Lucca was a one day stop over between Cinque Terre and Tuscany, but it turned out to be a real find. It’s completely surrounded by medieval walls and the tops are wide enough for biking, which we did the morning we left. Our hotel was on the main piazza which took the shape of the Roman amphitheater that once stood there. They eventually tore down the amphitheater, but kept the resulting space as an elliptical piazza.
Lucca has over 100 churches, which seems like a bit of overkill when you think about its relatively small population of about 90,000. We investigated the largest and most interesting, and then Danny and Ken climbed to the top of the Torre Guinigi — Guinigi Tower for those of us who are not well versed in semi-archaic Tuscan Italian — the highest in Lucca for a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Karen’s knees were not up the ascent but Danny happily scampered around at the top taking picture from various views. Ken also climbed to the top but with his apprehension regarding heights — probably more accurately described as abject terror — stayed firmly rooted as close to the center of the tower as possible.
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