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Lure Of Lucca, Italy by Sharon Stajda
Tuscany is home to the town of Lucca,
an exquisite example of Romanesque architecture displayed in all of its
glory throughout the town. The cathedrals of San Michele and San Martino
are two of the best examples of the Romanesque architecture to be seen
in Lucca, or all of Northern Italy for that.
Lucca sits near the Serchio River,
about 30 kilometers from Pisa and 80 kilometers from Florence. The town
itself rests on a plateau under the watchful gaze of the Apuane Alps. The
medieval walls, thick and strong, built in the sixteenth century still
surround the town and the walkways present on the top of the walls offer
an enjoyable opportunity for biking or walking to nearby sights.
The town is full of charming shops
and antique markets that offer a variety of unique and interesting items.
In fact, the town is sufficiently insulated from the hectic pace of city
life, that it provides a restful and peaceful vacation spot.
|The superb aromas wafting
from the restaurants in Lucca tempt tourists and residents alike. Superb
dining is at the end of their search for the perfect cuisine or culinary
delight to feed their hunger. One of the best restaurants in Lucca is Ristorante
Buca di Sant'Antonio. Make sure to try the faro soup. This is known to
be one of the oldest dishes in Italy.
Large villas, nestled in the surrounding
hillsides in all of their finery, and impressive gardens beckon too many
tourists who visit the area. Some of Italy's finest beaches are less than
a half an hour distance away. Nearby is the town of Barga. It is north
of Lucca and is a wonderful medieval walled city that is not on the tourist
path. Pietrasanta is another small town nearby that is known as the place
which Michelangelo came for stone. Today, it remains a place where many
artists reside and a continue to craft items from the stone.
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Villa with Garden, Bagni di Lucca, Italy
Beautiful house in the historical
village of Bagni di Lucca, with a very large private garden and private
access to the river. The region around Bagni di Lucca is called Media Valle
- Garfagnana and has a multitude of lovely spots and historical towns like
Barga, Castelnuovo, Coreglia degli Antelminelli etc... all at an altitude
of 500m (1500 feet). This region has attracted many illustrious British
visitors in the past two centuries; Byron and Shelley, for instance, visited
Bagni di Lucca many times. The thermal baths of Bagni di Lucca have been
known for many centuries. Montaigne, the French writer, cured his illness
in Bagni di Lucca and wrote about it in his memories. In the first half
of the 19th century Bagni di Lucca became a fashionable resort of the court
of the grand duke of Tuscany. The first roulette in the world was conceived
and installed in the Casino of Bagni di Lucca. Self-catering, sleeps:
5, Total bedrooms: 3
Christmas in Tuscany (Ref: 34842) Self catering house in Lucca, Italy
The property itself is old,
stone and a rustic, mid terrace built on 4 floors. The first and second
floor are for rental purposes and the top floor is locked attic space.
The owner lives in a small apartment below (separate entrance) providing
on site advice, translation and general help if required (babysitting at
hourly charge). Entrance to the rental is through the little cottage garden
around the back of the property. The small garden provides an additional
space for dining outside, relaxing in peace and is comfortably shaded and
"cool" during the hot summer months. BBQ, garden furniture provided. The
house is literally "home from home" and equipped with ample kitchen and
living appliances for everyday comfort. Sleeps 7.
Colletto (Ref: 24977) Self catering villa in Coreglia-Antelminelli, Italy
This magnificent large early
19th century villa, which is the owners personal residence, has been lovingly
restored to maintain the romantic ambience of a previous age. It has a
wealth of original features painted trompe loeil ceiling, terracotta tiled
floors and period antique furniture all in keeping with the original Tuscan
style whilst incorporating the luxury of every modern convenience. Both
the spacious salon, with a period marble fireplace, and the dining room,
with trompe loeil ceiling and painted panelled walls, have shuttered french
doors which open out onto a large terracotta terrace with central fountain.
To the side of the terrace is a large beamed loggia, seating 14 people
for al fresco eating, a sitting area, a wood burning oven for pizzas, and
a barbecue. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms/showers (3 en-suite).
The glorious elevated position allows a stunning vista from each of the
rooms making this the most sought after property. The heated swimming pool
is shared with Residence Paradiso. Sleeps 8.
Serena (Ref: 24990) Self catering villa in Coregglia-Antelminelli, Italy
This luxurious south facing
property is a late 18th century rustic farmhouse which has been lovingly
restored to maintain the romantic ambience. The beautiful swimming
pool on the terrace is designed as a water-feature, with antique fountainhead.
It is surrounded by a garden with hedges of holm oak and lavender and has
superb panoramic views. The glorious elevated position which allows such
stunning vistas from each of its rooms, make this a most sought after property.
Convenient for visiting Lucca: 40 minutes. Florence: 1½ hours. Pisa:
1hour. Time to shops: 10 minutes Time to beach: 1 hour. Magical
setting with private garden, pool, and house
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