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Romantic 2BR 2BA Apt W/in Heart of Lucca's Walls. Free Wifi

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

CASA CENAMI is ideally located in the heart of Lucca's historic center. Step outside the front door and in less than a minute you're sipping a cappuccino in Piazza San Michele, window shopping on the stylish Via Fillungo, sipping wine in the 2nd century BC anfiteatro, listening to nightly operatic arias, gazing at the striking golden mosaic facade of San Frediano, photographing panoramics atop the Guinigi tower, delighting in the tastes of the countless wonderful Lucca restaurants, or taking an afternoon stroll, bike ride or jog around the 16th century walls encircling Lucca's centro storico. At the end of the day, return to the comfort of Casa Cenami where the thick walls keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.

Our flat is a two level apartment on the 2nd floor of an historic, well-cared for building. All the charm of past centuries: beamed ceilings; hand-crafted Lucca floor tiles that have been maintained but coupled with modern comfort and convenience. We provide free wireless so you can share your experiences with friends and family back home. An additional bathroom w/shower was added upstairs in 2011 to allow a bathroom & shower for each main bedroom. The apartment is ideal for 2 couples. A gourmet, fully equipped gas stove kitchen allows you to try out local produce and products. The two bedrooms both have a queen size beds and a small twin bed is off the upstairs bedroom. Antiques we purchased from Lucca's monthly antiques market outside our front door adorn the space but comfy couches allow for quiet afternoon naps. There's a washing machine, iron & ironing board upstairs. All linens and towels are provided. Plus we provide 2 bicycles to explore the ally ways and walls of Lucca.

CASA CENAMI allows for endless day trips. Catch the train, bus or drive to coastal Cinque Terre, the leaning tower of Pisa, the marble mining mecca of Pietrasanta, the palio horse races in Siena or other Tuscan hillside towns, miles of wine and olive oil routes and Florence is only 45 min drive away.

Getting to Lucca is easy. Fly direct from USA to Pisa. Catch a 25 min bus that goes direct from Pisa airport to inside the walls of Lucca. Then within a 5 min walk, you're home. Or fly into Florence and catch the bus or train to Lucca - transport here is easy.

Check out two Lucca iPhone apps: 'Enjoy Lucca' or 'The Tuscan Magazine'. Both available for download on iPhone and iPad.

Keywords: Holiday flat, rental home, apartment, Lucca, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, romantic, vacation,

More Details

Pip Gilmour
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Pip Gilmour

I am a filmmaker and Karen is an award-winning photographer. Her photographs from around the world hang on our walls. Both of us use Casa Cenami as a getaway, a place to think, write, relax and get rejuvenated.

Pip Gilmour purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Pip Gilmour chose Lucca Area

Lucca is the ideal location. We can fly into Pisa and in 30 minutes by bus we're in Lucca. Or we can take the train or drive to Florence in under an hour. Public transport gives us access to the famous Cinque Terre region, medieval Sienna & other Tuscan hill towns, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast, or skiing and it's all within a hour or two.

What makes this apartment unique

When we're in Lucca, we love to go on wine and olive oil tours & tastings, dine al fresco in one of the many fantastic Lucca restaurants, pick up fresh porcini mushrooms or truffles with hand-made pasta to cook at home or check out the stalls at the monthly art market outside our front door. There's always a concert going on in one of the piazzas or churches plus art & photo exhibitions. And beyond that, just strolling the ancient walls always brings a serenity to the day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The apartment was fantastic for a family of five. It was great having the two bathrooms. The kitchen was very well equipped. The whole apartment was tastefully decorated and had added extras like the two bikes that were greatly utilised and lots of information about day trips and local sights. We felt comfortable and safe allowing our 11 and 14 year old boys ride around and within the walls. We enjoyed the proximity to the train station and did day trips to Florence and the Cinque Terra and drove to the Garfagnana area. The tips given on arrival were fantastic. We loved the recommended restaurants. Be careful of the drying rack, we accidentally broke two wine glasses :( but what a great place to stay we would highly recommend staying at Casa Cenami
Apr 2013
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Lucca Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , With washing machine
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Small main floor bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Other (See Description) - 1 twin/ single , Single small room between master bedroom & bathroom
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master queen bedroom upstairs with view over rooftops
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bedroom on the main floor
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Fully equipped gourmet kitchen, stone counter tops, microwave, hand-made floor tiles throughout, Italian antiques, wine rack


