Exploring the Walled City
18.09.2015 - 19.09.2015 26 °C
How lucky were we to have a two week Love Home Swap in Lucca, which is in Tuscany, Italy. We hadn't done any research on Lucca, just knew it was in Tuscany and who wouldn't want to spend time in this area. It was a nice surprise to find that Lucca was a completely walled city. We went off exploring this beautiful city. We found a good car parking place near the railway station that was easy to get into. Most parking in the city requires a permit. We enjoyed the walk in over the grassed area, check the stream for trout, yes they were there, then a walk up through the cobbled tunnel then through another tunnel before getting to the city. We soon found the main street that was full of small shops under apartments. Once we had our bearings it was off to explore. We found a cafe that was good for WiFi. You could spend ages here they didn't seem to mind. Lucky I couldn't take much more weight as had to stay under the 23ks as there was lots of tempting things in the shops. We soon found a central square with Duomo did San Martino (The large Cathedral). Here we found the orchestra playing so stopped for awhile to listen. Lucca was founded by the Etroscans and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The rectangular grid of its historical Centre preserves the Roman street plan. Traces of the ampetheatrecan still be seen in the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Julius Caesar has attended a conference here in 56 BC. On Saturday we discovered the markets so spent some time wandering around these. We also discovered the ampetheatre area where we had dinner and met a nice couple from Australia, she was French and he was from Maritious. They were watching the Australian rugby team at the world cup on their ipad. A lot of restaurants in Lucca had WiFi. They were in the next restaurants so we were comparing who had the best meal. We loved this Amphitheater area with all the restaurans, you would watch the tourists walk in and go wow. In this city there was a surprise around every corner. We loved Lucca. Some of the drivers in Lucca were a bit crazy. Lots of honking of horns and people in such a hurry to go places. They tailgate and pass in crazy places. If you are going the legal limit they still pass. You also have to watch for motor bikes that appear from nowhere. Also in Italy the only people wearing bike helmets seem to be those more competitive cyclists in lycra. There are lots of cyclists on the roads even late at night, sometimes they had no lighting on their bikes. The road toll must be very high. We saw an article from a newspaper with photos of a young couple and their baby near a cross roads stuck on a sign. It looks like they had died there a month before. One evening heading for groceries we had to pause for traffic, while doing this we allowed 2 cars to come out of a siďe road, this was interesting when we stopped at lights a lady put her head out the window and started screaming at us, apparentry being kind to other motorists were against her rules. I must admit I gave her the fingers and swore back at her. Road rage around this place must happen often. day returning to the city saw a barrier we passed earlier all beaten in. A lot of the shops closed in the middle of the day for siesta, but these same shops opened quite late at night.