Albergo Villa Marta
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... looking at the shop windows. We stopped for a drink at a lovely little restaurant and the atmosphere was simply beautiful. The only down side we experienced was the cost of food and drinks – a beer of about 330 ml was 6.80 euros and a single gelati cone (admittedly a huge scoop) was 7 euros. We just felt a like the prices were a bit steep compared to other areas we have visited. However we did enjoy buying some neckties for Malcolm. They were ...
... our way to a little Pizzeria just around the corner for pizza and red wine before venturing to the B&B via cab. The next morning we were greeted by our amazing and lovely host Paola whose English was perfect. The B&B although about 5km out of town was fabulous and the breakfast (which was included) fresh and tasty. After breakfast we navigated the bus (which stopped just outside of the B&B) and set out to explore Lucca. It is mostly a city of churches inside of a ...
... tomatoes, smoked tuna on salad, swordfish with diced tomato and basil, baccala and mashed potato plus roe on a crouton plus a bottle of vermentino. While on the train back to Riomaggiore we decided to back track to Manarola to complete the five. On arrival we were astounded by the crowds approaching the platform given the walks either side of the town were closed. Manarola was a more simple town, fewer 'jump out to grab you' tourist shops, possibly due to ...
... amp; visited the museums with his intricate drawings & inventions from the late 1400's - he was born 1452 passed away 1519. We also experienced his home & church - lovely small town with Tuscan views. We have a new respect & admiration for this great man of his time plus a new appreciation of his famous paintings and drawings ie: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Vitruvian Man. etc.
Noel joined me finally for a cooking lesson with Chef ...
... Italy so far.... attention to detail, presentation, fresh ingredients, wonderful tastes!
We enjoyed lunch and a couple of drinks over a few hours in a most delightful piazza and were pleased about our earlier decision to catch the bus home!!!
A lasting impression of our time in Lucca!
After the shops reopened we spent some more time gazing in many ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Albergo Villa Marta Lucca
This is a perfect little place.
The owner makes remarkable cappuccinos and is very knowledgable about local restaurants. He send us to a fantastic restaurant. We had a great time.
Ideal base for artists/photographers
The Margaret Cowling Arts Painting Tour, Italy 2005, found Villa Marta to be a beautifully situated venue for a relaxing stay in the Tuscan countryside. The friendly atmosphere provided by the family-run business and attentive staff was a very warm welcome when our group returned to the Villa after each day's excursion. The rooms are all well appointed, clean, tastefully decorated with generous bathrooms. The elegant buildings and chapel are surrounded by lawn, olive groves and the Pisani hills - altogether a picturesque setting. Presentation was always exquisite and we enjoyed many wonderful meals. While we were there as a group, it would be excellent for families, couples, singles because of the relaxed atmosphere and space. Congratulations Villa Marta!
A Perfect Retreat...
I live in Italy and I booked this hotel for my visiting parents (five nights) via this website. Clearly, I was hoping they would have the absolute best experience during their stay in Italy... and I wasn't disappointed at all. Every morning when I picked them up to go on our day excursions into Tuscany (the hotel is perfectly located in Northern Tuscany) I listened to them praise the beauty of the hotel... the attention and kindness of the owners... the great breakfast and the dinners so good that my mother (in her own mind, the world's best cook) couldn't say enough kind things ;-) The rooms are rustic, yet modern... overall, a wonderful hotel. A great place to relax, explore some wonderful places... and enjoy beauty.
Peace and quiet in Lucca
This place was a gem. It has been open only 5 months after a two and a half year renovation by the owners. It is in a beautiful location just outside of Lucca (and only a short drive from Pisa). The rooms were clean and charming. The place had the feel of a nice bed and breakfast in the country. The hardworking staff were extremely helpful. Easily the highest quality breakfast we had on our 14 day vacation. Overall a wonderful location for our exploration of northern tuscany.
Probably the best hotel we've ever stayed in.
My wife and I spent three wonderful nights at Villa Marta. The villa is a recently renovated farm house, situated on lovely grounds with a dramatic view of moutains. Our room was large and very comfortable, the bathroom also large and with a wonderful shower that I could stand under without slouching. There is a long list of things to love about the villa, but I'll just highlight a few:
This is a lovely hotel, beautifully decorated to a high standard. We had a junior suite wich was very nice indeed. The room itself was not as big as I was expecting for a suite but none the less we were satisfied. The only difficulty was perhaps the noise. We stayed in 103 which is situated behind reception and it could get a little noisy. The hotel is situated about 10 minutes drive out of Lucca in the countryside. We found it to be an ideal location. Lucca incidently is fantastic.
Albergo Villa Marta just opened in April after a two year renovation by hosts Alessia and Andrea. We found the villa absolutely charming with a wonderful garden and pool. The rooms are decorated simply but beautifully and the bathrooms are completely modern and tasteful. Guests may take their breakfast outdoors overlooking the hills of Tuscany and both the continental breakfast and cappucino were delicious. It is hard to come up with any critique: perhaps that the pool lounges could be more adjustable... The location is perfect: only 5 km from central Lucca, but far enough away to provide a quiet beautiful setting away from the dust of the city. All in all, we loved our stay here, found our hosts to be very helpful and friendly and we will definitely come again should we find ourselves in the area. We were traveling with our one-year-old and he loved it, too!
My wife and I have just returned from a 5 night stay at Villa Marta.It is a old country house in the countryside about 5 kilometres outside Lucca which the owner, Andrea , has spent the last two years converting into a small (11 bedroomed) boutique style hotel. He has retained the original features wherever possible , beamed or frescoed ceilings , marble floors, and furnished it with great taste and style.One touch that we particularly admired was returning at night after dinner in Lucca to find the lounge lit by candle light. An excellent cold buffet breakfast is included in the rates and is served on Villery and Bosch porcelain. Although the bedrooms are of average size they are well furnished and the beds are the most comfortable we have slept in. Andrea himself is the perfect host and will arrange anything you require.