Luca is a very kind, respectful, together, native Pisan who loves the area where he lives truly to the fullest. His zest for life and passion for Toscana truly touched my spirit and very inspirational. We had much in common which made it great...both into healthy lifestyles...organic foods...biologique in Italia. I am also very impressed with his career aspirations. He is a chiropractor and physical therapist. He had great ideas on where to visit. As well he is very uplifting because he has a great sense of humor, so it does not take a long time to laugh and smile when you get around him. He is quiet and considerate. The apartment is much to my liking, new construction, safe and nice neighborhood....just beautiful inside and out. It is close distance by bus to Pisa where you can in fact take the train to anywhere in Toscana. While I was there I visited Siena, Voltera, Cinque Tera, Pisa, Marina Di Pisa, Grossetto, Via Regia, Luca, Follonica, and Cascina. The area has many historic buildings, of which there are beautiful churches. As I walked around one may see farms as well with grapes, olive trees, lemon trees, donkeys, haystacks, and many lovely flowers. Luca helped make my stay in Toscana a good one.
The apartment I really liked and felt at home. When I walked outside the countryside was extraordinary with flowers and the sounds of church bells to walk to the bus stop. It felt like a home away from home. There are many old and historic churches around the area. Many times I would see hardy elderly men and women riding around on bikes from the early morning to after dark in the night time.
It was about a 10- 20 minute bus ride to Pisa. I am not a city person but Pisa had a lot of things that I liked. I saw 4 museums with art new and old. So I really was happy to get my art on. There was a great exhibit of Mitorij, a cutting edge contemporary artist that I would have never seen if I was not in the area. He is Polish and French who lives in the area and he is a film producer and director as well. Pisa will have an exhibit of Miglioni in October as well, a very famous Italian contemporary portrait artist. Many of the churches in Pisa are so amazingly ornate with incredible ceilings and very old renaissance like paintings that are huge and awe inspiring.
As well I was very impressed with how well the local Italians are such dedicated and skilled stewards of the land. Even people who live in apartments put beautiful potted flowers and plants that are so remarkable. I lived in Hawaii for many years and they remind me of Hawaiians who take such pride in caring for the land. I learned words like bene', Bella, bellesimo, and that is how I would describe my trip to Pisa. Thank you Luca!