Borgo della Madonnina
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... the second we hopped on the bikes and rode through town and out the other end and then headed along the river, stopping along the way for a picnic lunch.
Most mornings we walked along the top of the 4.2km perimeter city wall, it's a wonderful promenade where people ride their bikes, run or walk. The medieval wall is entirely intact and is roughly about 10 metres wide, so plenty of room for even a car ...
... opening that night. Decided we'd return for drinks in the cheap seats which we did. Afterwards wandered around the local streets testing for the best accoustics. The seating area had been walled off, but an enterprising young man held his camera over the barriers, taping the performance from the big screens, so we listened and ...
... the bride and groom come by and everyone cheers.
Getting back to Lucca is a good deal harder as we just miss a bus, the next one on the schedule never did arrive and when we finally get a bus it takes the scenic route back, such is life in Italy! Tomorrow we are heading to our farmhouse in San Gimignano, I really should have planned for more time in Lucca as we only saw such a small piece of it (and did I mention there is very good shopping in Lucca).
... of done it for sure
We continued looking round the back streets. We actually got lost a little bit because some of the roads weren't on the map that he gave us. Niomi didn't seem to mind because she was too busy browsing in the local shops for a new leather bag hahaha. Wasn't too long until we were back on track well after Niomi had finished window shopping that was.
Eventually we found the oval square which is the main square ...
... of the best ( incl value) we have had in Italy.
The next day was or day to explore Lucca and we armed ourselves with our city map and sights guide and went about exploring the city. After a full morning, we made our way to small a deli / wine bar and bought some rolls, cakes, drinks etc and made our way to the top of the city walls to have a picnic lunch - great lunch and location. The guy in the deli was so helpful, we made our way back in the afternoon ...