Locanda Sant Agostino
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Today is the last day in Villa Isa so bags needed to be packed ready for our next journey. After procrastinating all morning, suitcases were stuffed with clothing & numerous other items ready for the next morning manoeuvres to get everyone to the Lucca train station by 9.30am. The day could have been a frenzy as there was a lot of food & alcohol that had to be consumed before going to bed! Luckily it wasn't! A lovely lunch outside, ...
Spent the next couple of days getting to know the basics of Lucca. As many of you know, Lucca is a walled city. However, these walls are unique to Lucca. The current walls are the third built since the township was first developed, and took over 100 years to be completed. The top of the walls are wide enough for a (bigger than your average Italian) road, plus avenues of trees. At 11 points around the 4.2km perimiter are Baluardo, protruding areas ...
... homes but interspersed with small shops. We found a gelataria that we will be sure to revisit. At the top if the old city is a church and bell tower that is visible in the valley for miles. It is interesting to note that there has been a building on that site since the 990's; yes three digits. We later drove onto Lucca which is the major city in the area. It, too is known for it's ...
... wiser but I did decipher that the procession of this Jesus is of a darker skinned Jesus, who arrived somewhere by boat (certainly not Lucca!) and that is why all the lights....... to light the way. I may have got the translation a little wrong, but the Jesus was certainly dark skinned.
It was beautiful and very slow. The crowds were about 5 to 10 people deep and apart from the bands and the hoopla most of the crowd ...
... seen, as can its evolution through later periods. And, of course, it was the city of Puccini in his younger years. The city has an informal opera evening somewhere each evening.
We left Pisa until later in the afternoon. It is famous for its tower, duomo and baptistery. Apart from that, it is difficult to justify time in Pisa when it could be spent elsewhere in Italy. But worth visiting.