Lucca Apartment Chiara
Apartment Chiara is an extremely well located, very light and spacious one bedroom apartment with a huge sitting room, separate kitchen, bathroom, romantic bedroom and the most spectacular views over Piazza San Salvatore across the red rooftops of Lucca to the mountains of the Garfagnana of northern Tuscany. The apartment is located in the heart of Lucca's centro storico (historic centre) and when you walk out the front door you are surrounded by the beauty and charm of Lucca. The apartment is elegant and stylish and has been furnished to the exacting standards of the owner in a theatrical and regal manner. Using local antiques and gilded furniture, you will truly feel like a king or queen holidaying in this apartment.
Piazza San Salvatore is one of Lucca's true gems. Often considered to be home to the best of Lucca's offerings, it is a wonderful place to be located. Next to the front door of Apartment Chiara is Lucca's best fresh fruit and vegetable store that has an amazing array of fresh produce delivered fresh every morning. A couple of doors down is Vanni Vini, one of Lucca's oldest and most respected wine stores. It has extensive and amazing cellars with vaulted brickwork ceilings full of thousands of different wines. Tastings can be made through prior bookings. Across the piazza, past the fountain where you can get fresh mountain springwater is Restaurante Da Leo. Truly a "must do" during a visit to Lucca, it is the quintessential Tuscan trattoria. Lucca's main shopping street, Via Fillunga is a minutes walk.
Apartment Chiara is located on the third floor of a 16th century Palazzo opposite a 12th century church. This Palazzo was originally home to Boccherini, the Lucchese composer most famous for The Minuet. The steps are worth the climb when you see the amazing views of the mountains from the large picture windows. The apartment is all light cream interiors, all the better to highlight the ochre of the surrounding buildings and the multicoloured parade in the piazza below.
You enter the apartment via a small entrance hall from which all the rooms are located. Moving into the sitting room, you pass the compact, stylish kitchen, featuring new appliances (electric oven, gas cooktop, dishwasher and rangehood) from where you can experiment with local produce.
The sitting room is spacious and elegant. Extremely high ceilings add to the feeling of openness. There is a comfortable lounge suite (sofabed) as well as an eclectic mix of contemporary art, antique and ethnic furniture and designer artifacts, and a dining suite for six.
The bedroom is even larger than the sitting room and is romantic and opulent with a huge lace clad canopied bed, gilded mirrors and brocade covered furniture. There is an enormous wardrobe to store everything you bring (and your purchases from the main street of via Fillungo which is only steps away). This room is large enough to house a smaller lounge suite, gilded in true aristocratic style, from where you can have an aperitivo gazing out on the towers before you.
The bathroom is compact with a shower. It also houses a washing machine for your laundry requirements.
Apartment Chiara is owned by and is the principal residence of an Irish writer. It is available for rent in 2008 from mid June.