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Romantic 2BR 2BA Apt W/in Heart of Lucca's Walls. Free Wifi
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 31 reviews

Little gem in the center of Lucca

  • 5 of 5

My mother-in-law and I were in Lucca for 3 nights during our trip to Tuscany and had a wonderful stay in Casa Cenami. The apartment is so lovely and met all of our expectations and needs. It was very clean, quiet, cozy and centrally located within Lucca. They provided a lot of information about the local area including maps, in-depth travel books and recommendations for local restaurants. The apartment is also furnished with all the comforts and necessities of home.

Eva, the apartment manager was incredibly warm and welcoming, and she provided all the information we needed to check in/out while making the process very easy. We were also able to arrange a cooking class with her and her husband to learn how to create local Tuscan dishes. Shopping at the local markets was fun, the food they made was delicious and it was overall a fantastic and very local experience!

I worked through the VRBO site to communicate with the owner, Pip, and he was very responsive, provided a lot of information about the apartment and made the payment process very straightforward and smooth.

Lucca is an absolute gem and we loved exploring the city and its treasures, as well as walking on the city wall. Casa Cenami is a perfect place to stay while exploring such a special place and I would recommend it to anyone. We cannot wait to return to Lucca and would definitely stay again at Casa Cenami.

Thank you again Pip and Eva!!!

Donna and Maurine (New York and Los Angeles), December 2016

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is centrally located, lots of space, comfortable and homely, clean, nicely decorated, stays cool and has a great kitchen. Perfect for a stay in central Lucca - living like a local. The host was delightful and responsive.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, location awesome

  • 4 of 5

The owner and caretaker great and helpful. Place was beautiful and centrally located. We had issue with Internet and it was very hot in Lucca and this was hard as theere is no AC. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to really experience living in Lucca. My mother in law was raised there in a third floor building in Lucca so my family it was very special. This was one of the best locations we stayed on our 14 day journey. So wanted to do cooking class but didn't have time.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here! When they advised us to close the windows at the mosquito hour, we should have listened. It was very comfortable and we wished we could have stayed another day. The beds were comfortable and the location was great! It is large and spacious and well equipped!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely comfortable apartment

  • 5 of 5

We spent a great week in Lucca at Casa Cenami with our two student children. The apartment is in an excellent location, very well equipped and comfortable. Lucca is a great town for all ages, this was our third visit and we will be back. Eva our host was really helpful and gave us excellent tips for places to eat and find beer! Catch the bus up to Barga for even more gorgeous views, food and walking. Make sure you walk/cycle/run around the walls at least once a day and have a glass of vernaccia in the anfiteatro /Piazza San Freddiano at least once. Easy to get to Florence/ Viareggiofor the day.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Good location & quiet

  • 4 of 5

Apartment was very clean and comfortable; online description was accurate. Owner Pip and her local agent Eva were very helpful. Local bus from Lucca to Pisa is 30 minutes and drops you off right at entrance to Field of Miracles and Leaning Tower. Directions to apartment need to be revised to just street names because we couldn't find any signs giving names of piazzas and there are many. Highly recommend this central location in town.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
So many
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
So many
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
18 Miles

wine tours & tastings, daily opera concerts, summer jazz series, summer pop concerts, gourmet festivals, religious festivals, fireworks events, art galleries, photo exhibits, annual comic book festival, historic tours, villa tours, olive oil tours & tastings, historic tower visits, flower markets, antiques market, art market


Rates & Availability

Lucca Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 3 2017 - Oct 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
Comic Fest Dates
Oct 31 2017 - Nov 6 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

An €80 cleaning, linens, and greeting fee is paid in cash directly to our house manager upon arrival and receipt of the keys.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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