Historical Summary The property is located on the perimeter of the Centro Storico in the old city of Barga which lies approximately 34 km north of Lucca in the province of Toscana. The villa itself lies just below the Duomo (cathedral) and dates from the 16th century when it was built adjacent to the city wall. For many years it was a convent, just one of the religious buildings which dominated the centro storico. During the hostilities of the Second World War, the Germans withdrew from Barga to the hills above where they had prepared the defences of the Gothic Line. From these positions, they bombarded the town with artillery. This promoted an evacuation of the centro storico and the nuns left their convent never to return. The American forces then moved in and used this property as an artillery spotting position until the war ended. After the war the property was split up into six case popolari (small apartments) and the occupants all shared a single bathroom. By around 1970, as Italy became more prosperous all residents moved to more spacious accommodation and the building was abandoned and fell into disrepair until purchased by the present owner in 1999. By this time, after many years of neglect, major restoration was required. After 6 months of preparation, final plans were drawn up and all necessary approvals were obtained. Work commenced in the winter of 2000 and the restoration project was finished in 2002 although further improvements have been made since. The property has been restored to a very high standard and is very energy efficient with German gas fired heating system, solar panels, double glazing, thick stone walls and roof insulation. The property is served by city potable water and sewerage, methane gas, electricity and telecommunication services. The property after reconstruction now consists of the following: 1. The villa of approximately 310 m2 on three floors which is the primary residence of the owner. 2. A separate apartment of approximately 160 m2. This can be utilized as a vacation property and the rental income generated from tourists visiting Barga which is now a very popular holiday location. The rental income will be sufficient to cover all routine expenses of the property. 3. Garden terraces and land attached to the villa amounting to 1,400 m2. 4. A separate parcel of land of 1,040 m2 on which is a brick built capanna (barn) for which planning consent has been given for conversion to a residential habitation suitable for tourist or permanent habitation. Main Villa Cantina Floor (Piano Seminterrato) Consists of a taverna (bar) approx 5 x 5 m, a utility area/workshop also 5 x 5 m and a separate studio office. There is a wide stairway leading to the ground floor which at the lower level also gives onto a corridor leading to a tower from which the garden terraces below are accessed via a spiral staircase. Also located on the cantina level is the main electrical control panel and an autoclave and pumping system to augment mains pressure for potable water and ensure adequate pressure in all parts of the building. Ground Floor All the reception rooms are on this floor. The double door entrance leads into a large 5 x 5 Ingresso (entrance hall) which also serves as an intimate formal dining room. This room has a pellet fired stove to augment the central heating for enhanced economy. From the ingresso opposite the main entrance there is a small vestibule leading to a magnificent traditional Tuscan kitchen with hand built walnut cabinets and all modern appliances tastefully built in to avoid detracting from the original character. A large brick arch and original working Tuscan fireplace and massive overhead beams give this room its striking character. From the kitchen an external door gives access to a long external terrace and stairway leading to the garden terraces below. There is a guest bathroom on this floor with shower, W.C. bidet and hand basin and a walk in cloakroom which also houses the central heating unit and solar panel collector. The main lounge is also about 5 x 5 m and is well illuminated with windows on two faces of the building. From this room there is access to a further living room, currently used as a music room in which is a teak parquet floor to give the room excellent acoustic properties. From this room there is a further external door to access the rear terrace from which there is a breathtaking panorama over the mountains which can be enjoyed while sitting out to eat. This terrace adjoins the terrace which leads also to the kitchen access door. The main stairway to the first floor is reached from the Ingresso and also from the music room. First Floor On the first floor is a wide corridor leading to each of the three large double bedrooms in the main wing of the building. There are two spacious bathrooms in this wing one of which is en-suite to a bedroom and overlooks the hills at the rear of the property. Apartment The apartment is on the ground and first floors and has been fully remodelled in 2013. The ground floor has the main living area accessed from a wide arched entrance from Via della Speranza, the narrow road passing the property. This leads into a living room which in turn gives onto a large open plan 7 x 4 m dining area with kitchen beyond. There is a guest bathroom on the ground floor adjacent to the stairwell with an easy staircase leading to the first floor. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms which look out over the mountains. These bedrooms are served by a bathroom accessed from a small lobby conveniently located between the two bedrooms. Either of these rooms could be used as a study or dayroom. From main bedroom on this wing of the building there is a door which leads to an inner double glazed and heated atrium which can be used as a studio or single bedroom. From this atrium, large double door give access to an outer covered west facing sun terrace. Another pair of double doors in the atrium provide access to the magnificent 7 x 4 master bedroom beyond which is a large en-suite bathroom. (Originally this large room was the main reception room for the mother superior of the convent. Her kitchen is now a luxurious bathroom where some of the original features are preserved. Garden terraces and land There are three external terraces with massive stone retaining walls planted with roses and ornamental plants. The hillside below is cleared grassland which has been planted with mature conifers and ornamental shrubs. The perimeter of the land is marked by a roadway which is part of the property but with access to the public as it is part of the “strada panoramica” around Barga. The total area of this land is about 2,300 m2. Capanna and separate land parcel On the other side of the strada panoramica is a further parcel of land on which is located a brick built barn for which the owner has obtained planning consent to convert to a residence. A pool may also be constructed here as the land is outside the Centro Storico zone. This parcel and the building thereon are to be sold either with or separately from the main villa. The total land area of this parcel is about 1,000 m2.