We got back from Italy two weeks ago and it’s hard to believe it! Our favorite meals and part of our trip was in Lucca.
On our last day of vacation, we explored more of Lucca. We had a wonderful breakfast buffet in our bed and breakfast, La Romea, made by the host’s mother. Our host suggested another great restaurant for lunch too.
First, we went up the nearby Torre Guinigi (a tower with trees on top) to see Lucca from up above before touring the Cathedral of San Martino and walking the walls around the town. Inside San Martino, there’s the “Sleeping Beauty” tomb that is so beautiful, there’s an urban legend that single ladies rub the nose for good luck, and in hopes of meeting their future husbands. I liked the painted ceilings, especially over the altar.
For lunch, we had an amazing Tuscan feast at Trattoria da Ubaldo. In this goth, rock and roll styled restaurant, we had delectable chick peas and peppers, as well as the traditional Lucchesi dish, tordelli, which is similar to ravioli. The owner looked exactly as he does on the menu and the wine bottle label! He totally looked like a gothic biker, pirate!
In the late afternoon, we left Lucca, by bus back to Pisa, to fly home. It was a great way to see more of the countryside! We arrived in London after 9pm so we decided to get a good night’s rest instead of going into the city, since we had been on our feet all day around Lucca.
Our flight from London to Seattle went smoothly, including having global entry and making customs a breeze. We bypassed nearly a thousand people in line, with our global entry pass and got in a super short three person line. The whole process from getting off the plane to getting my parent’s car, took only 10 minutes. Global entry was the best purchase we made on our vacation. I highly recommend it to everyone and it also includes TSA pre-check!
The most comical part on our return, is that we had to hike into our neighborhood, when my parents dropped us off! The city was resurfacing our street, so my parents had to drop us off two blocks from our house. It was a rather fun and ironic way to end our vacation!