Interesting styles of architecture, Lucca
Cafes and brand name boutiques along the promenade, Viareggio.
Taking advantage of the warm autumnal weather I took a local bus to Lucca. The landscape was soft and green as the bus chugged up the curving road. Burnt sienna tiles and bottle green shutters were the standard "uniform" for houses. Some broke the pattern and hesitated between mauve and pink painted walls.
Lucca's old town was impressive. As I sauntered through the cobbled streets I came across a wine tasting organized by the local sommeliers to show off the best of the wines from Lucca and Montecarlo. A rather sophisticated event. After consuming the three rather generous samples of "vino rosso", I found myself abandoning the visit. On the weekend I returned to complete my touristy walkabout.
I experienced rain "Viareggio style" - bucketing rain which flooded the streets to levels of six to eight inches. Two Italian ladies signalled for me to follow them. I ended up in an extensive shop with antiques, paintings, rugs, ceramics and glass. I was grateful for the roof over my head, fascinated by the displays but found half an hour later I had to brave even greater flooding in my new sandals which looked rather forlorn after a thirty minute walk!. Couldn't take the risk of walking over sharp objects!
Of course this is Puccini countryside. Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, composed his most famous operas such as "La Boheme" and "Madam Butterfly" at his villa at Torre del Lago and lived the last few years in Viareggio.
Puccini's villa at Torre del Lago
Christopher Columbus at Santa Margherita
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A statue of Puccini outside the house where he was born and lived with his widowed mother, six sisters and younger brother. Lucca
Portofino viewed from a sculpture garden
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