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Review 2510: Owner, Residenza al Fillungo
Large studio apartment in Lucca, Tuscany North
October 2006, five nights
Because of a last minute change of plans, we were going to be in Lucca for five nights. In Italy I went on the Slow Traveler web site to see if there were any apartment reviews for Lucca and found one, albeit a few years old, for Apartment Fillungo, and it was available for all but the first night. (We stayed at a hotel outside the walls for that night.)It cost €100 per night.
This is a sweet little studio apartment in a good location - if you don't mind walking up and down 56 stairs - four flights with a landing at the end of each. Also, "studio" means open plan - the bedroom is part of the living area. Fillungo is a main shopping street in Lucca, so you walk out of this quiet back apartment into a bustling scene, which is fun.
Lucca is a pedestrian town so you must park at Porto Santa Maria and bring your luggage from there. Unfortunately, we had a lot of luggage so not only did we have a walk of several blocks, but then had to get it up all those steps. We made several trips because that seemed easier.
The kitchen area has a small under the counter fridge, toaster, microwave that we couldn't get to work, and stove-top (no oven). The landlord, Valerio Ascani, lives in the apartment next door. Upon arrival he provided a basket of cellophane wrapped breakfast pastries, yogurt, milk, water (daily), juice, and a loaf of special Lucchese dark bread with raisins and walnuts. There were some things lacking, like a large knife and cutting board, which were provided as soon as we mentioned it. We also requested a second set of keys, which Valerio had made and brought over within the hour.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining room table and four chairs, in front of French windows with internal shutters. Then there is a small sofa and two cane barrel chairs with cushions, and a coffee table. There is only an overhead light, no lamp, so if one wanted to stay up to read while the other wanted to sleep this was not feasible. There is only one free electrical outlet, which makes it difficult to recharge multiple electronics.
The bathroom is quite old, with a pedestal sink and armoire for clothes separated from the toilet and shower area by a frosted glass door. There is very poor lighting in both. A very noisy fan comes on automatically when the light in toilet/shower area is turned on. There is a shower curtain covering the small shower.
Trade-offs for the disadvantages mentioned are a great location and a pleasant landlord. Valerio is a Lucca native and wants you to love the area as much as he does. He's put lots of information about Lucca and the Garfangnana area in the apartment. There is a free wi-fi connection.
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