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returns 12/31/2017

Can recommend day trips from Lucca, can give car directions from most places in Italy, and can help you plan an itinerary. But cannot recommend hotels and restaurants! For general information, hotels and restaurants, visit and

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I've been to Italy many times, exploring many areas of the country. I've also traveled to Egypt, India, Nepal, Israel, Turkey, Fiji, Malaysia, and other places in Europe and the Caribbean.


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I like to help people discover the joys of independent travel.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

When visiting the Garfagnana or the mountains north of Lucca, there is a wonderful B&B on the road to Abetone called: Scacco Matto. Please visit their website at for more information.

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Kathy07/08/12101010You are terrific and so quick to .....
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Recent Answers from Lisa

2012-10-12 Italy for 2 weeks:

Hi Ann. Two weeks is a nice amount of time, but not enough time to see the entire country. You need to prioritize. Read about places on Or pick up a guide book. The time of year is important

2012-07-08 Driving Times Italy:

Hi Kathy. Via E80, it's 2 hrs 18 mins / 128.29 miles from Florence to Santa Margherita.    From Santa Margherita to Aeroporto Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino), it's 4 hrs 47 mins / 315.73 miles. It's the

2012-06-04 Travelling to Italy for 9 days:

Hi Ankur. Your re-worked itinerary is much better!    For walking tours, just go to Google and type in self guided walking tours of italy and Florence, Rome and Venice will pop up. Peruse these sites to

2012-05-31 Travelling to Italy for 9 days:

Hi Ankur. Thank you for your kind words.     Doing research is so important to planning a good trip. I like the site: Go to this site and type in a city. Then click on Frommer's

2012-05-29 Italy - Lucca Day Trips:

Hi Margo. Lucca is a good base to launch many day trips. Florence, Siena, Pisa and Cinque Terre are all places you can visit via train. (Be sure to have your tickets validated by having them stamped in


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