Lucca, Italia

12 October 2012

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Alright, let’s skip back over to our Italy trip in early September.  After we spent the whole day exploring Cinque Terre, we drove our Fiat500 rental car south bound towards Tuscany.  And let me tell you – Lucca exceeded all expectations.
The city of Lucca is completely protected by high city walls.  And man, is this place old: Lucca became a Roman colony in 180 BC.  And then, in 58 BC…Julius Caesar + Pompey + Crassus reaffirmed their political alliance with the First Triumvirate.  I mean, I remember learning about this in school!

 San Michele in Foro

Basilica of San Frediano

Piazza dell’Anfiteatro

Basically, the next time you are planning a European trip…I suggest Italy.  Now this might be because it’s getting pretty chilly here in the Netherlands & my mind is wandering to warmer places, but really, this place was a nice mix of old Italian & leisurely tourism.  When I first found out we were going to spend some of our time during this trip in the Lucca area, I was pretty indifferent.  I haven’t explored much of Italy at all – I haven’t been to Rome or Florence or Venice yet.  {In fact, before this trip, I have technically only been in Italy once before, when we skied for a day on the Italian side.}  So in my mind, while of course I was thrilled to be traveling to Italy for a long weekend, I didn’t have any expectations.  Which is exactly what I am trying to say here – I wasn’t sure what to expect with Lucca.  And, it was so charming.  It just instantly sucked me in.  I would go back in a heartbeat.

So you should probably add this to your itinerary.

 

 

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Maria October 12, 2012

This makes me so much more excited to study abroad there this coming summer!

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elz October 14, 2012

Nice! Where/what will you be studying?

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roastypeps October 12, 2012

Judging from the photo of PAB “crouching” into the archway of one of the wall or building entrances confirms that the early Luccians were not tall people. Looks like a charming place.

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NoPermanentAddy October 16, 2012

I hope you hit up the MyWallet Outlet while you were in Lucca- I love the little flag keychains!

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