What makes a family trip to Italy memorable?
Well… many things, but in our opinion, take your time might be very important.
A large number of the travelers we meet during our photo sessions have already come to Europe before. A lot of them have already come to Tuscany, and this might sound familiar to you too. This means having the chance to stop for a few days and explore a city (or just a village) and its surroundings, escaping the hoards of tourists that visit this region almost any season.
This year especially, we met many of these families just at their venue, often a wonderful villa with a huge garden, in the middle of the most typical Tuscan countryside. From there, they could enjoy a slow drive through the soft rolling hills, discovering small towns and villages like Pienza and Volterra. This way it’s easy also organizing a photo session, skipping the crowds and the hustle of the big cities.
That’s why when Melissa wrote us that they were spending a week in Lucca, we immediately felt connected.
If you’re not really familiar with Tuscany, you might have never heard this city before. Everybody knows Florence, Pisa, or Siena, but for some reason, Lucca is still less known. The old town is surrounded by ancient walls, and the streets are often free from cars, which makes it very easy traveling with kids. Also, the variety of backdrops is so diverse, the lighting is great, and it doesn’t require as much walking to get between locations.
Melissa was traveling with her husband and their daughter Olivia. Her parents and grandmother joined us at the beginning, and then we continued the session with just the three of them. We could comfortably stroll the city center, having a stop every time we needed.
Here are a few words by Melissa, perfectly describing their family trip:
“We decided to finally make this trip back over to Italy on a whim. My grandmother wanted to come back over, as did my parents, and we decided this was the perfect year to do it [..] We live across the country from all of our family, so I feel so fortunate to take this trip with them.”
Reading this, and living far from our families too, we feel like dreaming to do the same one day.
We hope this can inspire you too