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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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