Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 822: Owner, La Scaletta
2bed/1bath apartment in Lucca, Tuscany North
19 Mar - 22Mar 2004, 3 days
The apartment was within the walls of Lucca; therefore, it was within ten minutes waking of anywhere in Lucca. On the first floor the double bedroom had a little balcony that looked out on Via del Fosso, the street with the canal. I thought that this might be a little noisey but there was not much traffic and I never noticed the noise. The apartments above and below us seemed to belong to locals and we never heard them and rarely saw them. This was a residential area.
You had to walk one block, about 120 meters, to find the grocery, restaurants, bars, and wine shops. All these shops appeared to cater to locals.
The building was typical of the town and well maintained.
Furniture was in good shape and comfortable. There were enough chairs in the kitchen for four. The apartment was very clean.
There was a twin bedded room and a bedroom with a large double. Both were comfortable but the double was much larger. The bathroom had a half tub which I found somewhat awkward to use. The bathrooms were very clean and had nice towels.
The kitchen was the gathering point in the apartment. A table and four chairs, TV, microwave , American style coffee maker, toaster, and the usual pots and pans and dishes. There appeared to be enough of everything to cook a full meal but I never did. There was more counter space than most Italian apartments. The kitchen cabinets had the usual assortment of coffee, sugar, spices, etc. In the kitchen was a rack of wine and beer available for purchase. They were local wines with prices between 4 and 10 euro.
Problems or Bonuses
While not a surprise the downside of the apartment was no living room. There was an entry way, two bed rooms, a bath room and a kitchen. The best thing about the apartment was the owner, Violetta.
Violetta acted as if we were relatives coming to Lucca. She picked us up at the train station and took us to the apartment, it took two trips. She also insisted on taking us to the train station on departure. Violetta had stocked the apartment with fruit, ceral, juice, bread, eggs, butter,pasta, and even children's ceral for our 10 year old grandson. There was a welcoming bottle of wine, snacks, wine glasses, and a corkscrew on a serving tray waiting for us. When I asked where the nearest bankomat was Violetta insisted on driving me, saying that I had a long trip and besides it would give her a chance to practice her English which was very good.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The apartment was as described; they didn't mention a living room, it wasn't there. The pictures accurately reflected the apartment. Violetta's English was good and she made sure I had her mobile number in case of problems or if I had questions. She also pointed out a pizza place, Mio Mara, which was only two blocks from the apartment in case we were too tired to go very far the first night. She said Mio Mara had the best pizza in Lucca.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I will probably stay at La Scaletta again and I will recommend it to friends. Violetta's attitude and helpfulness more than made up for the lack of a living room. I have stayed in four different hotals in Lucca and the apartment was a better experience.
Things to do in this area
Lucca is a city that you can enjoy just being there. Bike rides on the walls, climbing the Torre Guinigi, Visiting the Duomo, exploring the ruins under the church of St Giovani. Day trips to Pisa are easy by train, about a half hour.
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