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Italian Club

Italian Club Holiday to Lucca – 2017

On 14th June, 16 members and friends from the Italian Club met to enjoy a week’s holiday in the beautiful city of Lucca.  Several group meals and activities were organised, leaving folk free time to explore or relax.

We were privileged to be led on a walking tour of Lucca’s architecture and sculptures by a knowledgeable local guide, featuring the old Roman Amfiteatro and city walls and discovered why Lucca boats so many beautiful churches!

Florence was visited, with tours of the Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia, plus a walking tour.  Pistoia and Barga were favourites too.

One evening we attended a concert in an old church, converted into a performance venue with excellent acoustics where arias from Puccini’s operas were sung by professional singers, after which we had an excellent meal in Ristorante Undici Undici – fabulous name!

Puccini lived and worked in Lucca so we visited his birthplace museum with its musical scores and costumes, then admired statues of Puccini and Boccherini in the nearby square.

The old Roman city walls offered a popular venue for walking cycling and running, affording panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside.

A highlight of the holiday was enjoying the very tasty local food and wine, in temperatures in the high twenties – and visits to every gelateria in Lucca!

The holiday was enjoyed in great company, with much laughter! Roll on 2019 and our next holiday!

Jenny Macintyre



Festa Natale – 9th December, 2016

Ristorante Qua welcomed 46 members of the Italian Club for the annual Festa Natale.

We enjoyed fine dining, fine wines and fine liqueurs – and of course great company! The Qua staff were attentive, helpful and humorous!

The Italian Club committee sends Buon Natale and Buon Anno greetings to all our members.  Auguri!