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Review 741: Owner, Famiglia Tomei


Review by Joseph from CT

apartment, sleeps 2, in Lucca, Tuscany North


November 2003, 2 days

Nearby Amenities

Groceries, bakeries, cafes, etc., are virtually at your doorstep.

The House/Apartment

The owner has renovated the two apartments on the first floor. There appeared to be another two apartments on the 2nd floor, and possibly attic rooms. Typical beam and brick ceilings of the period.


No garden or terrace.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Nicely decorated and comfortable for 2.


Small, new, fully tiled bath.


Again, perfect for 2. Pots, dishes. espresso pot and other utensils spotless.

Problems or Bonuses

We were there in November and were grateful for modern heat and thermostat.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Owners speak very little English.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Recommend highly.

Things to do in this area

It's Lucca! Don't miss the the private museum Palazzo Pfanner (one of the "Florence" locations in film "Portrait of a Lady").


At 70 euros per day or 420 per week, we couldn't recommend this small apartment more enthusiastically. It is on the first floor of a historic building inside the city wall. The location is excellent: Via Fillungo, Lucca's "main street," begins a few steps to the left of the front door; Porta Santa Maria, with a pedestrian walkway to the top of the wall, is two short blocks to the right. The apartment was completely refurbished about a year ago by the contractor-owner, and everything was done right. It couldn't have been more comfortable, yet still retains old-world charm. It has a small but cozy kitchen/sitting/dining area (fully equipped), a bedroom and a modern bath. Everything is brand new and decorated with care. The owners also run a B&B outside the wall, and also offer a very stylish 2-bedroom apartment that shares the first-floor landing with the one-bedroom unit. The owners take great care in making sure that even the smallest details are right, down to teabags and snacks, which you rarely find in an apartment. We arrived and departed by train. The apartment is a short taxi ride from the station, but we cut through the city in about 20 minutes on foot the morning we left using a pedestrian "tunnel" under the wall directly opposite the train station. A "centro storico" minibus is another alternative.

Photo: The apartment is the first open shutter on the left, first floor. That's Via Fillungo you see under the arch. A nice location.

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