Regina Alta

4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Sleeps 10 Monsummano Terme
  • A farm table under the eaves by the kitchen door is the perfect spot for meals outdoors. r
    A farm table under the eaves by the kitchen door is the perfect spot for meals outdoors. r
  • The hilltop vantage point provides wonderful views of Montecatini below.
    The hilltop vantage point provides wonderful views of Montecatini below.
  • Iconic Tuscan cypress trees greet you at the entrance.
    Iconic Tuscan cypress trees greet you at the entrance.
  • Summertime and the living is easy with this beautiful pool.
    Summertime and the living is easy with this beautiful pool.
  • Beautiful views from the lovely swimming pool.
    Beautiful views from the lovely swimming pool.
  • Views of Monsummano Alto from the table.
    Views of Monsummano Alto from the table.
  • Another outdoor seating area with a table and chairs for 6 people.
    Another outdoor seating area with a table and chairs for 6 people.
  • Imagine your morning coffee in this verdant setting.
    Imagine your morning coffee in this verdant setting.
  • Tuscany is famous for Chianina beef, one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the world.
    Tuscany is famous for Chianina beef, one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the world.
  • French doors open out to the garden.
    French doors open out to the garden.
  • Imagine crisp fall evenings with a fire roaring in the living room fireplace.
    Imagine crisp fall evenings with a fire roaring in the living room fireplace.
  • Dining table seats 10.
    Dining table seats 10.
  • The den is between the kitchen and the living room.
    The den is between the kitchen and the living room.
  • Den
    Den
  • The kitchen has a farm table and large working fireplace. Full size refrigerator and freezer.
    The kitchen has a farm table and large working fireplace. Full size refrigerator and freezer.
  • Entry foyer with handsome terra-cotta tiles.
    Entry foyer with handsome terra-cotta tiles.
  • First floor bedroom 4 has French doors out to the terrace.
    First floor bedroom 4 has French doors out to the terrace.
  • First floor bathroom 3 has large shower.
    First floor bathroom 3 has large shower.
  • Beautiful beamed ceilings in bedroom 1 with views of Monsummano Alto.
    Beautiful beamed ceilings in bedroom 1 with views of Monsummano Alto.
  • Lovely paint details in bedroom 1.
    Lovely paint details in bedroom 1.
  • En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 has a large shower and good countertop space around the sink.
    En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 has a large shower and good countertop space around the sink.
  • Bedroom 2 with beautiful antique furniture
    Bedroom 2 with beautiful antique furniture
  • Bedroom 3 upstairs has two beds.
    Bedroom 3 upstairs has two beds.
  • An archway frames another outdoor space where you can sit and enjoy the views.
    An archway frames another outdoor space where you can sit and enjoy the views.
  • Cherubs guard the steps that lead down from the living room to the lawn and pool beyond.
    Cherubs guard the steps that lead down from the living room to the lawn and pool beyond.
  • Al fresco dining in this beautiful poolside setting.
    Al fresco dining in this beautiful poolside setting.
  • The pool will provide many hours of enjoyment during summer.
    The pool will provide many hours of enjoyment during summer.
  • Relax in the shade on the terrace.
    Relax in the shade on the terrace.
  • Entry gate to Regina Alta.
    Entry gate to Regina Alta.
  • A mini gym is in the pool house located under the pool area.
    A mini gym is in the pool house located under the pool area.
  • Changing room and full bathroom in the pool house below the pool.
    Changing room and full bathroom in the pool house below the pool.
  • Spectacular views stretching out over the valley.
    Spectacular views stretching out over the valley.

Enjoy

On a hill overlooking Tuscan olive orchards and the valley below, this roomy villa is located in a scenic region of Tuscany with much to see and do in the vicinity. The property is easy to reach on paved roads and is close to the charming town of Montecatini Terme. 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.

Location

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. 

It is easy to take the train from Montecatini Terme directly to Florence, about a 1 hour train ride.

Be sure to visit Montecatini Alto, a tiny village above Montecatini Terme reached by an old fashioned funicular (cable car) that slowly makes is way up the mountainside as you enjoy looking down at Montecatini Terme below.

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.

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 there are many local fairs and antiques markets within a 30-60 minute drive. 

