Locanda al Colle

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Beach club Bagno Cavallone: 7km (12 mins drive)
    Beautiful La Spezia: 50km (50 mins drive)
    Cinque Terre National Park: 75km (1h drive)
  • Pisa Airport (PSA): 35km (30 mins drive)
    Florence Airport (FLR): 100km (1h 10 mins drive)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

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An introduction to Locanda al Colle

How would you describe Locanda al Colle in a nutshell?

Locanda al Colle is a welcoming 12-room bed & breakfast on the Italian coast, in Pietrasanta just north of Pisa. Come here to find a familiar and inviting atmosphere with shared dinners, delicious buffet breakfasts and a self-help bar. The house is decorated with the owners’ private art collection and hosts art exhibitions of local artists.

Why have you opened Locanda al Colle?

Well, I was in the fashion business for 20 years and I used to travel a lot. I’ve worked in Paris, in London, in the States and the last post I had was in Buenos Aires. And then I got tired of it and I had this in mind. I just wanted to work from home, to relax and not to travel that much anymore. I wanted to work at a quieter place and come back to Italy because I’ve never worked in Italy before. So there has been a big improvement in my quality of life. I have lots of free time in winter and I can do what I want to do, greet the guests, entertain them, chat with them, and I still get to meet people from all over the world. With the difference that I don’t need to travel anymore, they travel to me now.

And you have just recently refurbished Locanda al Colle?

Well, we had the guesthouse business for 9 years in the property and we now refurbished the property next door to it, which is twice the size. So now the business has moved into the new property. The restored property is still an old property, it is a Grade A-listed building, which has been all redone using solar panels etc. You will still see the classic materials of Tuscan architecture, but with a more contemporary cut. We have also added a swimming pool and the rooms are more comfortable, they have all been done from scratch. You know, we have upgraded and the old property has gone back to be a private home. And we have also just refurbished a new wing of the building to include 3 more temporary rooms.

Tell me about the style of the house.

The décor at Locanda al Colle is eclectic, it is a mixture of 30s, 40s and 50s furniture within an old shell. The floors are all made up in stone, all the ceilings are in chestnut beam as in the Tuscan tradition. We’ve created a shell using traditional earthy colours and we put this collection of furniture inside, which could be in a Manhattan apartment by the looks. And the decoration comes from a collection that I had from various places where I’ve lived before. And the rest I’ve been scouting in markets and antique fairs, which I like to do anyway, independently from having the guesthouse.

So part of it is from my private art collection. And, what we have done now is to give local artists the opportunity to exhibit some of their art. And every year we have a new artist.

What would you recommend as a must see?

Pietrasanta. Because it is a nice little centre, which has not been spoiled by tourism. And also Lucca. Those are two places that our guests definitely have to see. And, if they really want to go to Pisa, I tell them to go late afternoon when all the buses of tourists have gone and they can see the square empty and in its beauty.

If they like to walk, they can go to Cinque Terre, going from village to village and I tell them which village to avoid. You know, the ones where all the buses go to. Or have a walk on the promenade of Viareggio to see all the beautiful buildings. And, of course, if they’re interested in shopping, there are some very good local markets that happen certain days of the week. You know, those are the main things.

Locanda al Colle living room
Locanda al Colle living room
Kitchen
Locanda’s terrace
Locanda’s terrace
Locanda al Colle
Pool
Alba Junior Suite terrace
Aurora Deluxe bedroom
Aurora Deluxe terrace
Mare Deluxe
Terrazza Mare Deluxe
Colletto Superior
Collina Deluxe
Terrazza Collina Deluxe
Giardino Superior Plus
Terrazza Giardino Superior Plus
Colle Suite
Colle Suite
Colle Suite
Giardino Superior Plus
Tramonto Suite
Noce Superior
Cipresso Superior
Orrizonte Double Standard
Olivo Superior

Locanda al Colle rooms & rates

Locanda is a home. We stress that. We’re not a boutique hotel. We are a home, which is open to the public. We only have 9 rooms and 3 temporary rooms in the new wing so it is not a big place and it is a place where you come and you feel at home. We give people the keys and we don’t have any structures like a hotel, a reception for example.

The décor at Locanda al Colle is eclectic, it is a mixture of 30s, 40s and 50s furniture within an old shell. The floors are all made up in stone, all the ceilings are in chestnut beam as in the Tuscan tradition. We’ve created a shell using traditional earthy colours and we put this collection of furniture inside, which could be in a Manhattan apartment by the looks.

  • Orizzonte Double Standard for 2 people / 20 m²
    325 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    Warm mustard and green tones exalt the sophistication and elegance of furnishings chosen for this intimate room. A spacious Hans-Grohe rain-shower restores energy and vitality after a leisurely day at the seaside.

