Lives in Rome, Italy
Since Oct 2010
I am a Rome based blogger, ebook writer, information curator, coffee and cocktail drinker.I am your go-to girl for the best information on just about anything in the eternal city, the Amalfi Coast and Capri.
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Observation Decks & Towers
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites
Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
These walls — that centuries ago protected the powerful city of Lucca — are now topped with a scenic public pathway. Lined by leafy trees, there are green areas, mountain views, and a cafe or two along the way. I like to make a quick loop right after my morning cappuccino.
This Roman era amphitheater is now one of Lucca's main piazzas. It's oval shape is ringed with medieval houses, and home to numerous shops and cafes that are well worth exploring.
For a birds eye view of Lucca and the Apennine mountains, climb the stairs of the 15th century Guinigi tower. Once a symbol of Lucca's wealth and power, it is now one of the few remaining defensive towers in Tuscany.
Of Lucca's more than 100 churches, this is the town's main cathedral. The Romanesque facade was constructed in the 1200's, but the site has been used as a place of worship since 1070. Inside is home to the famous sculpture, 'Volto Santo di Lucca,' which legend holds was carved by Nicodemus.
The gold flecked and colorful Byzantine-style mosaic that covers the facade of this church has been here since the early 1200's. Inside you will find the 12th century baptismal 'Fonte Lustrale,' decorated with carvings of biblical scenes.
I could spend hours standing in front of this church with its magnificent facade. It is like one of those seek and find books with carvings of real and mythical animals, as well as important modern historical figures.
Giacomo Puccini composed some of the world's most famous and beloved operas, including Madam Butterfly and Tosca. Inside this intimate museum are letters from Wagner, and the piano where Puccini composed his opera 'Turandot.'
Join in with the Italian afternoon tradition of the 'passeggiata' (after work stroll) along the Via Fillungo. Here you'll find elegant clothing shops, cafes, bakeries, gifts, and historic food shops.
By morning, this is a regular Italian bar serving cappuccinos and espressos, but when the clock strikes cocktail hour, head to the back where you can enjoy a glass of wine or an artfully mixed cocktail. You can either stand at the bar or make a plate of snacks and sit in the attached room.
This simple Osteria just off the Via Fillungo is full of charm and serves delicious meals. Tuscan classics like crostini with a liver pate, hearty farrow soup and wild boar pasta, are real standouts here.
Starched tablecloths and white-coated waiters make this place seem a little more formal than it actually is. Settle in under the beamed ceilings hung with copper pots and pans, and feast on pasta with wild boar or risotto. The much lauded roast 'capretta' is every bit as delicious as expected.