Pomp And Circumstance

A Broad Abroad: Monterosso al Mare to Lucca

Posted in A Broad Abroad, Fashion Files, Inspiration, Pomp Day-By-Day by Miss Pomp on October 30, 2012

We spent our last morning in Monterosso al Mare getting some last minute pastries and cappuccinos and sending postcards home to our fams. 

And then we hopped a train for this place:

We had heard about Lucca the night before from a couple of friendly waiters that said they visit the city about once a year. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans, and then in 180 BC it became a Roman colony. Sheesh man, THAT IS BEFORE JESUS! That is REALLY stinkin’ old.

There is a giant wall built around the city that was originally made for military use as defense against intruders, but now serves as a promenade that surrounds the whole city. Husband really wanted to do this:

MISTAKE. This thing HURT, and I mean it HURT BAD. We only rented it for an hour, and I had to take a break before the end because the seat was so stinkin’ uncomfortable.

(On Husband: J. Crew, On me: Dress – Anthropologie, Chambray – H&M, Bag – J. Crew, Sandals – Sam Edelman)

Here’s the deal: I wasn’t a big fan of Lucca. Now, this is just one ladies opinion, so feel free to totally disagree, but here was my overall impression:

The architecture is beautiful, and you can feel the history just walking through the town, which is great. I think that 50 years ago, or even 20 years ago, it would probably have been an awesome place to visit, but there were a LOT of tourists (I realize we were 2 of them, but still), and when you see a beautiful old building from medieval times and it has a Game Stop in it, it just feels wrong.

So, we stayed for only 1 day,  BUT, we had a great meal and met some really nice people that we really enjoyed talking to, so I guess it was a success!