|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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• Within the ancient walled city of Lucca
• 2 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms (sleeps 7)
• Fully equipped gourmet kitchen
• Free WiFi
• 3 Complimentary bicycles
• Central heating/ Air-conditioning
• All screened windows
• 1000 square feet
• Washing machine
LA CASA DI PERA has been in the Pera family for generations. This apartment is centrally located within the beautiful, ancient walled city of Lucca, Tuscany. It has been completely renovated with new heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, electrical (WiFi included), kitchen, floors, and bathrooms. Designed by native Lucca architect, Maria Quilici, the renovation remains faithful to historic Lucchese architecture, using authentic Tuscan materials.
The main entry on Via San Nicolao is a common door for the building, where just inside are 3 bicycles provided complimentary. From there the private entry to the apartment is up a flight of (20) steps.
The main floor of the apartment has a foyer with space to hang jackets and bags, comfortable living room with ample seating, deluxe kitchen with 5 burner cook-top, oven, dishwasher, double sink, and refrigerator freezer, dining with room for 8 - more when table is extended, and a full bathroom with shower, and bidet.
Downstairs there is a master bedroom with queen bed and private bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen bed, 2 single beds, and a convertible single bed. There is plenty of space for luggage.
This is a lovely apartment to relax, enjoy, and return to at the end of your daily adventures, which are only steps from the front door!
***Building's front wall fresco of 'Madonna Del Soccorso' recently featured in Grapevine Magazine***
Keywords: Two Level Flat
About the owners:
We are one brother and two sisters who reside in the coastal town of Santa Cruz, California. We were born and raised here, and have chosen to live in Santa Cruz to raise our own children and live with our large extended family close-by. Both of our parents are of Italian heritage, and our father’s grandparents (and generations before them) were born in Lucca. We feel a great fondness for Italian culture, language, and people, and continue to enjoy spending time with our Italian cousins in Italy.
Noreen, David, & Cathy
(When contacting us, please ask for David)
David and Laurie Pera purchased this apartment in 2005
I love shopping in the neighborhood, with the butcher, bakery, vegetable, and cheese shops right around the corner. There are relatively few cars inside the wall, and most people choose to walk or ride bikes. The residents of Lucca are so nice! All the shopkeepers I've encountered will go out of their way to help you find what you need. Perhaps my favorite part of Lucca is the wall... it's a treasure! It encloses the historical center of the city and is a glorious 4 km. (2.5 miles) around, with a generously wide walk/bike path, and lovely trees and parks. From the apartment it is an easy walk to either the train or bus station... perfect if you choose to take a day trip to Viareggio, Florence, Pisa, the Cinque Terre, or any of the other wonderful Tuscan cities nearby. It feels really great to return to our Lucca apartment at the end of each day's excursion as the apartment itself is so comfortable. It's a great place to rest, cook, check your email, or read... a real haven!
My husband and I walked into Casa Pera and immediately felt at home. We were met by the incredible Diletta who is the local manager for the apartment. After a thorough "de-briefing" we were quickly up to date on all the ins and outs. That, along with David's incredibly explicit 7 page instruction list, made us ready to be happy tenants.
The kitchen is unbelievably efficient. Everything you'd want or need. A big 10 stars for properly sharpened knives.
The bath rooms and showers are bright and efficient. Great showers!!
Sadly we were there only a month and are missing it still now that we are home.
It is an ancient building with an incredibly well maintained apartment. The 20 stairs
( 6- a landing, 6- a landing 6- a landing and 2 up into the apartment) make for very strong "quads" as the risers are of varying heights. Take advantage of them. We're very fit now. Read and re-read Davids list and call Diletta for any questions. It was a delightful experience.
We stayed at Casa di Pera for 5 wonderful weeks in October in the fantastic city of Lucca. We were on a 3 month trip in Italy and Lucca proved to be a wonderful base for exploring Tuscany. The apartment in within the Old Walls and walkable to everything. It is in an ancient building but has been updated with modern comforts. It is exactly as advertised and is very clean and tidy. The kitchen is particularly well outfitted which was wonderful since we enjoy shopping in the local stores and cooking. During our stay we hosted several groups of family and friends and the apartment was very comfortable for four. There were several days when our 2 adult children stayed with several friends (we had a total of 7 staying!). While a bit crowded we managed just fine and had loads of fun. The 2nd bedroom sleeps 4 and there is also a folding cot which we put up in the large entry area for our son. The 2nd bedroom has a very low ceiling but is otherwise spacious. No one seemed to mind. Both bathrooms are modern and have decent sized showers (very unusual in Italy). The beds were all very comfortable. While not fancy or luxurious the apartment is very comfortable and the owners, Italian Americans, are fantastic. The local manager, Diletta, was very accommodating when we had several minor issues, such as not being able to figure out the oven. Lucca is a fabulous small city which we adored. The train station is right outside the City Walls allowing easy day trips to Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, and many other small towns in Northern Tuscany. Train travel to Southern Tuscany is a bit more complicated as you have to make connections in Florence. Having a car to explore that area is probably best. We highly recommend this apartment for people who like to stay in "real" Italian towns and desire a comfortable home instead of a hotel.
After submitting my first review, we were contacted by the owner, and he acknowledged our hot water issue and handled it with professionalism. You will not be disappointed in this apartment!
The apartment is exactly as shown in the pictures. The location is ideal. I cannot think of a better home base! Diletta was the perfect host! The only unfortunate part of our stay was the lack of hot water. The hot water heater broke the first day of our stay and it could not be fixed until after we left. We maintained a positive attitude, and endured freezing cold showers after a day trip to Cinque Terre, but would have appreciated an acknowledgement of our inconvenience from the owner upon our return home.
Casa di Pera is a great place to stay in a wonderful city. The listing description and photos are accurate, and if anything under represent the property. The neighborhood has everything one needs to live comfortably--great vegetable, meat, bread and cheese shops, many good restaurants, and close proximity to the wall for walking and biking. The owners are easy to work with. Diletta, the person who coordinates things on site, is lovely and accommodating.
We have just spent eleven days in wonderful Lucca. The apartment was excellent, so clean tidy,and the facilities therein covered all our needs - plus more. A home away from home. We could cook in the beautiful kitchen with the wonderful produce from the close by shops and markets or choose from many diverse restaurants, bars or osterias!
The apartment was just as the owner described, the charm, the history, the ambience and the location ensured we really experienced the friendly Lucchese life style. The walks or riding around the walls with the bikes supplied or just exploring the streets - there was always something new to see and someone to stop and have a chat to.
To be able to go back to the centrally located apartment after a days exploring was so convenient, relaxing and homely.
We would like to thank the owner for all his assistance and for allowing us to share his family home in Lucca. And for the fantastic and very helpful local apartment manager for whom nothing was too much bother. We would absolutely recommend La Casa di Pera. We are definitely planning to return.
We have included for your use 3 bicycles suited to riding through the town and on and around the wall.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.