Villas & Beach time:Torre Del Lago,ViaReggio&Lucca
Trip Start Aug 21, 2012
27Trip End Dec 15, 2012
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After the rest of the group came back to the bus we drove to Viareggio which is a small beach town right on the coast because we had extra time to kill before our tour of Puccini's villa. It was such a pretty town. I loved everything about this small beach town. If you looked one way it was the ocean and to the other side it was mountains. Such a pretty place. We got lunch and ate it on the beach then went for a walk down the coast. There were a lot of people trying to sell knock off items; Sara and I ended up buying fake Prada bags for only 15 euro (that he was offering for 50) and it was such a good purchase because it really came in handy for the rest of the trip! Once we walked the coat we got gelato before leaving. I was sad to leave for sure.
Next, we went to Torre Del Lago which is a small town near a huge lake (hence torre del lago...tower by the lake) where another composer, Puccini, lived. We toured his home which was SO pretty. When we first got off the bus we were able to hang around the lake and explore but only for a little bit before the tour began. My favorite part was the scenery for this house but we were told that Puccini eventually moved because the land surrounding his villa started to become developed. The weather was so perfect and made the experience that much better!
Once the tour was over it was back on the bus to head to Lucca! We did not arrive until later that night. We were on our own for dinner this night so we went as a small group to a restaurant in the square. I had clam pasta for dinner which was really good and we shared a few bottles of wine. This city was really cute and there was a lot of people out even late at night. After dinner we walked around some more and stopped at a dive bar to listen to a band play. My teacher said it was his favorite city in Italy which I think is a little extreme because all the cities are impossible to compare in order to pick just one favorite but I definitely see why he loves it so much. It had such a strong cultural atmosphere it was very fun just walking through the different areas throughout the city. Similar to other cities I went to in Italy such a Venice, the roads were all stone that were formed by buildings so the walking areas were very small then it opened up into bigger squares. I wish we had cities like this is America! :)