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Published: November 3rd 2009
On the Ramparts, Lucca
The trees were planted later, but the walls were begun 1500s. The walls turned out to be unnecessary, since Lucca was never attacked again....
Day 14 Lucca
We rented bikes today and rode around on the city walls (4.2 kilometers, and we went around twice...) in the warm sun....the city is very liveable...compact and with many no-car areas. They are beginning to take down the many, many tents that cover each of the plazas, put up for the giant comic/gaming fair over the weekend. Hopefully some will be gone before we leave.
After our bike ride we walked around the city, looking at the major sights, wandering the tiny alleys and passages, walking through the old gates, strolling the ramparts, and just savoring this wonderful city...We bought things for dinner in a bakery near the Ducal Palace and ate in our room.
The evening light here is so soft....I went out again at dusk, to see my favorite church, St Michele, once again. I walked back on the ramparts as the sun set and a full moon rose over Lucca.
This is my favorite town, after Venice, so far....
We are off to Sienna tomorrow.
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