Lucca Boutique Apartments

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy Book from Book from £93 per night

A pair of elegant 16th-century apartments for 2, in the beautiful medieval centre of Lucca
Unlike its more famous Tuscan neighbours, stunning medieval city Lucca still retains a refreshing authenticity. Locals shop in the mercato by morning, jog and cycle the city walls at weekends; families stroll the piazzas eating gelato. Your photos may show the Leaning Tower or the Duomo, but your memories will be of Lucca.

Tucked away on peaceful residential streets in the city's historic heart are two apartments within grand 16th-century townhouses (one on via Guinigi, the other on via Mordini overlooking an impressive Roman colonnaded courtyard). Sympathetically renovated by the owners of the gorgeous Palazzetta del Vescovo, they exude a sense of grandeur from the moment you open the door. In Guinigi, double-height oak beamed ceilings crown the comfy open-plan lounge, while tall windows provide unimpeded views of the Guinigi tower, famously sprouting oak trees from its roof. Walk through double doors to the bedroom and there's another surprise: original frescoes adorn every inch of wall and ceiling, creating the illusion of sleeping under a theatrical canopy. In cosy Mordini, you get original art by iconic actor Marcello Mastroianni, smart pale walls and painted beams, colour in cushions and kilims, and a stylish bedroom backed by a superbly swish bathroom. Both apartments have well-equipped kitchens for self-catering, with a washing machine for longer stays.

Highs

  • Dramatic Guinigi apartment is full of light with high ceilings and original frescoes; the newer and sleeker Mordini apartment has statement designer pieces - both are great places to wow your loved one
  • They offer exceptional value for money for the space provided; you get free WiFi too
  • Lucca itself: a medieval gem which, hidden between the tourist honeypots of Pisa and Florence, is full of art, history and dolce vita (and fewer tourists)
  • The centre is pedestrianised: everything is walkable, fine restaurants abound, there are no beeping horns, and a good night’s sleep is guaranteed
  • Being just 30 mins' drive from Pisa airport, you could come for a long weekend (the normal minimum stay is 4 nights, but they may accept 3-night requests)

Lows

  • Guinigi is on the 2nd floor, with no elevator, so won't suit those with mobility issues (Mordini is up one flight of stairs only to a mezzanine)
  • Driving in the centre is very tricky, and the nearest free parking is outside the walls
  • The owners don't live on site, but the excellent caretaker offers a thorough meet-and-greet, and is only a phone call away if needed
  • Check-in hours are normally restricted to 4-7pm; however they arrange the meet-and-greet timings with you a week prior to your arrival, and late check-ins are arranged for a supplement
  • No children are allowed

Best time to go

Lucca is the kind of place you could visit at any time of year - both apartments have air-con for summer and central heating for winter - and each season has its charms. Winter is the time to live like a local for a week or more; Paola can put you in touch with Italian language or cookery tutors if that interests you. Spring and autumn are magical, with snow on the distant peaks until April, and warm autumnal hues in early-mid October. Summer can be hot - you're almost at sea-level - but it is the busiest time culturally.

Our top tips

If you're flexible on dates, try and coincide with one of these festivals:
  • March (first 3 weekends): Camelia Show at Pieve and S.Andrea di Compito
  • End March-start of April: Verdemura open-air garden show and market held along the city walls
  • April: Wineries on the Square (Montecarlo) and St. Zita Flower Show (around the 27th)
  • May (typically 5th-8th): Wine Festival (Montecarlo)
  • July: Lucca Summer Festival, with major international jazz and rock bands and artists
  • Great for...

    City Style
    Honeymoon
    • Boutique apartment
    • 1-bedroom apartment
    • Self-catering, restaurants nearby
    • Not suitable
    • Open all year
    • Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Towels & Bedlinen
    • Laundry Service
    • Maid service every 5 days
    Room: Via Mordini Apartment

    Rooms

    The gorgeous Guinigi apartment is slightly larger, with a huge open-plan living area, deep red comfy sofas, bright modern art, thick burgundy curtains and patterned rugs which homely warmth to the antique grandeur. Tall windows look past tiled roofs to the Guinigi Tower - what a privilege to have such views. A vast flatscreen TV, with satellite channels, and other high tech creature comforts are supplied. In one corner is a dining table for 4; behind a partition is a well-equipped kitchen.

    The bedroom is a show-stopper. A kingsize bed and chaise longue are dwarfed by 18th-century frescoes adorning walls and ceiling which provide a romantic sense of theatre. Ample storage is cleverly concealed behind a partition to protect the frescoes. Beautiful wrought-iron radiators and antique dressers show the care lavished by Paola during the restoration. The sparklingly clean blue bathroom has a shower and washing machine.

    On our 2017 visit we checked out the sleek Mordini apartment. It's a smidgeon smaller and cheaper, still a truly spoiling couple’s hideaway. Overlooking a Roman colonnaded courtyard, living and dining rooms have a beguiling mix of designer pieces, colourful prints and kilim, pale painted beamed cotto ceilings and excellent mod cons including Netflix in the chic bedroom. The brand new bathroom comes with Antoniolup sanitary-ware. Toiletries in both are by Prija.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • CD player
    • Central heating
    • Coffee maker
    • Dishwasher
    • DVD player
    • Fan
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer
    • Hob or stove
    • Ipod dock
    • Iron
    • Kitchenette
    • Microwave
    • Mosquito net
    • Oven
    • Phone (local calls only)
    • Radio
    • Satellite TV
    • Toaster
    • Tumble dryer
    • Washing machine
    • WiFi

    Eating

    Guinigi's compact but well-equipped kitchen is sectioned off from the living area, while Mordini's is an open-plan kitchen-diner. Both are jam-packed with all the utensils you could need: Nespresso machine and filter coffee jug, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, oven with induction hob, microwave, toaster, kettle... plus iron and hairdryer in the bathroom.

