Grand Tour 2012: Part 06 – Tuscany

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tuscany marked the furthest point out on our trip. We had chosen Lucca as our destination for this trip after Mark researched the origins of his family name, Landucci and traced it back to the historic walled town of Lucca in Tuscany.

We didn’t expect Lucca to be quite so beautiful and we didn’t expect to find a grand Cafe Landucci in the railway station square. Mark introduced himself to Andre Landucci the cafe’s manager and distant relative. We were given free espressos and branded coffee accessories. What a heart-warming welcome.

We climbed the medieval towers and had a picnic lunch on the ancient walls.

Florence never disappoints and the campsite high over the city, Campeggio Michelangelo, is a great base to explore from. It’s probably one of the best city-camping places in the world, just 15 or 20 minutes walk down the hill and across the river. We went for runs along the river, explored the back streets, relaxed in cafes.

Grand Tour 2012: Tuscany

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