Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1169: Owner, Residenza al Fillungo
Large studio apartment in Lucca, Tuscany North
10/22/2004, 1 week
The aparment was located on a central street inside the medieval walls of Lucca (Via Fillungo). We had keys to access the main door of the building and the apartment had its private entrance inside the building. The apartment was perfect for 2 people who want to explore the area and not spend a fortune to maintain the majority of comforts in a B&B or Hotel. It was quiet at night and exciting to walk out the front door to the excitement of city life (Lucca is a medium sized city so we're not talking about a rat race but the city caters to residents, not tourists).
Not only does the owner keep a book (in the apartment) with recommendations of places for coffee, gelato, and food, but there is a rich abundance of shops, restaurants, and associated establishments throughout the city. There was a local grocery about 10 doors down and a supermarket was within walking distance -- outside the city walls.
The aparment is in a restored 16th century building and dimensions are described as palatial -- the apartment has 22-foot high ceilings.
The city is right at your door step.
The furnishings were in very good shape and there was more than enough seating. The apartment was very clean!
The 2 twin beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was on par with some I've experienced at finer hotels in Paris.
The kitchen was fully stocked and we were able to cook whatever meals we wanted. The appliances were new and high quality.
Problems or Bonuses
Breakfast is included. The owner is extrememly knowledgeable about and proud of the area.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Prices are published on their website.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would stay here again in a heart beat! In fact, we already plan to do so in 2005.
Things to do in this area
The town sits in a valley between the Mediterranean and Florence and is not far from the alps. You will see fauna from both mediterranean and alpine climates. There is an abundance of things to see and do and history is literally around every corner. The train to Florence takes 90 minutes and the train to Pisa takes 20 minutes. You can also take the train to the coast or make connections to other places. We did not rent a car this time so we cannot comment fully on the things to do by car. However, from what we saw (coming and going) it looks like there is a lot to see/do.
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