Posted by: Debra Kolkka | March 14, 2014

Almost spring in Lucca

One of the fun things about writing a blog is the people you meet along the way. Today I went to Lucca to meet Stephanie and Paul who follow the blog and have come to spend a month in this lovely Tuscan town.

It was a gorgeous day in Lucca, the sun shone and it was delightfully warm, so we had a stroll through the streets before having lunch at Paris Boheme.

Spring is less than a week away, but it seems to have come a bit early this year. The magnolia blooms have almost finished in Corso Garibaldi when they should be about to start.


The trees on the walls are still bare, but there are tiny buds beginning to appear.


Some of the trees in the botanical gardens are already well on the way to turning green.


I don’t know what this one is, but it has the most amazing root system.



Wild flowers are growing in the sunshine.



Camellia trees are laden with gorgeous flowers.


The next few weeks are going to be wonderful, spring is an exciting time of the year with new growth appearing every day. I hope the weather stays dry and warm. We have had a very wet winter and everyone is quite tired of it.


  1. I love those camellia’s at the end, how fabulous they are! Enjoy the season change. xx

    • Spring is about to begin…can’t wait.

  2. I guess that all the winter rain has done some good. The flowers look beautiful! Thank you, Debra.

    • I hope we don’t get a wet spring like last year, it was too much.

  3. I love the colorful flowers and trees,it makes everything beautiful.

    • It will be fun to watch all the spring flowers appear.

  4. Yes I remember being with you in Lucca much later in the season when those Magnolia trees were at their peak on Corso Garabaldi. Anyway luckily you caught them for us just in time. Beautiful post Deb.

    • The flowers were a bit early this year. It is a gorgeous street.

  5. Gorgeous photos- Spring is so beautiful there! Lucca is one of my favourite places! ( and I bet lunch was delicious!)

    • Lunch was great and it is always fun to see Luis and David.

  6. Great to see Lucca blooming again, spring at last. I can’t recall a single trip to Lucca where i’ve had one of those ‘oh know not this again’ moments.
    I would’nt mind living in Lucca its got everything.

    • Lucca is a great place. There is always something to see and do. I love it.

  7. I can only dream about growing those camellias not to mention the magnolias, sigh….

    • Things just seem to grow here.

  8. The tree you didn’t recognize is a ‘cipresso calvo delle paludi’
    it’s a very amazing tree! 🙂

    • Thanks for the information. I have often wondered about this tree as I walk past.

  9. Lovely news Debra of beautiful weather to come home to, back on Tuesday 🙂

  10. How lovely to be watching this beautiful transformation. Lucky you!

  11. It’s come to the point where I really look forward to your first magnolia post from Lucca, Deb! Beautiful as always.

  12. So jealous! We are months before any sign of spring. Beautiful.

  13. Only 6 months to go til our first visit to Lucca , your blog is like a long gentle tease and we CAN’T WAIT to gt there !!!

  14. I was in Lucca at this time, 2 yrs ago, and those Magnolia trees were glorious. I smelled it in the air. It was pure and clean. I have never seen camellias in that hue, how gorgeous are they? Lovely post.

  15. It’s so beautiful out there… things changes so dramatically there with the season, right?

    Here in Kerala we have only two seasons, Rainy and not rainy 🙂

  16. Thank you Debra for bringing lovely Lucca to all of us who wish we were there…

  17. Wonderful pictures especially as I look out on the lingering snow here in northern Illinois. Thank you so much.
    I remember an enjoyable couple of days in Lucca several years ago. Though it was fall, and I might have missed the blooms, it was still an experience I hope to repeat some day.

  18. Gorgeous photos. And the roots on that tree are amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it. Hope you are enjoying a lovely almost-spring weekend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  19. well look at that, they are an odd root system….lovely spring pictures. It still feels like summer here.

  20. those magnolias look stunning, you were there at the perfect time to see them too.

  21. Your photos are just so beautiful !

  22. Wow! That first photo in particular is gorgeous!

  23. I adore Magnolias. They’re so lovely, and so are the Camellias. The tree roots look really funny. 🙂

  24. Stunning pictures as usual, Deb – lovely to see Lucca in its Spring glory.

  25. I just want to come Home to ‘the turret’….

  26. a little lunch time reading

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  28. Spring seems such a long time ago, Debra, but you portrayed it so beautifully. I owe it to Rommel for reminding me what a nice blog you have. 🙂

    • I will be heading back to autumn, another beautiful season.

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