Lucca proved to be a wonderful place to hang out before our pilgrimage. There was much to see and do, including the Old Town, City Walls, Botanical Gardens and the Via Francigena Museum (a must see for Pilgrims and non-Pilgrims alike)! It also allowed us to check off the practicalities that we needed to do, i.e. getting our Official Pilgrim Passports, purchasing a local SIM card, and picking up a few last minute items. Most importantly, it was a great place to hang out with our youngest son. During our final evening, I chose to neglect my blog and watched reruns of Friends with Creighton, something we did frequently when he was younger. Our photos will need to tell you the rest of our Lucca story.
Accommodations: Affittacamere Luce,Traversa III di Via Romana, 96,Lucca, Tuscany 55100. Phone: 3208424344, email@example.com. Cost: 40 euros per night for a double room, 60 euros for a triple.. Highlights – Extremely engaging and conscientious owner. Super clean and comfy environment with large kitchen. Considerations – The accommodations were very close to the VF Trail but they were a fair jaunt outside of the City Center and Tourist Trail. We inadvertently accumulated more pre-trail walking than originally planned.
And before we knew it, we were off to Galleno
Day One Distance Walked: 24 km
Time: 6 hours + rest breaks.
Fears Realized: Zero! No unleashed angry dogs, no mosquitos, no snakes seen, no big climbs, no death-defying traffic and no rain…..at least not yet. As a bonus, there were numerous places to eat, drink, and refill our water bottles.
Best of all, the views were lovely and the walking felt great (tiring, but immensely satisfying)!
Accommodations; Casetta dei Pelegrini, Galleno.
Tel: 0571 299931 – Cell: 366 9997072 firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Casetta dei Pellegrini is located near the Church of Galleno, along the path of the Via Francigena that passes from Altopascio through the woods, and continues to Ponte a Cappiano and Fucecchio. it comes out right in the square of the Church of Galleno .
11 beds. Beds may be booked in advanced via phone or email. Basic Rooms (3 beds in our room shared with one other hiker). As a bonus free internet and chocolate were also provided.
Next Stop: San Miniato Basso
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