Lucca isn’t one of the big-name cities you usually see in Italian tours, but we thought it was one of the best places we went. The city walls, dating back to the 16th century, are completely intact, so you can walk or bicycle along the top of the wall, all the way around. We didn’t do that, although some of the people in our group rented bicycles and did. We had hoped to go back to Lucca on one of our free days at the end of the trip, but decided against it because of the poor weather. Our guide told us that the reason the walls were intact was that Lucca was never conquered until it was taken by Napoleon, who wanted to leave the city intact.
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|Cathedral of St. Martin (Duomo di San Martino) Within the duomo is the crucifix known as the “Holy Face of Lucca”. According to legend, it was created by Nicodemus and depicts the actual face of Jesus. There’s an interesting story about the history of this piece, which you can read in this nice article about Lucca. From the photograph of the statue in the article, you can see how different it looks from more modern depictions of Jesus.|
We climbed to the top of the Guinigi Tower (230 steps), which is topped with trees and gives a lovely view of the city. Medieval-type prints adorn the walls of the tower to enjoy as you make your climb.