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Bedrooms 4 / Bathrooms 3 / Sleeps 8 / Villa
Bedrooms: 4  Bathrooms: 3  Sleeps: 8  Type: Villa
Villa Aquilea (antique villa & pool) Lucca Tuscany
TripAdvisor property ID 4301784

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Book this 4 bedroom villa in Lucca today! A total of 8 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a pool, air conditioning, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 59 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $4880 to as high as $4989, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 19, 2017.

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About the owner

About the owner

James E.
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19 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English, Italian



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Lucca Attractions




  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central heating
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Wireless Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)

Property Features

  • High chair
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Secure parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Patio
  • Private garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (59)

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“Absolute heaven above Lucca!”

Reviewed 30 Jun 2015

7 family members, 3 generations all together for two glorious weeks! The villa is large - we didn't even use some of the rooms except to pass thru. We spent all our time in the large, well equipped kitchen or outside on the terrace enjoying all our meals. The grounds are beautiful with roses, hydrangeas, olive and fruit trees, etc. We had "cocktail hour" (aperitivo) every evening and watched the sun set over Lucca. We booked the chef dinner and the cooking lesson with Paola and Allessandra and consider the two events the highlights of our stay. James stopped by to visit and to share some of the history of the villa with us which made the stay even more special. We have traveled and stayed in rental properties in Europe before, but this vacation was our favorite.

“A Stay in Paradise”

Reviewed 17 Jul 2013

My family rented out Villa aquilea for two weeks. These two weeks were paradise. We had one of the best views of all of Tuscany! It was quite spacious, lots of sleeping area, many bathrooms and had a great vibe to the place. James was extremely helpful in giving directions to the villa and explaining the history behind it. He was always there when you needed help and gave great advice on places to visit. At the bottom of the hill is a great little village with wonderful local cuisine; extremely nice people. My family had a lovely time, we felt we were our home away from home. It was very hard to leave what felt like paradise!

“Villa aquilea has given us beautiful memories...”

Reviewed 30 Oct 2012

Our group of 8 (all mid 50's)had a fantastic one week stay recently at Villa aquilea. The villa was spacious, clean, homey and beautiful inside and out. We did day trips from the villa to Lucca, Siena, Florence, Viareggio, Cinque Terre and Pisa but always made sure we were back to enjoy some late afteroon sun on the terrace at the villa. We would stop at the Esselunga for our groceries and then another stop at the hardware store for our wine! The "cooks" in our group loved the well equipped modern kitchen and we enjoyed our evenings around the kitchen table planning our next day adventures. The evening views of the twinkling lights from the towns were just as enjoyable as the spectacular views during the day. We all slept great in the Villa..spacious bedrooms with very comfortable beds and linens and very rare to hear any noises. We had cyclists in our group and they loved their rides in the Tuscan area and even managed to cycle up and down the hill to and from the villa.(without stopping I might add!) Be sure to have James fill you in on the history of the villa and makes it even more special! James also arranged for two local girls to give us a cooking lesson and that evening was a highlight of our stay. He also set up a pizza party for us and we enjoyed watching the outdoor oven being fired up and what followed...lots of pizza! Enjoyed the different varieties and pizza back home will never compare! Because we only had one day in Florence, James was very helpful in giving us suggestions of what to see with our limited time. Before the trip he was most helpful in answering any questions and always responded promptly to my emails. Our group will highly recommend Villa aquilea to our friends and hope that maybe they invite us as we all want to come back! The Villa is in such a great location and there is so much to do and see in the area and we ran out of time. Thanks James and Villa aquilea for a trip we will always remember with very fond memories!

