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.
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.
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.
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