The city from atop one of Lucca's historic towers.
known as the olive oil capital of the world, Lucca stands out as one of
the most beautiful Italian cities that I visited. Not knowing what
to expect, we took the train from Florence and arrived at the main train
station. We headed across the open green field and entered into the
historic, fortified city walls.
Just inside the city, The Duomo San Martino is home to a wooden
crucifix that was allegedly carved by Nicodemus and placed on a barge to
float off to sea. Mainly though, we just walked around the city
appreciating the historic charm of this well-preserved and almost idyllic
we meandered through the streets we came up to the Palazzo Guinigi, which
stuck out due to the trees and what looked like a park at the top of the
main tower. We paid a small admission fee and climbed to the top on
steep, rickety stairs. Once we reached top, the entire valley
sparkled with natural beauty.
After the big climb, we headed to lunch at a casual trattoria favored
by locals. The house lunch special was grilled rabbit, a classic
Lucchese dish, which was superb. By avoiding the touristy spots we
also dined on the cheap here.
From atop the city walls, the modern city of Lucca lies just
outside the historic center.
The tree-topped tower of Palazzo Guinigi.
memories of Lucca give a warm feeling and the pictures can only attest to
a small fraction of the beauty. I would love to revisit during the
Spring, when temperatures are warmer and the surrounding hills are filled
with famous Lucchese grapes and olives.