“La familia en Italia”

Reviewed 15 Aug 2012

We took our 4 adult children and their "others" on a one week trip to Italy, using Villa aquilea as our base. Ten people is a lot of people to please, but everyone one of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The villa was large enough that each of us could carve out private, quiet space no matter what other activities were going on. The pool is not only beautiful, it is a requirement in the hear of the summer, and we spent hours laughing and having our own "summer olympics" in the water. The location is excellent - the views superb - and only a short drive to the train station for very speedy journeys to Pisa and Florence; or drives into the alps. We had a chef come and give us a cooking class...which was superb! Were there downsides? Just to be balanced, let me think. One should know that the drive up the hill to the villa should not be done after a drink or two; but truly, that is the only thing I can think of. Thank you, James, Alessandra and Tamara, and Fredericka, for helping us plan and enjoy this trip.

“Dream Vacation”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2012

I tried for years to plan a trip to Italy, but I always wound up getting intimidated or frustrated and I would put it on the back burner for another year. Friends told me about a trip they took to Villa aquilea and I knew this was the solution! Our group consisted of ten people, 6 adults and 4 teenage girls, with ages from 16-69! We all had a Great time! The Villa was beautiful and plenty big enough. The town of Lucca is a gem. We loved going to Lucca so much that we actually cancelled a day trip somewhere else to have one more day in Lucca. Highlights of our trip included the walking tour of Florence with the beautiful and intelligent alessandra(planned by James), Cinque Terre and the beautiful sea views, the wood fired pizza party at the villa(planned by James) which was so fun and so delicious, drinking homemade wine and singing on the terrace of the villa, and meeting some of our Italian neighbors who came by to visit! Having James as a resource was invaluable! We plan to go back to Italy in the near future and we will absolutely rent and plan our trip through James!

“A Dream Week”

Reviewed 27 Nov 2011

What an Ideal Home for our family to share for a perfect week in May 2011! Three generations shared the beautiful Villa. We arrived at different times and each group was thrilled to enjoy such a perfect venue. The home with its large common rooms and perfectly appointed guest rooms suited our group. The younger ones loved the pool and we all enjoyed the beautiful, manicured grounds. The highlight of our visit was our oldest grandson proposing to his girl friend on the terrace. We staged a reenactment to share. I will forward a picture under sseparate cover.

“Have taken several trips to Italy but never truly experienced”

Reviewed 14 Nov 2011

Tuscany like this! What a fantastic villa! The trips into Lucca for shopping and dining! The views from the vine covered patio- especially at night! The vineyards and olive orchards right out our bedroom window! A vacation that stands head and shoulders above all others!

“Exceptional Villa Vacation”

Reviewed 4 Oct 2011

By far the best vacation we have ever had. Our family consisted of my wife and me, three of our adult children and 4 grandchildren. We were there for 2 weeks. Villa was terrific, furnished with everything you needed, great location for daily trips to other great cities. Swimming pool was super for the grandkids. James Edmunds was very easy to work with and had all the answers to our questions. A once in a lifetime experience.

“A pretty part of Tuscany”

Reviewed 2 Oct 2011

It took one year to plan a two week vacation for nine people. However, I wish it took two weeks of planning for a one year vacation instead! Staying at Villa aquilea was a dream come true. It was certainly a vacation that will never be duplicated or forgotten. James is the ultimate innkeeper. We can't thank him enough for all that he did for us and our families. He certainly added in making our stay so unique. We were greeted at the Villa with fresh baked bread, homemade olive oil, fresh flowers and a warm smile. This welcome set the pace for the next 13 days. We felt as if we were the very first guests ever to stay at the house. Upon entering the villa this five hundred year old farmhouse is jaw-dropping. Its location sits high above the village of Lucca and has outstanding vistas all throughout the day. We happened to have a full moon while we were there and it was spectacular. The grounds surrounding the farmhouse are impeccably kept; olive trees, oranges, wisteria, infinity pool, ancient ruins, to mention a few. My mind and my thoughts are forever going back to the pizza making party, the drive up and down from the villa, the trip to the blacksmith, Alessandra and Paola, the wine from the hardware store and the warm hospitality we all received from James. I hope I will be blessed again with a return trip some time soon.


Reviewed 6 Nov 2010

Ein rundum gelungener aufenthalt. Danke! Wir k?nnen es nur weiterempfehlen. Wir kommen wieder.

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