Cinque Terra to Lucca

Great breakfast again at Hotel Margherita.  Nan went off for shopping but nothing was open.   Checked out and got a cab around 10:30 to catch the 11:05 train to Viareggio to connect to Lucca.   Got there just in time but had to hustle the 2 suitcases, 2 carry-ons and our purse/backpacks down the stairs and over to the other track.  Got up the stairs just in time to step on the Lucca train just before it left.   Nan was barely able to carry the carry ons.   Hard for her to manage.   Stood at the door with the luggage til we got to Lucca.   Cab to the Hotel Iloria, inside the walled part of the city of Lucca.   Very nice.  Stylish courtyard leading into a well appointed lobby.   Checked us in and informed us that there were free bicycles available and that there was a .6km ride along the city walls.   Turns out the “suite” was in the residence building across the street and down the block.  Porter took the bags and led us to a wonderful room with 2 baths, bedroom loft.   Comfortable layout, free snacks and sodas in the min-bar.   Jacuzzi tub in the downstairs bath.   We dropped the bags and went out and got a couple bikes and did a circuit around the city walls.    Started around again and decided to go in to the botanical gardens.  Bailed when it started rainging.   Went to a walk after it stopped about halfway into the city center.  At the hotels suggestion, made a dinner reservation at Buca di Santa Maria for 7;30p.   Dinner was fabulous.  Quaint restaurant with candles on every table and around the place.  Very attentive service.  Our waiter spoke very good English with a UK accent.  He is married to an English girl.   Started with Asparagus soup (Nan) and artichoke pie for me.  Then split a square spaghetti pasta with tomatoes, Olive Oil and Basil.  Finished with Cod Stew (for her) and Wild Boar for me.  Both with polenta.   Desert was a pear torte with warm chocolate.   Then a lovely walk back to the hotel.


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with loft bedroom
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Lovely bathroom with spa tub

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