We got so lost trying to find it, we had to ask our friend to meet us at a gas station and lead us through the maze of backroads to the villa.
The next morning, after getting settled and unpacked the previous evening, we visited Lucca again as a group.
|Shana, the birthday boy’s fun-loving wife.|
|One of the entrances to Lucca.|
|Bill, taking a break from shopping and sightseeing.|
|A steady stream of people came to refill their water bottles at this fountain.|
|Chic woman on a cute bike.|
The couples in our group went in different directions for the morning. We agreed to meet at a designated time at this restaurant for lunch. We dined at this very table.
|Bill’s soup….so comforting.|
|Pasta all’arrabbiata with the ideal amount of spiciness.|
After lunch, we had a little more time to walk around and explore Lucca before we met our van. I bought a few things I will show you in a later post – this one has too many photos as it is!
We returned to the villa to relax for a while by the pool and get ready for the evening. Shana had plans for us that included a wine tasting at this place located in Lucca.
|Big man and a little truck.|
|The street level floor is a wine shop. Downstairs is a very cool wine cellar.|
One of the oldest wine cellars in the region.
|We tasted several delectable wines while the owner explained each one to us in detail.|
The cheeses were outstanding. I could have made a meal of just cheese, bread and wine.
|Wine as old as me.|
After our lovely wine and cheese tasting experience, we went to dinner at this place, just a short walk from the wine shop.
|Ed, the birthday boy.|
|My entree of melt-in-my-mouth swordfish|
|Best cannoli I’ve ever eaten|
and don’t get me started on the spoons filled with whipped cream.
|Showing off one of my Lucca purchases: a few leather bracelets that I’ll show you soon.|
Lucca is a gorgeous, interesting and charming city with great food, shopping and sights. We had such a wonderful time there. I look forward to someday returning.