Thousands of tourists visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa each year for the obvious reason that it’s still standing despite its clear foundational flaws.
Regardless it’s pretty hard to resist taking one of these shots while you’re here.
I’m not sure how many of those who visit though also check out the nearby town of Lucca, a mere half an hour’s drive from Pisa.
This place is freaking awesome.
As the birthplace of Puccini and once conquered by Napoleon, dating back to medieval times Lucca still has its city walls fully intact and you can cycle or walk all around it – this was my favourite aspect of the town.
During the summer Lucca hosts a festival and they don’t do a shabby job of it – this year’s acts include Lenny Kravitz, Elton John and Robbie Williams so if you’re around in July you may want to try and get yourself a ticket.
Only in town for the day, I will definitely be returning next time I’m in Italy to stay longer and while here my group did a walking tour which was a great way to learn about Lucca’s history and cover a lot of the town by foot.
As with most places in Italy, there is a decent amount of churches in this town and two I particularly liked were the San Freudian Church which has a lovely mosaic on its exterior.
The other was San Michele in Foro, which was intricately detailed and beautiful to take in.
There was even a Hen’s Party causing a bit of stir in front of this church in their let’s just say, less than appropriate attire while we were there!
Although a bit touristy, the Piazza Anfiteatro is a pretty cool place to have lunch, it is perfectly circular.
Excuse the photo though – it was so bright that day I had to filter it into oblivion just to be seen!