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

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 882 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Pip Gilmour
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

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

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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Amenities

Lucca Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 882 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , With washing machine
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Small main floor bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Fully equipped gourmet kitchen, stone counter tops, microwave, hand-made floor tiles throughout, Italian antiques, wine rack

Reviews

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Amazing place in the heart of Lucca!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a far to short couple of nights in Lucca this past June. Loved the city,it is such a hidden jem. Casa Cenami was in the perfect location, with in walking distance to everything you would want to see and do in Lucca. It is steps away from restaurants, gelato and the fabulous 16th century wall! Besides the amazing location, the apartment was outfitted with everything you could need for a stay (most of which we didn't use in our short three days) and also had a great array of guide books available for our use. The apartment was charming, historic, clean and ever so inviting! We had nothing but positive and quick replies to any of our inquiries before our stay, with Pip, the owner, and Eva, the onsite property manager was so incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and passionate about Lucca and went out of her way to accommodate us at check in. I highly recommend Lucca and Casa Cenami and would love to return again and use this fabulous place as a home base since it is only one stop to Pisa and an hour to Florence and an hour and a half to the Cinque Terre. It would make an excellent home base for a week or longer! Thank you so much for letting us stay in your amazing place!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place and Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. After a few days in Lucca, I can’t imagine a better location. Eva the house manager was most helpful. The place is fully appointed and has a great kitchen.. I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lucca stay ...bella bella bella

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location right in the Centre of Lucca. The apartment was completely as pictured with everything you could need. Pip the owner was quick to answer any queries by email prior to the stay and her on site property manager Eva did an excellent job.

We stayed for 2 weeks (Sept 29-Oct 12 2017) to really explore the wonderful medieval walled city of Lucca...with everything from designer to daily shopping, to an endless supply of cafes and restaurants, and of course the historical sights of Lucca itself.

The apartment was only a short walk to the train station ... easy for us for day trips to Florence, Pisa, Viareggio (beautiful beach), Monticini and the Cinque Terre as well as a booked tour to a winery.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Visit to Lucca, Cinque Terra Trail and Pisa

  • 4 of 5

This charming apartment, is located in the heart of Lucca, only steps away from fantastic shops and food. Be prepared to walk up several flights of stairs, but once your luggage is up, you are ready to enjoy the many, many sites and sounds of Lucca.

Eva met us at the apartment and was very nice and extremely helpful getting our bearings. The only downside was the internet was out during our stay.

Just a note to anyone planning to stay in Lucca, plan on spending more time than you thought just strolling through the streets of Lucca. Lots to see.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: December 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: June 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
So many
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Montecatini
Nearest Train
Lucca
Nearest Motorway
A11
Nearest Restaurant
So many
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Viareggio

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

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Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.