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“Best European Stay Ever!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Loc. Camparlese 6 | Lucca, 55025 Ghivizzano, Italy   |  
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“Best European Stay Ever!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I have lived in Germany and travelled Europe extensively, but my stay at Casa La Pace was by far the best experience I have had. If you want to live and learn the culture of Italy firsthand, I highly recommend an extended stay at the Casa La Pace. We felt as if we had stepped back in time with a view of the restored medieval city of Alto Ghivizzano on the hillside above and the lovely, energetic village of Ghivizzano below. We enjoyed viewing and listening to the beautiful small rippling river with its clear, pure water winding down the hillside. As we strolled down to the village each day, we were in awe of the beauty and peace of the countryside and of the joy and delight of its people. Each person we encountered seemed truly thrilled to have us visit their village and to share their pride in it. One need never leave Ghivizzano to experience all of the best that Italy has to offer. There is a bakery that will bake gluten free upon request, a local bar/café with homemade Gelato, delicious coffee, hot cocoa, and sandwiches. The local Pizzeria serves lip-smacking pizza, gluten free dishes upon request, and freshly cooked meats and veggies daily at the most affordable prices we found in Italy. There is also a fruit market, hairdresser, flower shop, gift shops, bank with ATM. It is amazing a village so small can offer so much.

You might not want to leave Casa La Pace once you arrive because we received the most incredible care and the highest quality of service one could hope for. Our rooms were spacious, clean, beautifully decorated and comfortable beyond compare, with views that took our breath away. We would wake to an incredible breakfast each morning with a full spread of Italian delights including freshly baked breads/pastries, eggs, local meats and cheeses, local teas, fresh coffee, local honey and much more. Rusty and Pepper use organic products and support the “slow movement” which means most of what they serve comes from farmers or merchants in the village or within a 20 mile radius. I eat gluten free and was overjoyed with the variety of foods and baked goods provided for me each day. Yum!!

If you should decide to venture out to visit some of the larger cities you can easily do so each day and be back to Ghivizzano in time for a good night’s rest. Do not pass up the opportunity to take the tours provided by Pepper and Rusty. Each tour was packed with an incredible amount of information rich with stories of the culture, architectural design, modern life and lives of the people who have occupied it. In every city, Rusty and Pepper know the best places to stop for meals and coffee along the way. We took the Lucca and Florence tour and felt like royalty as we were guided along with our own private tour guide. Rusty and Pepper delight in sharing the country they love so much, and their love for it is contagious. I will be back. Thank you Pepper and Rusty!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaLaPace, Owner at Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Dear TrishltheTravelling1 ,

Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast wants to thank you for your terrific review. Your submission was sheer poetry, full of the sights and sounds of the valley. You captured so beautifully the generous spirit of our neighbors and friends; we felt proud reading it.

There are benefits to travelling late in the season, long after the masses of tourists have returned home. While the weather may not have been optimal, you made the best of each day. We are happy that you enjoyed your time here so much, in spite of the rain. We hope to see you again very soon at Casa La Pace.

With appreciation, your hosts – Rusty and Pepper
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My husband and I recently went to Italy. My second trip and his first. We had heard about Casa La Pace- Rusty and Pepper- from a friend who had recently stayed and loved it. We started our trip in Florence, then to Rome, and finally ended in Ghivizzano. Much to our surprise the best part of our entire trip was staying at Casa La Pace. Rusty and Pepper really make you feel at home immediately. Its incredible to be in another country and feel so comfortable and like you've been friends your whole life. Casa La Pace was the best place we stayed by far, not just because of the beautiful view, comfortable rooms, or the real Italian breakfasts every morning. Rusty and Pepper really seal the deal. They are so kind, helpful, and fun! We were looking for flights to come back before we even left. We will always stay at Casa La Pace every trip to Italy, and are looking forward to bringing friends and family back with us!

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautifully updated. The Victoria Room has an incredible view of the valley. But y...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaLaPace, Owner at Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Dear Lindsey S,

Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast thanks you for your wonderful review. Firenze and Roma are vibrant cities and Ghivizzano can't offer similar touristic stimulation. But our valley is tranquil and offers a chance to catch your breath and unwind. We love Ghivizzano and we are happy when others enjoy it, too.

We are also honored that you appreciated our efforts to make you feel at home. We strive to create a welcoming environment, especially for first-time visitors to Italy.

Pepper and I sometimes don't get to know each guest as well as well as we'd like. Fortunately, we were able to spend ample time with you and your husband. We now count you as friends and we look forward to your next visit to Casa La Pace.

With appreciation, your hosts – Rusty and Pepper
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

We had a fantastic time. The service and friendliness were phenomenal. Rusty and Pepper went above and beyond. They helped with information and suggestions for our stay and were fantastic guides when we needed assistance. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

What can I say? It was our 20th anniversary trip and I had high expectations. But, Rusty and Pepper with their Casa La Pace surpassed every expectation. Not only were they superb hosts, but they also shared tips to help us navigate Italian travel, food, culture and life. Plus, because of Pepper and Rusty’s relationships in the village and surrounding area, we were able to see places and to interact in close and personal ways with the people.

