Ai Cipressi Bed & Breakfast
Travel Blogs from Lucca
... Flaming torches led us along the wall to the next baluardo and the acrobatics. Just the two of them, but they performed on the ground, twigs, stones, dirt and all. Drummers led us towards the Botanic Gardens, where there was an orchestra playing to greet us as we arrived. Red wine in balloon glasses was handed out (!!!!!!!!) as we waited for the orchestra to finish ...
... of houses and narrow streets. More caffeine and gelato (there was definitely a theme to this trip!) later and we headed back to the B&B just outside the city rules. Navigational failure however meant that we ended up walking the 4km around the whole city wall before finding our way back to the B&B. Not what you need when hungry, tired and in need of a toilet!
Next stop Pisa!
... train hopping but we arrived mid morning with the crowds (if this is off season I'd hate to see peak!) With many paths still closed we jumped off the train at the third town and walked along the cliffs through olive trees and grape vines to the next town Vernezza. It was a steep climb in some small parts, but worth the views. We were surprised at how isolated the towns appeared, and how well connected they were by trains running though the hills. We spent the afternoon in ...
... and collect fresh water (fed from the mountains via the aquaduct) from a fountain nearby. Makes sense & keeps more people employed plus walking these laneways keeps you nice & active and we still keep finding new shops/restaurants that we haven't seen before! Lucca is a bike city as cars can't drive in town so streets can get very congested at certain times of the day with bikes, walkers & service trucks picking up & dropping off - this is the life in ...
... to slow it up a lot.....lost count of how many slips I was having. They are nerve racking. But eventually we popped out onto straighter roads....that pretty much follow the coast line. And the sun came out. So off we went.....then the black clouds appeared right in front of us. No going around it. Mike noticed that it had formed a funnel cloud just off to our right.....was very interesting to see....just didn't quite touch the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ai Cipressi Bed & Breakfast Lucca
Great Base for Tuscany
As a 3 star hotel, this was very good value. Rooms were spacious with large bathrooms too, and despite being just off a fairly busy street, it was quite quiet. Our hosts, Daniele and Gabriele were incredibly helpful, suggesting great value restaurants in Lucca, and great day trips out of Lucca. They even let us use their computer every day to e-mail our kids back in Canada!
One thing that would have been nice, is to have a small fridge in the room. We found out later that they have a room with kitchen facilities for the same price as those without. The air conditioning unit was a little weak, and it took a while for the room to cool down, but this is minor.
We would definitely go back and stay with them again.
Mark and Pam
Victoria, B.C. Canada
Ideal Location and Accomodations
Our 3 night stay in May at the Hotel Ai Cipressi couldn't have been any better. Our room was spacious, attractive, bright and spotlessly clean. Gabrielle and Daniele are extremely helpful in answering questions, giving directions, providing maps and extending themselves in service to their guests. The old city gate is a short 5 minute walk and leaving the car parked at the hotel is a bonus. The area is quiet and close to everything. The exterior of the property is attractive with flowers and you can relax outside with table and chairs provided. We highly reccomend a stay at Ai Cipressi as Lucca is an ideal location to visit and this hotel is reasonably priced. You won't be disappointed!
Couldn't be better !
What Trip Advisor Member, Vancouver, Canada, March 2005 wrote is our opinion in a nutshell. We made a booking for two weeks in May 2005 already in Nov. 2004 and that we didnīt regret. Everything was very, very good and we look forward to visit this region of Tuscanny again.
Thanks again Gabriele and Daniele !
Book this hotel if you're traveling to Lucca!
My husband and I spent 12 days traveling from Nice to Umbria in March - April 2005. Lucca was one our favorite stop. The old town walls are really amazing. I booked a night at the Ai Cipressi because we had been in Cinque Terre hiking, but because it was Easter weekend, I couldn't locate a decent hotel with a vacancy. We were traveling to Florence next and Lucca was one the way. I am so glad we had the opportunity to visit there. I wish we could have stayed a little longer (two nights/three days would have probably been perfect). This hotel is a real bargain. The least expensive we found on our trip. However, it didn't feel cheap. The room was nicely decorated with a large bathroom and (surprise!) had a kitchenette. It was impeccably clean. The Ai Cipressi also had a small parking lot at no extra cost. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this hotel.
