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Sunny, Luxurious Penthouse Inside the Historic Walls of Lucca

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Last updated: 05/03/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Condo
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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 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.


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.


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
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/03/2017

Property Type

  • 4 story
  • Condo
  • On floor 4
  • 1350 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    The apartment may not be suitable for very small children -- please ask owner for details....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • 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....moreless

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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Please feel free to write or call (home 703-312-1146 or cell 703-851-4416) at any times with your questions....moreless


  • Books:

    Feel free to make use of our extensive library of guide books, maps, novels, histories, art books, etc....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Mostly opera and other classical music, and heavy on the works of local favorite Puccini....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    The sun room offers a panorama of tile rooftops and church towers, including the Suffragio, Santa Maria Bianca, and Giovanni e Reparata. From the loft bedroom, you gaze up at the Torre Guinigi....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    There is a table for 4 in the sun room, and a large dining room table that will accommodate 8 in the Great Room....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There is central air conditioning on the main level. There is not any air conditioning in the loft bedroom. We do have portable ceiling fans for use during hot weather....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large L-shaped living and dining area is 28 feet long and has 11-foot ceilings....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The apartment is furnished with a clothes washer and a drying rck....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    The apartment is equipped with WiFi. ...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for eight....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Beautifully updated, modern kitchen, fully equipped for all needs....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Built-in refrigerator and freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    There is a gas counter top range and wall oven....moreless



from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,100 $3,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Taxes Not included


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:

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Last updated: 05/03/2017
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10 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Pisa (Aeroporto Civile Galileo Galilei)
250 Metres
Nearest Barpub
RIstorante Cantine Bernardini
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
75 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Locanda Sant' Andrea
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Lucca, Lucca, Italy:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/03/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View from Sun Room

    View from Sun Room

  • Living & Dining Area

    Living & Dining Area

  • Kitchen


  • Sun Room -- View of Gardens Below

    Sun Room -- View of Gardens Below

  • Upstairs Loft Bedroom with Skylight and Dormer Window

    Upstairs Loft Bedroom with Skylight and Dormer Window

  • View of Guinigi Tower from Upstairs Loft Bedroom

    View of Guinigi Tower from Upstairs Loft Bedroom

  • Double Doors Open to Foyer

    Double Doors Open to Foyer

  • Living & Dining Area

    Living & Dining Area

  • Sun Room With Sliding Windows in Open Position

    Sun Room With Sliding Windows in Open Position

  • Main Level Bedroom

    Main Level Bedroom

  • View from Upstairs Loft Bedroom

    View from Upstairs Loft Bedroom

  • Bath


VRBO #281209

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Friday, May 19, 2017

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