazza.
For fancier fare and equally amazing views, a short drive or about a 45 minute hike is La Foresteria restaurant perched at the top of Monsummano Alto where you can savor fine Tuscan cuisine and spectacular views over the valley.
There are many other interesting hikes in the area as well as wineries, wine shops, countryside restaurants, olive mill where fresh olive oil is pressed during the fall harvest season and a leather factory. Plenty to do year-round but in summer especially there are many local fairs and antiques markets within a 30-60 minute drive. From mid-July to mid-August there is the a nightly Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago (45 minute drive), along the beautiful lakeside shores of Puccini's hometown, also home to the Puccini museum.
There are beautiful views from many angles. Sitting on the back patio or in the pool area enjoy views of the valley below where Montecatini Terme is located. Or enjoy the outdoor dining table and seating area just outside the kitchen for excellent views of Monsummano Alto.
The property has a large garden with well-maintained lawn and shrubs. It sits among olive groves and historic farmlands.
The pool will provide many hours of enjoyment during the summer and the ample outdoor seating will make this your outdoor living room during much of the year where you can enjoy the fresh air, warm temperatures, dining al fresco and beautiful views.
The Regina Alta villa is perfect for a large family or a group of friends. The villa feels like a real home, with many fascinating antiques and decorative items from the owner's personal collection. The living room is of regal proportions with a 15th century fireplace mantel and ample seating with two large sofas and two upholstered chairs. The style is comfortable, not luxury, but of high quality.
An impressive antique table in the large living room area seats up to 14 people and is a wonderful gathering place for long dinners with family and friends. Optional private chef can be arranged to cook for you or give a fun Tuscan cooking lesson to your group.
The den has two sofas, one of which opens into a double sofa bed.
The country style eat in kitchen is warm and inviting. The television is in the kitchen area, typical for Italian families where the kitchen is the core of family life.
There are 4 bedrooms. Bedrooms 1, 2, 3 are located on the second floor. Bedroom 4 is located on the ground floor. Bedroom windows have screens (no screens on terrace doors).
Bedroom 1: The yellow bedroom is the master bedroom. It has a king size bed and en suite bathroom with shower, sink, toilet, bidet.
Bedroom 2: The red bedroom has a king size bed.
Bedroom 3: The blue bedroom has two single beds that can be joined.
Bedroom 4: Ground floor bedroom has a king size bed. French doors open to the back patio.
Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sink, toilet, bidet, shower.
Bathroom 2 is off the upstairs landing between the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. There are a few steps up-down to reach it from the 3rd bedroom, take note in the dark. It has a bathtub with shower over, sink, toilet, bidet.
Bathroom 3 is on the ground floor off the entry foyer. It has a sink, shower, toilet and bidet.
Property and area amenities
|Location||Montecatini Terme, Monsummano Terme|
|Bedrooms||4 Bedrooms: 3 with king size beds, 1 with 2 single beds that can be joined. Sofa bed in den is double bed size.|
|Bathrooms||3 full bathrooms: 2 on upper floor, 1 on ground floor.|
|Mobility||Two story, 16 steps between floors plus several additional internal steps on landing and in some of the bedrooms.|
|Size||370m2, 3900sq ft|
|Outlook||Views of Montecatini, Monsummano Alto, Tuscan hills|
|Hairdryer||Yes, in all bathrooms. Hair curler|
|Dining||Formal dining room seats 10. Eat-in kitchen farm table seats 8.|
|Kitchen||Large refrigerator, freezer with ice maker, 6-burner stove, oven, coffee machine, dishwasher, toaster. Lavazza machine for espresso. Sterilizer for baby bottles.|
|Laundry||Washer, dryer, iron, ironing board|
|Utilities||Electricity included Not included: Air conditioning and heat. See price page for details. Each room has its own controls so you can best control.|
|Transport||Car and driver with advance arrangement, request a quote.|
