Perfect Tuscan Home
Where to begin? Alessandra’s home in Lucca is, in a word, perfect. The house is a beautiful old structure filled with exquisite details and touches. Although the house is quite large, it seems to shrink around you and quickly becomes a part of you, as if you’ve been visiting for years. Although the home is quite old, it has been renovated and updated to suite all the needs of the contemporary traveler. Our family particularly enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, with its beautiful old table quickly becoming the center for a bevy of family activities. All of the rooms, including the bedrooms, are quite grand in scale, offering plenty of space and storage. The property, situated atop a hill, provides beautiful views of the valley below – the pictures on the website simply do not do the view justice. As spectacular as the house is, the pool just might be even more spectacular. Measuring over 80’ in length, the pool is stunning. It is easily the most beautiful pool we have ever seen. Add to this the fact that the pool area receives unobstructed sun for the entire afternoon, and one can make a compelling argument for just staying home all day. We found Alessandra’s recommendations for dining to be spot on. We had particularly good meals at Vipore, La Buca di Sant'Antonio, and Ristorante Giglio.
Our last night was probably the best of the week, as it was the night of Luminaria di Santa Croce. We had no idea what to expect when we arrived in town that night, needless to say we could not have imagined it would be as impressive as it was. Initially, after seeing all the lights, we thought, "Oh, that's nice they put Christmas lights up." We were then floored once we realized each light was an individual candle. We had a fantastic dinner at Ristorante Giglio - the entire restaurant was lit only by candle, even the kitchen (probably not great for people cutting stuff). The night then ended with fireworks over the river. It was really the perfect way to end such a wonderful week.
This is a truly special property, and anyone fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit will undoubtedly agree.
Families with Teenagers,
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