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Sunny, Luxurious Penthouse Inside the Historic Walls of Lucca

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Incredibly spacious, one-of-a-kind apartment with a panoramic view of rooftops, manicured gardens, distant hills and Romanesque church towers, beautifully furnished with contemporary pieces and antiques, accented by original works of local artists.

A generous foyer opens to a dramatic 28-foot living/dining room with 12-foot ceilings, massive chestnut beams, ceramic tile floors and a marble fireplace.

Off the living room is an 18-foot sun room with a wall of sliding glass doors offering a panoramic view to the south. In good weather you can open these doors to an 8-foot width, bringing the outdoors in -- a cheery spot for enjoying your morning coffee.

Adjoining the sun room is a remodeled kitchen including a gas range, refrigerator with freezer compartment, and dishwasher -- also fully equipped with dishes, tableware, glasses, pots and pans.

There are two spacious bedrooms. One is on the main level with a king-sized bed, an antique armoire and 12-foot ceilings. A broad hardwood spiral staircase leads to the second bedroom, a converted loft with skylight and stunning views of the Guinigi Tower, red-tile roof tops, and the Lucca Hills in the distance. The upstairs bedroom has two single beds that can be pushed together or set apart.

On the main level, there is a renovated full bath with shower, bidet, vanity with marble top, and large skylight, and a separate laundry room with clothes washer and drying rack.

It is equipped with television and WiFi.

Sheets and towels provided.

THE PALAZZO

The apartment is located on the top floor of a renovated 14th-century palazzo in the heart of the historic center of Lucca, within easy walking distance of all the shops, restaurants, and museums, as well as the festivals, concerts, and other events that take place inside the walls.

There are 64 shallow stone steps from ground level to the apartment, located three flights up from street level. The palazzo does not have an elevator, but you are rewarded for your climb by spectacular views when you reach the top.

Located just one block away from the apartment there is a small supermarket, the only one inside the walls. A five-day-a-week fresh food market is just around the corner, as well as a bakery, a café, a butcher, a wine merchant, and much more.

THINGS TO DO WITHIN THE WALLS

Tour the picturesque Romanesque architecture of the cathedral of San Martino, and the churches of San Michele, San Frediano, and Santa Maria Bianca.

Eat at some of the finest restaurants in Tuscany, most very reasonably priced, many specializing in the delicious local cuisine, many with outdoor seating. We provide our guests with a list of our favorites.

Bicycle or walk along the famous Renaissance defensive walls. Lucca is the only major city in Italy whose walls are still fully intact. You can circle the entire city by foot in less than an hour, a distance of about 2.5 miles.

Sample the gelato or enjoy an apertif in one of several cafés in the Piazza Anfiteatro, the ancient Roman amphitheatre, reborn as a gathering spot for dining al fresco and special musical performances, many of them free of charge.

Visit some of the many delightful small museums spread throughout the city, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

Climb the 15th-century Guinigi Tower with its distinctive rooftop garden of ilex trees, just one block from the apartment.

Shop for designer fashions along Via Fillungo, or for contemporary art along Via Sant’ Andrea, or fine antiques along Via del Battistero. Enjoy the city-wide antiques fair on the third weekend of each month.

Study Italian language at the Koine school, just 3 blocks from the apartment.

Take Italian cooking classes.

NEARBY DESTINATIONS

From the center of the city it is just twenty minutes to the surrounding Lucca Hills, where you can visit magnificent Renaissance villas and gardens, as well as local vineyards and olive oil producers.

Also just twenty minutes away are Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, the spa town of Bagni di Lucca, the beaches at Viareggio, and Torre del Lago, with its summer festival of Puccini operas performed at an open air theater overlooking the lake.

The charming hill towns of Barga and Coreglia dell’ Antelminelli are less than an hour away. In that same northerly direction, you can go hiking along the mountain trails of the Garfagnana.

And magical Florence with its peerless collection of Italian Renaissance art, is just over an hour away by train or bus.

Keywords: Condominium, panoramic, luxury, renovated, charming

More Details

Owner
Mitchell Schneider
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

About Mitchell Schneider

We've been coming to Lucca for several years, as we've had family connections to the region. We were captivated by the town and its culture -- food, music, history, and lively schedule of special events throughout the year. We appreciate its proximity to Florence, the mountains, and the beaches. But we especially love that it is NOT Florence -- that it is slightly off the beaten path -- and that it has not 'sold out' to tourism.

Mitchell Schneider purchased this condo in 2005

Why Mitchell Schneider chose Lucca

It is HISTORIC, dating from the 14th-century. It is CONVENIENT, in a walking neighborhood full of shops and restaurants. It is WELCOMING, with airy rooms, elegant contemporary and antique furnishings, and fascinating views.

