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were sitting in an interior open courtyard under a canopy
of orange trees enjoying drinks and telling stories when
a young man used a translation app to talk to them. He
was graduating the next day, he said, and wanted to toast
in celebration! The spontaneous joy of that moment was
only enhanced by the stroll back to the hotel.
"We were walking through these tiny streets, with just
a little moonlight and street lights," Davis recalls. "It felt
like I'd always been there. It really was magical. I struggle
with the words for what I experienced. We were just
strolling along having a great time and it felt like we were
the only people there in the city."

" I felt like I d' always been

there. It really was magical.
I struggle with the words for
what I experienced. "

The next day, the group's exploration of the medieval
city of Lucca, nicknamed "the city of 100 churches" was
anything but expected.
"For a lot of people, when you think of guided tours,
you think of going to a lot of museums and things like
that," Davis explains. "I think it's really neat that this
itinerary takes you to things you don't typically do on a
guided tour - more active things."
One of those active, immersive experiences was a
bicycle ride around the wall that surrounds Lucca's
old town. Once a military barricade, the wall has been
preserved as a wide pedestrian promenade lined with
Apple strudel
trees that offers views of the Apuan Alps on one side
and city towers on the other. Willis says that the group
went around once together, but that some, including her,
decided to ride around again because it was so fun.
"You can't get much more involved than being on a
bike and smelling the trees and
the flowers and feeling the air on
your face and experiencing the
perspiration of it and seeing the
mountains off in the distance,"
Willis says. "I loved it."
E AT L I K E A L O CA L
Working up an appetite is key to
fully enjoying all that Italy has to
offer, and sampling authentic flavors
from the region you're in elevates
each meal. From more unique dishes
like zucchini flowers stuffed with
ricotta cheese then deep fried, to
pesto lasagna, fluffy gnocchi or the
traditional treat of gelato (cinnamon
gelato in a chocolate-dipped cone
is the best way to go, according
to Davis), it's not surprising that
choosing a favorite meal is nearly
impossible. Willis tried.
"The seafood pasta we had
the first night we were there was
amazing," Willis says of the meal
she savored at the first restaurant
Club Adventures had selected for
the trip. "It had shrimp and clams
and mussels, and it was in the best
garlic sauce I've ever tasted. It was
just wonderful."

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