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Lucca, Italy

After all the farewells and the packing up of our London Life, we traveled to Italy to recharge before returning to the US.  Relaxation was on our minds and Lucca, Florence, and Pisa were on the itinerary.  We began in Lucca.  Here are the highlights from this charming, Tuscan city…

City Walls

Lucca’s City Walls

Passeggiata

La Passeggiata della Mura (The Walk of the Walls)

One of Lucca’s main attractions is its city walls surrounding the historic center.  Atop these 39ft/12m high walls sits the unique, tree-lined footpath, Passeggiata della Mura, offering 4km/2.5 miles of picturesque scenery.

Rabarama Sculpture

Rabarama Sculpture along the city walls

Currently on display in Lucca are the amazing sculptures of Rabaramathe immensely talented Italian contemporary artist.

Duomo di San Martino

Facade and bell tower of the Duomo di San Martino

Lucca’s magnificent Cathedral of St. Martin, (Duomo di San Martino) with its grand, marble façade, dates back to the 11th century.  The Volto Santo (Holy Face of Lucca), a large wooden crucifix believed to be carved by Nicodemus, is a highlight inside.

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

Piazza dell’Anfiteatro

The oval Piazza dell’Anfiteatro was built on the site of the Roman amphitheater. Today it is home to restaurants, shops and cafes.  A great place to park your bike and unwind…

Chiesa e Battistero di SS Giovanni e Reparata

Back of Chiesa e Battistero di SS Giovanni e Reparata

The striking Church and Baptistry of St. Giovanni and Santa Reparata was built upon several layers of past civilizations, providing a unique insight into Lucca’s history. 

I Don' t Like Chocolate

And, finally, a “chocolate lie” brings this short yet relaxing visit to a close.  We enjoyed our time in this lovely city.  Molte Grazie, Lucca!   

Now, off to Florence…

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