Over 60 years ago a young man (in his late teens) ran away from this town and ended up in Australia. Mauro Cerasa, my father, is the only member of his family to leave Lucca. The other 3 brothers Bruno, Sergio and Giordano all still live there.
Speaking for myself and I think, I can also speak on behalf of my two sisters, we do feel an affinity to this town and to our Italian heritage.
Ironically as a young kid growing up in WASP rural and then, eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I did every thing I could to deny my ethnic heritage. Hard to hide behind a name like "Cerasa" though.
So here I am visiting this walled medieval provincial city for the the 5th time and I have to say .... I love it a little more each time! There is an allure about Toscano that is hard to deny.
Have you visited Lucca?
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