This morning I was reading the Sunpapers’ Life and Travel section. There is an interview (by Jae-Ha Kim) of the new book, “The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir” written by Sheila E. One of the questions was about travel and asked what untapped destination should people know about? The answer was Lucca, Italy.
I traveled there this past April and it was a jolt to my memory to see this definitive statement in writing.
Yes, it was a beautiful place. I attended mass there on Easter Sunday. Of course it was in Italian, but the pagentry and the church were magnificent. The most amazing parts of the trip were the local sites, the buildings, the food, and the people. And, surprisingly, the American music that was an important part of their summer festival.
Lucca (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlukka] ( )) is a city and comune in Tuscany, Central Italy, situated on the river Serchio in a fertile plain near the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital city of the province of Lucca. It is famous among other things for its intact Renaissance-era city walls. (From Lucca – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucca
Rick Steves offers a spoken tour which is very nice, informal and folksy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AekC_l7KZe8