Every year on the first weekend of September on the city walls, Lucca holds the Murabilia an event dedicated to flowers, plants and gardening. This year marked the twentieth edition of the Murabilia and I can’t believe that it was my first visit to it in as many years that we have had our house in Tuscany. What took me so long!
This year was perhaps a little different in that even although it was an outdoor event you needed to have a Green Pass to enjoy it. Despite queuing for longer than I would have liked to buy a ticket it was well worth it in the end.
You really don’t need to be green-fingered to appreciate the Murabilia since, beside plants and horticultural products there was so much more to see with stands brimming over with fresh produce including honey and cheese as well as a display of traditional skills and crafts such as basket weaving.
The Lucca Pumpkin/Squash Club (Club Le Zucche Di Lucca) stand especially caught my eye with its variety of colourful pumpkins and squashes in different shapes and sizes. I also really enjoyed the stands with natural botanical based skincare products.
The ticket price for the Murabilia also included entry into the Orto Botanico (Botanical Gardens) in Lucca and we spent a lovely afternoon there exploring the garden and viewing an exhibition.
September really is a lovely time to visit Lucca and I have now put the Murabilia event firmly in my calendar.