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Spencer and I caught a bus from Bagni di Lucca to the city of Lucca this morning. Our driver dropped us off outside the famous wall and we found our way inside this impressive city. Spencer demanded we first ride bikes along the 2 1/2 mile wall. For 6 euro we rented 2 bicycles for an hour. We rode past gardens, parks, playgrounds, towers and statues and could peer across a good portion of the city.

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After our ride we came across a carousel. Spencer had the entire ride to himself and I only paid 1 euro for a few minutes of fun.

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We toured Lucca without a map this year and I’ve never been so happy to be lost. We came across crowded piazzas, quiet streets, and fabulous restaurants.

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Lucca offers something for everyone, but it’s mostly off of most tourists’ radar. I loved browsing the clothing and kitchen stores while Spencer honed in on a Game Stop store.
I admit I’m very torn about where to put down roots in Italy. I absolutely love Bagni di Lucca, but after spending the entire day in Lucca, my heart is fighting an internal battle. Lucca provides all the comforts of home while Bagni di Lucca is a small village that has completely captivated me. Luckily I have a year to figure out which town will win this battle of the heart.

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