Not many cities in Tuscany still preserve their authenticity without having been contaminated by mass tourism. Among them, my city, Lucca, shines with a light of its own. Its unbroken walls and its delicate beauty make it a jewel worth visiting, and yet still belonging to its inhabitants.
Having remained an independent city for 5 centuries before entering the Kingdom of Italy in 1860, Lucca has always benefited from great prosperity and richness. Thanks to this condition, today the historical centre is still punctuated by splendid palaces, churches, museums, towers, and even a Roman amphitheatre.
To really understand Lucca, you should climb on its walls and walk their entire length. You may rent a bike Piazza Santa Maria or just walk by foot, paying attention to joggers and kids who come to play here. Only a few know that Lucca’s walls are made of three different circles. The first, the Roman one, has walls that reach 8/9 metres, while the second, shorter, dates back to the Medieval period; lastly, the third one, built in the XVI century, is the one that we still see today, and it runs for approximately 4 km.
Today, the walls host many important events such as the Lucca Comics & Games, one of the largest comic conventions in the world, second only to Tokyo’s Comiket.