14.04.2016 - 14.04.2016
Thursday April 14th Yes I have titled this entry Lucca day two even though if you count this is my fourth day in Lucca. I'm calling it day two because as you can tell from reading I haven't actually been in Lucca, I've just been using it as my base of operations to see this part of Italy. Sadly today is the day I leave Lucca to return to Rivalta di Torino for a bit. However my bus doesn't leave until 1330, Kay is off today and has very nicely offered to drive me to the train station(my bus departs from in front of the station) which means I have all morning to see anything in Lucca I haven't seen yet.
After I grabbed breakfast I set off for the Guinigi Tower. This is a brick tower on a nothing fancy street, however this particular tower itself is special because it has a cluster of Oak trees growing on top of it. This tower is one of the few remaining within the city walls. The ancient trees are Holm Oaks symbolizing rebirth and renewal. The tower dates from the 1300's when a number of wealthy families were building bell towers within the walls of Lucca as status symbols. The views of the city from the top are pretty nice, and who doesn't like to visit unique places? I saw the tower on my first day but did not want to climb the 230 steps hauling my bag with me. When I left the tower I walked around a little more trying to soak in as much as I could before deciding to head back to the house to grab the bike and take one more leisurely ride around the walls before getting my stuff and heading to the train station.
Lucca is a small city but it is full of history and has great location for seeing other parts of Tuscany, if you are looking for a city to visit but don't want huge crowd so of tourist like in Florence, Roma, and Venice I highly recommend Lucca. Less crowds is one of the reason I like Torino(Turin) so much, though it the case of Torino it does mean that less locals speak English even those who work at places like museums and palaces. I've found enough who speak English though that communicating has not a problem.