Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dining on the walls of Lucca


This evening as the air started to move at the end of a hot day I had a sudden desire to take an early evening constitutional. I put on my trainers and headed as I often do for the famous ‘Le Mura’ walls of Lucca. I had completely forgotten the significance of this ordinary Friday. I was a little nonplussed to hear the beating of the drums and the sight of the flag throwers in processions with archers and then surprised to find my normal circuit interrupted by what appeared like a low level billowing white cloud hovering like a white river for two kilometres.



 On closer inspection along one side was a line of rather incongruous designery perspex chairs rather more suitable for a fashion boutique than ‘al fresco’ setting. The date then came to me. This evening was the long awaited world record for the longest table. A menu based on tomatoes prepared under the eyes of a famous Lucchese chef to be served to 2,000 people who unlike me had been together enough to buy their tickets in time. The lucky diners would also be served a special commemorative wines produced by local vineyards. Food wine and dining under the stars must be a good way to continue the celebrations of Lucca’s famous ‘Le Mura’ .




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Our View from le Mura Villa Tuscany




Le Mura villa looks over 9 chains of mountains and the Garfagnana national park. We can see the Apuan Alps where great sculptors from Michelangelo to Henry Moore have selected the perfect piece of marble to execute their masterpieces, the little villages that nestle into the hillside opposite, the elegant villas of Bagni di Lucca from a bygone age when the town echoed to the voices of poets and royalty escaping the summer heat of Florence. The mountain river Lima  sparkles in the light. I promised myself when we bought the house that I would never become blasé about  this view and indeed I haven't. Last weekend I took some pictures in the early afternoon while waiting for our guests arrive. Every room shares this amazing panorama except for the family bathroom, which doesn't but even the view from there is rather pretty! It is good sometimes to reflect on how lucky we are.







For more information about Le Mura Villa  visit our website on www.lemuravillatuscany.com  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

La Mura Villa springs into holiday mode


Le Mura Villa is now in full spring mode and changing from the snug winter house with the wonderful scent of the chestnut beams, enhanced by the fire and wood burning stoves, to a summer house with the windows wide open and the view over the seven chains of mountains no longer capped in snow but the white marble glistening instead in the sun. The pool is open and ready for the first splashes .


We still have a few weeks free with flexible changeover days so please also visit our own website for availability and more information  or contact Celia and Enzo vcituscany@yahoo.com or visit our website on www.lemuravillatuscany.com

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lucca's Festival of Antique Camellias



March may seem early to visit Tuscany but for Camellia lovers the hills just East of Lucca are a feast to the eyes. The annual festival of Camellias is centred around the villages of Pieve di Compito and San Andrea di Compito. This unassuming collection of villages hosts one of Europe's most important shows of camellias. Examples of these beautiful plants were first brought to the area in the 16th century by local merchants. These hills harbour one of the most important collections of Camellias.
There are many events that take place over the three weekends of the festival including Japanese tea ceremonies held in the grounds of the beautiful Villa Orso but for me the highlight is wondering around the villagers and being able to visit private gardens. I also made the wonderful and exciting discovery that these hills cultivate fine organic tea, only in very small quantities. For an English girl how exciting is that!





















For practical information visit the website on http://www.camelielucchesia.it
There is a shuttle bus from Lucca. Ask at the tourist office or you can park your car at either Carraia or Pieve di Compito.