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Lucca, Italy - A Place in the Sun

2021 / Lucca, Italy, Ben Hillman on 12 January 2021

Lucca, Italy, Ben Hillman

Michelle and Bernard from Bolton first visited the stunning Italian city of Lucca a year ago and immediately fell in love with its traditional Tuscan charm and beautiful countryside – so much so, the couple now want to buy a holiday home in a nearby town or village, which they can enjoy with their whole family. Helping to fulfil their dream is Ben Hillman who has 5 great options lined up for their £75,000 budget, but will any turn out to be the one?

Find out what happened next by watching our follow-up interview with Michelle and Bernard!

Lucca, Italy

What's the appeal?

Lucca is a province of Tuscany in central Italy, about 15 miles north of Pisa airport, which has direct flights from the UK taking just over 2 hours. Lucca has gorgeous architecture and cafes and restaurants nestled amongst its narrow, cobbled streets, oozing Italian charm. It’s a popular spot with tourists and has a rich cultural scene and it’s about a 30 minute drive to the coast. Lucca has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and a mild short winter period.

Property 1

Three-bed apartment in Bagni di Lucca

Property 1 Three-bed apartment in Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca is a tiny spa town nestled in the Serchio Valley and it’s both a popular ski and summer resort. Inside this first floor apartment is a large living room and separate kitchen diner, as well as three good sized double bedrooms with potential to add a fourth. It also benefits from a balcony with views across rooftops to the mountains, and a patio. This property is no longer on the market, but you can see more from the agent here.

Valued at £72,072 at the time of filming.

Property 2

Two-bed apartment in Castelnouvo

Property 2 Two-bed apartment in Castelnouvo

For the next property we’re taking a 30 minute drive north to bustling Castelnouvo. Like Lucca, it’s a walled town with fantastic architecture and it has a castle that’s now a museum. This first floor apartment has a traditional living/dining room, some great mountain views, a garden and a private cellar! View the property here

Valued at £67,568 at the time of filming.

Property 3

Three-bed townhouse in Barga

Property 3 Three-bed townhouse in Barga

Barga is a historic, walled medieval city that grew into significant trading centre during the Renaissance and is now a very sought after location. This three-bed, three storey townhouse has a juliette balcony, open plan living area, cellar and an enclosed roof terrace with mountain views. View the property here.

Valued at £72,072 at the time of filming.

Property 4

Two-bed house in Verni

Property 4 Two-bed house in Verni

The next property is 7 miles to the west in the village of Verni. It’s set at the foot of mountains amongst wooded valleys, surrounded by great views. With no cars allowed in the village there’s a lovely peaceful atmosphere to enjoy in its restaurant, café, shops and church – which holds several concerts a year. This property has three bedrooms, a large living room, courtyard and an upstairs terrace with great mountain views. This property is no longer available, see more from the agent here.

Valued at £66,667 at the time of filming.

 

Property 5

Two-bed bungalow in Maspalomas

Property 5 Two-bed bungalow in Maspalomas

Our last property takes us back to the town of Barga. This four-bed house has a private garden (that's in need of a bit of TLC) and benefits from a lovely roof terrace with stunning mountain views. Property no longer available view the agent's other properties here.

Valued at £76,577 at the time of filming.

Hot property

Five-bed villa in Lucca

Hot property Five-bed villa in Lucca

This villa is set across three floors and has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four reception rooms and two kitchens. It’s built 250 metres above sea level so enjoys fantastic mountain views from its beautifully manicured gardens, al fresco dining areas and private pool. Large windows face the walled garden offering breath-taking views of Lucca, the hills towards Pisa and to the left, out towards Pistoia and Montecatini. Original features are preserved but the house is also a comfortable family home with plenty of space for guests and stunning high ceilings. No longer on the market, see more from the agent here.

Valued at £1,800,800 at the time of filming.