Pescia is a town that's only 20 minutes from Lucca by train. It is the centre of the flower trade in this region of Italy. It has a medieval history AND it has a Saturday morning market, SO we thought it would be worth a visit. We were wrong! The markets were the cheap clothing and knick knack variety and the town itself was choked with traffic and devoid of much remaining charm.
Someone threw a bucket of water(??) out of one of those old shuttered windows and most of it landed on my head. It was a long walk back to the stazione and we had to wait for a train back to Lucca for over an HOUR.
It felt so good to walk back into beautiful Lucca and find one of its excellent trattorias to enjoy a very late lunch. We found this out of the way family run place, full of the locals, and fairly quickly returned to good humour over a delicious lunch (house made antipasto plate for me and "brick roasted" chicken, hand made pasta for Rob and veal and olive stew) and half a litre (between us) of the very drinkable house Chianti.
We had a small leak in the pipes under the sink of our apartment today so we had a visit from our landlord Paolo around 6.00pm to fix it. In the process he showed us the renovations he has underway in the apartment opposite ours. He's going to make it into another holiday rental like ours. He spent quite a bit of time explaining all his plans and the problems he's overcome (plenty!). He's a clever and lovely Italian gentleman and given us a lot of help in planning things to do, places to see etc.
We joined la Passegiatta this evening..my favourite time of the day in Lucca..but couldn't manage a gelati as we wandered, like everyone else seems to do, after our huge late lunch. We found a quiet little part of town near Via del Fosso eventually - named for the canal that was originally built in 1376 to defend the eastern part of town......
..and one of the few Plane trees in the whole of Europe that has been allowed to grow free of the ballistic pruning techniques usually applied to this species.