[Image Â© Fototeca ENIT / Gino Cianci]
Halfway through your week at The Watermill, we shall take a retreat within your retreat to spend the day soaking up some of the amazing sights this part of Italy has to offer.
LuccaÂ is a beautiful Italian city, imposing dark red brick walls, wide enough to walk (or cycle: hire a bike) all the way round. The centre is wonderful with superb architecture, notably the San Michele church, the Cathedral, the medievalÂ Piazza del AnfiteatroÂ echoing the shape of the old Roman amphitheatre, the classical splendour of theÂ Piazza Napoleone. And there are shops where youâ€™ll find great shoes and leather goods, and thereâ€™s an elegant pedestrian shopping street, theÂ Via Filungo. The train heads slowly from the station at Aulla on the single-track railway, meandering through theÂ Alpi ApuaneÂ regional park, taking about an hour and 30 minutes to get to Lucca (and about one hour and 45 minutes back, donâ€™t ask why!), but the journey itself is worthwhile not just for the great scenery (the impressive marble mountains, sparkling rivers, hilltop villages) but for observing Italian life.
Join me on this amazing opportunity in September – full itinerary and details here:Â Unplug & Unwind