Buongiorno, amici! How are you today?
Last week has been quite hectic for me, I had to work a lot and had some family issues to face as well, therefore I was looking very much forward to some relax during the weekend. But there was a cool event in Lucca, called Verde Mura – a gardening fair held on the city walls – and I didn’t want to miss it.
Lucca is a couple of hours away from where I live, which meant getting up a bit early for a Sunday morning, but it was totally worth it. As I have already told you in a post I wrote last year, Lucca is a cute little town in Tuscany, lesser-known than Florence and Siena, but equally stunning.
Little alleys, cute shops, nice restaurants, amazing squares: Tuscany at its best.
Lucca is surrounded by Medieval walls, which twice a year are the location of an agricultural and gardening fair. The Spring event is called Verde Mura, which means “green walls” and I was really curious to visit it. I can’t say I have the green thumb, but I love all things related to plants and flowers and this was a great opportunity for a day trip, as it also meant taking a stroll down Lucca streets, which always have a nice and relaxing vibe.
The fair was quite big, there were a lot of stalls and many opportunities to buy both common and rare flowers and vegetable seeds. I really enjoyed walking up and down the fair, thinking of what I could buy for my tiny little garden, but I actually went home empty-handed. When there’s too much on display, I never know what to choose. But it was a great experience anyway!
(it seems that tomatoes’ season is approaching quite fast)
(while artichokes’ season is definitely in full swing!)
(there were amazing flowers on display too)
As I just said, we didn’t go to Lucca just for the fair. It was also the chance to take a walk down the city streets, which are always full of life and tourists and make you instantly feel on holiday.
If you want to know more about Lucca and what to do there, I definitely recommend this post, where I listed all the things to see and do there. Yesterday we didn’t do anything special, we just enjoyed some super relaxing time and took advantage of the gorgeous kinda summery weather.
(we skipped lunch and had a nice bruschetta and Spritz sitting outside in the sun)
(lovely Piazza San Michele in the city center)
(I have been there a thousand times, but Piazza Anfiteatro never stops amazing me)
(it was actually Summer yesterday, a perfect chance for the first gelato of the season)
It was a very tiring Sunday (we had to drive for four hours back and forth and we walked a real lot while being there) and I have to say that when I woke up, my first thought was: “let’s just roll around and keep on sleeping”. Luckily, my husband forced me to get out and go and I will never thank him enough.
Tiring as it was, it was a great cure for my mood as well. I came home feeling refreshed and ready to face another week. So, even if sometimes I tend to forget about it, getting up and doing things is always the best solution.
Do you also feel the same sometimes? Let me know!
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