Villa La Moresca is in Tuscany, tucked within the southern walls of the medieval town of Montecatini Alto. Perched high above the splendid Tuscan countryside, its fortifying walls offer an unparalleled point of observation to those who walk their perimeter; its narrow streets, flanked by well-maintained old stone houses, converge into a small square, Piazzetta Giusti, another popular attraction. The towns of Montecatini Terme and Monsummano are only 10 minutes away; both renowned for their spas, they also share remote origins, but the thermal cave of Monsumanno was discovered in the 19th century, whereas the thermal baths of Montecatini Terme date back to the Renaissance period. The whole area, known as Valdinievole, has historical remains that bear witness to its being inhabited since time immemorial: less than 30 minutes away is the attractive city of Pistoia, whose centre carries the vestiges of the ancient Roman, Gothic and Renaissance periods and is still protected by walls originally erected in the 1300s; only a little farther from the Villa is Pescia, another medieval town rich in attractions and the main urban centre of Valdinievole.
Villa La Moresca is a splendid house built at the end of the 19th century which boasts a glamorous past. It is surrounded by a luxuriant garden where fruit trees, Lebanon cedars and heritage roses compete to capture the guests’ senses with their fragrances. A panoramic swimming pool is set in one corner of the orchard, at the end of a passage carved in the rock; dipping in the water or relaxing by the pool side the visitors’ eye is seduced by the beauty of the surrounding scenery. Villa La Moresca is perched on a terraced hillside and overlooks a view of Tuscany that reaches from the Livorno hills to Versilia and the land of Leonardo da Vinci, a panorama that Giuseppe Verdi praised as one of the most beautiful ever seen. The composer was a good friend and patient of the Villa’s first proprietor, Professor Pietro Grocco, and was often invited to stay at the doctor’s house. Prof Grocco was famous in his own right: the street where the Villa is located was dedicated to him in recognition of the innovations that he introduced into the practice of medicine. Working as director of Montecatini Spas, in fact, he was invaluable in his promotion of the beneficial effects of thermal waters on human health. Villa La Moresca has been restored completely and not very long ago. Built in the traditional architectural Tuscan style of its period, it has airy rooms on the ground floor which will astound the guests: frescoes grace the ceiling of the living room; the dining room has a splendid fireplace, and the wood-pannelled library, stocked with tomes on music and the arts, is an invitation that cannot be resisted. These rooms and the lounges on the same floor are furnished with refined taste; antiques, precious paintings, curtains and furnishings rival in beauty, creating a uniquely elegant environment, illuminated by the light that pours in through French doors that open into the garden. The kitchen is equally attractive, decorated in English country style. Climbing a spiral staircase that leads from the first floor of Villa La Moresca to its Tower, the guests reach one of the bedrooms and another room where bridge is played. This marvellous house has now opened its doors to guests, and can be rented exclusively.
Villa La Moresca has seven bedrooms, including the one located in the Tower; the other rooms are situated on the first floor and on the lower ground floor. Only one has access to a splendid terrace, but on the other hand they are all decorated in the English country style of the rest of the house, with precious antiques and elegant furnishings.