A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

One of my favourite lesser known towns from this holiday is the lovely Lucca.

Perfectly placed at the foot of the Apuan Alps in between both mountains and sea and a mere fifteen minute drive from Villa Cerine it oozes with tranquility and calmness. Lucca has a very special historical centre. Enclosed by its medieval, walkable walls, this characteristic makes the town quite unique. In a small way it reminded me of York, my hometown. Maybe that’s why I loved it so much.

In Lucca, you’ll discover clean winding cobblestone streets, art galleries, boutique shops and churches galore. Lucca, in keeping with all Italian styles, is a mesh of effortless beauty and timelessness.

Giving away its age it’s also home to an ancient 1st century A.D. Roman Amphitheater where gladiator shows were once held, but now is the home to beautiful tall houses with traditional Tuscan restaurants.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

We parked outside the huge impressive walls and walked in wondering what this town had to offer.

We quickly discovered that climbing Guinigi Tower in the main square was possible. For for the best views climbing the 230 steps really isn’t that bad at all.

It’s totally worth it.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Plus, in the back of my mind I’m always thinking I’ll deserve an even bigger bowl of pasta because I’ll have earned the extra calories right?

Speaking of food, I’m always weary of falling into the tourist trap type of restaurants so when my brother suggested eating at the amphitheater area I was skeptical. As usual though, he was right. We adored our choice, and the name, ‘Bollicina’, which translates as ‘bubbles’. With cute checked table linen, a perfect people watching type of table and staff that were professional but friendly and nice.

I couldnt resist ordering the pears and local cheese accompanied by a side bowl of honey to begin with, followed by a generous vegetarian sandwich on the side.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

My brother Reece had the Sea Bass.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Lee ordered the Tuscan vegetable soup.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Whilst my Mum, yet again, had the mixed Bruschetta. Every time! But I guess its a case of ‘you know what you like, and you like what you know’!

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Simple food, made well. Always enjoyable and every mouthful bursting with flavour.

With the role of designated driver I was on the coffee, not a bad thing! Italian coffee is the best.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Fully refreshed we wandered around more discovering unique shops and views, buying gifts and trinkets to take home.

Every corner you turn you’ll discover a beautiful, Romanesque looking church — like the gorgeous Basilica of St Frediano which is the oldest church in Lucca dating back to the 6th century!!

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Even the supermarkets are ‘instagrammable’

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Just walking through the town will have you passing bakeries famous for their inventions (like Forne Giusti, famous for Focaccia).

Pedalling around

Bicycle shops are clustered near Lucca’s north gate so we hired bikes from Cicli Bizaarri for around €3 for the hour. Blue ones for the boys, shopper bikes for us girls 😉

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

We cycled the famous 4.9km route atop the ancient walls. Ringing our bells and dashing under trees and around other tourists we had the best time. The views are absolutely breathtaking, almost like something straight out of a storybook.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Supper is served 

Eventually, Villa Cerine was calling us back and we headed on home hungry again and ready for our evening supper to be cooked by our own private chef. Not as extravagant as it sounds, the villa team offer it as a extra service! We were all intrigued as to what we’d be having and after a long day sightseeing with achey feet it leaves some time to relax and get ready.

Dinner is served!

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Currently the days have been surprisingly warm, the locals have said we’ve been lucky for October. Night times require a jacket or scarf but it’s still warm enough to eat outside on the terrace.

We were utterly spoiled and dined on some of the local specialities.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Fresh salad with edible flowers, drizzled with local oils and balsamic.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

The juiciest of blackberries on little slices of traditional bread slathered in the creamiest of local cheeses.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

All washed down with strawberries and Prosecco.

A Day in Lucca & Dinner at Villa Cerine

Exhausted and ready to drop we eventually all disappeared to our rooms dreaming of how the next day of adventures could beat this one.

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14 Comments

  1. 19th October 2017 / 9:37 pm

    This looks like a fabulous trip! The architecture is gorgeous and you found some yummy-looking restaurants. Those berry tarts are so pretty. I love trying new foods when I travel.

    • hellocuppies
      20th October 2017 / 10:59 am

      Me too, trying new food is the best part

  2. Candy Rachelle
    20th October 2017 / 1:00 pm

    It looks like a great and beautiful place to visit. The food sounds so delicious and tempting. I am pretty sure that you really enjoyed your trip there at Villa Cerine. I will definitely put this on my bucket list for my next travel visit.

  3. Shubhada Bhide
    20th October 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Wow!! This is such a great place to visit. and that restaurant has a lot of delicious foods. Looks like you really enjoy visiting that place.

  4. keisha1989
    20th October 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Woo! Look at these pictures. Lucca looks like a lovely place to visit. The buildings are so beautiful and the food looks great.

  5. 20th October 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Is this still part of you Altopascio, Tuscany trip….Because you really are convincing me that Italy should be our prime location. 230 steps isn’t so bad we have a trail here called 1000 steps which takes you up to a grand view, so I think we could handle 230.

    • hellocuppies
      20th October 2017 / 4:30 pm

      ha-ha! It is! Altopascio is just one lovely small town in a region of Italy called Tuscany. It’s the perfect location to visit lots of different places which makes it ideal. I’ve still got Florence and Cinque Terre to post yet too. 230 is easy… there are other hikes and climbs a lot higher if you want to do them. (Google Cinque Terre…its beautiful!)

      • 20th October 2017 / 5:30 pm

        I thoughts so, The Villa’s name sounded way to familiar.I look forward to seeing those post. I don’t speak a lick of Italian, would I still be able to manage there. And those pictures that came up on google for Cinque Terre how picture perfect do they look.

  6. 21st October 2017 / 1:04 am

    Looks like a fantastic getaway! The appetizers and the drinks look so yummy! The community is so quaint and lovely 🙂

  7. 21st October 2017 / 7:52 am

    That looks like an amazing place to holiday! All the food served at your dinner looked sooo delish! Drinking Prosecco in Italy is definitely on my bucket list! (I have already ticked off having Chianti in San Gimignano! :D)

  8. 22nd October 2017 / 9:42 am

    Wow! Enjoy reading your sharing here, a beautiful getaway you had 🙂 Love the place with the great food varieties;) Wish i will have chance to personally pay a visit to enjoy the food there too 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  9. 22nd October 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Wow!! I enjoy seeing those foods looks so delicious/ It makes me really hungry. I will definitely check this place so interesting.

  10. 26th October 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Gosh, I LOVE Lucca! I visited back in 2009 and your photos have brought back so many memories.

    I love discovering hidden gems and I really feel like Lucca is one of those places, don’t you think!

    Also, the food looks incredible!! xx

    • hellocuppies
      26th October 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Ooh yay! You’ve been too & totally know what I’m talking about! The food was incredible, I also learnt the town only allows genuine Italian restaurants to set up too, no international cuisine allowed!

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