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Who are you, where do you live and what unique experiences do you offer?
My name is Antonella, I live few km from Lucca and I am a Licensed Tourist Guide for Lucca and surroundings.
I have been working in tourism for more than 20 years as a Tour Leader and as a Tourist Guide. I still lead groups all over Europe but I now prefer to guide people in my beautiful city, to let them discover the art and history jewels we have here, in Lucca belted by the Reinassence walls.
I got my University Degree in Foreign Languages and I can speak English and Spanish and Italian of course.
I am also a Disability Manager specialised in tourism accessibility.
I am a mom (my son is 14 years old), we have four sleeping cats as we live in the country, I love art, pottery, motorbikes (I have a big yellow one!), travels and I deeply love Lucca and Tuscany and Italy.
Visiting Lucca and surroundings with me you will have the chance to fell in love with the city and the people living here, quite different from the other ‘Tuscans’ because of their history of freedom and indipendence (Lucca has been a free Republic till 1799).
I will also tell you about tradition, legends and things to do and to taste and you will really enjoy the time you are spending here.
My (gonna be) husband always says that I am very lucky to do a job where I am paid to talk because I love talking and meeting people!!! :)
What does your city offer that you can’t find in other places?
Tuscany is the cradle of Renaissence and Lucca is in the middle of Toscany, crossed by art and history, with a strong personality and original characters. The city downtown is surrounded by walls and full of medieval churches, ancient palaces, museum, towers.. the surroundings are dotted with Renaissence and Baroque Villas, small enchanting villages, hamlets, parks, Viareggio and Versilia will amaze you with seaside, montains and nightlife.
What is the best season to travel to Lucca?
All year long there’s a reason to travel to Lucca: winter is famous for Carnival and skiing, spring is good to see camellias and visit gardens, summer offers sea, parks, nice walkings, music festivals, fall is time for wine, olive oil, chestnuts and Christmas markets.. :)
What to do if it rains once in Lucca?
Lucca has a lot of interesting places for a rainy day: National Museums, Villas and Palaces, art Museums and a lot of churches!
Where in Lucca can you relax best?
Walking or sitting or having picnic on the walls, for example. Also shopping is relaxing!
Where to eat really well?
There are a lot of good places where you can taste traditional and local food, but I will suggest you the places where I use to go.
What do you do apart from showing people your country?
I teach Geography at the local public High School, I am a lecturer and I am a blogger. :)
What do you recommend to travellers to put in their bag when they make a trip to your country?
Tell us your personal recipe for a perfect day with your guests.
A walking tour in Lucca starting with a good espresso, some tasting here and there along the walking and then lunch in some special Osteria. After lunch, by car or train, we can visit the Villas or some hamlet in Garfagnana.
If you have children, I will tailor the visit to let them enjoy the time we will spend togheter.
If you have special needs, I will create the right visit for you.
You can not leave Lucca without …
… Buccellato! that’s the typical cake of Lucca. But you cannot miss: focaccia, olive oil, wine.. and please don’t leave Lucca without climbing to the top of the Guinigi Tower!
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