Lucca for kids
We decided to leave London behind for a year and come and live in Sunny Lucca to give our children (aged 9 and 3) the possibility to experience life in another country and connect with their Italian heritage.
Why Lucca? We didn't want a big city so as much as I love Florence and have many friends there , we chose Lucca as it is a quiet,small,beautiful historic walled city where everything is a cycle ride away.
That was our first shopping trip, to the second hand bike shop.
The medieval walls of the city run just over 4 and half km around the town . We can do the whole circuit in about half an hour on our bikes.The walls date back to different times , from ancient Roman times (a few parts still remaining) to the 16th century.
Three original city gates still exist and every time we go through them my 3 year old pretends we are knights going to our castle . We love the way they are illuminated at night.
There are so many parks on the city walls that it would be hard to cycle round with kids without stopping to play . Our favourite is the park by porta Elisa. Tuscany ride a bike at Via Elisa 26 has lots of bikes for rental or Poli at piazza Santa Maria.There are also lots of benches and cafes along the walls.