2 levels, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tastefully furnished
- english, french
About Jim Riordan
Irish family of 6, two boys and two girls.
Jim Riordan purchased this Apartment in 1996
Why Jim Riordan chose Lucca
We have travelled all over the world as a family but Lucca is a special place to visit. It is authentic, cultured and a place to go to relax and chill out. We all love going there, even our dog Riley!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Most wonderful apartment!
This truly is the most beautiful of apartments and completely lives up to the photos and reviews from other guests who have stayed here. We are 4 friends who holiday together somewhere different in Italy every October. This year we chose Lucca and it was wonderful. The apartment itself was immaculately clean, spacious, tastefully decorated and equipped with everything we could need. The large balcony was a joy to sit out on every morning and evening - the rooftop views over Lucca crisp in the morning light as we planned our days over breakfast tea ... and golden in the evening sunlight, accompanied by superb olives, sun-dried tomatoes and pickled anchovies from the delicatessen 20 metres away, and gin. Bliss! Lucca itself was charming, the walk around the walls a definite must, pretty streets, amazing church interiors, lovely shops, fantastic restaurants, concerts, we could not have asked for more.
But the icing on the cake was definitely this apartment and the helpfulness of both the owners and Christiano in accommodating our arrival and departure.
It was amazing, thank you!
Spacious, comfortable apartment with lovely terrace.
We could not have been happier with the location, amenities and comfort of Jim's apartment. The apartment is very spacious on 2 levels with a large terrace overlooking gardens and Lucca rooftops. Cristiano and Jim were responsive and quick to help with our questions. It is conveniently located and despite its location close to Via Filungo, the apartment is extremely quiet. We will definitely return to Jim's apartment on our next visit.
This is the 5th time I have stayed in this beautiful apartment. It just seems to get better every time. The location is ideal and the facilities are outstanding. The owner, Jim, excels in providing everything one could ever need. Cristiano is so welcoming and helpful, always on hand when needed.
The sun shade on the terrace is a great addition.
Close by is Forno, the best shop I have ever come across. I always get a warm welcome and their homemade dishes are superb. They also have the best wine prices, better than the big supermarket.
I cannot fault this apartment and highly recommend it.
This property is exceptional! It is characterful, spacious and clean. It’s also perfectly appointed for holidaymakers. The booking process was efficient and friendly; corresponding with the owner and then the property manager was straightforward and arrangements for arrival were really welcoming. We couldn’t fault the apartment or the kind treatment we received. Sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine in the evening looking over the rooftops and towers of the town is something we will remember. This place is perfectly situated to explore the wonderful town of Lucca and we would recommend it without hesitation!
A Delightful Stay in Lucca
We were very happy with our stay in Lucca. The apartment was exactly as described, comfortable, and conveniently located within the town. We were also thankful for the A/C during a very hot week.
The apartment is spacious, with 3 bedrooms on the lower floor and the MBR on the upper, laid out in a way that affords some privacy if there is a mix of families or different age groups. The terrace is lovely, with beautiful views (and convenient retractable awning).
Lucca is very walkable, with most streets closed to ordinary traffic. The walk around the town walls is lovely and unique, a wide path lined with trees. We enjoyed strolling down Via Fillunga and exploring small side streets. Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is great for restaurants and people-watching, but there are many other charming piazzas offering places to stop for a caffe’, an aperitivo, or a meal. Aside from one very hot afternoon when we opted for lunch in the air-conditioned apartment, we never ate indoors. There are a couple of nice food shops near the apartment and caffes where one can enjoy a morning cappuccino and pastry. And there’s no shortage of restaurants!
Many people use bicycles to get around. We preferred to walk, but it would have been easy to rent bikes nearby. We also opted not to have a car, arriving from Florence by train. A side trip to Pisa by train took about 35 minutes.
A word on taxis in Lucca: we planned to get a taxi from the train station upon our arrival. There were none to be had, however, and the same was true of our departure from Lucca, when we tried to book one in advance. Evidently there is a serious shortage of taxis in the city. Fortunately it’s a fairly easy (about 20 minutes) walk from the station to the apartment.
We want to thank Cristiano, the apartment manager, who was a great help in many ways and responded quickly to any queries. We are very grateful for his assistance.
And many thanks also to Jim for offering such a delightful apartment!
Wonderful Lucca Apartment
Since my wife and I visited Italy four years ago we had a dream of spending an extended time there. We had visited Lucca on that trip and loved the Old Town area and the Tuscan region. We decided to make Lucca our home base for a 6 week stay. We spent hours on VRBO and other sites to find a place that met our needs. We wanted accommodations for 6 guests (so family could visit), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining seating for 6, outside space, affordability, and character. What a stroke of luck to find this beautiful property! From the original contact, the owner was responsive, helpful, and flexible. We found the apartment and town of Lucca to be as charming and interesting as we had hoped. Its location was perfect for our side trips by train, bus, and car to Pisa, Venice, Florence, Sienna, Montecatini Terme, Viareggio and others. The train and bus stations are about a 20-minute walk. There is a rental car agency about that same distance. After each trip we loved returning inside the walls of Lucca to the comfortable apartment. There are a seemingly limitless number of great restaurants in Lucca and we enjoyed finding our favorites. There are cafés, markets, and a pizzeria close by. Others have mentioned the stairs so I will too. There are about 50 stairs to the apartment. In our estimation that climb offset one gelato so that worked out well for us! That said, someone with mobility issues would have trouble with these. The mountain views off the back porch and out the bedroom window were ever changing and beautiful. We enjoyed watching a seagull chick grow up on the adjoining roof. The apartment was clean, comfortable, and well equipped. The kitchen had everything we needed and the washing machine was very helpful. At one point during our stay we had six in the apartment and it was perfect. The back porch was a great place for some Tuscan wine and cheese and was well used for that purpose. Lastly, we need to mention Cristiano. He is the property manager/neighbor and was so very helpful during our stay. He helped us to resolve some minor issues and make a cab reservation and always responded within minutes to our inquiries. He is a true gentleman and a great ambassador for Lucca and Italy. Thank you to the owner Jim for letting us spend some time in this special place. We have many wonderful memories and if we are ever fortunate enough to return to Lucca this would be our choice to stay.