Hannah and I finished off midterms last week with a weekend spent under the Tuscan sun. Both of us had been to many of the major cities in Italy like Rome, Florence, and Venice. So, we decided that we wanted to explore one of the smaller towns with not a whole bunch of tourist attractions so that our weekend could be more on the relaxing side. I got to researching a destination and found out about this little bitty town called Lucca in Tuscany. It is a city built in a circle with high walls surrounding it. We stayed in the cutest Bed and Breakfast, called Locanda Sant’Agostino, run by a mother daughter duo. They could not have been nicer and more accommodating. They offered to pick us up and drop us off at the train station free of charge. And the breakfast was so outstanding. Plenty of different granolas and cereals to choose from, soft boiled eggs in the cute little stands, juice, croissants, bread, traditional pastries from Lucca, homemade jam, prosciutto, cheese, coffee, and tea. If you ever find yourself in Lucca, you must stay with them.
We decided to rent bikes on our first day and ride around the entire city on top of the walls. We spent the next day wandering every single street on the inside. It was great because you didn’t really have to pay attention to a map because as soon as you hit the wall, you just turned around and started walking in the other direction. We ate more than our fair share of gelato (Fifi and Gigi did too!), we wandered markets and bought a couple trinkets, we went in and out of all the cute little shops and several churches, we climbed to the top of a tower for a birds eye view of Lucca, ate the most delicious Tiramisu that we had ever tasted, and we just fell in love with the cute little town.