An Italian Adventure: Lucca and Cinque Terre

Have you dreamed about hopping a plane to Italy, and then exploring the countryside in a Fiat? That’s exactly what one of our Pottery Barn merchants did, and Millie’s graciously sharing her photos, tips and trip highlights in our four-part series, An Italian Adventure. Today, Millie’s exploring Lucca and Cinque Terre.


“I fell in love with almost every doorway in Italy. Hand painted tile house numbers, industrial lighting and hand forged iron work always surrounded by jasmine vines or roses.”



“The gardens of the Pfanner Palace in Lucca offer a nice stroll away from the cobble-stoned streets.”




“The most incredibly hydrangea hedges I’ve ever seen were found at the Pfanner Palace.”




“Walnut Ravioli – to die for. A trip to Italy almost requires that you eat pasta twice a day. Even then you could never try all the variations of pastas and sauces. Walnut ravioli is so delicious and I’ve never found it in the states!”

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“This was our Abnb apartment in Riomaggiore. I loved the fact that it was literally cut into the rock cliffs. The apartment was up about 200 incredibly steep stairs and down a few narrow corridors as you wound your way up to the top of the village. it would be almost impossible to get any large furniture in here — talk about small space solutions!”

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“We really enjoyed our beach day on the Mediterranean.”

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“The fresh seafood in Cinque Terre was amazing.”



“A view of the colorful harbor in Vernazza, with Cinque Terre’s famous terraced hills in the background. ”

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“This insanely amazing church in Monterosso was decorated with skeletons. But they weren’t scary, most seemed to be smiling. This was one of the craziest interiors I’ve ever seen. (Also, the wood skeletons are excellent halloween inspiration!).”
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How do I get this job?! Send me to the south of Italy for your next Italy Adventure! 🙂 Lucca is a hidden gem. Can’t wait to go back.

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