This is the last week of photos of the walled city. This first photo shows the activity that takes place on top of Lucca’s storied walls.
The grand piazza, Piazza Napoleone, which once housed Napoleon’s sister, Elisa. The bustling town square is bordered by what was her home, Palazzo Ducale.
Lucca is composed of three walls. The original Roman wall, the medieval wall, and the current or “new” 500 year old wall, which remains the only intact wall structure. This is a picture of one of gates of the medieval wall.
A sunset view taken from on top of Lucca’s wall. Note the tower (torre) in the background.
Chiesa San Giovanni is home to a nightly Puccini concerto. The deconsecrated church has perfect acoustics to hear arias from La Boheme or Madama Butterfly.
In late April Lucca celebrates the saint, Santa Zita, by filling the anfiteatro and other parts of town with flowers. It’s a stunning and beautiful display.
This is San Frediano, one of Lucca’s most beautiful churches. The intricate mosaics on the front of the church are as fine as any you will see in Italy.
One more photo on top of the wall. During the weekend passeggiata, the wall, like much of the city itself, is filled with Lucchessi and tourists alike strolling on high.
I hope you have enjoyed these pics of the walled. In these next two weeks, we’ll go outside Lucca and take a look at a number of spectacular getaways.
Enjoy the week,