Villa Bosniaski: a story of love and past
I had known for a while about this villa on the hillside above Asciano Pisano. Yesterday I finally managed to visit it and discovered a very unusual place.
At Asciano, in La Valle area, I parked the car at the beginning of the path created by environmental guides that leads to the villa and to a crossroad of trails that run along Monte Pisano.
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The path is well kept and is wide enough for a car, even though you would miss out on the beautiful details and the silence that reigns here.
The path climbs up for about 2 km, surrounded by trees, but then at the top the view opens up over Livorno, Pisa and the sea and islands.
I linger a little while longer to savour all the beauty and then I continue along the path for another 500 m up to the villa.
Villa Bosniaski (San Giuliano Terme)
Villa Bosniaski, also known as the Villa Belvedere, is now dilapidated but it possesses an incredible charm. You can still sense the former luxury and extravagance of the villa before the German Army requisitioned it as an armoury which then, unfortunately, exploded.
The building is in ruins so it’s advisable to visit it from the outside only.
Here the main entries to reach the villa:
- access through the “Foro” of San Giuliano Terme, following Statale del Brennero direction Lucca;
- access from the hill road starting from the deviation of Statale del Brennero (Orzignano) and all the way through to “La Croce”;
- access from Asciano, all the way to Asciano Valle: this is the main itinerary to Monte Castellare and the archeological site.
The Villa Bosniaski, was built in 1881, on the peak of Monte Castellare in San Giuliano Terme. The building was composed by 12 rooms distributed on 3 floors. In the basement De Bosniaski had set up a sort of private museum of the fossils.
There are many stories about the Count who built the Villa, from his two pythons who roamed freely in the garden to his love for the woman who filled his life with happiness but died young.
Around the Villa there are the famous potholes, called Buche di Fata (Fairy holes) which are fenced off. But that’s another story.
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