Happy New Year from Lucca!



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I haven’t been writing for a long time… but it doesn’t mean that there was nothing to tell!
It only means that I had no time to sit, relax and write… 😦
This tourist season has been really busy: I have been working as a Local guide in Lucca, I ran the B&B with my family, my son Iacopo got his driving license and so I said goodbye to my little car, our 6 cats are wealthy and Lucca is amazing as usual!
I also definitively decided not to change (at the moment..) the colour of my hair so I keep them white as Mother Nature set and you can see how I look like now:


see you soon in Lucca! 🙂

about beer…

You know, since we started our family business 3 years ago running our B&B Casa San Jacopo, I live inside the Lucca city walls in a very ‘Lucchese’ area. There are grouceries, bakeries, little bars where one can find a good espresso.. and there is also a friendly place called  De Cervesia where one can relax and drink a beer on tap.

The Guardian wrote about “Tuscany on tap” and about De Cervesia:
Lucca has an ale pedigree that stretches back at least to the 1840s – one of its landmarks, the baroque Palazzo Pfanner, was inhabited by an Austrian immigrant brewer. So, according to owners Michele and Matteo Sargenti, their bottle shop-cum-bar that opened in June is just “rediscovering” a local tradition. De Cervesia (Latin for “about beer”) always has bottles on sale from the two excellent brewers from the hills north of the town, Brùton and La Petrognola – barley and farro(spelt wheat) are ingredients in the local cuisine, and pure water flows down from the Apennines. Brùton’s Lilith, an aggressively hopped, modern IPA, is among my favourite beers in Italy. You can sample each of three Italian artisan beers De Cervesia has on tap, in rotation, for €2.50.
Via Michele Rossi 20, Lucca, +39 0583 492620.

The whole article is HERE

I’m happy to live so close to this happy place! 🙂



Our Swimming Pool

Usefull information about nice swimming pool in Gallicano from Francis, our blogfriend! 🙂

From London to Longoio (and Lucca and Beyond) Part Two

I am not an aficionado of private swimming pools. I feel that, like television and DVDs did for cinemas, they are an infliction on former large-scale social gatherings. I’m sure that on-line buying and drone delivery may eventually do the same for supermarkets and that future hypermarkets may become as quaint reminiscences of the socio-commercial scene as, sadly British Home Stores, are from last Saturday.

I love public baths just as much as the ancient Romans loved theirs and enjoy visiting our local spread of swimming pools which includes not only the ones at Bagni di Lucca and Borgo a Mozzano but also the refurbished and reorganised one at Gallicano.

The facilities there are good, the pools (one adults, one children) are open seven days a week from 9 is to 8 pm until around the middle of September or beyond, weather permitting. The staff is helpful (PS don’t forget…

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something new in Lucca

So new and amazing that you cannot miss it.
It’s now possible to climb to the top of the Cathedral bell tower.
After 207 steps you will reach the bells’ room: take your time to breath and to enjoy the panorama.
These pictures I’ve taken today just give you the idea, but, listen to me, don’t miss it!20160810_16382020160810_16383220160810_16384120160810_16391120160810_16392120160810_16395220160810_16400820160810_16402620160810_16404120160810_16423120160810_16435620160810_164404

Rick Steves’ Lucca

Rick Steves has been several times in Lucca and my collegue Gabriele Calabrese had the pleasure to be his guide in the city. Gabriele gave Rick the right hints to enjoy Lucca and to understand the strong local identity.

I also had the pleasure to shake hands with Rick and I hope to guide him in some unbeaten path in Lucca and surrondings.

Please take a look at this nice video of Rick’s and you will understand why it’s so easy to fall in love with Lucca: VIDEO

Well.. in the video Rick is touring with Gabriele who’s one of the best local guides in Lucca: if you need a local guide, you can contact Gabriele, but in case he is busy.. contact me! 😀