601 Photos - Jun 11, 2012
Photo: Flying over the snowed covered Alps to Italy in May, 2012.Photo: view of snowy Alps from airplanePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: bus tickets - Pisa Airport to LuccaPhoto: Photo: On the bus from Pisa airport to Lucca, about one hour ride.Photo: Photo: Rex Hotel in Lucca
We stayed here for 2 nightsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Lucca Piazza NapoleonPhoto: Photo: Photo: "First" Pizza (Magarita) in this tripPhoto: Always use fork and knife for pizza there.Photo: Inside Lucca old townPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Puccini's home and birthplace in LuccaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Many restaurants named after Puccini operaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Breakfast room in Rex Hotel LuccaPhoto: Photo: Photo: It is "bloody" orange in that red color jarPhoto: Photo: 4 ladies from California. Rented a car touring TuscanyPhoto: on the Wall surrounding Lucca old town. All around the city. Great for biking, walking, and running.Photo: view from the WallPhoto: Photo: We biked for many hours around LuccaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our hotel in in the far, not far from the old town wall.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: That's one way to park your bike in townPhoto: inquiring bus ticket to Pisa on the next dayPhoto: Happy to be on the "heel" of the Great Opera composerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Street magician on this piazzaPhoto: An interesting no-name statue in one alleyPhoto: Theater in town, just off Piazza NapoleonPhoto: back on Lucca WallPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Simple but neat room in LuccaPhoto: Photo: Hotel friendly and helpful manager is the daughter of the ownerPhoto: Rex Hotel provides free bike loanerPhoto: To meet an American couple from FlorencePhoto: Photo: The retired couple from Virginia now living in Florence. They took train to Lucca to just lunch with us.  We have never met before.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: train to Pisa in the afternoonPhoto: Looooong delay ....Photo: Leaning tower seen in distancePhoto: Photo: Photo: visitors into the tower require pre registrationPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: ticket to enter DuomoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Emblem installed by conqueror from FlorencePhoto: Photo: Souvenir stands run by African immigrantsPhoto: This bus took us back to Lucca from PisaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Need to past this outside Wall to get back to our hotelPhoto: pretty roses everywherePhoto: Photo: Lucca hotel manager recommended this restaurant, about 10 min. walk.Photo: very thin pizza crustPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It is a seafood platter!Photo: Pasta with squid black liquidPhoto: along with Toscan wine and saladPhoto: Photo: simple but very tasty pizzaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: dessert standPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: needed more Euro to pay the hotelPhoto: Photo: Gelato shop next to our hotelPhoto: Photo: Photo: take train from Lucca to SienaPhoto: Photo: Lucca train station, to go SienaPhoto: outside of our hotel in SienaPhoto: Our hotel used to be part of St. Caterina SanctuaryPhoto: Photo: One pass way from hotel to Siena old town, take about 10 minutesPhoto: First view of Siena Piazza del Campo.  We went there many times after.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: View of the largest Cathedral from our hotel roomPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We wonder what is going on for setting this large grill.Photo: starting fire with chairs!Photo: Caterina is the patron Saint of SienaPhoto: The flag of Contrada Oca (Goose)
Our hotel is right in this small Contrada (neighborhood)Photo: Photo: Photo: Our hotel room is on the far end of the 3rd floor.Photo: Photo: Statue of St. CaterinaPhoto: Wedding!Photo: Photo: People in Oca Contrada getting ready for their annual festivalPhoto: Photo: Many food stands set up by the localsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Two boys drinking milk from a wolf.
It is an icon of the entire Siena regionPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Siena Oca (Goose) Contrada neighborhood festival (for the entire weekend)Photo: crowds are gathering for Oca Contrada festivalPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: lots of foods & lots of winesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Young and old all wearing Goose (Oca) scarfPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Busy Giant BBQ grillPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We join in for special foods.Photo: First plate of grilled foodsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The gate of our hotel in Siena (Sanctuary of Saint Caterina)Photo: neat coutyard at the entrance of the hotelPhoto: This is our "first" plate from the festival.Photo: tasting the festival foods from Oca Contrada festival in our hotel courtyard.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Back to the neighborhood festival for more to eat. Almost everyone, from young to old, are there by this time.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Fire on the giant grill still going strong deep in the night.Photo: Morning breakfast area in our hotelPhoto: Their famous croissant (hollow inside)Photo: Photo: view from our hotel roomPhoto: Photo: We arranged to have private guide Andrea taking us for one full day around Tuscany.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On the trip with our private guide Andrea taking only two of us for one full day in Tuscany.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Visiting a family vineyard producing high quality Brunello of MontacinoPhoto: few cheery trees in the vineyard, with sweet juicy fruits,Photo: Photo: Visiting a family vineyard producing high quality Brunello of MontacinoPhoto: Photo: Photo: 3-member family runs the vineyardPhoto: The husband working in the yard.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: one of Davinci's invention, a wine barrel pressure regulatorPhoto: ready for wine tasting!Photo: Photo: Photo: Good cheese with sweet jamsPhoto: poster for wine festivalPhoto: Grappa, distilled liquor from grapes residue left over with wine makingPhoto: signs to vineyardsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The icon of Siena region, two boys drinking wolf milkPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Adrea took us to this osteria in a quiet townPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A fancy restaurant in a medieval townPhoto: Photo: Photo: met the major of this small townPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: arriving PienzaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The end of wonder day through TuscanyPhoto: Contrada Oca festival extended to Sunday evening with a parade in the neighborhood streets.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Statue of Saint CaterinaPhoto: Photo: Photo: We had our best dinner in the Siena restaurant, Taverna di CeccoPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Mei-Ching had beef shankPhoto: Best chicken w mushrooms dish Vincent ever had!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: This man invented accounting system for banking industryPhoto: Photo: Entrance to St. Gimignano old town. We took a local bus from SienaPhoto: Photo: statue from England for a summer fesivalPhoto: Plenty of Grappa, distilled liquor from left over grapes for wines.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gelato Champion shop by the old town squarePhoto: Photo: Photo: Had very nice lunch in this small restaurantPhoto: Photo: We were there early.Photo: Photo: Back to Gelato Champion shop for desertsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bus tickets (6 Euros each - one-way)Photo: Photo: back to Siena at St. Caterina SanctuaryPhoto: Our hotel room is the last one on the far end of the 3rd floor.Photo: Photo: waiting for bus to take us from Siena to Rome.Photo: Photo: Checking the hotel in Rome, not too far from Rome train station.Photo: Lady managerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Can you tell this is McDonald's?Photo: Photo: Fountain near Presidential PalacePhoto: Changing of the guardsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We walked to Trevi FountainPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Revisit the PantheonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Each column is made from one single marblePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Tomb of RaphaelPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We then walked to Campo di FioriPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: