THE BEST OF THE BEST IN LUCCA*
* This series is an update to four posts first published in April, 2018. For anyone planning a trip to Lucca, it’s a must. After two plus decades wandering around the walled city, I’ve gotten to know Lucca rather well and during that time I’ve developed a list of favorite hotels, vacation rental agencies, language schools, shops, restaurants, getaways, and so on. I hope you find this useful and if you discover places that I have somehow missed, do let me know. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Hotel: The Ilaria
Hotel Ilaria and Residenza dell’Alba, originally the old stable of the Villa Bottini, fronts Lucca’s main canal, overlooking the villa’s charming garden. The hotel, housed in two buildings, the main hotel and within one of the town’s medevil portico where the beautiful suites are located, is within easy walking distance to all the city sights. Bicycles are free and parking is available. Perhaps, best of all is the friendly staff. Hotel Ilaria and Residenza dell’Alba is the ideal place for a charming stay or a business meeting. You can make reservations by going to http://www.hotelilaria.com.
Best Vacation Rental Agency: Lucca Holiday Rentals
Sonia and Sidrak operate Lucca Holiday Rentals. Whether you are looking for an apartment in the walled city or a large country villa in Lucca’s beautiful hillside, Lucca Holiday Rentals can assist you. Their properties are carefully hand picked to ensure high standards. And, the staff is friendly and accommodating. You can reach them at email@example.com.
Best Shop: Le Sorelle
Without a doubt, Le Sorelle is my favorite shop in Lucca. Emmanuela Sarti started the enterprise years ago and was eventually joined by her husband, Marco Marconi and four daughters, thus the name Le Sorelle, which means sisters. Marco invented a waterproof paper product, under the label Uashmama, that is used in one fantastic product after another, from plant holders to handbags and backpacks, to name a few. But that is only a fraction of the lovely home goods and gifts one finds at Le Sorelle, which now operates in Italy, Australia, and the U.S. The Lucca store is located in the anfiteatro. You can also visit them online at https://www.lesorelle.toscana.it
Best Language Schools:
Lucca Italian School (LIS)
If you have an interest in learning the Italian language, Lucca Italian School (LIS) offers a friendly and professional environment, where you will learn Italian and fun have at the same time – okay, it’s mostly fun. I can attest to that have taken Italian from the school’s Director, Daniela Bonaccorsi. At LIS you’ll find programs tailored to your needs, small groups (max. 10 students), and highly qualified Italian language teachers, who are current, experienced, passionate and enthusiastic about the learner-oriented approach favored by the school. The school sits in a stunning historic villa, overlooking a beautiful garden and Lucca’s magnificent ancient walls. You can contact the school at https://www.luccaitalianschool.com.
I spent a month in Koinè’s immersion program. I thought I’d die, but I survived and thanks to the Koinè staff, I actually picked up quite a bit of la lingua italiano! Koinè, which was originally established in Firenze in the 1980’s offers a flexible program to suit varying levels of studenti. For more information, you can visit their website at www.koinecenter.com or call at 39 0583 316213.