Rainy days can still be fun days

Not all our walking tours are always under the Tuscan sun!  Tuscan rain happens here, especially in Lucca. Lucca has a wonderful Meditteranean climate.  However, Lucca can also be very rainy.  I think the reason for our rainy days is a combination of being close to the mountains to the north, but still close to the sea. Whatever the reason, we benefit from the rainfall and it doesn’t do much to dampen the city’s charm. Our city is so green all year round and we have plenty of sun to enjoy as well.

I try to keep an eye on the weather forecast so that I am ready in case of any rain.  I keep my little umbrella buried in my purse, just in case.  And it has happened a few times that I got caught without one as the rains came down. My hair gets spoiled, my shoes are soaked, and I feel the dampness all over while doing a tour! That is not as pleasant as it should for both me or the guests that are on my tour.

Take a look at the photo. It was a wet rainy day, but we prepared ourselves for the rain.  The photo is of myself and the tour escort. You can see from our smiling faces that taking a tour even on a rainy day that Lucca is still beautiful! In fact, it can be a great day for a tour because we will get you out of the rain into our amazing churches, museums and shops. There is no reason to let a little rain spoil a great vacation!

Take a stroll to authentic Tuscany

“You don’t need to go far from Lucca’s historic center to find the beautiful countryside that comes to mind when first think of Tuscany. Olive groves, vineyards, cypress trees, soft rolling hills, and magnificent villas surround the city.  With a very short drive, or a long pleasant stroll beyond the city and you can be in the middle of this country paradise. But be careful. It’s true that many fall in love at first sight!

Tuscany’s hillsides are home to wonderful vineyards and olive groves. Many places welcome visitors for tastings, just as many roadside trattorias offer wonderful local food. This is place to experience Tuscany!


If you would like help arranging a tour, please contact me. I’d love to help you travel like a local! And after you’ve fallen in love with Tuscany, you may want to rent or buy a place of your own. We can help with that, too!

I look forward to meeting you the next time you visit. Be sure to take a little side trip to Lucca’ss most beautiful countryside.  You too will feel like I do!

A good man is hard to find

But not in Florence! The beauty of Michaelangelo’s David is a Tuscany treasure that must be experienced in person. Florence is the epicenter of the Rennaisance, home to incredible art, literature, architecture, science and history. Many say of all the brilliant works to be seen, The David stands above them all.

You can decide for yourself with so much to see and do, whether you want to see as much as possible in one day or want to carve out more time in this gem of a city. Contact me for a 30-minute pre-holiday preparation to learn my tips for visiting these great works of art, avoiding lines and crowds (as much as possible) and still having time for a wonderful meal, a cafe or (and!) a gelato. I can also offer you a customized guided tour.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Pisa is more than the tower

The traditions of Tuscan towns go back hundreds of years, especially between the close towns of Pisa and Lucca. Everyone has strong opinions! But a visit to Tuscany should include a quick trip by train (just 20 minutes) from Lucca to Pisa. See the tower and its beauty, but there is so much more to see. The historic center, a walk on the Arno and some many local trattorias with excellent local food. Contact me for more information about this interesting and very different Tuscan town.