  • Cipresso Superior for 2 people / 25 m²
    375 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    A white, vaulted, wood-beamed ceiling guides the eye to the oversized indows with enrapturing views of both the Apuanian Alps and the gently rolling hill down to the coast. Leave the doors ajar to invite a sea breeze as it floats up over the olive groves from the coast of Versilia. The vintage reading chairs are adorned in soothing shades of grey and beige, and the bathroom is laid with beautiful, local tiles bursting with subtle plays of color. A large rain-shower will restore you to vitality after a long day.

  • Colletto Superior for 2-3 people / 25 m²
    375 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    The warm nuances of a turtle dove envelope this room with its splendid panoramic view overlooking the olive trees, all the way down to the coast of Versilia. A large Hans-Grohe rain-shower provides rejuvenation after a long day. It is possible to have a third person in this spacious superior room.

  • Noce Superior for 2-3 people / 25 m²
    375 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    The scent of Fragolino wine embraces you as you enter this romantic room with an enchanting view overlooking the gently rolling olive groves all the way down to the sea. Soothing neutrals are offset by jewel-tone accents, and a bathtub with shower exudes a bygone era. There is also a day-bed for a third person.

  • Olivo Superior for 2-3 people / 25 m²
    375 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    Warm orange and burgundy tones extend a gracious aura in this room, with its splendid view over the hills and down to the sea. In the bathroom, a spacious Hans-Grohe rain-shower provides sparkling energy for the day ahead. There is also a day-bed for a third person.

  • Giardino Superior Plus for 2 people / 30 m²
    435 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    The perfume of currents and grapes gives an aromatic note to this ground-floor room which opens onto a lovely terrace with a glorious view of the surrounding hills. The neutral tones of the fabrics and furnishings enable the splendor of the garden to speak volumes, thus encouraging a natural dialogue between the outside and the inside. The bathroom is wheelchair accessible and is complete with an oversized rain-shower.

  • Aurora Deluxe for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    495 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    A sophisticated palette dominated by beige and emerald tones organically blend with the Apuanian alp views from the oversized terrace. The warmth of a magnificent French 19th century cast iron fireplace and four poster bed make for an inviting and cozy ambience in every season. A spacious Hans-Grohe rain-shower will give you energy for the day ahead, and a bathtub provides revitalization. It is possible to add a bed for a third person.

  • Collina Deluxe for 2 people / 30 m²
    495 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    Gazing out over the green hills of Camaiore with a decor to caress the soul. In harmony with the polished oak floor, the soft sages and greys are enhanced by the white beamed ceiling. From the hills to the sea, moments of absolute relaxation on the terrace. In the bathroom, looking out on the sky and stars, a large rain shower and a designer cast iron enamel bath.

  • Mare Deluxe for 2 people / 30 m²
    495 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    It feels as though you touch the trees, in this room in the Locanda. Three generous windows allow the light to enter, to illuminate the décor and the warm oak parquet floor. Your gaze will lose itself in the distant horizon, on the ample terrace with its elegant wrought iron furniture. A large shower with rain effect and designer cast iron enamel bath, for a blast of energy but also moments of absolute relaxation.

  • Alba Junior Suite for 2 people / 35 m²
    495 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Alba’s sophisticated elegance is inspired by the warm tones of a turtle dove. The shades of gold are brought out by the contrasting white linen that envelopes the four poster bed, lending fresh romanticism to this junior suite. The spacious bathroom is characterized by a stone wall that, as if part of a stage set, acts as a backdrop for a two-person, free-standing bath tub. For a burst of energy, stand beneath the Hans-Grohe rain-shower. A private terrace looks out over the garden, inviting you to enjoy the tranquility of the property in the seclusion of your room.

  • Colle Suite for 2-3 people / 40 m²
    655 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The scent of currants and juniper drift inside from the private terrace of this sumptuous suite. Unwind with a book beneath the shade of a pergola, and if it gets chilly, move into the sitting room, where the warmth of the fireplace and the comfortable, vintage furnishings are an invitation to relaxation. The bedroom is dressed in soothing shades of grey and beige, and the four-poster canopy bed and armchairs are dressed in airy fabrics. Two separate bathrooms allow for the ultimate in privacy; one has a bath and one has a shower. It is possible to place a third bed in this suite.

  • Tramonto Suite for 2 people / 40 m²
    655 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    Light, sun and nature, in this room of varied soft green tones, with huge windows looking out over the garden. In between olive trees and agave an ample terrace elegantly furnished. The pleasure of intimate relaxation. Big and small bubbles follow each other along the walls of the spacious bathroom with a large rain shower and a designer cast iron enamel bathtub.

