Lovely, lively Lucca

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May 6th 2017
Published: July 1st 2017
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We left Venice Friday morning under sunny skies, took a couple of trains passing through Florence (though not long enough to leave the train station to catch a glimpse of the Duomo there), and arrived in sunny Lucca (Tuscany) mid-afternoon.

Using the GPS, we made our way from the train station to our lovely B&B, where the hosts had put us in a wonderful suite on the top floor with a view overlooking red tile roofs and the Passagiata Delle Mura, a green space, park, and walking/biking path on top of the broad wall that encircles the entire city.

After quickly unpacking, we got out for a nice long walk around the entire 2.5-mile circumference of the wall, did a self-guided walking tour of the city and its major sites, and grabbed slices of heavenly pizza at two little pizzerias -- less than $11 for four slices of pizza and two glasses of wine! One of the slices was cecina, made with garbanzo bean paste, a local specialty.

And gelato for dessert, of course.

Today was rainy on-and-off, so we did mostly indoor stuff -- incredible, architecturally and spiritually stunning churches and climbing towers during the day, and a night at the opera (Lucca is Puccini's birthplace, after all) and a great dinner in an underground osteria.

We love Lucca, and would love to stay here longer. But tomorrow, we hit the rails again for a short jaunt over to the Mediterranean coast to the town of Monterosso Al Mare in the Cinque Terre.

For now, it's buona notte (good night).

Sharon and Mike / Mom and Dad

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Piazza AnfiteatroPiazza Anfiteatro
Piazza Anfiteatro

Built over the top of an ancient Roman amphitheater
View of Duomo from rooftop gardenView of Duomo from rooftop garden
View of Duomo from rooftop garden

The Guinigi Tower rooftop is a garden full of lush trees.
A Night at the OperaA Night at the Opera
A Night at the Opera

No, not the Marx Brothers.
O mio babbino caroO mio babbino caro
O mio babbino caro

My favorite Puccini piece!

9th May 2017

There's my best friend, looking ready to take on the rest of Europe....fantastic!
9th May 2017

Aw, how romantic and beautiful to get to see an Opera in the birthplace of Opera! Truly I'm loving all the breathtaking sights and feel like I am there in Spirit! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing European vacation with all of us. Saf
e Travels and looking forward to many more gorgeous pictures and living vicariously through you guys. Love Always, Ash

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