Take a stroll along the country lane uphill
to the very pretty village of Lucignana and soak up the wonderful vistas that surround you.
Explore the woodland to the back of La Radura
or relax by the pool - the choice is yours!
Enjoy a glass of the very local wine
(from the vineyard in the grounds of La Radura) on the terrace whilst contemplating what to do tomorrow.
Cross the river from Barga and go to the underground caverns
of the Grotto del Vento with its fabulous curtain stalactites, and 1, 2 or 3 hour explorations of the caves with an English speaking guide.
Wander around Bagni di Lucca, a lovely old spa town.
There are shops, cafes and a small park with swings and slides for the children as well as the spa where you can indulge in some treatments.
An evening meal in Barga
Go up into the hills to the town of Barga for an evening meal in a nice location.Great for watching the locals or spotting the tourists while eating pizza or pasta.
Take the train from Lucca to Florence,
an easy way to arrive in the heart of this magical city. Spend the day marvelling at the sheer abundance of art that is on display.
If you are driving into Florence, follow signs to Piazzale Michelangelo.
Not only will you find free parking in this square, it is also the spot where you will have the most fantastic view over Florence. A short walk down the hill takes you to the Ponte Vecchio, over the river into the heart of Florence. Go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds!
Make sure you visit Pisa for the day.
Its numerous piazzas and narrow streets, lined with lovely buildings, are sometimes ignored as people flock to see the Tower, but it is worth spending the morning or afternoon there discovering what it has to offer.
If you feel like an adventure,
follow some of the tiny country roads that take you up and over the Alpi Apuane and down towards the coast. Pick a clear day and you will have beautiful views of the countryside.
Walk the walls of Lucca
admiring the Lucchesi families as they promenade on a Sunday afternoon and admire the 68 churches within the walls.
Dine in style -
there are a number of excellent restaurants in the area including Locanda Antica in Sesto a Moriano and La Mora in Ponte a Moriano, back towards Lucca.
Visit the Villa Demidoff by the river,
near Bagni di Lucca, for a hot spa bath and massage.
If you have children, take them to Collodi
just off the road to Pescia, east of Lucca. Collodi is the name of the author of Pinocchio and there is a Pinocchio park there.
Highly recommended is the trip to Carrara
to view the marble quarries and marvel at the way it is mined. If you then visit Pietrasanta on the way back, you can visit the stonemasons' yards and watch them at work transforming marble into yet another copy of the statue of David in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence (which is itself a copy!).
Children will love the River Lima which runs through Bagni di Lucca.
It is a great river for paddling, stone skimming and trout spotting. Head upstream from Bagni di Lucca - parked cars on the roadside generally indicate where the river is easily accessible.
Visit Castelnuovo di Garfagnana,
the town at the gateway to the Garfagnana National Park, home of wild wolves and lush alpine meadows reaching up to the far peaks.
Go to the various music festivals in Lucca
ranging from the summer festival which is often host to big stars like Elton John, to the Puccini Festival in September.
Go hill walking along the many trails
through the hills to the high peaks and visit the many hillside villages along the way.
Go on a mini tour of the magnificent Lucchesi villas
that can be seen in the area around Lucca. These beautiful Tuscan houses are often open to the public, and boast splendid formal gardens and gorgeous interiors. Head for Villa Torrigiani in Camigliano, Villa Reale in Marlia and Villa Mansi.
If all else fails to tickle your fancy, why not visit Florence, Siena,
Greve in Chianti, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Volterra, all within 2 hour's drive of the breakfast table and bring back scrumptious bottles of the best Italian wines from the region to enjoy with your dinner.
Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Lido di Camaiore
are the coastal resorts with sandy beaches, long promenades, and lots of hustle and bustle. During the summer, the places are filled with Italians enjoying the sun and sea.
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