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10 Amazing & Affordable Tuscany Towns

10 Amazing & Affordable Tuscany Towns | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you are one of the lucky ones that get to travel to Italy, you will want to be sure to include a visit to these affordable Tuscany towns. Most people think that Italy is too expensive, but if yo…
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48 Hours in Lucca

48 Hours in Lucca | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Lucca today, within its extraordinary, perfectly-maintained 17th century walls, is a curious cocktail of the everyday and the unique. Its traffic-free centre is busy and bustling – a tangle of alleys, courtyards and squares. [...]

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Lucca, Italy: cultural city guide by TelegraphTravel

Lucca, Italy: cultural city guide by TelegraphTravel | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Tim Jepson offers an essential cultural guide to Lucca, the Italian city Henry James described as 'overflowing with everything'.
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Lucca, Italy | Top 10 International Locations To House Sit

Lucca, Italy | Top 10 International Locations To House Sit | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Known historically for its production of fine silks and even finder olive oil Lucca is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. A picturesque medieval town full of cobbled streets, quaint churches, art galleries and piazzas just waiting to be discovered, this is great place to walk a mile in a the shoes of a local resident.

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Lucca, Italy: Tuscan taste of history, fine food and Puccini

Lucca, Italy: Tuscan taste of history, fine food and Puccini | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One of the most scenic places to dine is San Colombano, an indoor-outdoor restaurant that sits on the city wall, on a particularly wide, tree-lined section, and incorporates some of its features (one of the restaurant’s windows takes up the space once occupied by a cannon). With views over the rooftops and out towards the stately cathedral, you can opt for cake and coffee at the cafe on one side of the entrance, or a meal at the restaurant on the other. The expansive menu of pizzas, calzone, salads and pasta reveals top quality food for a lot less than you’d pay in Australia. [...]

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Lucca is well worth a Mass

Lucca  is well worth a Mass | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
An useful guide on what to see when visiting Lucca, a city with secret places behind its city walls, one of the perl of the off the beaten path Tuscany
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“This city wall is surprising and interesting”
These walls are renaissance walls that surround an ancient city that dates back to 180BC - even Julius Ceasar visisted in 58BC. Most of the centre of Lucca is 1100's with narrow streets winding their way between beautiful piazzas and old, old, churches. There are many fairs and festivals - including many held in the churches that focuses on Italian music - very suitable as this is where Puccini was born and lived (a piazza has a statue of him - just beneath the flat he lived in). The wall itself is a wonderful way to go around the city and has a park along its length - being quite long, you can rent a bike to make the ride. You'll look over the town and see the old spires (one with trees growing on the top). Everywhere you look you can see the latest in walled defences from that era. Each one of the four sides of the wall have a different species of tree growing along it. The wall was even used for car racing in recent times. Enjoy a coffee from one of the many cafes along the wall
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Skeletons Reveal Tuscan Life in the Time of Cholera

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A church cemetery holds skeletons from a thousand-year history of burials, including some that may hold clues to a cholera epidemic.

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Lucca and Abruzzo among the 10 Best International Places to Retire by Topretirements

Lucca and Abruzzo among the 10 Best International Places to Retire by Topretirements | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

This a highly subjective list. There are doubtless cheaper places to retire, and perhaps more beautiful. The choices on this list reflect those of a hypothetical person/couple with: low to medium ability in a foreign language, preference for Europe to Latin America or Asia, low to medium amount of adventure and flexibility, limited desire to live in a gated compound, low tolerance for bureaucracies where bribes and capriciousness rule. 

  1. Ireland
  2. France
  3. Coast of Spain
  4. Italy. Lucca or the Abbuzzo region of Italy could be great places to retire. It is hard not to be enthusiastic about Lucca. This charming little town in Tuscany about 50 miles west of Florence has become a popular retirement spot for British, French, and German retirees. The old walled city has a population of only 7,500 and is by far the most interesting part of town. It has spectacular squares, shops, restaurants, and churches. It is not inexpensive, but the setting and lifestyle are wonderful. The Abbruzzo region, a bit more affordable than Lucca or Rome, is about 50 miles east of Rome and extends to the Adriatic coast. L’Aquila is the capital of the region and would make a nice retirement base. The region has many protected hill towns of great beauty and charm. Did we mention Italian food or ambiance? To fit in here you had best learn Italian, and get used to a Latin pace.
  5. Costa Rica.
  6. Croatia
  7. New Zealand
  8. Panama
  9. Mexico
  10. Ecuador, especially Cuenca.
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