I was looking for a comfortable home base for a family trip to Italy, and Carlino Michele in Lucca exceeded all expectations! The apartment itself is perfectly located inside the city walls. Extremely comfortable rooms, modern amenities, the place has been completely updated - but you still feel the history and charm of staying inside a centuries old building. We stayed in the apartment for a week, and from the apartment, enjoyed day trips to Pisa (20 minutes), Florence (45 minutes), and just road-tripping through Tuscany (breathtaking!). The best part is, the city itself - Lucca - is full of life, activity, and local treats. But after every amazing day out, we truly felt like 'home' coming back to Carlino Michele.
Few pluses: the owner provides numerous bikes for touring the city - def recommend riding the city walls; in-unit washer/dryer, even had car seats in the laundry room (great for our day trips, and saved money!); and the apartment is w/in 2-5 minute walk to amazing pastry shops, cafes, trattorias, open squares.
Owner is extremely professional, responsive and assists with any pre-planning questions, recommendations, etc. We would definitely stay in Carlino Michele in Lucca again, and highly recommend to others.