On our bicycles in Lucca
Trip Start May 14, 2012
35Trip End Jul 04, 2012
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Where I stayed
It has all you could wish to find crammed into the centre, and all surrounded by imposing walls dating back to the 17th century. Narrow streets paved in stone lead into piazzas large and small, and beautiful churches greet you as you wander through the various lanes and alley ways. There are some fabulous shops, cosy trattorias, bars and restaurants, and art galleries and museums.
For lunch, we bought delicious salami and Parma ham, olives, artichokes, apricots and bread of course, and had our first picnic in one of the parks on the city wall
Last night, we had dinner at Ristorante Celide. There is a photo of my dish below which was a variety of fish done tempura style, heads and all! Anne's choice was less successful, but all washed down with a red from Chianti and a white from somewhere.
Today, we got on our bikes again and spent time taking in some of the top attractions like Tower Guinigi, Palazzo Phanner, Duomo Di San Martino, Piazza San Michele and the shopping street of Via Fillungo. We lingered on Piazza Napoleone for awhile and identified a place to have supper tonight.
You may know that Lucca was the hometown of Puccini and operas are held here regularly. To soak in the atmosphere, we went (on our bikes) to a concert at the Church of San Giovanni tonight to watch "Night of the Opera". This was after stopping at Enoteca Castelo to try out some of the local wines. The concert was a superb experience and we heard arias and duets from Puccini, Verdi and others.
We decided to have a pizza with a caprese salad for dinner and found a nice place just off Piazza Napoleone. We were a bit worried about whether they had road blocks for cyclists in Lucca but managed to get home safely thanks to Anne's navigation in the dark. She refused to let Sophie intrude
Best thing was that when we got back to the hotel, Anne said: "Now that was a great day!" She's certainly getting into this.
Lucca has indeed been a great experience all round. Now onto Villa Ducci tomorrow which lies just outside San Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany. There will be lots to explore in the seven days we have there.
Love to Julia and Jenna who are presently writing exams and who we are missing very much. Not too long before we see you in Rome!