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Viareggio is a beach resort famous for its carnival which happens each Febuary.
Just 30minutes north of Pisa and a 20minute train ride from Lucca its perfect for a day trip.
It has 10 km (6.2 mi) of sandy beaches, most are managed by private beach resorts and charge a daily fee but there are some public spots.
You can wonder along the pier admiring the yachts or stroll along the promenade known as "Passeggiata a mare" which is lined with shops, bars and cafes.
Written May 27, 2012
During my time in Lucca I also took a day trip by train to the Cinque Terre at the Ligurian coast. The Cinque Terre consists of 5 fishing villages which are situated at the bottom of a steep rocky coastline.
This unique landscape has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. With its scenic footpaths, it is an ideal area for hiking excursions. For more information, please have a look at my Vernazza page.
Updated Oct 22, 2011
The Tuscan seaside resort Viareggio is located only about 20 mins by train from Lucca. With 10 km of sandy beach and a 3 km long promenade, it is the most important bathing resort of the Tuscany.
Among all kinds of summer entertainment it offers a colourful harbour and some worth seeing buildings, like the Saint Paolino Church (Chiesa di San Paolino), which dates back to 1896.
Updated Oct 22, 2011
This bridge also called Ponte del Diavolo is located near Borgo a Mozzano; some km far from Lucca. It crosses the Serchio river. This bridge was built at the beginning of the 13th century on the remains of a previous bridge. Its name comes from a chapel which was located on the left shore of the river.
According to a legend a master builder was afraid not to finish the construction of the bridge in time, so he asked for help to the devil. He asked the soul of the first person who would pass the bridge in return. The devil built the bridge in one day. Then the builder let a pork pass the bridge and the devil threw himself into the river.
Updated Aug 30, 2011
Lucca has a small, but beautiful botanical garden. It was created in the 1820 as a research and education center.
The garden has a lake full of nimphs; some greenhouses; a rich collection of trees and a library.
Address; Via del Giardino Botanico, 14.
Updated Jun 25, 2010
Barga is a lovely medieval hamlet nestled up in the mountains about an hour away from Lucca. Very lovely and untouched for several hundred years. The drive to Barga is pleasent and you get to pass the famous Ponte del Diavolo (Devil's bridge) on your way up.
Check out the Barga town website:
Updated Feb 24, 2010
The Green Man is a pagan symbol of new life, with leaves sprouting from his face or partially hiding it.
He appears in many, many ancient English churches and (I have recently discovered) he can be found abroad as well. The early Christian church adopted many of the rituals and symbols of pageans, in order to draw new converts to its flock.
He's there in Lucca, at the base of a pillar in the atrium of San Martino. He's upside-down (maybe they decided to invert the pillar after it was carved, to reduce his power?) but he is most definitely there.
And I was very pleased to find him.
Written Nov 20, 2008
It'seasy to wander the streets of Lucca (and so many other Italian towns) without noticing the less obvious evidence of the past. Churches and palazzi and Medieval buildings are all around, but closer observation will show far more details in far more buildings.
You'll see filled-in archways, windows set within earlier windows (sometimes set within even earlier windows), old niches for long-gone statues.......
Keep your eyes open as you walk, and don't forget to look up. Modern shop and house frontages are very often placed upon much older buildings: the higher levels give away the age more clearly.
Written Nov 8, 2008
You'll see the wonderful, intricate facade of this church, of course. And you'll probably go inside to see the rather plain interior, the beautiful Lippi painting and the Della Robbia Madonna.
But take a few minutes to look around the base of the building on the outside. You'll see carvings there, some partly covered by the more recent 'pavement'. There are memorial carvings for the great and good long dead and buried close to the church walls..........some Medieval graffiti ......some inscriptions......
Worth a closer look.
Written Nov 8, 2008
Almost everyone who visits Lucca seems to be intrigued by the Guinigi tower with tall trees growing on top, which is unique among towers!
However, it is fun to ascend the Guinigi Tower to view Lucca and its redtop roofs spread out below. The addition of the trees allows for some great framing of the rooftop pictures because there is no way to take a photo without the tree limbs framing the picture.
The tower is located in the historic district, and it features an observation tower.
Be sure to use the observation tower for more great photographs..
Updated May 14, 2008
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