J.J. and I love visiting pedestrian friendly cities. Lucca's massive, protective wall traces back to a 2,000 years old Roman fortification. It was upgraded to a medieval wall which is close to the size we see today. The 16th century ramparts are tree-lined and paved wide enough for 5-6 adults to walk side by side. It is approximately 2 1/2 mikes to circle the wall, a popular place for walking, biking and jogging.
Lucca is located near the Serchio River, the third largest river in the Tuscany region. While there are no churches, piazzi or museums featuring famous masterpieces, Lucca is a special place. Walking on the ramparts and sharing a table with strangers was very enjoyable.
The must have in Lucca is the "Best Gelato in Italy." The ice cream was highly recommended by our dear friends John and Pat. All the flavors were superbly delicious!
Our 7 hours excursion included two hours on a slow train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station and less than an hour via express train on the return trip.
Aloha -- Cathi