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Lucca: Le Violette B&B

Via della Polveriera, 6, Phone: 0583.493594

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Reviewed by: Patrick, Arkansas from USA, review #2621

When: June, 2009

Ah, feels like 1940 again! Le Violette is not fancy, but it's clean & friendly, & offers high speed Internet & something rare on vacation: a washer/dryer!

Le Violette doesn't have many amenities. It feels like you're staying at an old Italian house still in 1940. I could picture German Panzers moving down the street outside.

But the place has some great things going for it.

Anna, the proprietress, doesn't speak much English but she has enough to get the job done, and she'll even make hot chocolate for you if you ask for it.

There are no English channels on the TV. I didn't see any air conditioning, but it's an old stone building and seems to hold the night's cool very well.

It's on the first floor (that's 2nd floor to we Americans) with no elevator. But after checking in Anna gave us keys to the outside door so we could come and go as we pleased (which is good because the owners aren't always there).

They let us plug into their high speed Internet cable. We also got free WI-FI off some nearby unsecured network not associated with Le Violette.

Our group of friends took 3 rooms, and they gave us three rooms with no bathrooms. We all had to share two bathrooms down the hall. Since we had the place to ourselves after sundown, we poked around a bit and discovered that all the other, empty rooms in the place had their own bathrooms in the rooms, so if I go back I'll request one of those.

The place had a much-welcome washer/dryer which they let you use if you leave 5 euros in return. Honor system.

Breakfast was fairly minimal but the cappuccino was excellent! Location was excellent! It's just inside the old city walls, and though their website said "plenty of parking behind our building," when I asked about it Anna told me to drive outside the city walls and use one of the public parking lots nearby. All the lots I found said "2-hour parking" so I finally settled on paying 8 euros to park overnight at the parking lot of the nearby train station. That was fine with me. Not too far to walk, not too expensive, safe enough.

Anna sent us to a great local restaurant where we were the only tourists in the place. It was packed with locals and was some of the best food we had in Italy.

We also walked a couple of blocks from Le Violette and attended the live opera performance at the church of San Giovanni. It lasted about an hour and cost E15. It was a great experience and something out of the ordinary for our vacation. There are performances there every night of the year.

I liked this place, and would stay there again...if I could have one of the rooms with a bathroom!

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