We left Camping Il Poggetto and headed for the coast again to have a relaxing time after all that city and hilltop town visiting and soak up some more sun. However, there was still one more town to visit on the way, Lucca.
We parked in the camperstop that is situated about 5 minutes away from the city walls of Lucca and cycled into the city. The first thing we did was cycle the city walls, a lovely wide path lined with trees overlooking the inner sanctum of the city and the Apuane Alps in the distance.
We stopped for lunch before cycling down into the town, parked up our bikes and explored Lucca by foot. Lucca is full of lovely squares and narrow streets lined with restaurants, a traffic free shopping area, many churches, including a cathedral and lovely buildings with windows covered in ornate iron grills, some totally surrounded by jars with tea light candles in that we can only assume are lit for a special festival and the sight of this must be truly magical.
We passed by the Torre Guinigi that we had also spotted from the city walls with its seven oak trees planted at the top of the tower. We had done enough tower climbing on this trip so didn’t venture in! Cattedrale di San Martino dates back to the 11th century with its stunning facade and Campanile can also be seen clearly from the city walls. In Piazza San Michele is the church Chiesa di San Michele in Faro, another amazingly stunning facade that also marks the spot where the city’s Roman forum was.
Lucca is just a delight to visit and if you don’t have your own bikes, then you can hire these in Lucca. It would be easy to spend a whole day exploring the streets and squares, visiting the churches and climbing the towers.