From Lucca, Italy
I recently went to Italy for a week and was able to visit many cities within the northern part of the country, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa. One day of my trip was dedicated to a tour of four of these locations (Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, and Lucca). While I was there, I decided to keep a record of my observations and first impressions of each of them. This next anecdote is about my experience in Lucca.
Lucca is the best of both world. It has maintained its antique exteriors, but it is a very modern city.
On our way to visit what was once a Roman amphitheater in that area, I walked passed a Sephora, a Foot Locker with a poster of Pharrell in the window, and a Timberland shoe store. Through an open door, I glanced into a hair salon with an interior that looked more modern and professional than some of the salons I’ve seen in New York. Even the small boutiques seemed very chic.
The streets are broader than the roads in other part of Italy that we’ve visited. Many people, young, old, and in between, ride bicycles to move around. There are dozens of pastry shops and clothing stores. It feels like a place that I could live in. It’s lively and urban, yet has a bit of the old charm that made San Gimignano captivating. To get back to our car, we walked along one of the wall of the city. It reminded me of he parks along the water in New York. On one side, there were houses in a variety of colors and amagnificent grade. On the other side was wild greenery, and right in front of me were the large mountains in the distance.
It was a great place to visit, but out of all the places we visited today, I must say, San Gimignano was my favorite place. It’s enchanting with its intimate feel and breathtaking view of the area. However, I would love to all of these towns and cities again and spend more time really discovering them all. There are so many diverse, beautiful locations to experience in Italy.