Lucca Antiques Market Retreats
New dates for 2023:
16th - 19th June (£895.00 per person)
14th - 17th July (£950.00 per person)
18th - 21st August (£1,020.00 per person)
If trawling around antique markets is something that makes you giddy with excitement and leaves you hyperventilating unable to move, just at the very thought of the treasure you may find…then our Four Day Retreat to include a trip to Lucca Antiques Market, is just up your street!
The beautiful city of Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance wall, is just an hour from Settimo Cielo Retreat. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and became prosperous through the silk trade that began in the 11th Century, a fabulous visit in itself!
The Antique Market is sprawling, running through narrow streets spilling into the larger piazza. Stall after stall crammed with fascinating things to tickle your fancy, from exquisitely embroidered linens, vintage fabrics and trimmings to furniture, books, paintings, icons, old frames, china, jewellery, chandeliers, wonderful antique iron door furniture hand crafted by artisans, and general bric a brac!
I have my favourite stallholders, people I have built strong relationships with, so I can guarantee you will be charged fair prices. The atmosphere is warm and laid back, its great just wandering and people watching…so many colourful characters! This market is my favourite!
If you have any energy left, you can walk along the wall or wander through the labyrinth of lanes until you arrive at the Amphitheatre!
The cost is based on two people sharing a room with breakfast in a traditional 17th century manor townhouse, situated in the heart of one of our local villages - just 5 minutes from Settimo Cielo Retreat. The bonus is… they have a pool!
We advise you to book your flights to Pisa Airport. From Pisa Airport we suggest you take the 10 minute railway shuttle direct to Pisa Centrale Railway Station. You will then be able to catch a train to our nearest station, Aulla, Lunigiana, where we will greet you, (15 minutes from Settimo Cielo Retreat).
There are direct trains that only take an hour. May we suggest you try and fly over in the morning.
www.trenitalia.com is the website for checking the trains. For any other information please CONTACT Karen.
When you arrive on the Friday we will take you directly to your accommodation to drop off your luggage before driving up to Settimo Cielo Retreat.
You will be warmly welcomed & invited to make yourself comfortable on one of our relaxing garden terraces offering the opportunity to meet & chat with one another.
Our Welcome Aperitivo will be served at 6 pm in the Secret Garden. A glass of Prosecco or an Aperol Spritz will be served with a large board of tempting local fare to tickle your tastebuds! At 8 pm or thereabouts we will drive you back to your accommodation.
Saturday - Breakfast will be served at 7 am giving us the chance of an early start!
8am - We will collect you from the B&B to drive down to beautiful Lucca.
9am - We arrive at Lucca Antiques Market.
We will leave Lucca at 3pm, arriving back at your B&B around 4pm. Time for a swim or late siesta before a return visit to Settimo Cielo Retreat.
6.30pm - A light aperitivo will be served before Pizza Night with Jim, wine included!
10.30pm ish - Return to your accommodation.
Sunday - You will have the opportunity for a very relaxed morning, taking in a swim if you so wish.
12.30pm… We will collect and drive you to a local restaurant for lunch, a short distance away. A three course meal with wine, mineral water & coffee is included.
Home cooked seasonal fare is included in the overall cost.
You will be returned to your accommodation sometime later!
Monday - Departure. We provide lifts to Aulla railway station for your return journey home.
"If you're looking to expand your mind, to step away from the day-to-day grind, you couldn't think of a better place to do so. Nestling in the Italian hills of Monte Vignale, Settimo Cielo offers creative retreats, which include photography, writing and art ... this isn't just any retreat, this is a place where the host and her family throw open the door to their home, hearts and minds. You leave feeling you've made new friends for life."
"I have stayed at Settimo Cielo several times, and all I remember is the peace of this place. Each time I come back refreshed. This timeless place plunges me into the depths of my creativity.