Lucca, Within the Walls: In Pictures, The North West Tuscan Way, Tour 24

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The North West Tuscan Way for the Independent Tourist

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Map, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Tour 24: Lucca, Within the Walls

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As with a great many interesting European cities Lucca is best approached by train.   Italian Trains, Tuscany, ItalyNot only will the train ride escort you through the beautiful Italian countryside but unless you have foolhardily coincided your trip with the height of tourist season (June, July and, God Forbid! August…) then your arrival will be one of sheer delight, I can assure you.  Take a local train from say Viareggio or Pietrasanta and you should arrive refreshed and relaxed – which is good, because today you have some serious urban walking ahead.   Along the Wall, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, ItalyDon’t worry, we’ll be biking some of the way – well, a lot if truth be told…. for if you really have timed this to avoid the summer crush, what lies ahead are a splendid few hours freewheeling (carefully, and with due consideration mind you) down along and through a veritable warren of streets, squares, back alleys, broad avenues, stylish parks, busy markets… and all.  Bicycling The Oval Square, Within the Walls of Lucca, TuscanyBut first, before we set off I suggest we make full use of the excellent station buffet. Emboldened by your slew of espressos, your delicious pastries and a final squint at the map, the time has now come;  one last glance around for stray wallets, dropped tickets etc, and we’re off.   What follows is pretty much what you decide it be.  I for instance, with my ever-growing obsession with all things stone, took an immediate and prolonged interest in the astonishing defensive formations that, even after 500 years, still entirely circle the town and would appear to stand practically as good as they day the last of the countless millions of bricks was laid.  Ancient Roman Ramparts Form a Part of the 500 Year Old WallLong sections of the wall actually date back almost 2,000 years to the Roman times. Gateways have been bricked up, narrowed, widened, and narrowed again as necessities on the ground would dictate.   Not that any of this necessarily occurs to the throngs of happy locals and visitors alike as they stroll, jog, hike and bike their way around these immensely impressive fortifications.   Spigot Face, Within the Walls, Lucca, ItalyMy thoughts and opinions regarding Lucca are expressed in my real time dispatch: The Really Great Walls of Lucca.    But now its time to set off on your scroll and take a look at a slice of Lucca as seen through my Casio Exlim.  Taken over a span of three months during the spring of 2014 I present these photos in due appreciation of a very special town indeed. Lucca, Lovely Lucca.

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Pulling into Lucca Railway Station, North West Tuscany

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Pulling into Lucca Railway Station, North West Tuscany

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Pulling into Lucca Railway Station, North West Tuscany

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Lucca Railway Station, North West Tuscany

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Lucca Railway Station, North West Tuscany

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Lucca Railway Station, North West Tuscany

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The Walls of Lucca, North West Tuscany, Italy

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The Walls of Lucca, North West Tuscany, Italy

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The Walls of Lucca, North West Tuscany, Italy

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The Walls of Lucca, North West Tuscany, Italy

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The Walls of Lucca, North West Tuscany, Italy

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City Gate, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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City Gate, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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City Gate, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Ramparts, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Ramparts, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Rental Prices, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Rental, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Along the Wall, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Along the Wall, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Along the Wall, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Along the Wall, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Viewpoint, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Within the Walls, Lucca, Italy

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Spigot Face, Within the Walls, Lucca, Italy

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Within the Walls, Lucca, Italy

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Ramparts, Bicyling Around Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Within the Walls, Lucca, Italy

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View from the Tower, Lucca, Within the Walls, North West Tuscany

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View from the Tower, Lucca

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View from the Tower, Lucca, Within the Walls, North West Tuscany

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View from the Tower, Lucca, Within the Walls, North West Tuscany

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Bicycling The Oval Square, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Oval Square, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Oval Square, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Bicycling The Oval Square, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Oval Square, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Storied Tower, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Marble facade, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Confused Cherubs, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Accomplished Cherubs, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Accomplished Cherubs, Within the Walls of Lucca, North West Italy

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Accomplished Cherubs, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Accomplished Cherubs, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Girl with the Golden Feet, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Girl with the Golden Feet, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Girl with the Golden Feet, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Girl with the Golden Feet, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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The Girl with the Golden Feet, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Quite a Pose, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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Giuseppe Garibaldi

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Lucca, Within the Walls, North West Tuscany

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Giuseppe Garibaldi

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Door Knocker, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Door Knocker, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Doorway, Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Scooter Donation Box, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Bicycling Within the Walls of Lucca, Tuscany

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