The entirely intact Lucca town wall, Tuscany, Italy.
car-free top of Lucca's town wall - the inside wall is seen
in this photo - makes a delightful exercise route.
over-the-top Renaissance walls and interesting little town are
17km (10miles) from its historical enemy, tourist-clogged Pisa,
yet gets barely a whiff of alien intruders. The town was most
powerful from the 11thC to the 14thC due to the rich local agriculture
and the silk trade, till it was captured by Pisans.
These days Lucca - birthplace of Puccini - is comfortably affluent
and still specialises in silk.
Piazza Anfiteatro, a circle of medieval apartments built onto
the foundations of a Roman amphitheatre in Lucca town.
of the town's main sights are: the stupendously complex and
artistic facade of the church of San Michele in Foro; the interiors
of various churches but especially the Duomo; the odd circle
of ancient apartments of Piazza Anfiteatro; the 44m (130ft)
high 15thC tower of Guinigi with a holm oak growing off its
roof; and, of course the magnificent town wall that makes an
excellent shaded, circular promenade. But there's plenty more...
Torre (Tower) Guinigi in central Lucca, with its ancient oak tree roots growing down into
the room below.
the shade of the old oak tree...The toppermost floor of Torre
Guinigi, the strange and wonderful Luccan tower.
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