Travel Throwback #7: Lucca


I have a special treat for you today with not just one, but two travel throwback photos from my photographic archives.  These are two black and white photographs I took with my film camera back in the late ’90s.  My family at the time were stationed in Napoli, Italia for our second tour.  We visited Firenze (Florence) periodically while living in southern Italy.  However, my favourite location in Tuscany is the town of Lucca.  An ancient medivelal city with Renaissance-era city walls that are still quite intact.  You can walk around on top of them or even rent a bicycle to enjoy the sights from the wall.  Pictured below my younger sister Zoë sits on the edge of the wall surrounded by the daisies in the grass.  I remember plucking the little childhood flowers to make daisy chains to wear in our hair.

Perhaps one of my most favourite memories of being in Lucca was when my parents took us to see James Taylor perform. The concert was near the Basilica di San Frediano in the Piazza Anfiteatro.  The piazza is elliptical-shaped and closed in by an embrace of medieval houses around it.  Sting had stopped by to visit with his friend James and even got on stage to perform with him during the concert.  It was a wonderful memory I enjoyed with my parents and sister many summers ago. 


“That night I looked up at those same stars,
but I didn’t want any of those things.
I didn’t want Egypt, or France,
or far-flung destinations.
I just wanted to go back to my life from my childhood,
just to visit it, and touch it, and to convince myself
that yes, it had been real.”

― Jenny Lawson
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:
A Mostly True Memoir


Q: Have you been to Lucca, Italy?

 *Photo used for A Compass Rose and belongs to Bonnie Rose Photography © 2007 – 2014 All Rights Reserved |

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  • Amanda

    That sounds like an amazing memory you’ll always have to cherish! x

  • Natalie @ UnexpectedWanderings

    Bonnie, I LOVE your blog….I just happened upon it today, and it is seriously so inspiring. I have been reading a ton of it. I love this post–I really do think that there is something about film that just captures moments differently. Love love love it.
    Also, this is making my thirst to go to Italy even worse. Someday….

  • Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    Lovely photos and words Bonnie. I’ve never been to Lucca, but it’s on my list to visit. x

  • Lindsay W

    I can picture this perfectly! What a lovely memory. x

  • Chantal

    Sounds like lovely memories. I haven’t been to Lucca (yet) but it sounds like a nice place to be. I loved Firenze though!

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