We’ve gushed about Lucca before. And we’re gonna gush about it again! For those of you who might not know, Lucca is a goooorgeous little city in Tuscany, conveniently located near Pisa, Florence, and the Cinque Terre. We often have guests on our Cinque Terre tours stay here as an after-vacation vacation, which we love to help them plan. A groovy place to stay is the Hotel Ilaria Lucca — they have a great location right at the edge of the old city walls. One of our team members, Kelly, stayed in the split-level family room and it was two thumbs up. We also dig the hotel cause it’s got parking (a luxury in some historic centers).
Do you love learning? Me too. Lifelong learner over here. I love doing NEW things. If you want to feel like you “live more” just do more new things. New things get your brain going. If you find yourself in Venice, and you’re too cool for a gondola tour, try making some glass in a Murano glass studio. Not because you love glass objects lying around your house, but because you love learning new things, from people that have already done their 10,000 hours of mastery. Book your glass class with Roberto here.
We say si grazie to town hopping (and gelato-shop hopping, too) around Lake Como in your own captained boat. This collection of private boats will make your vita very dang bella. One of their itineraries takes you right past Clooney’s house. If you’re flying into Italy, hit the Lake Region immediately after you land in Milan. The town of Como is about an hour from the airport (ask your hotel to send an airport transfer). I would book this boat for an afternoon cruise the day after I arrive. It’s a fab way to get a lay of the lake and land, with minimal effort. A perfectly perfect way to celebrate whatever percentage of Italian you might be (learned via 23andMe or just a hunch — your love of lasagna does feel DNA-deep).