San Luca Palace Hotel
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Today was our first full day in Italy. After a wonderful breakfast at our hotel, we embarked on a tour of the city. Many of the streets of Lucca are narrow and look similar to the way they did when ancient Romans established the town in 180 BC.
The old city is surrounded by a wall dating from the 15th and 16th centuries are approximately …
Right after breakfast we climbed aboard a bus and headed towards Carrara, a town situated along the Carrione River that was originally built by the ancient Romans to house workers at nearby marble quarries. Upon arrival, we boarded 4-wheel-drive vehicles for a wild bumpy ride up the slopes of the Apuan Alps for a visit to the famous Carrara marble …
... and lamb chops, steak, pasta , multitude of sAlads, mixed mlushroom platter (OMG...you have no ide how many mushrooms there are in Italy) and lots more. Each meal has been accompanied with at least one, but usually more, bottles of Italian bubbles (prosecco) which was on special at the marvellous supermarket for three euros!! I have made the commitment to drink each glass with a half a fill of limoncello as well, so that means every night I climb the stairs 'on the way' out!!
... is one of the few remaining in Lucca, and was built around 1384 by a family of wealthy silk merchants. At one time Lucca boasted as many as 250 defensive tower houses of this kind, but only about 9 survive today. The towers were built during the days when Tuscany was subject to frequent attacks, incessant political turmoil and outbreaks of the plague. Those who could afford to do so took refuge ...
... antipasti on the bar which you could help yourself to as well. I was liking this place. Now it was after 8pm and a very respectable italian time to go to dinner. Another recommendation by Paola - Gigi - the food was average but I think it was more about our choice than the overall quality of the place. The best part was the little courtesy car to take us home, damn I just realised I didn't get a photo of it!!! That was the end of an eventful eating, drinking and walking day in ...