We decided to visit Pisa, Italy, and rented a small house in Montemagno. This small village lies up on the hills, just 10 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea.
Our small rental house was so close to the sky, sometimes I felt I could touch the sky.
ps. to enlarge the photos, click on them 😉
The weather was mostly awesome: sunny and warm. After enjoying a few days by the pool, we decided to drive to Lucca.
Lucca is a city in Tuscany, situated on the river Serchio. It is famous among other things for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.
Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and became a Roman colony in 180 BC.
If you arrive early in the morning, you can find a parking slot within the city walls. Otherwise you have to leave your car outside the walls.
The atmosphere within the walls is old, beautiful and fascinating. You see small allies, old buildings, beautiful churches and neat cafeterias.
After the early morning hours, the tourist invade the city. If you like peaceful hours, come early. If you like crowds, come later 🙂
I love special small shops. This one was my favorite “Gastronomia prodotti tipici”
I bought veggies, capers, cheese and wine… and in the book store closeby I found a few great books. We read a lot. Everyday. Small shopping is great shopping.
When the tourist rush started, around noon, we headed back towards our home in Montemagno. But first I had to take a few more photos and climbed up on the city walls. It was such a beautiful view, towards all directions.
Driving away from Lucca we enjoyed the countryside. And I must say, Italy is a very beautiful country. Toscana looks like this:
I can warmly recommend Pisa, Lucca and the countryside. Fly to Pisa, book a hotel room in Pisa or rent a house in the mountains. You will love it.