What a find! We have just spent 4 days in Ai Cipressi Bed and Breakfast in Lucca. What can I say that everyone hasn't already said? Wonderful holiday made extra special by the friendly and helpful family who run Ai Cipressi. They couldn't do enough for us. Good location just outside the walls and we especially liked having the use of the bikes - working off all those calories! A great and unique way to get about Lucca and easy on the feet! Near to the train station. Good breakfast. Room was very clean, bright and well decorated. Lovely bathroom well appointed with large bath.
Am already checking out the flights to go back!
Loved the personal touch
We stayed at Ai Cipressi for two nights in the second week of March and were very glad we did. Gabrielle and his brother Danielle (both speak English quite fluently) went the extra mile to make us feel at home. We had made our reservation by exchange of email in less than an hour from our initial inquiry, so we already had a taste of their responsiveness. Everything was as we expected. Our room was large, clean and comfortable. Gabrielle told us that he or his brother personally inspect each room after the cleaning staff have completed their work. As we had a car, parking was an important consideration in selecting our accomodation. Ai Cipressi offers free parking in their private courtyard. Once parked, we did not need our car in Lucca as the hotel is located less than 5 minutes walk from the walls of the city. Breakfast was served in a room just off the office. We had requested juice. croissonts and ham sandwiches with hot tea as our choice, and that was what we were offered. Their recommendations for restaurants worked very well for us (try the Baralla with its impressive decor and good regional cuisine), and their honour system minibar for soft drinks and beer at one euro each is a really good deal. It is a family run operation that we would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a personal touch in their accomodation arrangements in Lucca.
It was a wonderful place to stay and the boys (Daniele & Gabriele) were kindly, helpful in every problem and questions we had. Our room was fantastic, very clean and big with all facilities you need and the bathroom was big too!
We will return in the future there and we would recommend it to other guests, who want to stay in a wonderful little city and in a wonderful place to sleep.
Thank you again for your hospitality
Edi & Agnese
So impressed we stayed an extra day!
We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Ai Cipressi. It was the nicest place we stayed in Italy and is run by extremely helpful and friendly people. We had only planned to stay one night but were so impressed with Ai Cipressi and Lucca that we added one more night to our stay. The rooms are very large, impeccably clean and everything is new. Finally a large bathroom with a bath tub! The owners are wonderful, outgoing people who want to ensure you enjoy your stay. They recommended local sites for us to see, went over maps and even helped us find a place to stay in Florence. They even drove us to and from the train station. If your in Lucca, this is the place to stay.
This place apparently opened in april and as another reviewer has mentioned, is run by some very helpful people with good knowledge about the area.
The rooms are very up to date and much larger than typical Italian hotel rooms. They have been decorated in a very bright modern style. One room has a kitchenette and they all have a small table and chairs on the access-way balcony which would be a good place to have breakfast (at least in warm weather). I think the common room used for breakfast might lack the space to accomodate all guests at once hence the staff offered to bring us breakfast to our room at no extra charge.
We only stayed here for one night (mid-November) as we were passing through the area. We were given our choice of the rooms and paid about two thirds the maximum rate for the room. I regret that we couldn't stay longer and would not hesistate to recommend the place for a visit to Lucca or to explore the surrounding area.
If your visit to Italy is short and Lucca will be your only experience of an old, walled city you might still want to find a hotel in an ancient building within the walls. That would be a pity though, since this place is great. One of the top two places we stayed at in our three month Italian trip.
An apartment for the price of a hotel
Spent 5 comfortable nights enjoying laid-back Lucca. For your money you get a complete studio apartment with a fully equipted kitchen, everything very clean and modern. There's a satellite TV system in your room with hundreds of channels from all over the world. The walled city of Lucca is a short five minute walk from the Ai Cipressi. Rental bikes are also available from the hotel, they appeared to be in very good condition.
The family that runs this place goes the extra mile to make you feel welcome. They spent plenty of time going over maps, books and literature with me in order to acquaint myself with the Lucca area. Their restaurant/cafe recomendations were spot on.