Lucca is one of my favorite cities in Italy — with and without kids. The walled-city is perfectly preserved and despite it’s relatively small size, visiting the city is a unique cultural experience. The architecture is extraordinary and there is sense of a tight-knit community that I haven’t experienced in other cities in Italy.
What I love most about Lucca for families is the wall surrounding the city where everyone walks, jogs, and rides bikes. It provides a unique vantage point and quite simply is a special place to have a memorable Italian experience. You can rent bikes from a number of rental shops in the city, including kids bikes and trailers. On any given Sunday, everyone is out and about — it’s so fun! The other point that makes the city work well for kids is that most of the streets within the walls have traffic limitations, so there are few cars and many open, spectacular piazzas. Perhaps one reason Lucca is so near and dear to my heart is that it is the place where one Easter Sunday my husband was so immersed in enjoying a cappuccino in the sunshine, that he didn’t realize that I was missing (literally) for 30 minutes. I was accidentally locked in a restaurant bathroom and given the holiday, nobody was around to hear my calls for help. When I was finally rescued, my husband was totally unphased and clearly didn’t even notice I was gone! I guess he was really into the glorious setting … Albergo Villa Marta is our favorite boutique hotel in that area and is just 10 minutes outside the city walls. See more Photo Friday posts on Delicious Baby.
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