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June 6, 2010

Lucca

Filed under: Uncategorized — Darren Hackett @ 8:48 am

Lucca is the big visitor draw in this area of Tuscany.  Imagine a complete medieval city enclosed by ancient walls.  Ah York or Chester perhaps!!! No Lucca a red brick gem in Northern Tuscany that draws millions of visitors every year.  So what is so beautiful about the city where Puccini was born and where his life is so avidly celebrated.

Well it is a walkable city, just park your car outside the city walls and wander the old streets at your leisure.  You can also arrive by train and the station is only a short walk from the walls. There are many beautiful churches to explore, the best known of which is San Michele where Puccini was a choir boy (he was born a few steps away).  There are many shops to tempt you around the town and many lovely cafes for lunch or coffee, though the ones around San Michele are very much for tourists it seems.

If you don’t want to walk you can cycle the 4 kms around the city walls, bring your own bike or hire one.  Just walking around the city walls give you a great view of the town, as does the view from the top of  Torre Guinigi, the one with the trees on top!

We went to Lucca on Wednesday and enjoyed a very fine lunch with some friends at one of the City’s restaurants,  It was raining very heavily (much needed rain as we have been dry here for quite a while now).  It was lovely wandering through the streets with our umbrellas in lovely fresh moist air with the scent of flowers and food filling the streets.  Crowds scattering into doorways and shops, their wanderings interrupted, especially the ones unprepared and uncovered.

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  1. You paint a lovely picture of Lucca and your day there. Casa Verde looks wonderful and we look forward to coming to visit sometime. We are waiting at the moment, though, for Clive to be called in to hospital for a knee replacement, and consequently he can’t fly for 6 weeks before and 3 months afterwards. So, we will have to wait for a while, but we will keep watching how you are getting on and enjoy reading about your activites there. You certainly sound to have settled well there, but you are missed at bell ringing!

    All the best, Clive and June

    Comment by June Pearson — June 8, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

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