Stop #2 of 5 – Lucca – This continues the sequence of my journey to the North of Italy journeying through Arezzo, Florence, Lucca, Venice, Murano, Burano, Cremona and then Florence again before returning to Messina, Sicily. This is the Second Stop – Lucca. I did go from Arezzo to Florence first and also went through Florence again on the way back, so that is the final stop in this story. It was a very interesting stop, for sure. I was encouraged to see Lucca over the last 4 years by at least 5 friends. Debbie and Andy told us about their amazing experience, even in the dripping heat of July, Michelle, Ansano and Linda told me of their family homes outside the walls of Lucca and Cyndy told me of her mystical time touring Lucca. With all of this, I had to put Lucca on my list. And I am so glad I did. What a beautiful part of the world. My tour guide, Diletta, told me so much about the city and it’s history that I am sure I only retained a portion what she said. But its richness of history and beauty did not escape me. Here is something of what I experienced:
While the video seems long, it actually took quite a bit of time to cut down hours to just 14 minutes. Lucca is known as many things but also as the city of 100 churches because there are many. It is quite a fun experience to walk around corners and discover new beautiful churches. It is said to be impossible to see them all in one day. There is a comic and games festival in November too which I think would be fun to take a video class to someday to document. This is one of my favorite photos in Lucca because it seems like its possible to see into a beautiful window of the past.
Then there is the photo of the campanile from the outside which shows what a big walk that was on the inside!
Thank you to the people who I mention at the end of the video and above who encouraged me to visit Lucca and thank you to an amazing tour guide, Diletta, for her knowledge and kindness in sharing her city with me.