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Notable Women: Janaina Englemann and Casa Del Pino

12 December 2012

What do you get when you mix a childhood home on acres of land surrounded by 120 olive trees and a leaning pine tree, reminiscent of the Tower of Pisa in, well, Tuscany? Casa del Pino, a lovely, quaint B+B on the hills of Tuscany between Lucca and Florence.

Janaina, born to a German father and Brazilian mother in Germany, then raised in Tuscany, Italy, along with her Czech Republic born, German raised husband, Marek, decided to take her childhood home and the place they joined their lives together and turn it into a beautiful bed and breakfast.

La Familia

I can hear you now, "But T.S. there are plenty of B&Bs in Tuscany what makes this one sooo different?"

Well, Janaina and her husband restored most of the furniture on the property which was purchased by her grandmother in the 1920s.There are four double rooms, 1 single room and a suite available. Each room has a private bathroom attached to it, making this property perfect for destination weddings.

The property is located in Colle di Buggiano near the Montecantini Terme and is surrounded by 120 olive trees that she and her family use to produce olive oil that is sold on site and used in their delicious breakfast meals every morning.

Speaking of breakfast, you can choose from four types of breakfast that is served fresh every morning and is included in the price. You can have your pick of Brazilian, German, Italian or American styled breakfast for which J and incorporated will prepare fresh the next morning for you, served with wines from the Chianti region of Italy nearby. In fact, each morning you can experience a different style of breakfast while you are there. The owners speak German, English, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and some Czech.

During the warmer months, you can sit on the veranda by the garden or go swimming in the outdoor pool in the back. Or take a stroll through the olive groves. You could also take a 20 minute drive south to Lucca, or 30 minute drive north to Florence. Or perhaps you fancy a 45 minute jaunt East to the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas?  All of these places are also accessible by train. Whatever you decide, the melodious landscape of the region will leave you breathless. It is perfect for a getaway to just rest, calm the soul, heal the soul or just plain write what's in the soul. Have your own "Under the Tuscan Sun" or "Eat, Pray, Love" moment, I know I will.  I am definitely looking forward to visiting next year for a few days.

Rates are from: €60 -€130 a night. These rates include breakfast, high speed internet and tranquility.  For more information visit Casa Del Pino.

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