|Crib||Crib and highchair with advance arrangement|
|Recreation||Golfing, horseback riding, hiking, wine tasting, thermal baths and spas, cooking and art courses, paragliding are all nearby. Children's Corner with slippery dip on property|
|Entertainment||TV receives a few English language news channels.Netflix. Bluetooth speakers.|
|Internet||High speed WiFi (30 MB downloading, 3 MB uploading) USB plug for charging smartphones,iPad,PC etc in all bedrooms and in the lounge room|
|Linens||Included. Extras upon request, price on price page.|
|Family||Yes. Babysitting: With advance arrangement. Request a quote. Paid on-site.|
|Cleaning||Midweek cleaning with towel change included. Final cleaning paid on-site. Price on price page.|
|Cook||Yes with advance arrangement, request a quote.|
|Parking||Yes free parking.|
|Gym||Mini-gym in pool house.|
|Safety||Alarm system Safe in some wardrobes|
|Security Deposit||Paid in cash on check in. Price on price page|
|Pool||Pool and a whirlpool spa in service mid-April to mid-October. Changing rooms in pool house with bathroom and 2 showers. Pool is not fenced, families with young children please take note. Acoustic alarm around the pool. Pool towels provided. 8×16 meters and depth from 1.35 to 2.50 meters.|
|Grocery Shopping||Pre-arrival grocery shopping with advance arrangement. Service fee plus cost of groceries paid on-site.|
|Hair dresser, beautician, masseuse||On-site services with advance arrangement. Paid on-site.|
|Transfer & Auto Rental||Rental car delivery service to the villa can be arranged with ample advance notice. You may also include chauffeur service from Florence, Pisa and Bologna airports to the villas. Please request a price quote.|
|Supplies included||2 rolls of toilet paper for each bathroom, hand soap, shampoo/shower, hand and body cream,detergent for the washing machine and dishwasher, cleaning material and absorbent paper for the kitchen, rubbish bags, coffee, tea, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar and charcoal for the barbecue, together with lighting fluid. Smoke detectors on each floor and carbon monoxide detectors. Fire extinguisher and fire blanket, two professional emergency kits (in villa and beside the pool)|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
2020 Weekly Price
Jun 13 - Aug 29
May 02 - Jun 13
Aug 29 - Sep 26
Apr 04 - May 02
Sep 26 - Oct 31
Dec 19 - Jan 09 2021
Jan 11 - Apr 04
Oct 31 - Dec 19
Minimum price is for 1 week. Rentals are Saturday/Saturday during High and Mid-Season. Please inquire for your dates for other seasons.
Included in Price:
- -- "Welcome basket" that includes:
- Light arrival dinner of pasta with our chef's homemade pasta sources, pasta, salad, bread and Parmesan cheese with Chianti wine.
- Continental breakfast with toasting bread, croissants, marmalade, cereal, honey, butter, fruit juice, coffee, milk, tea, sugar and water.
- -- Electricity
- -- 2 hours cleaning on Wednesday (unless differently agreed) plus towel change
- -- High speed Wifi (30 MB downloading, 3 MB uploading).
- -- Netflix
- -- Smoke detectors on each floor and carbon monoxide detectors.
- -- Two professional emergency kits (in the villa and beside the pool)
- -- Basic supplies for kitchen: Coffee (espresso, American, Moka), tea, sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, charcoal and lighter fluid for barbecue.
- -- Basic supplies for villa: Mosquito machines in each room, toilet tissue (2 rolls each bathroom), hand soap, absorbent towels, sponges, trash bags, dish soap, detergent for dishwasher and washing machine. Listed on details page.
Not included in Price: These expenses are paid locally, normally deducted from an €800 Euro cash security deposit.
- -- Security deposit of €800 Euros
- -- Final cleaning of €250 Euros
- -- Air conditioning (paid at €0.40/kw), can be from €20 -€40 per day
- -- Heat paid as consumed (rate .17/thermal KW) estimate €250 to €450 Euros/week). Each room has its own controls so you can best control.
- -- Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.
- -- Pre-arrival grocery shopping € 30 plus the shopping list. Send list at least a week in advance.
- -- Interim linen change €10 per person with advance arrangement, paid on-site.
- -- Supplement cleaning service €12/hour to maid.