As for Casa La Pace itself, you can tell that it was lovingly restored with all the modern conveniences blending beautifully with an older Italian home.

I had never met them before this trip, but after two weeks at Casa La Pace, we felt like we had gained new family. My husband and I travel frequently, and have returned more than once to only one other location. However, we are already anticipating our next trip to Casa La Pace in Ghivizzano, Italy!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaLaPace, Owner at Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear Deborah W,

Thank you for your kind review of Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast. You and your husband took great interest in exploring our area and meeting the people of our little village. We are glad to know you enjoyed your time with us.

We feel privileged to share special moments with our guests, like your anniversary. Our several dinners together were always interesting and your visit flew by. Like you, we feel that we've expanded our family by two members. We look forward to your return visit.

With appreciation,

Your hosts – Rusty and Pepper
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Pepper to assist us with our bags. In fact, he had been trying to reach us during the day by email as there was the possibility of a train strike and he wanted to be sure we did not get stranded en route. The B&B has been lovingly restored and decorated with tasteful furniture and art. In the late afternoon, Pepper gave us a personal tour of the fortress - what an amazing structure with meaningful American connections from the 2nd world war. Later we met up with Rusty for dinner at a local restaurant with recommendations from Rusty and Pepper as they have eaten everything on the menu! Breakfasts featured local fresh fruit, meats and cheeses as well as special gluten-free pastry prepared especially for our dietary needs. What a wonderful treat! We'll definitely be back - and next time we'll stay longer!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaLaPace, Owner at Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear Traveltoeat107,

Thank you for your kind review of Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast. We are always happy to welcome new guests to Ghivizzano. Your kind words tell us that you appreciated our efforts, especially after the stress of the train journey.

We were delighted to show you around Ghivizzano and the Serchio Valley. We are lucky to meet such wonderful people and to share a meal or two together.

We're glad to know that your time with us was enjoyable. We had a great time and have made two new friends. We are looking forward to your next visit and we're keeping you to your promise of a longer stay next time!

With kindest regards,

Your hosts – Rusty and Pepper
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This was our third time to visit Casa La Pace and it just keeps getting better. After a week in and out of Ghivizzano, we went to Florence for 3 days and really missed the beauty, serenity, and hospitality of Casa La Pace. It has become ITALY to us.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaLaPace, Owner at Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear shayfree,

Thank you for sharing your kind review of Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast. We are happy that you continue to enjoy Ghivizzano and Casa La Pace. We are always glad to welcome you back. You've become like family members to us.

We look forward to your return to Casa La Pace very soon.

With affection,

Your hosts – Rusty and Pepper
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Let me first start off by saving that if you come to Italy and DON'T go to Casa La Pace in Ghivizzano you are nuts! I have always wanted to go to all the places that everyone wants to go...FLorence, Venice, etc. and never knew what little towns held in them. Let me tell you that Casa La Pace and Ghivizzano was the highlight of my trip! Rusty and Pepper went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, even giving me pointer on where to go when I left Ghivizzano. It was so wonderful in fact, that I cancelled my plans for the last two days and went back to spend more time there. Casa La Pace is absolutely beautiful. Rusty and Pepper did am amazing job renovating it and it is like no other bed and breakfast I have ever stayed in. I got to meet the most wonderful people in the Village and even went with Rusty on my first day to pick up our breakfast at the local vendors. I HIGHLY recommend Casa La Pace...I don't know if I would ever want to stay anywhere else. I would make Casa La Pace my main stop for every future trip to Italy and you should too!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaLaPace, Owner at Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Dear Jessica G,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast. We are thrilled that you had such a great time with us. We are happy that you appreciated our efforts, both in the beauty of our home and in the time we shared with you. And we are honored that you came back to us for the last few days of your Italian vacation.

It was a pleasure to show you around Ghivizzano, the Serchio Valley, and the Province of Lucca. You responded so enthusiastically, which encouraged us to do even more. There is so much to see and do within short train and bus rides from Casa La Pace. We are sure you'll be back for more exploration in the near future.

With kindest regards,

Your hosts – Rusty and Pepper
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Address: Loc. Camparlese 6 | Lucca, 55025 Ghivizzano, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Ghivizzano
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ghivizzano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast is in Ghivizzano, nestled in the Serchio Valley between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines. Ghivizzano is a wonderful medieval village with an historical center. We offer accommodations in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Casa La Pace has been completely restored and tastefully decorated. We have several common rooms where guests can gather by the fireplace, watch TV, or quietly read a book. We also offer Internet and wireless access for your convenience. We are a short train ride from Lucca, Pisa, & Florence. Nearby are several restaurants offering a wide variety of Italian dishes. There is also a bakery, a pastry shop, post office, and bar within walking distance. If relaxation is your ideal vacation, there are thermal bathhouses and spas nearby. For those who enjoy the outdoors, the Serchio Valley and the Garfagnana offer hiking trails, scenic mountains and dramatic gorges. Scattered throughout the valley are many medieval villages to explore, each with its own history, architecture, and cuisine. Casa La Pace Bed and Breakfast is perfect for exploring the beauty and history of northern Tuscany. ... more   less 
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