What makes this condo unique

Our apartment is a lovely place to spend time and relax. Many of our guests have been artists who have sent us copies of their drawings and paintings of the views from our windows. Others mention having taken pleasure in the soft strains of classical music that fill the air when you open the windows in the sun room, since the palazzo behind our apartment is occupied by the town music school, the Istituto Boccherini.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our time in Lucca was so wonderful -- your apartment is exquisite, beautifully decorated, well equipped and so spacious. A special treat was hearing a concert pianist practising a few floors below and across from us. Then a soprano began her practice. We sat in the living room with the sliding doors open and had our own private concert. The 64 steps up to the apartment helped counter the calories of our delicious meals. The kiddos did well -- enjoying the neighborhood and even playing soccer with a couple of Italain boys one morning. We so enjoyed your apartment and look forward to a return visit.
May 2012
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Amenities

Lucca Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
  • 4 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Very large, modern bathroom, fully up-to-date, with large vanity with marble top, shower stall, commode and bidet. Lots of towel racks, and a wall-mounted heating unit that serves as a heated towel rack in winter.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • On the main level, there is a spacious master bedroom with a 'matrimonial' bed, which is larger than an American queen, but smaller than an American king. On the loft level are two twin beds. Depending on your needs, we can have these set up for you separately with night stands between them, or together with the nightstands to either side.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes:
Please feel free to write or call (home 703-312-1146 or cell 703-851-4416) at any times with your questions.

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Sunny, Luxurious Penthouse Inside the Historic Walls of Lucca
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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Outstanding Apartment in the Heart of Lucca

  • 5 of 5

We spent ten days in this beautiful apartment and enjoyed every minute. The pictures posted are very accurate, but cannot truely depict the breathtaking view from the sunroom. The music school is just down below, so when the doors are open, you are able to hear rehursals. Absolutely magical. The apartment is well equipped so it is a home away from home. The owners are very responsive and answered many questions, and offered suggestions. Lucca offers great restaurants, opera, shopping, sightseeing and more. A perfect city, a perfect apartment.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Room with a View and More

  • 5 of 5

I lived in this lovely apartment for three months from mid-May until mid-August. The apartment has everything. An added bonus is that there is a music school behind the apartment. So, with the doors to the sunroom open music floated into the apartment. It almost felt like a movie set. The photos are accurate, the apartment was clean and the owners responsive. It is near to the main street in Lucca and a grocery market and a food market with various vendors are two minutes away from the apartment.

This apartment provides a special experience of living in Lucca. Try it, you will surely love it as I did.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything we had imagined...and more!

  • 5 of 5

Staying in Lucca in this beautiful apartment was the highlight of our trip to Italy. To wake up every morning to the sunrise over the rooftops, plan our day walking the wall, shopping or visiting nearby sights and then ending it all with a glass of wine watching the sunset to some beautiful music.....lasting memories! The photos are 100% accurate. The apartment is very large, comfortable and everything works. Almost as important to us was the personal touch of the owners, who made contact before we left and provided lots of written infomation on how maximize our stay. We would recommend this to any friends or family, and indeed....already have!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
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Perfect apartment, breathtaking view, ideal location

  • 5 of 5

This penthouse was our home for one week in Lucca, and was so idyllic we added it to our short list of "Let's come back" properties.

For context, we are a well-traveled baby boomer couple who are working professionals and enjoy vacations that mix sightseeing, getting acquainted with local people, great dining and lazing about. We seek uncluttered accommodations with architectural character, lots of elbow room and sunlight, a convenient location, and are quiet. We look for housing that feels authentic to the country, and feels like someone's home instead of a rental machine.

This spotless apartment is a grand slam. Here's why:

It’s on a quiet street within walking distance of the train and bus stations, pastry shops, restaurants, markets, stores, piazzas, shops with delicious "heat and eat" meals, many sights, and access to Lucca's wall.

The light-filled entry and living room feel spacious and open. The couch is perfect for stretching out weary legs and reading, with frequent intervals to look at the sweeping rooftops-and-sky view. Thoughtful details include excellent reading lighting, for-your-use maps, travel books, CD player and CDs, and manuals for the major appliances. The sunroom's informal dining table is where we planned our days and ate breakfast and several dinners. A door opens into the adjoining laundry room, making it convenient to wash clothes without looking at piles of Darks, Lights and Delicates. One of those ingenious clothes drying racks does its job overnight.

The galley kitchen includes everything you need. The above-sink cabinet is a drying cupboard, making it easy to hand wash a few items and pop them out of sight to drip dry. An arched doorway to the sunroom lets the cook enjoy the view.

The master bedroom and the one bathroom are separated from the public area by a sleek sliding door that glides open and closed with one finger. As you enter, two built-in wardrobes on left left provide space for unpacking your suitcase, hanging clothes and tucking things in drawers. On the right is the large bathroom with skylight, marble sink counter, toilet, bidet and roomy shower.

The spacious master bedroom includes an armoire, bureau, comfortable bed, terrific reading lights, and large shuttered window with a street and sky view. We didn't use the upstairs second bedroom, yet it seems comfortable for anyone who can use a spiral staircase.

Finally, the American owners are extremely helpful and responsive. Buon viaggio!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Pisa (Aeroporto Civile Galileo Galilei)
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
RIstorante Cantine Bernardini
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A11
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Locanda Sant' Andrea
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Viareggio
Car: not necessary

Within a few steps of the apartment are a farmer's market, a full service grocery store -- the only one inside the walls of the city -- several restaurants and bars, art galleries, a book store, and more. Via Fillungo, the main shopping street in Lucca, is about a three minute walk. You can reach any place inside the walls on foot in ten minutes or less.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Payment may be made by personal check, bank check, or by PayPal. After the first week, reduced rates apply for additional days -- please contact us for specifics. There is no damage deposit, but we do ask for a $100.00 deposit for return of the keys.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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