- -- Car and driver with advance arrangement, request a quote.
- -- Babysitting: With advance arrangement, approximately €10/hour. Request a quote.
Arrival check in is generally between 4:00-7:00 pm. Checkout by 10am. We'll ask you for your plans so we can coordinate your welcome.
This term overrides more general terms: 30% non-refundable upon making reservation.
• Wonderful location, fabulous views
• Easy drive to Montecatini Terme train station where you can catch train to explore Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena
• Homey, comfortable villa with many thoughtful modern amenities and old world touches & some fine antiques. Furnishings are typical good quality Italian but not designer luxury.
• Owner, who will greet you, is very knowledgeable, helpful and organized & speaks excellent English
• Great for a large group.
Our Guest Reviews
Best vacation spot ever!
Regina Alta is amazing place to get-away with friends and family. I chose the property for the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and most importantly the unbelievable pool. The location was perfect for settling in for a 3 week visit.
The town of Monsummano Terme, which is where the house is located (very close to Montecatini) was charming, with many great places to eat. We shopped at the weekly market, impressive in size and fresh produce offerings. Pizza and pasta are not to be missed at Sotta Grotta (ate there 4 times) and if you want meat, go to Il Mailletto (ate there 2 times). They also have yummy Pappa al Pomodoro (tomato bread soup) and Riboletta (vegetable bread soup). Just 1 km from the villa, up another steep hill in Monsummano Alto is La Foresteria, another great restaurant with beautiful views of Montecatini Terme (ate there 3 times). Fried Polenta bits were ordered every time!
The main town of Montecatini Terme, is about a 10 minute drive from the villa. It's a large city with plenty of restaurants, high end shopping and a Funicular that takes you to the top of Montecatini Alto. Osteria di Poneta was another favorite restaurant in Montecatini Terme.
Lucca was a 30 minute drive away and Florence was about 45 minutes. We also visited 2 wine regions: Monte Carlo (15 minute drive) and Bolgheri (75 minute drive). Both great wine regions to try if you've already been to the Chianti region.
Special tours I found were in Lucca. A 5 hour market tour and cooking class with chef Giuseppe Mazzocchi from Extra Virgin Cooking was so much fun. We cooked, ate and got to take home the recipes. Lucca Bread Kitchen taught my husband and I how to bake olive bread, Grissini and Focaccia.
Upon arrival to Regina Alta, my husband and I met the owners, Anne and Alessandro. They were warm and friendly and took us on a tour of the entire property. The place was exactly as the pictures on the Italy Perfect web site. The bedrooms were spacious and all the beds comfortable. There are shutters on all the windows to keep out the heat, but they were all screened in as well and let in a ton of fresh air.
I was surprised to find an American sized washer and separate dryer. I was expecting a European washer/dryer all in one. It was a great bonus for us and all of our guests that were passing through. The kitchen, while large, is not quite set up for guests who like to cook. The stove was large and professional - make sure you ask how to use it and get specifics. My husband and I love to cook, but still had problems getting the oven lit and getting the oven fan to shut off. Counter tops for prepping don't exist, but we used the large kitchen table instead. All the small appliances sit in one corner of the kitchen with the dish washer. So in the morning when you want to make coffee, toast bread, use the microwave, grab the salt, sugar, etc while emptying the dishwasher there was a bit of a traffic jam. Nothing really can be done to change this arrangement, so you enjoy the quirkiness that is part of the villa experience. Also, if you like to cook, I suggest bringing your own chef knife and maybe a paring knife or 2. The owners purchased a knife set that was fine, but all the other knives that were in the house we old, dull and stored in what we labeled the junk drawer that housed anything and every utensil you would need in a kitchen. My husband also makes homemade pasta and when we asked about a rolling pin, the owners happily retrieved it from the other property (regina bella) next door. Maybe guests don't make homemade pasta, but each property should have their own rolling pin.
