Welcome to AncoraItalia: Bringing travel dreams to life since 2003.

Doris_Doug-photoThe Beginning

As an Italian-American, I feel a deep connection to the Tuscan countryside where my mother was raised. We used to come and visit my grandparents and cousins every summer during my own childhood, and I continued returning as often as I could as an adult.

On one such visit in 1998, my husband Doug and I discovered this incredible house—actually an old mill—that was beautiful yet sadly in need of restoration. We were especially taken by the 17th century structure’s positioning atop its own bridge with a bubbling brook running beneath from the hillside woodlands.

Il mulino di Torrigiani front photo

We purchased the house spontaneously and set to work carefully restoring our Mulino (mill) with fine quality materials to match the original classic style. Dating to 1650, our historic home was once the olive and grain mill of the noble family of the Villa Torrigiani. Now featured in a book about Lucca’s history, it is said to be the only mill of its kind in Tuscany built on a bridge.

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Today our carefully restored mill is our home as well as a charming country inn with two separate apartments for guests: Il Mulino and Apartment Valentina. We look forward to your stay with us!


About AncoraItalia

In 2003, we acquired AncoraItalia, the vacation rental website that we had been using to list Il Mulino. We continue to represent a relatively small group of vacation rental properties that we personally select and visit regularly assure that they meet our high standards. This hands-on involvement and the relationships we’ve developed with property owners provide you with a wide range of superb villas and apartments that span a a variety of scenic locations, needs and budget categories.


About our All-inclusive Culinary Tours of Tuscany

cookingclassAlong with accommodations, Ancora Italia offers fixed-price, all-inclusive worry-free Culinary Tours of Tuscany. No need to rent a car or find your own way. We collect you at the Pisa or Florence airport or train station and take you through a personalized tour of Tuscany, from Cinque Terre to Chianti country, complete with wine tasting luncheons, cooking courses and more. Contact us for itinerary details. Tours require a minimum of 6 and can accommodate up to 14 people.


Introducing our own Extra Virgin Olive Oil

mulinooliveoilThe hills surrounding Lucca are considered by many to be among the best olive-growing regions anywhere and produce a very unique olive oil. Each year, we personally select and bottle a limited quantity of extra virgin olive oil directly from local farms, and now Il Mulino di Torrigiani is proud to offer this distinctive, world-class Extra Virgin Olive Oil for shipment by UPS directly to your door. Click here to order our Extra Virgin Olive Oil.