A historic boutique hotel in the picturesque Tuscan city of Lucca, with breakfastThe hard-to-beat location in the very heart of Italy’s fortified city of Lucca
Borrowing one of the hotel’s bikes to cycle around the historic Renaissance walls
Characterful rooms and suites with tasteful Tuscan décor and lots of luxuries
What To Know
The lounge offers complimentary drinks and snacks plus prosecco in the evening
You can arrange to borrow bikes (for free!) from reception
Free WiFi is reliable
A gorgeous four-star stay at a unique hotel in the fortified city of Lucca, with a bottle of prosecco
Perfect for style-lovers seeking a cultural kick, Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell'Alba is a unique four-star boutique hotel in the Tuscan city of Lucca. Comprised of a 14th-century church and the former stables of the 16th-century Villa Bottini, the property is lovingly restored and supremely elegant. The tastefully appointed guest rooms have cozy beds, tiled and glass en-suite bathrooms and all the mod cons, while the split-level (and more splurge-worthy) suites, inside of the historic towers that are in front of the main building, come with dressing rooms, Jacuzzi baths and a lot more living space.
When it comes to Tuscan cities, lovely Lucca may be lesser-known than its more glamorous neighbors, but the so-called City of 100 Churches is one of the country’s most cherished spots for staking out Renaissance architecture and historic monuments. Days can be spent cycling around the city’s walled perimeter, visiting the tiny churches and art galleries, and gazing up in awe at Torre Guinigi (Guinigi Tower) that’s unexpectedly topped with a garden of oak trees. Equally visit-worthy is the Duomo San Martino that houses Volto Santo, the wooden crucifix that Nicodemus believed was carved by an angel.