There is a charcoal grill which we used often and most meals were eaten outside, in front of the house, where there was a large picnic table and the best sunsets. If you are with large groups, I recommend hiring the catering service/chef to come in and cook for your group. Ars Libandi was the name and they are directly connected to the owners. They have plenty of menus. We asked for a few substitutions and they were flexible. Plenty of left overs for other meals. If you are going to pay for the chef, spend a bit extra for the serving and clean up. You'll feel like royalty. The weather during our stay was perfect, but one of our chef meals was inside at the majestic dining room table. With the windows open, it was another lovely space for a special dinner.
Now on to the pool - the main attraction of this property. It's not only the pool, but the vistas and places to sit and enjoy the scenery. Umbrella table outside seats 8 and there are plenty of chairs and lounges for your guests. I figured out how far it was to swim a mile (100 laps) and started or ended most days with a private swim. When I wasn't swimming for exercise, there were enough rafts and tubes to float around with your guests. While you have neighbors on both sides of the property, the grounds are very private. While touring was fine, the main focus of this vacation was living and entertaining in an Italian villa - which is what I did for 75% of this trip. This property was my dream come true.
I am so happy I found Italy Perfect when planning my big 50 birthday celebration. Don't wait to book Regina Alta if it's your dream! I reserved my 3 week stay, 1 1/2 years in advance and I had to adjust by trip by one week due to another reservations that beat me to it. Pat, one of the 2 owners of Italy Perfect was always available to me via email or phone. Someone always got back to me quickly. They answered all my questions and when they didn't have the answers, they spoke to the owners and got them. Working with Italy Perfect gave me piece of mind so I could have a relaxing vacation. There were really no surprises when I arrived.
[Thank you so much Carol, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
This estate is truly magnificent, a wonderful home to entertain and relax in.
If you're looking for a luxurious, elegant and very comfortable villa on a hillside in Tuscany with magnificent views, centrally located with a huge pool overlooking the valley, then Regina Alta is for you! This estate is truly magnificent, a wonderful home to entertain and relax in. The photos on the Italy Perfect website will show you exactly how it looks. The furnishings and architecture are marvelous. I've stayed in a number of Italy Perfect offerings over the years and this one lives up to their excellent standards. It's located within easy driving times to many outstanding locales, (Lucca is nearby), including the charming hillside village Montecatini Alto only 10 minutes away (take the funicular up to the top). Its a perfect base from which to explore the region....although you may be tempted to simply stay at the villa with a glass of wine by the pool soaking in the gorgeous views. 5 Stars!!!
Great Girls Trip!
Spent a fantastic fall vacation at Regina Alta with a couple of girlfriends. Wonderful stay, loved the location and hospitality of the greeter. Lisa at Italy Perfect was super helpful and informative during the reservation process.
My friends and I enjoyed a really great stay at Regina Alta in November. The views were magnificent and the location was great for exploring the region. We enjoyed a day in Lucca, an afternoon exploring all the Montecatini has to offer including lunch at in the quaint village of Montecatini Alto - fantastic views. The villa is large and comfortable.
Enjoyed long leisurely evenings out on the veranda with wine, cheese, talking & laughing.
Bella Regina Alta! Thank you Italy Perfect for recommending this villa. It worked out so well for our group (4 girlfriends of "a certain age"). It was an easy drive from the Florence airport and we were so delighted with the location, scenery, views and exploring the local region. Enjoyed long leisurely evenings out on the veranda with wine, cheese, talking & laughing. Great times!
Pretty much perfect
We took our grown children and significant others to enjoy Tuscany in the Autumn. Actually, it was more like summer although the grape harvest had begun. We enjoyed the pool, noodling around the countryside and even went into Florence for a day. We hired the chefs for a very nice dinner! Don't hesitate.
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Monsummano 2 kilometers, 10 minutes|
|Montecatini Terme 5 kilometers,15 minutes|
|Florence airport 40 kilometers, 35 minutes|
|Pisa airport 45 kilometers, 40 minutes|
|Siena 90 kilometers, 90 minutes|
|Montecatini exit of A11 highway, 10 minutes|
|Florence by train 50 minutes from Montecatini Terme train station|
|Lucca 34 kilometers, 30 minutes|