Lucca, Italy- Share your photos of the city of 100 churches.

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  1. Gargoyle
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    Lucca is a unique city, quite different from the rest of Tuscany. It was a major center during the medieval period, but was bypassed and became a bit of a poor backwater during the Renaissance. During the Renaissance, throughout Tuscany old medieval buildings were replaced with architecture in the "modern" Renaissance style, but that didn't happen in Lucca. It's next major building boom didn't happen until the late 1800's and early 1900's, the period of the "Liberty" (Italian Art Nouveau) style. As a result, the city is a unique mix of Romanesque and Art Nouveau. Known as the city of 100 churches, the presence of so many churches and convents makes it a singular conservative city in the liberal bastions of Tuscany.

    It is full of beautiful villas with well maintained gardens, and you can climb the Guinigi Tower, with a garden on the roof, for a wonderful view. It is a enclosed city- the high dirt embankments form a grass covered wall surrounding this old town, and you can walk the path on top of that wall. Vehicular traffic is strictly limited inside the walls, and so it is a very pedestrian friendly town.

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    View of the tile roofs, from the top of the Guinigi Tower.

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    Thanks for the guide. My brother-in-law lives in Lucca because it he is a pro cyclist (for the new Luxembourg team) and cycling is supposedly good around there. I have not been there yet, but I plan to visit him some time soon.
     
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    Lucca also has a large ex-pat English community.

    Very good cycling there. Ask your b-i-l if he's been to the cafe "il Re del Cappuccino" in Monsumanno Terme (outside Montecatini Terme, not far from Lucca). The owner is a huge bike fan, jerseys for 50 teams hanging from the ceiling. He also makes the best cappuccino I've ever had.
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    I liked Lucca because it was one of those wonderful towns that did not require secondary connections. Once you were there, you could walk the entire town from the gates and visitor center. No extra buses, trams, cable cars, etc.

    Some other places like that were Arezzo (pleasantly surprising), Siena, and Vicenza. Other cities like Padova and Verona required either a long walk, or bus/tram trip.
     
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    The only homeless looking person we saw in Lucca. Now Firenza was another story...
     
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    Bare with me, I'm trying to figure out how to load them....some color homes in Lucca lucca homes.jpg st michelle.jpg
     
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    A small terracotta niche in the exterior stucco wall of a home

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