We made it this time! It was the one place on our 'want to do list' while in Florence. Caught the bus that goes straight past our door, DD Lucca €9ea one way. An hour drive on the toll motorway. Not so many cars due to the tolls but plenty of trucks.
Checked the weather before & expecting 28°?. Lucca is located on the fertile plains of the Serchio River. We travelled past many plant nurseries on the way into greater Lucca. It is well known for it's pretty old town inside some well maintained Renaissance City Walls. There is evidence of a settlement in 3rd BC called Luk...meaning marsh & of course giving the city it's name. The Rampart has 12 bastions & since there was no military importance anymore became a tree lined promenade (Passeggiata delle Mura Urbane). The Piazza dell'Anfiteatro was the site of an ancient Roman Amphitheatre....now an oval Piazza surrounded by houses built from the remains & foundations of the amphitheatre. The Romans built such great foundation structures that alot of Italy's construction over time has been built ontop of those existing foundations. So first of all a stroll around the entire wall promenade.. Lucca
is a very clean & tidy city....you can see they are proud of their place. A lot has improved since we were here last. Via Fillungo lined with some very nice Boutiques. Easy walking day & bus home at 3pm...ticket office €7.60ea to retorno....we learned.....purchase off the driver costs more.