Il Ciocchetto

Lucca Region

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living room/diner/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, dishwasher, oven, microwave). Shower room. Utility room (washing machine). Hot/cold air conditioning available throughout. WiFi.
  • First floor: Double bedroom (sloping ceiling) with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: In-built barbecue. Covered terrace. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (5m x 3m).

We immediately fell in love with Il Ciocchetto, a charming modern villa set amongst maritime pines and oaks, only 6km from one of the most beguiling and picturesque of Tuscan towns, Lucca. From the well designed property, the pretty garden and private pool to its location close to both Lucca and the Versilia coast, we feel that Il Ciocchetto is the ideal holiday base for a couple.

Inside, exposed brick walls and pale colours are a backdrop to the open plan room where the kitchen area is combined with living and dining facilities. A mosaic tiled shower room and separate utility room complete the ground floor.

Upstairs, the pretty bedroom, with its blue colour theme, sits under the eaves, with large windows to one side allowing the light to flood in.

The covered terrace ajoining the house will become the focal spot for outdoor living. Furnished with wicker sofas, it is a spacious and comfortable place to while away the days. The pool has been placed conveniently in front of the terrace, surrounded by lawn on two levels.

A number of amenities can be found in Maggione (2km). From here, the road west takes you to Torre del Lago, famous for the Puccini opera festival, and the Versilia coast (20 minute drive) where sandy beaches and Art Deco buildings await you.

The proximity of Lucca (6km) means that evenings will, no doubt, be spent strolling through its cobbled streets, enjoying the 'dolce vita' of this historic walled town.

  • The internet connection is provided by 'MiFi' ie via a mobile network device.
  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.

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Great Things to Do Near Il Ciocchetto

Wander around Lucca

The historic walled town of Lucca is only a short distance from Il Ciocchetto. The beautiful streets and buildings make it a pleasure to wander around. Have a coffee in one of the piazzas or wander down the cobbled streets, popping in and out of the boutiques and specialist shops.

For an alternative view of Lucca...

Hire a bike and cycle along the city walls, about 4 km in total.

Children in the party will enjoy

spending an afternoon at the Pinocchio Park in Collodi, towards Florence. The author of 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' took the name of the town (his mother's home town) as his pseudonym. The park celebrates the author and the stories and is a magical place for children.

Take the train

from Lucca to Florence - they run every ½ hour from Lucca and the journey takes approx 1 ½ hrs. It's an easy, relaxing way to reach this beautiful, magical city. Remember to validate your ticket at one of the machines on the platform entrance.

If you drive into Florence, follow signs to Piazzale Michelangelo

Not only will you find free parking in this square, it is also the spot where you will have the most fantastic view over Florence. A short walk down the hill takes you to the Ponte Vecchio, over the river and into the heart of the city. Go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds!

Walk the walls of Lucca

admiring the Lucchesi families as they promenade on a Sunday afternoon and admire the 68 churches within the walls.

Highly recommended is the trip to Carrara

to view the marble quarries and marvel at the way it is mined. Return via Pietrasanta and visit the stonemasons' yards and watch them at work transforming marble into yet another copy of the statue of David in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence (which is itself a copy!)

Go on a mini tour of the magnificent Lucchesi villas

that are in the area. These beautiful Tuscan houses are often open to the public, and boast splendid formal gardens and gorgeous interiors. Head for Villa Torrigiani in Camigliano, Villa Reale in Marlia and Villa Mansi.

Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Lido di Camaiore

are the nearest coastal resorts with sandy beaches, long promenades and lots of hustle and bustle. During the summer, they are filled with Italians enjoying the sun and sea. Take a stroll on the new, state of the art pier at Lido de Camaiore and enjoy wonderful views both out to sea and inland towards the Apuan Alps.

Spend a day in Bagni di Lucca

a lovely old spa town. There are shops, cafes and a small children's play park, as well as the spa itself where you can indulge in some treatments.

Follow the road along the valley of the Serchio,

to visit the lovely medieval town of Barga, in the heart of the Garfagnana region. En route, it is more or less compulsory to stop and photograph the Ponte della Maddalena, better known as Devil's Bridge

A 'must do' on anyone's list is to experience the 'passeggiata'.

In any town or large village, especially on a weekend or holiday, the inhabitants will congregate in the main square in the early evening, to promenade around, talk to their friends, have an aperitif or ice cream, before dispersing for dinner. It is the perfect time to people watch, especially somewhere like Lucca.

Go to the various music festivals that take place throughout the year.

Lucca’s Summer Sun festival in July attracts performers such as Elton John, Mick Hucknall, Sheryl Crow & Leonard Cohen. For classical music fans, there is the Puccini Opera festival at Torre del Lago in September, and Barga hosts an excellent Opera Festival from mid July to mid August.

Be sure to visit Pisa for the day.

Its numerous piazzas and narrow streets, lined with lovely buildings, are sometimes ignored as people flock to the main attraction, the leaning tower, which you can now climb up. Don't overlook the other beautiful buildings on the Piazza dei Miracoli: the Duomo and the Baptistry, as well as the Camposanto.

When in Florence, head for the Piazza San Spirito

if you want somewhere quiet to eat. Cross the Ponte Vecchio and turn right and you will soon arrive in the square. Popular with the locals, there are some good restaurants there, away from the tourist traps!

Explore the Serchio valley north of Lucca,

which takes you on towards the Apuan Alps, and the Garfagnana National Park. Ideal for walkers and nature lovers.

Cross the river from Barga and go to the underground caverns

of the Grotto del Vento with its fabulous curtain stalactites, and 1, 2 or 3 hour explorations of the caves with an English speaking guide

A day out on the beach is a must!

There are plenty to choose from; hire a sun lounger and parasol and you are set for the day.

Take a boat trip from Viareggio

They go along the coast passing Lerici and the gulf of La Spezia to the coastal villages of the Cinque Terre.

Enjoy an evening out in Viareggio

Walk along the sea front, which will be bustling with Italians (all looking very chic!), stop for an aperitif and then choose from one of the many restaurants along the front for dinner on the beach.

Nearby

Towns

Lucca 20 mins
Pisa 30 mins
Pistoia 45 mins
Florence 80 mins

Beaches

Lido di Camaiore 35 mins
Viareggio 35 mins
Forte dei Marmi 40 mins

Airports

Pisa 35 mins
Florence 55 mins
Bologna 105 mins
Genoa 115 mins
Times are approximate

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