On our way back from a friends wedding in the beautiful Tuscan rolling hills, my friend Eve and I had planned to stop off for a little bit of Italian romantic history and culture. I have always been a big fan of Opera and as many I have a love of operas written by the great man himself Giacomo Puccini. Lucca a small but beautiful town nestled in the windy roads of Tuscany in Italy is his place of birth. It is a beautiful small, quiet walled Italian town located on a plain near the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It is a walled town and mainly pedestrianised so we parked on the outskirts of the town and dragged our suitcases in with us not knowing what to expect. Walking in you are engulfed with the sense of history and calm. Seriously. It was so calm and quiet. Such a lovely feeling when you are sweating from dragging a big suitcase! We walked through the small quiet streets, stumbling on a smattering of tourists taking in the sights. After about 15mins we arrived at the epicentre of Lucca. The Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, which coincidently was where we were staying. It was stunning. A beautiful piazza lively with atmosphere and delicious smells of all the restaurants that lined the piazza.
Eve had booked us an Air BnB room in a self catering flat, it was actually in the Piazza buildings that dated from the 18th century! Needless to say getting upstairs with our cases definitely triggered the immediate requirement of refreshments!
This place is so beautiful, just wander. That is all I can say. Just wander. Stumble upon its beauty and the people are so lovely as well. I am a big opera fan and loved the Puccini Museum which is the house he was born in, filled with his manuscripts and creations from all the compositions he has written. We attended a beautiful opera concert in the church Puccini used to attend as a young boy and even played the organ for. It was awe inspiring and tear jerking for me (Eve on the other hand kept giggling at my totes emosh – well… we had about 4 glasses of wine earlier on in the evening!). The deli’s are beautiful, the restaurant are filled with pizzas, pastas and beautiful Italian food. I would be wary of the tourist hungry restaurants where they are enticing you in. But I guess you know that already. We went in September and it was beautiful weather. We spent most lunchtimes sipping on Prosecco and dining on beautiful caprese salads and pasta, reminiscing on the wedding we had just attended. I want to return here and see more, I feel there was more to discover but we just enjoyed our leisurely prosecco filled lunches so much time escaped us.
Two Bottles In Rating: 4 Bottles out of 5
Location: Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Length of Stay: 2 nights
Accommodation: Air BnB