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Property Details

Sleeps:
6 - 7
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
2
Type:
Apartment
Property #:
16773
Nearest Town:
Altopascio

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Reviews of Apartment Rental Near Lucca in Tuscany

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Overall:
Good location. Owner was accommodating. Feeling of safety.
Enjoyed Most:
The grounds and pool area were beautiful and peaceful.
Enjoyed Least:
The plumbing was noisy and the showers drained slowly. WiFi was inconsistent.
Surrounding Area:
Liked that it was a rural setting, yet close to town.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Orentano. Yes, was within walking distance
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring insect repellant. Take own toiletries, such as soap and shampoo.

Joan, September

Overall:
It was a great location. We were able to go on day trips to several different places. Everything that we wanted to visit was not a far drive from where the villa was located.
Enjoyed Most:
It was what I expected. And the location was perfect for our plans.
Enjoyed Least:
The showers drained slowly. We found we needed to take quick showers in order not to flood the bathroom. Several of the kitchen chairs where broken and two fans did not work.
Surrounding Area:
We found a great litte resturant in the small town of Orentano. The people were great everywhere we went.

Virginia, September

Overall:
Very comfortable and convenient property. It is one unit of 3 units in a building; there was one other group in residence but we felt that we were alone. A nice setting in wooded area of rolling hills. No "big" views, primarily forest and trees.
Enjoyed Most:
Large space and multiple restrooms, with reliable hot water. Well stocked kitchen supplies.
Enjoyed Least:
The lighting in the living space was a bit dim, and there are no particularly expansive views from the property.
Surrounding Area:
The property felt nicely remote and quiet, though close to a large town and the autostrada. A great location to explore all of Northern Toscana.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Orentano was the nearest town, about a 20 min walk to the main street. Altopasco is the big town, 5 mins by car, with multiple supermarkets and other townie amenities.
Directions:
The directions were good, but the "sign" on the main road to the dirt road turn off is very small and hard to see. Expect to blow by it and turn around. A better landmark is a 3-foot diameter convex mirror on a pole to help drivers look around a blind corner on the right side of the road going toward Orentano. Look for the mirror with an orange frame and then look for the little sign below the mirror, on the pole. GPS coordinates 43.784029N, 10.672771E
Check In Out:
Very easy check in and out; the owners are very friendly and helpful.

William, October

Overall:
Relaxing, peaceful, perfect! Giovanna's welcome was the perfect start to our vacation. We were greeted with a full fridge, two bottles of wine, bread, wine, cheese.... I could go on. In fact, having arrived late on Saturday we didn't need to leave the complex until Monday morning. Giovanna even delivered fresh bread on Sunday morning. I had planned a full itinerary of sightseeing but most days we didn't leave the apartment until 2:00pm, just in time for expresso and brioche!
Enjoyed Most:
The peace and quiet. The grounds. Perfect for children. I barely saw my 9-year old who spent most of the day in the chilly pool, playing tennis or exploring the grounds. The welcome was wonderful too.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds are very hard. Also, we welcomed the pool being open so early in the season but it was very cold. A heater or solar panels would be a welcome addition.
Surrounding Area:
Our favourite town was Lucca. In fact we liked it so much we decided to forego seeing Florence to make a return visit. If you have children, hiring bikes and riding around the city walls is a must. Pisa was fun but it's very expensive to go up the tower - worth it though! Volterra is worth seeing too.
Nearby Events or Locales:
There seems to be a disagreement as to whether Orentano is walking distance. The distance is not really a problem as it only takes 10 - 15 minutes to get into the center. However, it's along a road with no sidewalks, so it could be hazardous during the day and a definite no-no at night, especially with children.
Tips or Restaurants:
La Benito in Orentano was very good and AMAZING value for money. The local bakery in Altopascio was excellent for fresh bread every morning. Very few people speak any English so a good phrase book is a must. If you visit Lucca avoid at all costs the coffee shop they recommend in all the guide books, Caffe di Simo - rude people, overpriced, the worst coffee in Italy and average pastries.

Niki, May

Overall:
My experience was tremendous. Spent 6 days with friends who all enjoyed the house and the facilities. Will definitely recommend to others and go next year or the year after myself, again.
Enjoyed Most:
Location.
Enjoyed Least:
The walls of the house were thin and was able to hear next door very easily.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful garden, great pool and the tennis court was in great condition.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Yes, Orentano was the closest and was about 10-15min walking distance depending on pace.
Tips or Restaurants:
Yes, absolutely bring mosquito repellent sprays. Tons of mosquitoes and many bites.
Check In Out:
Proprietors do not speak very good English so was a bit hard to understand each other.

Lora, September

Overall:
Very good, clean, and the location is fantastic for visiting Tuscany.
Enjoyed Most:
Very quiet.
Enjoyed Least:
The showers in the bathrooms.
Surrounding Area:
The small village where you can get anything to eat.
Directions:
Very easy with a GPS.

Robert, May

Overall:
Very enjoyable.
Enjoyed Most:
Very quiet. It felt remote even though it was quite accessible and close to two towns.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds were hard. Smoke in first upstairs bedroom from the living room fireplace.
Surrounding Area:
Beautiful countryside and easily accessible to main roads and many sites.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Orentano was the closest town, but wouldn't consider it walking distance to go for a meal or shopping. In comfy shoes and in daylight it would be a nice walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
We had a wonderful meal at La Benito in Orentano Da Vito was also good. We found a great local, small grocery store and Altopascio and we loved the bakery.