    Milk, juice, jam, water, tea, sugar and coffee await you on arrival (and your bottle of Prosecco for booking through i-escape). Mingle with the locals buying the freshest of produce at the morning mercato, a few minutes’ walk away; lie in and raid the supermarkets and grocery stores (a little further). Paola can arrange a private chef for something special a casa, and a pre-arrival shop if you're arriving late.

    You have an endless supply of excellent restaurants on your doorstep, and Paola details the best in the information pack. Caffè del Mercato is good for a light breakfast, offering great coffee, local pastries and sandwiches. L’Olivo ("Since 1944") has 3 elegantly furnished dining rooms, and a beautiful covered veranda (heated in winter) overlooking Piazza San Quirico. Just around the corner is newer Canuleia which has a lovely garden, and AllOsteria on via Sant Andrea.

    Features include:

    • Chef on request
    • Coffee maker
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge
    • Hob or stove
    • Kitchenette
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Toaster
    Eating: Via Guinigi Apartment
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Wander the pedestrian streets of Lucca's medieval centre, culminating in the perfectly preserved Roman oval of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
    • Renowned composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, and the city attracts many students to its music schools; look out for concerts in cathedrals, squares and street corners, and there's a Puccini museum too
    • Lucca's summer festival in July draws some of the biggest bands in the world (from Nick Cave to Diana Krall) to the outdoor setting of Piazza Napoleone
    • The antique market is every 3rd weekend of the month in the streets around the cathedral
    • Hire a bike round the corner (@EUR10/half a day), and cycle (or jog) atop the broad, tree-lined city walls
    • Horse riding can be organised
    • Fans of Baroque architecture can arrange visits to the elegant summer villas around the city, such as Villa Torrigiani, with its lovely landscaped gardens
    • Pisa is 30 mins' drive, Florence 50 mins, Siena and the beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi about an hour (note the old city of Lucca is pedestrianised)
    • The dramatic peaks and wooded valleys of the Garfagnana and the Apuan Alps are a short drive north, with hiking routes including the historic Via Francigena

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Cooking classes
    • Cycling
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Horse riding
    • Language courses
    • Museums / galleries
    • Music concerts
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Private guided tours
    • Shopping / markets
    • Summer festivals

    Kids

    Unfortunately, neither apartment is suitable for children under 16.

    Kid Friendly: Via Guinigi Apartment

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 13 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    10/10
    Room
    10/10
    Service
    10/10
    Value
    10/10
    Overall

    Beautiful apartment, great location, brilliant local shops, cafes and restaurants on the doorstep. Larisa, the local host, was incredibly helpful which added to the enjoyment of our stay. Lucca is a relaxed and friendly destination.

    10/10,

    The owners were very helpful, responsive and kind. The flat is very nice, especially the bedroom and we could not recommend it more. The local who assists with logistics and information on behalf of the owners is very nice and helpful as well. Go, stay, play and have fun.

    10/10,

    The apartment is large and very well appointed, stylish, comfortable and quiet. The only comment would be that it is quite dark although this is probably an advantage in the summer. Nothing in Lucca is far away and the apartment is central - very close to the main shopping area. The excellent Canuela restaurant is only a few metres away. We were recommended by a local to try Ristorante Gli Orti di Via Elisa - same owners as the famous Buca di Sant’Antonio but less expensive - we had a fabulous meal.

    9/10,

    A brilliantly equipped and perfectly positioned apartment in a beautiful city. The flat is well laid out, has everything you could possibly need and is close to the heart of Lucca. Also within easy reach of lovely hill top towns and gardens -Villa Reale and Villa Torrigiani are both within a 20 minute drive. Excellent restaurants are also close by - we particularly recommend Ristorante La Norma's tasting menu - 30 Euros for 9 delicious courses! The local host Larissa was welcoming, very helpful and cheery. Altogether an excellent first experience of an i-escape property!

    10/10,

    Gorgeous apartment. Great location

    10/10,

    We had an amazing trip to Lucca staying in a beautiful fully equipped apartment in the old town. Simply superb. We felt as if we never wanted to leave and will be back. Larissa was a great assistant.

    10/10,

    We booked the Via Mordini apartment and it was quite beautiful - spacious, spotless and super-stylish. It was also located right in the centre of Lucca so was really convenient. One thing though: we had to leave a 300 euro deposit on arrival. This was reimbursed in full at check-out, but it would have been much more convenient to just surrender our credit card details to the owner. As it was, we ended up with a lot of spare euros at the end of our holiday.

    9/10,

    Beautiful apartment located on a quiet street in the centre of Lucca. Excellent restaurants within minutes of the apartment, supermarket within 5 minutes and many smaller grocery shops, bakeries etc right on the doorstep. The apartment itself is tastefully appointed and extremely comfortable. Our stay at the apartment made our last leg in Italy extra special. Larissa, our host, was very helpful and provided excellent suggestions for places to eat and visit.

    10/10,

    We stayed in the newly refurbished Via Mordini apartment, which is stylish, comfortable and fantastically equipped. You are a stone's throw from excellent restaurants, great little shops, and the wonderful bakery Casali on Via Guinigi. Paolo and Stefano also provided a complimentary bottle of Prosecco in the fridge - not just supermarket Prosecco, but the finest we've ever tasted. The host, Larissa, was incredibly helpful and welcoming, If you're in Lucca in the heat of Summer it's worth the reassurance of knowing that the aircon works very well.

    10/10,

    Amazing apartmet in the middle of Lucca. Great value for money

    9/10,

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