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Lucca: Abbondanza Toscana

Tenuta di Forci estate (Loc. Lucca), Phone: 348.306.3583

Reviewed by: janice from NY, review #1168

When: August 2005

Brace yourself! You will arrive (they will pick you up) and be delighted by the incredible setting near Lucca. Workshops in cooking, painting, photography.

The comfortable bedrooms (with new beds dressed in crisp linens!) in this huge stone villa overlooking the outskirts of Lucca certainly are 'a home away from home'. English speaking. Paula (from Colorado) gives cooking classes, and hosts photography and painting workshops. These looked pretty inviting, and though I stopped there only for a night, I would gladly revisit.

One approaches by way of a wooded country lane which dives into the olive groves and arrives at a beautiful stone house with a couple of other stone buildings on the property. There is a lovely garden and grapevines...I hate to use the word enchanting but it is that. In August it was a welcome escape from the heat of the lower elevations.

Paula will have you picked up at the airport and provide you with your creature comforts...including the most inviting library I have ever seen. I have been a frequent visitor to Italy and this year I was there for a year, and this spot was the perfect ending for my trip. In fact I celebrated my birthday there.

If you have never seen Lucca and want a great place to stay and enjoy the tranquility of Tuscany without the rat race of tourism and high prices, visit this special place tucked in the hillside overlooking Lucca. I can't quote you a price because Paula is just now doing her brochure, but you can email her and ask. I would give it a 4 star rating without the pricing which goes along with it...but I dont know what the official star rating is.

Oh, there are places to relax outdoors of course. I do have some photos but since I have 25,000 to edit, I would prefer for people to just check her website. Janice

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