Lucca Boutique Apartments

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy Book from Book from £91 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). 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 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 - the apartment has 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 motto ceilings and excellent mod cons including Netflix in the chic bedroom. The brand new bathroom comes with Antoniolup sanitary-ware; toiletries are by Prija.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Cd player
    • Central heating
    • Coffee maker
    • Dishwasher
    • Dvd player
    • Fan
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer
    • Hob 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 open-plan. Both are jam-packed with all the utensils you could need: Nespresso machine and filter coffee jug, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, oven with electric induction hob, microwave, toaster, kettle... not to mention iron and hairdryer in the bathroom.

    Milk, juice, jam, water, tea, sugar and coffee is awaiting you on arrival (and your bottle of Prosecco for booking through i-escape); after that you'll need to buy ingredients, but that's no hardship. Mingle with the locals buying the freshest of produce at the morning mercato, a few minutes’ walk away; or lie in and raid the supermarkets and grocers stores (a little further). Paola can arrange a private chef if you want to celebrate 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 a good option for a light breakfast, offering great coffee, local pastries and sandwiches. L’Olivo ("Since 1944") has 3 elegantly furnished dining rooms, one of them a designated smoking area, and a beautiful covered veranda (heated in winter) overlooking Piazza San Quirico. Just around the corner is Canuleia which has a lovely garden, and AllOsteria on via Sant Andrea.

    Features include:

    • Chef on request
    • Coffee maker
    • Fridge
    • Hob 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
    • 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
    • Check out the antique market every 3rd weekend of the month in the streets around the cathedral
    • Hire a bike from one of the many rental outfits in town, and cycle (or jog) atop the broad, tree-lined city walls - especially popular with locals at the weekend
    • There are a couple of golf courses nearby, and horse riding can be organised
    • Fans of Baroque architecture should arrange visits to the elegant summer villas around the city, such as Villa Torrigiani, with its lovely landscaped gardens
    • If you're using it as a base, Pisa is 30 mins' drive, Florence 50 mins, Siena and the beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi about an hour (though bear in mind the difficulties of driving and parking in pedestrianised Lucca)
    • 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 12 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    10/10
    Rooms
    10/10
    Food
    10/10
    Service
    10/10
    Value
    10/10
    Overall

    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, , August 2016

    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, , August 2016

    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, , August 2016

    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, , July 2016

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

    9/10, , July 2016

    Lovely apartment in historic building in a perfect location. Manuela the apartment manager could not be more helpful

    10/10, , May 2016

    We loved the apartment - it was huge and had everything you would want. The design was thoughtful and we couldn't find fault other than that the dishwasher wasn't working during our visit. We loved being so close to everything and the pizza place at the end of the road (listed in the owners' recommendations) was fantastic. The car parking situation was a bit of a pain because you need to park outside the walls. Larissa the host was really helpful as were the restaurant recommendations in the apartment. We ate much better food when we followed their advice.

    10/10, , August 2015

    Beautiful apartment in the centre of things yet so quiet. We picnicked on the city walls every lunchtime and wandered the streets in the cooler evenings. I'm being really picky here but access to 2 bikes would have been a bonus (they are easily rented). Hope to be back. The restaurant in the Museum of Contemporary Art was a real experience.

    10/10, , July 2015

    A beautiful apartment centrally situated in a delightful town. The apartment itself is a very thoughtful restoration of beautiful old rooms, keeping the character of the original building - huge rooms - beamed ceiling in the sitting room, lovely frescoed bedroom but with fully up to date facilities. Everything was done to the highest standard and practical - kitchen, showeroom, lighting etc. Thoughtful food supplies were there on arrival. Milk, water, juice, two kinds of coffee (filter and Nespresso type) biscuits, jam etc.- just what we needed. An excellent bakery is almost next door. Larisa is a delight, welcoming, practical and full of excellent advice. She made us feel valued and nothing seemed a problem for her. Lucca is an idyllic town, certainly for five days in early May. There was music everywhere, but not too many foreign tourists.The food was superb (and cheap) and very friendly service. I think we will be back again at the earliest opportunity.

    10/10, , May 2015

    Your description of this apartment is spot on...It is a lot of apartment for the money & fantastic value. More than this though, it is really beautifully decorated, it's warm & welcoming, it's in a fabulous location and the owners & their representatives really make you feel you are a guest (not just a paying guest). We completely, completely, loved it and it's certainly on our list of places we would return to & thoroughly recommend.

    10/10, , March 2015

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