You stay in a tower – how cool is that?

Left on TripAdvisor on Oct 12, 2014 for a stay in Oct 2014
There were six of us traveling together and we loved this place. We felt privileged to stay here. There is nothing in the world like this tower and town. We all wanted to write a good review without attracting hordes of the people to the town and ruining it. So here is a note that may dissuade some: This place is not for people with mobility issues. There are many, many steps in the tower and the town is built on a hill with steep streets to navigate. Also, if you like the hustle and bustle of a big city, then don’t come here either. This is a quiet town, and I hope it stays that way. If you are still interested in staying here then read on… We were a group of three couples driving from Lucca to Montecatini Val Di Cecina hoping to find some relaxing time in the countryside at our next destination. As we made our way to Montecatini, where we would stay for the next four days, we could identify La Torre from miles away as the tower is the most prominent feature in the town. Upon arrival in Montecatini, Luca met us in the town square and helped us navigate our minivan up through the narrow streets and archways that led to the tower. Once there, he gave us a tour and told us the fascinating history of the tower. Each level was spacious and intriguing with modest modern interiors easily blending with the tower’s natural structural elements. However, the top of the tower was the showpiece and will leave you in awe with incredible views in all directions. After a few days we found ourselves referring to La Torre as “our tower” because it felt like home. It is the most unique and amazing place I have stayed, and I felt privileged to be there. Aside from a short trip to Volterra, we spent most of our time exploring the quaint town of Monecatini, lounging around the second floor kitchen of the tower, or relaxing in the garden area and talking to Luca and Emilia as they tended to their garden. Our hosts were very helpful in giving us information on local hikes, nearby ruins, nearby ponds, and town amenities. I want to relay a few thoughts on the town of Montecatini as it is a wonderful place to explore. It has a slow pace, and is a very small, true hill town with steep and irregular streets. I found the people of Montecatini to be extremely friendly. Everyone you passed on the streets would greet you with Sera or Giorno. Many homes had window baskets, pots, or small patios filled with geraniums and unique art pieces. There are one or two restaurants, a couple of mini markets, a bank, and a few other shops mostly laid out around the town square. Although there are a few tourists roaming the town, you won’t be annoyed trying to maneuver around large tour groups. The tower and Montecatini will give you a more relaxed perspective of Italy. We regret not staying longer.
Archanom