The massive fortified walls and ramparts that surround the old part of Lucca are what sets it apart from all other Italian cities. It’s the symbol of this charming place. I never cease to enjoy a stroll here, even after many years of visiting Lucca. Definitely one of my favourite spots anywhere to relax. It’s great all year round for walks, and jogging, but probably the best way to enjoy “le mura” is by bike at a leisurely pace. Bikes can be hired from several places around the city. Poli and Bizzarri are two of them. Both in Piazza Santa Maria, inside the walls near Porta Santa Maria. Your hotel could also have bikes for hire. Sometimes even as part of a package, like Hotel Rex. If you can be here during the colder months, in autumn (fall) you’ll catch the changing colour of the leaves or in winter the eeriness of the occasional fog. The fortifications used to be covered by trees all way round, but age and sickness has left gaps in the mantle so in summer there are several sections bare of shade. Nonetheless, a part of Lucca not to be missed.
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