When people ask me for my favorite spot in Italy I answer Capri. To me, Capri has something magical… water that is so turquoise and clear you can see right through it, blocks of rocks made by nature`s sea erosion, small caves with the most beautiful colors reflecting from the water in shades of blue and green… a bit like a fairytale scenery.
But on my recent #TuscanyTrip I think I found another favorite place… Lucca! Lucca is located about 10 miles (16 km) from Pisa. Guided by our local tour guide, Antonella Marcucci, I discovered the streets and many squares of this cozy city. This time I may have been guided but Lucca is definitely one of those cities you should get lost in, wandering around. This way you discover tiny squares everywhere and not to forget one of the many churches to be found (87 to be exact!) here.
Even in the pouring rain with a jacket on and an umbrella in hand, the city had something special about it. Maybe it was because we were lucky and spent the morning while Italy was celebrating their 150 year Anniversary, which meant lots of ambiance and people walking around in the streets. Performances with waving flags and live music made this city come alive even more!
One of my favorite spots must have been the Amphitheater, Piazza Anfiteatro. I would love to come back one day and experience a music festival, because I`m sure the atmosphere and sound here must be delightful.
And from all that walking around, we got a bit hungry, so we made a stop at this charming little coffee bar where they sold local specialties like Buccellato. This bread tasted sweet, was filled with raisins and I could taste the spice anise in there… yummy!
My suggestion would be, if you`re in Tuscany and visiting Pisa, make sure to hop over to Lucca and discover this jewel!
A special thank you goes to Avventurosa and Casa Gentili for organizing this blog trip. And to Antonella for being such a wonderful guide!
You might also like the post I wrote on Nicosia Nostra.
Celia [email protected] says
I am so happy you enjoyed Lucca. You even have a picture of my office window in one of your photos! I have done a an itinerary for a day trip to Lucca that might be useful for an independent traveller . The link is http://unprosecchino.blogspot.it/2012/03/lucca-is-perfect-destination-for-spring.html