I am dedicating this post to my goddaughter K. who in just a few weeks will be taking off for Italy. I’m thrilled that Lucca will be a stop on her three week adventure and since I can’t be there to guide her through my favorite town, I’m going to give her a peek here.
Get up early. Yes, I said early and make your way to the wall. If you are up there shortly after sunrise you will be pretty much on your own with the exception of a couple of runners and a few older gents taking their daily morning stroll. Check out the city from the wall and watch it slowly come to life as the Lucchese head off to their favorite caffe for an espresso or cappuccino.
Speaking of cappuccino, I’m sure you’ll find your own favorite for a cup and maybe a few pasticcini or a cornetto. Caffe di Simo on Via Fillungo is always popular, but I have a soft spot for the diminutive Pasticceria Buralli located in Piazza Carmine. You’ll probably be the only non-Italian in there and I love that year after year the same women are working behind the counter.
Chances are that you will have spied the gorgeous gardens of the Palazzo Pfanner during your walk on the wall. Go ahead and tour the house and spend time strolling around the property . It just may transport you back in time.
Are you hungry yet? Stop in Pizza da Felice for a slice or two. Or maybe you want a panino or a slice of focaccia? Your best bet is Forno Amadeo Giusti on Via Santa Lucia.
Spend your afternoon exploring the town. Maybe you’ll want to do a little shopping. Don’t forget to walk over to the Anfiteatro.
My favorite shop is located there. You could probably find something nice for your mom-hint, hint…
Need a little pick me up? How about chocolate? That always works for me!
There are two chocolate shops in town. They are both wonderful but I prefer Cioccolateria Caniparoli on Via S. Paolino.
You have to join the locals on Via Fillungo for the evening passeggiata.
And before you head out for a late dinner why not spend sometime relaxing in your apartment with a glass of wine and antipasti?
You can pick up whatever you need at one of the many take out shops. You’ll be amazed by the selection of cheese, salumi and prepared dishes.
You’re on your own for dinner but if I were there with you I’d say let’s go to Trattoria Gigi in Piazza Carmine. You can sit inside or since it will be a warm summer evening try for a table on the patio. Either place you won’t be disappointed with your meal and the friendly service. On one visit the owner went over to the nearby grocery store to pick up tonic water for one of the woman in our group who wanted a gin and tonic.
Get a good night’s sleep since you have a few more days to enjoy this beautiful town. Wish I was going to be there with you!
Have I tempted the rest of you?