About Us

Our names are Pietro Bianchessi and Marijke de Jong. I am Italian and was raised in Crema (Cremona, Italy) and my wife Marijke is Dutch and was raised in Bergen-N.H. (The Netherlands). We met in Holland in 1969, and were married in 1975. We have lived in The Netherlands (Bergen, Eindhoven), Canada (Montreal), Italy (Ivrea) and Luxembourg (Schrassig). In 2005 we retired, and in 2007 we bought this property in Barga. It consisted of a traditional Tuscan rural house and a capanno, i.e. a stone building used as a stable/barn. We renovated both the house and the capanno, keeping in mind that we wanted to set up a B&B activity. During our travels we have often visited guest houses, backpackers, hostels and B&B's, and thought we could use our experience as guests to be the hosts :-). This is how we came to La Serra and are now offering our hospitality.
We speak English. We spreken Nederlands. Nous parlons français. Wir sprechen Deutsch. Parliamo italiano.