Tuscany Photos: Lovely Lucca

The best discovery of this trip, as far as I am concerned, was the town of Lucca. Originally an Etruscan settlement, Lucca maintains its Roman street grid within Renaissance-era walls. It’s big enough to be interesting and small enough to get around easily. I just loved it. If we come back to Tuscany, I’d like to stay in Lucca and wander around the town at night.

Our daughter found a local restaurant in a guidebook for lunch that was supposed to be authentic, so we went to Trattoria Leo,  Leo was a tattooed, pierced guy who looked like a pirate. The restaurant was crowded and the service was totally chaotic, but it was one of those places where you are pretty sure if you complain, you’ll get an earful. The food was great though! I had Tuscan wild boar sausage and fagioli. OMG, it was good.

Afterwards, we wandered around, visited several churches, and finished up with a stroll on top of the very imposing walls, which are now a park encircling the city. Just freakin’ gorgeous.

Just a pretty street.
Just a pretty street.
Bikes are the main transport inside the walls.
Bikes are the main transport inside the walls.
San Michele in Foro.
San Michele in Foro.
Piazza San Michele.
Piazza San Michele.
Really, REALLY old olive tree in the Piazza San Michele.
Really, REALLY old olive tree in the Piazza San Michele.
Street festival in progress.
Street festival in progress.
The Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is circular because it is built on the foundations of a Roman ampitheater.
The Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is circular because it is built on the foundations of a Roman ampitheater.
Beautiful Tuscan afternoon sun in the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
Beautiful Tuscan afternoon sun in the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro.
Lazy winter afternoon at the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
Lazy winter afternoon at the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro.
How to garden with no garden.
How to garden with no garden.
San Giusto--Romanesque era church.
San Giusto–Romanesque era church.
Medieval frescoes in San Giusto,
Medieval frescoes in San Giusto,
Books and prints for sale in the church courtyard.
Books and prints for sale in the church courtyard.
More creative gardening.
More creative gardening.
Awesome medieval mosaic at San Frediano.
Awesome medieval mosaic at San Frediano.
No scattered body parts in bejeweled jars for San Frediano. They have a whole mummy. Saint Zita from the 13th century.
No scattered body parts in bejeweled jars for San Frediano. They have a whole mummy. Saint Zita from the 13th century.
In the flesh.
In the flesh.
The 16th century walls around Lucca are now a park that goes around the entire town.
The 16th century walls around Lucca are now a park that goes around the entire town.
Sunset on the wall.
Sunset on the wall.
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