This is a wonderful hotel and resort. It is being run by a General Manager, Georges Midleje, a very charming and experienced man who takes his time with every guest, runs this hotel like it is his home and in this regard is there very long hours. He is doing an excellent job and it is because of his expertise that we see a hotel that in the future will be popular not just for Americans visiting Italy but for Italians and Europeans who wish to visit a remarkable place that although away from things, is in fact only l hour from Lucca and really not that hard to drive. Okay, the area.....where to begin! Barga, an ancient city that you can view from the mist coming out of the sky in the early mornings, a joy to visit and you can hike there directly from the hotel in one hour! The hotel has absolutely everything you could want in a resort....two swimming pools, tennis courts, spa, hair dresser, massages, extremely casual attire needed, delicious food and a great pizza place right outside of the restaurant if you wish to not eat too much one evening. You can order and dine in the lounge, outside, in the restaurant, endless places, anywhere you are comfortable. The staff is so well trained because of the manager and it is very pleasant to deal with any one at the front desk. We booked this trip on a day's notice. We live in the city of Florence and wanted...no needed....to get out for a few days to relax. We had been reading about Il Ciocco for sometime and took this opportunity to try it. To arrive there WITHOUT a car you need to take the train from Florence to Lucca or there is a stop close to the hotel (and also a shuttle or taxi that will take you to the property)....from there you can take a bus again to the station and again the bus or shuttle. HOWEVER, to fully explore this area, you benefit greatly from the car. There are so many things to see and do and frankly unless you are looking for a respite after touring through Italy...or need to just 'chill' as we did and are content to stay and enjoy the hotel's facilities, then a car is the way to go. I also think that family reunions would be wonderful there and an American Thanksgiving if perhaps you have a child going to university in Pisa or Florernce and are flying in for the holidays. It is simply perfect for this. The manager also will work with guests to make anything reasonable happen for them if he can do it. The beds are all comfortable and in keeping with the standards set by Marriott...in many ways surpass these guidelines. The staff is fully trained and so professional. It is decorated very beautifully and no expense seems to have been spared. We went to visit a wonderfully unique restaurant called La Ceragetta, IsolaSanta, way up in the mountains with friends who picked us up for the return to the city. You simply cannot do this without a car. We had one lunch in Barga and all the others in the various venues at the Il Ciocco where we stayed for 4 days. We are planning a return visit and are telling all of our friends both here and in the states about this resort. We loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a blend of Italian elegance and refined comfort at Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Situated on 1,700 acres in the heart of the Serchio Valley, our luxury hotel in Tuscany offers the perfect destination for your Italian getaway. Enjoy ideal access to charming and historic attractions including Barga and Pisa from our hotel in Lucca, Italy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Ciocco Hotel
- Il Ciocco Barga
- Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa Italy/Province Of Lucca