During our time in Italy Joe and I stayed five days in the Tuscany region. This part of the country boasted a beauty I have never experienced anywhere else. Cobble stone streets, hundreds of years old cathedrals around every corner, long standing art history, the mountains & rolling hills, the vineyards, the food… Ah, our minds would just daydream of all the longstanding history and stories embedded in this gorgeous land.
My favorite of the villages we visited in Tuscany was Lucca. The city walls remain completely intact, once used for military purposes are now a pedestrian walkway that encircle the town. It was not touristy at all, very quaint, and seemingly untouched by the western culture closing in all around.
Our time in Lucca was very relaxed; we walked around the whole town taking in all the eclectic boutiques, flower shops, Italian delis, cafes, bakeries and beautiful apartments. We then rented bikes and rode the city walls a couple times around. It was breathtaking with the mountains in the background, biking along the beautifully tree lined path. (We biked the city walls in less than thirty minutes and it is three euro per hour to rent bikes-just some tips to keep in mind!)
Joe and I then found this authentic deli tucked away off a side street and wondered in, we bought fresh focaccia bread, some pastries, a delicious block of cheese, and fresh berries all for less than 6 euro! We had a lovely little picnic on a bench taking in Lucca. Such sweet moments I will really cherish forever to have spent with Joe.
We stayed in a GORGEOUS; I’m saying GORGEOUS Italian Villa just outside of Lucca nestled up in the mountains. It was called the Marta guesthouse and it was one of my favorite places we stayed in our time in Italy. Marta was so accommodating and helpful telling us how to get into town, where to eat, the best bike rental place, etc. We loved our stay there!! She served the most amazing breakfast, the best breakfast I had in Italy. She had breathtaking rose gardens covering the villa grounds. It definitely added to my love for Lucca! Check out her amazing B & B!
Lucca isn’t a huge “destination” place in Italy (yet), but I would definitely recommend it for its true Italian culture separate from mobs of tourists. If you are planning a trip to Tuscany anytime soon, put it on the itinerary!