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Montecarlo: Casa Naldi

Via della Collegiata, 2, Phone: 058.322.8901

Reviewed by: Dorit from Israel, review #2481

When: November 2008

A Charming B&B (without the second "B" though!!) in the tiny hamlet of MonteCarlo

The Casa Naldi is an old, beautifully renovated house in the tiny hamlet town of MonteCarlo, about 20 minutes drive from Lucca.

The address given (and the only one I have) is actually of the Antica Casa dei Rassicurati, another B&B which was run by the same three woman who run Casa Naldi. Since November 2008 they have stopped running the Antica Casa and only run the Casa Naldi. But they are close to each other and the entire town consists of only about 300 people so there is no problem finding the place.

We were met by Marta upon arrival, who showed us to two separate double rooms, one for each of us, with a living room /foyer type area between the rooms. Basically it was like having an entire apartment to ourselves. Again we were the only ones in the B&B at the time. There are a couple more rooms available there for rent and they are in the process of renovating an entire top floor which can easily serve an entire large family of several people.

There is a full kitchen for the use of all guests including wines/beers for a reasonable price and free bottled water. There is a small deck/balcony off the kitchen which would have been nice during the summer months.

The heating worked very well. It was not individually controlled but central to both double rooms and the foyer in between.

Both bathrooms were large and very well appointed. My bathroom had an antique-looking bathtub which was very quaint but I ended up using the much better huge shower in my friend's bedroom. Both rooms were large, mine being larger and included a sitting area, bathrooms were of very large size as well.

Parking was available for free at the entrance to the city, not far at all from the B&B.

Marta came each day to the B&B while we were out and fixed up our rooms, attended to whatever was missing and changed our towels.

Upon leaving, we met another one of the women who run the B&B and she was equally charming and friendly. Payment was 35 euros per person per room per night; a bargain. Highly recommended.

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