Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and in 180 BC became a Roman colony. It is famous for having intact Renaissance-era city walls. The entire historical center is completely walled in and has become a pedestrian promenade that encircles the old city. It is a great community gathering place to sit, bike, picnic or run.
One of the city gates.
I marveled at how thick the walls were.
Our excursion this day was an absolute fail. In fact, it was such a mess that I ended up being refunded completely. There were time management issues with both the ship and the excursion vendor so by the time we got to Lucca we literally ran through the city with the guide shouting out information without stopping at all. So, I don't know what most of this stuff really is...just that I thought it was interesting and I may have to return some day.
I love these shutters.
What is the deal with this statue? I've got no idea.
My Italian is not very good, but I suspect this cafe specializes in bread and wine.
Why yes, I was fascinated by the shutters and windows in Europe.
Way of the Gate...
There it is.
Where can I get my own sparkly, gold mannequins?
Gate from inside.
You walk up this very steep path to access the top of the wall.
Top of the Wall:
I bought this weird candy in a little donut shop.
It was not great, but not awful - either.