Included in the rates
Rates include buffet breakfast with sourdough bread, homemade complimentary bakery, mineral water, tea, coffee, heated salt-water pool (April to October), free private parking and private beach club access with private gazebo and towels from May to September at Bagno Cavallone.
Optional extras
Wine tastings, massages, bike and Vespa hire, boat trips and yoga lessons are available on request.
Extra charges payable at the property
Dogs are welcome only in rooms which have a private external area (Giardino, Alba, Colle, Tramonto) for an additional EUR 15 per day. We ask you kindly to refrain from bringing your dog into the kitchen and breakfast area.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Baby cots for a child up to 3 years old are available at EUR 25 per night (only in Alba, Colle). Extra beds are available at EUR 85 per night (only in Colletto, Noce, Olivo, Aurora, Colle).
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Closed November to March

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

There is a self-help bar, so people can help themselves with drinks. We cook twice a week but in a very familiar manner. You know, everybody sits together and gets to know each other. In good weather dinners are taken under the pergola with view of the hills and the sea in the distance. We sit with our guests as well, it is all very, very family-like. You know, there is a spirit, so our guests feel at home.

The people are quite lively, because most of the people that come work internationally and they travel a lot. They’re always in big hotels, so this is a good way to let them switch off from their routine.

Things to do in Tuscany & Camaiore

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Golf

The area is known for its seaside and for the long sandy beaches. Because after Liguria, which is all rocky, this is the first long stretch of sand beach. That is why the region has been popular from the beginning of the 19th century. I also suggest to have lunch on the island in front of Portovenere. You can go by speedboat from Viareggio or take the private restaurant boat, which takes you to the island.

The area is also very rich in culture, of course, because we are still in Tuscany. From here you can go and visit Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Siena. You can go to Cinque Terre in Liguria, which is a very short drive, and then you have the old yachting industry in Viareggio, which is quite a big trade.

It is not mass tourism. There are lots of people that have second homes here, people from Milan, from Parma, they come here during the summer. So it is very Italian and only known to a few foreigners.

Locanda al Colle reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
5 out of 5! Just heaven! Gorgeous setting, lovely people, delicious food & the most charming host with Riccardo - you get depressive when it”s time to say goodbye!
Caroline B. (Germany)
stayed at Locanda al Colle in August 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Fabulous property!! Ricardo was a wonderful host!
Dayna S. (USA)
stayed at Locanda al Colle in January 1970
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
It's a perfect place to enjoy and relax. Nice places to visit in the surrounding. Will come back.
Christa B. (Germany)
stayed at Locanda al Colle in June 2015
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Top rate in every aspect I just returned from Italy and one of the locations I booked was at Locanda al Colle in Tuscany. I found the entire experience outstanding. The grounds, the rooms the entire location was an immediate treat to retreat in. Ricado and his team are incredible and approach everything with a gentle perfection, from your initial welcome of Gabrielle's to the fresh baked breakfasts served with a smile form Luca. I highly recommend joining one of the guest night dinners as Riis is a superb way to mix with others as well as have a superb meal made from scratch served on the terrace. There are also plenty of areas to visit, 3 days is a must but 5 is suggested. I cannot rate this place high enought! Top rate in every aspect.
Catherine C. (USA)
stayed at Locanda al Colle in September 2014
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Wonderful stay! We had a perfect stay with Riccardo. The Locanda was beautiful, and the hospitality was warm and gracious!
Nancy H.
stayed at Locanda al Colle in June 2013
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had a wonderful stay! We enjoyed everything at Riccardo's place! We already knew from Welcome Beyond that the house would be beautiful. But there, it was like paradise. It is nature, it is intellectual, it is completely inspiring! We loved the 1.000 meter swimming in the pool before the "lecker” breakfast each day, running on the wild beach south of Viareggio, shopping vintage modern-classic Italian furniture, reading at the fireplace on our veranda with a sundowner and beautiful views over the olive tree hills and the little trips to the beautiful sculptures on the Piazza al Duomo in Pietrasanta. And back at night with Riccardo”s 'hello' in the warm-cake-kitchen left us always feel like being with friends... After that we went to Berlin for a concert of 'the National' and there we already missed the Locanda. So we know that we will return to that place not so far in the future. Thank you!
Gerhard E.
stayed at Locanda al Colle in November 2013

The location of Locanda al Colle

We have opened Locanda on the hills behind Viareggio, which is the resort on the coast. It is the area where they used to produce marble, where all the artists lived and worked within the sculpture trade. That is what Pietrasanta is known for. They have the best foundries for doing the bronze statues and all the workshops. It is quite an international centre.

When is the best time to visit Tuscany?

Well as you know, August is the European holiday everywhere, so I never suggest people to come in August unless they are obliged to. September is a very good month. There is a brilliant festival in Pisa of sacred music. June is a good month as well, because it is when the summer starts and it is not very busy. And in July you have all the various festivals. The Puccini festival with the opera on the lake, you have all the rock and pop and jazz festivals in Lucca, and there are a lot of exhibitions happening during the peak months of the summer. So there is always something going on. In February, you have the carnival, which is also a big thing.

Our season goes from Easter until November 2nd, which means we are open every day, even for one room or two rooms. In winter, we are only open for exclusive bookings of the entire house.