Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had a property of your own in Tuscany? Here are just some of the ways you might spend your day in and around the walled city of Lucca, courtesy of the Winkworth Italy property experts.
7.00am: Waking up ‘Lucchese style’ might mean watching the city come to life from your apartment balcony. Or perhaps you’ll take a swim at your hilltop villa in the beautiful Lucca countryside?
8.00am: Lucca’s grassy city walls provide ample green space for al fresco yoga. You’ll find yourself in good company; there’s even a Lucca based facebook group, Yoga on the Walls, that meets regularly. You can also spend a morning cycling or hiking the viaducts out of the city towards Monte Pisano.
9.00am: Pick up a warm Focaccia, inhale the scent of just baked Buccellato and practise your Italian on the master bakers at Panificio Giusti. You’ll find this local institution on Via Santa Lucia – just follow your nose.
10.00am: A half hour drive west takes you to the coastline of Versilia. In the hot summer months, a day trip to Lido de Camaiore is a delight, with a pristine beach, breezy pier and picturesque streets to explore.
11.00am: Browse your way around Lucca’s shops and stalls. There are markets most days, with fruit, vegetables, books, antiques, plants and flowers for sale. Lucca Grapevine has all the details.
12 noon: The superlative Lucchese cuisine can actually be a deciding factor for buyers deliberating over their Tuscan property purchase. To further your gastronomical appreciation of regional dishes like Farro soup, Tortelli Lucchese and Baccalà, book lunch at Buca di Sant’Antonio on Via Cervia. Home to Lucca’s greatest chefs since 1782, Buca di Sant’Antonio should not be rushed; so eat your fill, linger over your rosé and drink your espresso in a single draught before heading back into the sunshine (read more about the art of Italian coffee drinking here).
2.30pm: With 100 churches to discover, there are plenty of cool, quiet places to enjoy an afternoon of contemplation. From the mighty 11th Century Duomo di Lucca on Piazza San Martino, to the smaller church of San Michele in Foro – with its intricate facade and statue of Archangel Michael – there’s much to inspire. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a choir practise.
5.00pm: Aperol Spritz, Negroni or a cold beer? Whatever your preference, aperitivo hour is time for a drink and a bowl of olives with friends. If you can see yourself relaxing before dinner on the terrace of this Lucca hills property, why not arrange a viewing?
8.00pm: Many Lucca residents get about by bike –also handy for working off all that delicious food. If you live in the centre of town, it’s an easy cycle to the Trattoria da Giulio, just inside the city walls on Via delle Conce. The antipasto misto at this unpretentious and affordable trattoria is a must. Leave room for life-affirming gelato from Cremeria Opera on Via Gaetano Luporini.
10.00pm: Spend a convivial evening wandering Lucca’s piazzas, late night shops and outdoor cafés. Piazza Anfiteatro and Piazza Napoleone host live acts throughout the year, as well as playing host to the annual Lucca music festival in July. Lucca’s ancient buildings also provide a dramatic backdrop for an evening art exhibition; you’ll find galleries and museums all over the city.
Midnight: Lucca remains a well kept secret, making it a peaceful city at night. Even when you own an apartment in the historic centre, the only nocturnal noise you’re likely to hear is the tinkle of the fountain in your courtyard….
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