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Welge Travel Report – "The Rivieras: Italy, France & The Isles"
After more than four decades of independent travel Dick & Dorothy joined a GCT journey “The Rivieras: Italy, France & The Isles”. We did research on Firenze and the Riviera destinations for places to see, things to do and where to dine.
Dick & Dorothy Welge publish destination guides for cities and areas worldwide at WelgeTravelReport. Our report is helpful for those times when you’re dining on your own and/or have free time.
Paolo, our program director, was extremely helpful on locating and commenting on the restaurants that we had chosen in our research.
Our destination prior to boarding our boat was Lucca – an interesting medieval town with a shopping street. This was Puccini’s birthplace.
Nestled in a verdant valley, this gem of Tuscany features ancient architecture and customs that have withstood the tests of time. This can be seen most readily in the well-preserved city walls which have surrounded the city since the 17th century—they encompass a wide expanse of red terra-cotta roofed homes, and the eye-catching Case-Torri or “Tower Houses” of wealthy families.
We saw locals sipping cappuccinos and eating cornetto (croissants) or Buccellato (a sweet local bread). We passed through the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, where a ring of medieval buildings outline the site of the city’s former amphitheater, which was used to hold thousands of spectators for gladiator games. Now we understand why its name means “illuminated glade.”
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