My wife and I are traveling throughout Italy for our anniversary. When we first arrived at the resort we were instantly filled we an overwhelming sense of complete relaxation. The very professional and curtious staff greated us and helped us settle into our room. We stayed and ate in the restaurant and had appetizers in the lobby. The backbone to our service and experience while in the lobby/bar was Massimo. He is a very friendly and kind local who runs the bar area. Massimo offered us great tips, advice, and background on the area.
The resort is situated in a remote part of northern Tuscany. We rented a car in Florence and quickly learned to drive the Italian way. There is some uphill driving, however even in rain and at night it is not too bad.
You can drive to Florence in about ninety minutes and Siena in two and half hours. The lovely Maria R. gave us a tip to drive to Lucca for a day trip. Her recommendation was spot on! She described Lucca as a "mini Florence". It is a forty minute drive there and worth it. The town is beautiful and not to big, around 4km from end to end. Also, we had one of our best meals while Italy for lunch. Thank you Maria.
The entire staff is very helpful and willing to provide any help and insight to whatever you may ask them. If you are looking to get away from it all but still want access to the major Tusacn areas, this is the resort for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a blend of Italian elegance and refined comfort at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Situated on 1,700 acres in the heart of the Serchio Valley, our luxury hotel offers the perfect destination for your Tuscan getaway. Enjoy ideal access to charming and historic attractions including Barga, Lucca and Pisa. ... 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