Exterior

Sit on the back patio or in the pool area enjoy views of the valley below. The property has a large garden with well-maintained lawn and shrubs. It sits among olive groves and historic farmlands.

Interior

The villa feels like a real home, with many fascinating antiques from the owner's personal collection. The living room is of regal proportions with a 15th century fireplace mantel and ample seating. The style is comfortable, not luxury, but of high quality.

The den has two sofas, one of which opens into a double sofa bed.

The 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.


Things To Note

Neighborhood: Montecatini Terme

Size: 370m2, 3900sq ft

Accessibility/Security: Two story, 16 steps between floors plus several additional internal steps on landing and in some of the bedrooms.

Payment: Upon reserving, 30% of the total is non refundable.

Outdoor Space: Acoustic alarm around the pool. Pool is not fenced. Guests are fully responsible for safety of all.

Shorter Stays: High and Mid-season rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Shorter stays may be possible upon request for other seasons.

Utilities/Taxes: Air conditioning & heat paid locally.

Services: Weekly stays include welcome basket with light dinner on arrival, continental breakfast fixings for first morning, 2 hour midweek cleaning & bathroom towel change.

Other: Check in 4:00 to 7:00pm, by appointment. Final cleaning E250 paid locally.

Room Details

Room Beds Amenities
Bedroom 1 King (1) King bed (71in x 79in; 180cm x 200cm)
Bedroom 2 King (1) King bed (71in x 79in; 180cm x 200cm)
Bedroom 3 Single (2) Two single beds (35in x 79in; 90cm x 200cm) that can be made up together to form a king bed on a single base
Bedroom 4 King (1) King bed (71in x 79in; 180cm x 200cm)
Den Foldaway Bed - Double (1) Foldaway bed-double
Bathroom 1 (en suite to Bedroom 1) Shower, sink and toilet
Bathroom 2 Combination bathtub/shower, sink and toilet
Bathroom 3 Shower, sink and toilet

Regina Alta Floorplan

    Bathroom

    • Hairdryer

    Connectivity/Entertainment

    • WiFi
    • TV - Limited English Programs
    • Gym
    • Pool Table

    Heating/Cooling

    • Heating
    • A/C
    • Window Screens

    Kitchen

    • Fully Equipped
    • Coffee Maker
    • Dishwasher
    • Oven
    • Stovetop
    • Toaster
    • Refrigerator

    General Amenities

    • Hotel Safe

    Kid/Family Friendly

    • High Chair
    • Travel Crib

    Laundry

    • Dryer
    • Washer

    Outdoor

    • Terrace
    • BBQ
    • Hot Tub
    • Pool

    Special Features

    • Balcony/Terrace

    Amenities

    • Pool
    • Air Conditioning
LEAVE A REVIEW
October 8, 2018 - Website

Regina Alta Review

by Carol
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]
February 8, 2017 - Website

Regina Alta Review

by Kelly M.
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!!!
February 5, 2017 - Website

Regina Alta Review

by CEB
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.
December 15, 2016 - Website

Regina Alta Review

by Cynthia V.
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.
October 29, 2016 - Website

Regina Alta Review

by Rosemary R.
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!
September 18, 2016 - Website

Regina Alta Review

by Barbara
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.

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Things to See & Do

Monsummano Terme (2 km Distance)
Famous for its thermal springs, Montalcino has been enjoyed by the great people since Renaissance times. The church is the location of many miracles. Two gems of museums. Restaurants.
Montecatini Terme (5 km Distance)
Celebrated spa town since before Roman times. Many nice options for day trips, dining, music and sports including the funicular to the old town at the top of the hill, gardens, butterfly park, Pinocchio park, horse racing, film fest.
Lucca (34 km Distance)
Famous for its medieval wall that encircles the city, a wonderful walk or bike ride. Wander the streets to see the piazza that was a roman amphitheater where emperors met. Good dining and shopping.
Florence airport (40 km Distance)
Amerigo Vespucci Airport/Peretola airport, small international airport quite close to the city centery. Code: FLR
Pisa airport (45 km Distance)
Galileo Galilei International Airport, main airport for Tuscany. About an hour's trip to Florence. Code: PSA
Siena (90 km Distance)
Called Italy's loveliest medieval city with cuisine, art, museums, churches and famous art. Unique medieval culture that is reflected in the twice annual Palio horse race that some call insane. Look for videos.

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