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Visiting Lucca

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Lucca is an old walled city in the Tuscany region of Italy. Close to Florence and Pisa (20 minutes train ride) it is a tourist destination but not as popular as its more famous neighbours and ancient rivals and after the hectic streets of Florence it can be welcome change of pace. When visiting make sure you try its four famous products, olive oil, ‘Monte Carlo’ wine, ciceno and its frozen yoghurt.

The most impressive thing about Lucca is it walls. After all this time they are still standing and completely surround the town. Within the walls are tight and twisty roads and alleys, perfect to explore and lose yourself in.

 

Lucca

Lucca

When you arrive at Lucca the first thing you need to do is get a map, without this you have no chance of finding your accommodation! The second thing to do is walk (or cycle) the walls. The walls are really giant earth banks with a wall on one side and a steep slope on the other. On top of the walls it is wide enough to have a road lined by oak and chestnut trees. Spend a couple of hours strolling round the 4km of walls, soak in the sights and if you get thirsty do what the locals do and take a drink from the fountains that are dotted all around Lucca. All have wonderfully clean water from the local mountains, if it is not for drinking they will be clearly labeled.

Lucca

Lucca

If you do decide to get a bike make sure you do at least one lap on foot, there’s just too much to take in if you are on a bike!

Lucca has lots of sights to offer, from its cathedral and other churches, to towers offering spectacular view over the city and museums. But when you go make sure you take the time to wander through the streets, especially the Eastern part of the city. This is where the locals hang out and gives you a much better feel for the place.

Lucca

Lucca

When there make sure you eat some ciceno. This is a local chickpea cake eaten with a pizza slice. It can be found at most pizza places and is really tasty!

When we came we stayed at Everlina B&B. It is really central (just off the main shopping street), beautifully turned out and hosted by a wonderful couple. They were full of tips on where to go and what to eat, perfect for when you are only there a couple of days.

 

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What our clients have to say

What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
The staff on the boat, and there were many, were so very attentive and tried their hardest to meet our every need and also surprised us with daily unexpected niceties and full on entertainment. The food was all homemade and delicious. Our chef was quite talented and the meals were never repeated( except for breakfast which was made to order eggs and an assortment of breads/muffins/croissants and fruit etc. Coffee and tea always available.
The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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