Enclosed in the Walls of Lucca...

Thanks to Valentina... you may already recognize Valentina by the beautiful photos on her site Les Cotrions...
and the painting I did for her...She was soooo wonderful to suggest that Lucca was a FAB place to VIRTUALLY visit and SAFE for Petunia and Fifi to stay...

Lucca is a city in Tuscany, northern central Italy, situated on the river Serchio in a fertile plain near (but not on) the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Lucca. Among other reasons, it is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls. (via Wikipedia)

Look at the beautiful the walls of Lucca...

A fortress to hide away... what could be better...Valentina recommend a few places to stay... I chose a little B & B called La Bohème...

While Petunia chose OF COURSE Hotel Noblese... We agreed to meet in the refreshment area of her hotel...
Wellllll now that we are settled in... sketch book in hand... time to head outdoors and explore... look at the beautiful architecture...

Lucca is the birthplace of opera composer Giacomo Puccini three of my favorite Operas by him... Tosca, Madama Butterfly and one about Parisian Life... La Bohème... you know how Fifi loves to bring French to Italy...

Let's visit Museo Villa Puccini with a statue of the composer out front... oooh PERFECT... meeting Valentina for lunch at the delightful Ristorante Puccini... Yum...
Ooooh a FAVORITE of Fifi's...

Lovely dessert...

After such a delightful lunch... let's end the day strolling some gardens of Lucca...Like these gorgeous grounds of the Palazzo Pfanner...Merci Beaucoup Valentina... your Lucca is BEAUTIFUL!!!

I hope everyone ENJOYED this FAB visit! Where oh where did Petunia run off to... perhaps we should go see HERE

Be sure to visit other OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY via Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer!

Tomorrow I think Petunia and I will be crashing a famous wedding in Verbania... come along for some FUN... Ciao... a la prochaine!


Photos via Wikipedia, Valentina, Sites that linked in the post, Google search for Lucca, Italy

31 comments:

Mama said...

Fifi your painting is gorgeous and beautiful Lucca is the reason I fell in love with Italy many years ago, Palazzo Pfanner is superb and Puccini's very own home was close by at the lake, it's a truly magical place, thank you and Valentina for taking me there again, happy outdoor Wednesday. Kathy.

Moonspinner said...

Mmmm wish I was there!xx

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Fifi!
Your post is faboulous!!!! Thanks so much!!!
Big hugs
Vale

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Fifi! Everything is so beautiful... I would love to see the gardens...and the architecture! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Slices of Beauty... said...

Merci, slowly falling for Italy, thanks to you Fifi!

Couture de Papier said...

Thank you for the trip to Italy very economical and beautiful!
Thank You Denise
Hull,Massachusetts
PS Forgot to mention an elderly shabby artisan,one of the first is having an estate sale her roses are heavenly.I took pics for her and posted on my blog with her contact information.

Becky K. said...

Definitely a place to enjoy.

Thanks for the virtual tour...

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Megan Coyle said...

these pictures make me want to hop on a plane and head on over to Italy :)

Mary said...

Everything you've put into this post shows such thought. It really is a treat to blog with you. Blessings...Mary

FrenchBlue said...

fifiness~
It's all so wonderful and inspiring~
Your painting is the best!
xo's

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Thanks for showing another wonderful spot in Italy!

THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Your blog and posts are so stunning. I love Italy, thanks for the virtual tour and experience

Kathleen Ellis said...

Fifi dear, this was tres magnifique! You have given me much to dream about as I push through my paperwork today!
Hugs to you and Petunia...wherever she is!
<3

flip flops and pearls said...

Ohhhh love it FiFi!!

I am hoping to have something good in the mail from you today!!

Are you still having blog issues? If so, email me and I will see if I can submit a problem ticket or something.

Have a great day!

Janet said...

darn, darn, darn. I was in the area last month when we took our Western Med cruise. The plan was to "do" Lucca instead of going to Florence since time was short. At the last minute we opted for Pisa instead ( the reason should be obvious). Pisa is a lovely city as well, but now I want to go back and do Lucca.

Janet@Housepeepers

Crystal said...

What a great photo and you really did an awesome job in your painting.
I just loved seeing Lucca, Italy. It makes me want to go to Italy even more.
Thanks for sharing!
Crystal

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Fifi, it is all lovely. Your painting is stunning!

Barb

Martha said...

Molte Bene!! Bellissimo!! Molte Grazzi, Fifi.

Debbie said...

This entire post is beautiful but the painting you did is the prettiest thing on here.

Beverly said...

Oh, what beauty surrounds you. I wish I was with you and Petunia.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh another lovely place in Italy.
Lovely painting seen before but lovely never the less.
You didnt show on my followers list this morning. so had to go thru other channels to get here. Well worth it tho.

susan said...

I have decided that I think your paintings are so much prettier than the real thing--(I know there is deep philosophy and symbolism hidden in that statement somewhere :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Fifi,

Your painting is lovely.
Also all the wonderful photos you shared with us are magnificent.
that little B&B looks very nice.

Hugs
Carolyn

Brenda said...

Goodness girl, you sure do get around! You must be one busy lady. Beautiful photos. Exotic fare.
Brenda

Renee Finberg said...

love all of it !

x

Tracey said...

Lucca looks lovely! I love the painting you did!
Hope you are enjoying your summer :)
Tracey

Regina said...

Gorgeous as always.

Ms. Tee said...

What a wonderful place to visit this would be. Your paintings are so lovely! And that garden is amazing. :)

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

writing- wonderful
photos - story telling at its best
Painting- Divine!

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and preparation...it certainly does NOT go unnoticed.

TTFN~~Claudia

Linda said...

I am drooling over those pics - wow! My French/Italian heritage is crying to be there! Linda

A Lady's Life said...

What a beautiful day! :)

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