Off the beaten track, up in the mountains overlooking the town of Barga, on a private wooded estate. The pool and restaurant decks have the most incredible views over the area and with the good weather we had, added to the overall exclusivity and luxury of the place. The room we had was a twin, modern with a superb bathroom. Although the outlook was not as good as some of the older rooms, nevertheless, the comfort and general amenities were excellent. The restaurants were well priced, with an excellent menu and a good range of wines to meet all tastes. The lounge areas, inside and out, afforded plenty of room to stretch out and, although the bar closed 2 am, it didn't detract at all from the sheer enjoyment we experienced. Outside, there are a range of shops with well priced goods, gifts and artwork and there is also a resident travel firm that can arrange packages to local sightseeing spots, wine tasting and also to the main tourist areas of Florence, Pisa and even Venice. We didn't try the indoor pool or the spa facilities, but they seem up to the usual Marriott/Renaissance quality. Although it does take about an hour to reach the hotel from Pisa or Florence airports, the journey is certainly rewarded with an extremely warm welcome with great staff and a sympathetic response to any queries you might have. The local town of Barga is easily reached by taxi, or by foot if you're up to it, and provides a typical, Italian village feel with plenty of bars, restaurants and outdoor entertainment. It is an ideal place for conferences with plenty of space for informal and formal presentations, including exclusive rooftop terraces. Free Wifi in the lobby areas.
- 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