Over the past weeks I have slowly been writing a review of our our family trip to Italy in May. Here, I continue sharing our adventure:
After our family's time in Turin, Italy we picked up a rental car and drove south to Lucca. Surrounded by an ancient wall, Lucca is a wonderfully preserved old town which we decided to visit in large part because of its popularity on the slow travel website and because it hosts the second largest antique market in the region.
After doing a lot of research, we decided to book L'altana Bed & Breakfast. It is a little unique in that while it is a bed and breakfast, it is actually a separate apartment - the owner does not live on site. The accommodation has 2 suites. One, with an en-suite bathroom, living area and small kitchenette. And one with a bathroom down the hall and a minuscule sitting area. Because it was just Rick and I and my parents, we had the entire structure to ourselves, so the minor lack of privacy for the room without the en-suite bathroom was not an issue.
L'altana bed and breakfast is located inside the walls of the old town, which is a restricted driving zone for residents and permit holders. As we had previously arranged, we called our host once we arrived in Lucca so that they could direct us to a free parking lot where we could leave our car and they would meet us with their car to take our luggage to the rental. This was a much appreciated service as I shudder to think how long it would have taken us to schlep everything in from the parking lot ourselves. Another super kind thing our host did was to grant us a late check out on Saturday as I wanted to visit the antique market, but did not want to leave our luggage/camera gear in the car unattended while we shopped. She didn't have to agree, so I appreciate so much that she did.
One final note, the apartment is on the fourth or fifth floor of a building with no lift. Once again, not a huge issue for Rick and I, but not so great for my Dad who has very bad legs due to a motorcycle accident when he was young. However, we knew this in advance and just made sure that we did not plan too many stops where Dad would have to do a ton of stairs.
All in all, we found L'altana to be a really nice base to see the city and I would recommend it as a solid, though not spectacular, accommodation choice.