Tenuta San Pietro

near Lucca, Tuscany, Italy Book from

Reviewed by Laila Ram
Contemporary gastro-hideaway surrounded by olive trees and vineyards in a lesser visited part of Tuscany
Tenuta San Pietro is everything a Tuscan hotel should be: intimate, with a mouthwateringly fantastic restaurant and wine cellar, surrounded by olive groves and close to historic and cultural towns. Add to that a dash of modern design, a divine infinity pool and views of the Garfagnana mountains and you’ve got something a little bit special.

Nestling in the hills outside the gorgeous town of Lucca, it's a bit of a hidden gem, much like the region itself. This is Tuscany without the tourists, but you're still only a half-hour drive from Pisa, and 45 minutes from Florence.

Tenuta San Pietro is owned by a Norwegian family, so the heavy fabrics and Baroque gilding found in so many Tuscan hotels have given way to a more minimalist, Scandinavian-influenced sensibility in this 10-roomed hotel. We loved the wooden floorboards, exposed brickwork and design details like an iconic scarlet lip sofa in reception.

Food is another real highlight – the hotel’s restaurant draws diners from miles around and is regularly booked out in the summer months. As well as a restaurant, there’s a wine cellar with 350 bottles, a tasting room (you can also sample their own olive oil), a lounge and terrace overlooking the olive tree-studded grounds.


  • The food. The New York Times called this region the best in Italy, and guests rave about the cuisine here
  • Italian manager Gastone is full of energy and enthusiasm and, being married to an Englishwoman, his English is impeccable
  • Wine buffs will love the huge range of local and national vintages, and there are some excellent fattorie nearby for tasting tours
  • The view from the infinity pool of the Tuscan countryside is exactly what you come here for
  • It's a stylish modern hotel and a breath of fresh air in a region crammed with grand Baroque palaces


  • You ideally need a car and Sat Nav - it's not that easy to find - though they do offer a free shuttle into Lucca
  • It's an intimate hotel and sound travels between rooms
  • There isn't a shower in all bathrooms - some just have a shower attachment on the jacuzzi bath
  • The hotel is right on the road (which can get a bit busy in summer) so the rooms next to it may be noisy

Best time to go

Tuscany is a popular year-round destination but it does have seasonality: spring is warm with wildflowers but chilly nights; summer can be hot; autumn brings the grape harvest and the olive harvest in November, and winter can be cold and rainy. We'd recommend April-June and September-October.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • Restaurant
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 3 Nov 2016 - 28 Mar 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The appeal of Tenuta San Pietro is in its décor as well as its service and fine food: rather than staying in one of the Baroque mansions nearby, with their heavy antique furniture, you’re in a hotel with a lighter touch to it.

There are 8 luxury rooms and 2 suites, all individually designed and decorated with an overall muted theme. There are splashes of colour on the walls – all the paintings are by the estate’s Norwegian owner – and plenty of upmarket technology, including flatscreen TVs.

The beds are a highlight – each suite and room has a kingsize bed brought over especially from Norway. These can also be set up as twin beds, and some have quirky modern looping metal bedheads.

In the light, modern bathrooms you’ll find Erbario Toscano olive oil soap and body products, rather fittingly for a hotel that presses its own DOP olive oil. The 2 suites, which are set apart from the main building, are a good option for families and honeymooners and have wood-beamed ceilings, wooden floors, a master bedroom, living room with sofa bed and a spacious bathroom.

Four of the rooms (Tenuta Di Valgiano, Bellavista, Luca and Olivo) overlook the valley, with fantastic views - it's worth requesting these - especially as they are no more expensive. The remaining four rooms have a mountain view, and being near the (minor) road can get some noise - we'd recommend avoiding them if possible. The 2 suites are in a separate building near the road and can also get some road noise when it's busy; but if you're coming with one or two children they are the best option.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Tv


Tenuta San Pietro is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards so it’s not a surprise to hear that the olive oil here is fantastic and that the wine cellar has around 350 bottles in its stores.

The kitchen is run by superb chef Guido who creates local dishes with flair: expect fillet of rabbit, Mediterranean king prawns, pheasant with pomegranate sauce and decadent, divinely presented desserts. We loved the pasta (homemade, of course) with stewed hare. Dinner is served either in the upstairs dining room with views of the valley or outside on the terrace; you may need to book in high season.

You will probably want to eat out for lunch (although a simple lunch of sandwiches or salad and cold cuts can be arranged); there are plenty of options in Lucca and the nearby towns. If you're staying a while, you might also want to head out for a lighter dinner from time to time - though bear in mind that it's a windy 7km drive to the nearest restaurant.

For breakfast you can expect a buffet of regional cheeses and cured meats, homemade bread, croissants, fruit, coffee and eggs.

Foodies can enroll on one of Guido’s cookery lessons or enjoy olive oil and wine tasting sessions. The estate’s olive oil harvest takes place in November and you can join in too, by arrangement.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Cooking classes
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Take the courtesy shuttle bus (twice daily) to the gorgeous walled town of Lucca and wander its Renaissance-era city walls, eat gelato in its squares, browse boutiques and food stores and drink coffee in its ancient Roman amphitheatre
  • Visit Lucca's Medieval basilica churches, some of which date back to the 8th century, including the Duomo di San Martino
  • Follow the wine road and visit the most important producers of the area. A guided tour and transport can be arranged by the hotel; Terre del Sillabo and Sardi Giustinaiari have been recommended, and we especially loved Tenuta di Valgiano
  • Visit the nearby country mansions and gardens; Villa Garzoni's water garden and Lucca's botanical garden Orto Botanico Comunale di Lucca are fun for the green-fingered
  • Take a day trip to Pisa (30 minutes), not just for its iconic Leaning Tower but also its black-and-white marble Duomo and the frescoed Camposanto cemetery
  • Florence is only 45 minutes via the motorway, making day trips there very feasible (check the best places to park before leaving)
  • Get active in the nearby Alpi Apuane mountains, where there are signed trails for hikers and cyclists - though be aware that the winding mountain roads have steep drops
  • Staff can even arrange hot air balloon trips if you want
  • Relax at the Lucca Ego Wellness Resort - the hotel offers complementary transport
  • Visit the Versilia Riviera (30 minutes), where you'll find bustling beaches and seafront cafés, perfect for people watching
  • Visit Torre del Lago Puccini near Viareggio (30 minutes), the lake and villa where the great composer lived. There's a festival of his music here every summer
  • Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Cooking classes
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Hot air ballooning
    • Museums / galleries
    • Olive harvest
    • Olive oil tasting
    • Shopping / markets
    • Wine tasting


    The suites are ideal as family rooms and each sleeps four; children under three stay free and there's a cot available on request. Older children can stay in a pull-out bed for a small fee.

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Cots Available

    Baby equipment:

    • Baby cot

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Children's meals:

    Children's menu available

    Kids Activities on site:

    • Farm animals

    Kid Friendly:

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