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Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, Barga, Tuscany
Blessed with an incredible setting, perched high on a hillside on a stretch of privately-owned land called the Ciocco Estate and Park, the hotel overlooks the beautiful, forested Serchio valley. Its 180 rooms, arranged over several different levels, all offer incredible views, which come into their own during sunrise and sunset. The property is vast, but doesn't feel empty or under-furnished, while its style feels comfortable and traditional, without being dated. Main restaurant, La Veranda, offers all day dining next to the Nour Lounge, which is the go-to for cocktails, aperitivi and snacks. The spa enhances the hotel's appeal as the perfect place for a destination wedding. One warning: beware the extremely narrow route into the private car park. If you don't want to risk scraping your vehicle, take advantage of the public, and free, parking outside the main gate.
You should definitely stop by the gelateria in the walled old town of the village of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana for a delicious pistachio ice cream.
The hotel is set in a private estate, high on the hillside with views of the Serchio valley.
By plane: direct flights to Pisa from London, Manchester and Bristol take around 2 hours 30 mins. The hotel is 1 hour 20 mins drive from the airport. There is free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Families, couples and wedding parties will all feel at home here. They're not man-made or designed, but the views from the terrace (and many of the bedrooms) are just incredible.
Service & Facilities
We love the attentiveness of the staff; you get the sense that nothing is too much trouble.
- Games room
- Fitness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Junior Suite has a balcony with table and chairs, perfect for sitting with a glass of room-service prosecco and watching the sun go down. You'll love the sense of being perched high above the valley, with those incredible views.
Classic Room, Superior Room, Executive Room, Deluxe Room, Balcony Deluxe View Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Balcony Deluxe Suite, Balcony Presidential Suite, Penthouse Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bath or shower, slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, desk, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The atmosphere at La Veranda is laidback and unfussy, but the food is of a really high standard. The jacketed staff are friendly and helpful, always ready to recommend a wine or a particular dish. We love the Lucchese soup - a hearty bowl of grains, peas, broad beans and bacon, begging to be mopped up with the delicious home-baked bread.
La Veranda: Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Nour Lounge: aperitifs, wines, cocktails, snacks and small plates.