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Tuscany, Day Seven



When Neil and I woke up this morning we were both feeling under the weather so we decided to take it easy this morning and stay at the hotel instead of taking another trip into Florence. I think I have a sinus cold, my typical response to stress. So, Neil and I had a leisurely breakfast and went back to our room. We read for awhile and then had a lovely nap. Lunch was leftovers from yesterday's dinner. At 2:30PM we boarded the bus and went to Lucca. It is the only medieval city in Italy that still has its surrounding walls, unaltered from the Middle Ages. It is a lovely city with lots of churches, town squares and lots of small shops with everything from soup to nuts on offer. Neil and I decided to climb the tallest tower in the city to see the trees that were planted on top in the Middle Ages. Centuries ago, the local bishop told the nobleman who owned the tower not to build it any higher because it then would be taller than any of the church bell towers. In response this nobleman planted some tall trees right on top and it is, as a result, the tallest tower. The view from the top was panoramic and we took lots of pictures. We got slightly lost after that trying to find a shop that we had passed on the way in on our locally guided tour. Never did find it again. We eventually worked our way back to familiar territory and were able to find our way back to the bus. Once we got back to our hotel, Mary, one of the other women on the tour told us about a great pizza place on the main drag here in Montecatini. She said that the food was delicious and reasonably priced. Neil and I had pieces of 3 different kinds of pizza and a half litre of wine between us for 12 Euros - about $16.00. And they were delicious! Tomorrow we go back to Rome with a stop and tour of Assissi on the way. We have to have our suitcases outside our doors at 7:30AM so I will go now and pack.

Posted by lineke.rich 11:24 Archived in Italy

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Hi Lineke! I am enjoying your posts! Sounds like you are having a wonderful, busy holiday and seeing LOTS! Marli is fine, but missing you I think. She wants lots of pets before she will eat. She's lovely :)

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