Janice, April

Overall:
A wonderful, peaceful experience - partly owing to the time of year we rented in Nov, as there was no one in the other adjoining properties - and partly due to the peacefulness of the location on a back country road.
Enjoyed Most:
The living areas were very nice but if we're honest what we loved best was the quiet. Our 15 month old has never slept as long or as deeply as she did in this house. The caretakers were also extremely nice. They spoke no English but were very helpful with our check in and out. Would have been nice to meet the actual owners - not a complaint, just a missed opportunity.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds were on the hard side, not unusual for Europe. Also, partly owing to the time of year, the heating for the week was quite pricey.
Surrounding Area:
Nice grounds; made good use of the nice stone outdoor grill even in the cold weather.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Orentano was within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
da Benito was a good place for lunch although because it was the only place open, reservations were essential. If you have a laptop, there are actually cables in the house to connect it the LCD TV in the living room. Didn't discover the cables til the last day. Useful to play your iTunes music, etc... as there is no music player that I could find in the house.

Dean, November

Enjoyed Most:
The outdoor area was beautiful. The setting was peaceful. Lots of bunnies which my little girl loved. The grill was very nice. Lovely dinners under the stars.
Enjoyed Least:
We had some plumbing problems in the bathroom upstairs. Lots of mosquitos. No screens. Editor's Note: Be sure to purchase the anti-mosquito/zanzarra plug-in devices, found in every grocery store in Italy. The plumbing problems have been fixed.
Surrounding Area:
Lovely countryside. Easy access to autostrada and lots of great cities and towns Lucca, Pisa, Pistoia, San Gimignano, Collodi.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring bug spray.

Margo, June

Overall:
It was wonderful. We really enjoyed our trip very pleasant experience. Everything was great.
Enjoyed Most:
Had the whole place to ourselves, which was just great. The units on either side were not rented.
Enjoyed Least:
Nothing!

Barbara, May

Enjoyed Most:
Beautiful grounds; really pretty pool; GREAT restaurant nearby - just ask the owner.
Enjoyed Least:
In the middle of nowhere - which was both good and bad. The pool could have been warmer for the little kids.
Surrounding Area:
Really centrally located for the coast, Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Vinci. Everything was less than 45 minutes away.
Tips or Restaurants:
Wonderful restaurant in Orentano - the owner has some connection with this restaurant. Need reservations.

Cynthia, July

Enjoyed Most:
The location, owners, the pool!
Enjoyed Least:
Rather hard beds; an odor in the first floor bathroom.

Donna, July

Overall:
I liked this place a lot. As it happens, we were in the middle house and we had large groups on either side who knew each other. It would have been a bit more comfortable to be in one of the end houses, but the middle one was the size that we needed, so it just happened to work out that way.
Enjoyed Most:
The garden was beautiful and the house was very nice. The owner and her daughter were extremely nice to us and VERY helpful.
Enjoyed Least:
The beds were hard and the smaller bathroom upstairs was difficult to take a shower in since the drain was very slow.
Surrounding Area:
The location was great. Easy to get to places for sightseeing and very peaceful and pleasant at the house.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town was Orentano. It was within walking distance, but the road was narrow and cars tended to go rather fast on it.
Tips or Restaurants:
The Black Spider restaurant in Orentano was great. Also, Sylvio's restaurant was one of the high points of our whole trip to Italy last summer. The owner or her daughter can steer people in the direction of Sylvio's. We can't recommend it too highly.

Katherine, July

Enjoyed Most:
The villa was immaculate. It was equipped with everything we needed and the owner was very helpful and friendly. She brought over toys for the baby, which were immaculate.
Enjoyed Least:
The neighbors who were staying in the adjoining villa were noisy
Surrounding Area:
The area was very local and non-touristy.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The nearest town was not within walking distance.
Check In Out:
We felt the owner was very accommodating and thoughtful, evidenced by the fact that since we arrived later in the evening she left us once she knew we were settled, and came back the next morning to do the paperwork of the check-in. We thought this was very thoughtful.

Jean, June

Overall:
The owner and cleaning lady were wonderful and very helpful with suggestions and the house was great.
Enjoyed Most:
It was wonderful ... beautiful grounds, pool and tennis court. The house was comfortable and inviting and felt very safe.
Enjoyed Least:
The lighting in the kitchen and the shower in the master bath that leaked all over the place whenever we used it.
Surrounding Area:
So many things! Lucca was fantastic! Firenze was delightful with its art and vendors. The countryside was amazing!!! We wish we'd made it to Montecatini to buy shoes but we ran out of time!
Nearby Events or Locales:
Altopascio or Orentano ... but neither were within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Benito's in Orentano is a local restaurant (no menus) that is great and inexpensive BUT you must have reservations because they are always booked ... and they speak no English! Delicious!

Mary, May

Overall:
We loved the home. The proprietor was wonderful.
Enjoyed Most:
The swimming pool and tennis court was great. The house was fabulous!
Enjoyed Least:
A phone would have been nice.
Surrounding Area:
Lucca was great. Very close to Pisa. Florence was tourist hell...aviod it if you don't like crowds.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Excellent restaurant in Orintano.
Tips or Restaurants:
The biggest problem we had was not spending enough time at the villa. Take a day just to hang out at the pool. Lucca isn't going anywhere.

David, July

Overall:
We enjoyed the experience very much!!! The people were great and very helpful!! The place was wonderful and clean. We would recommend this property to anyone. It was also nice to just stay "home" and enjoy the villa. Thanks for the help with the rental!!
Enjoyed Most:
The pool was very nice and the tennis court was new and nice to have available.
Enjoyed Least:
None.
Surrounding Area:
The surrounding town was nice too. It was close enough to get to Lucca and on to other sites.

Robert, May