Tuesday, June 25, 2013


On a dreary rainy day, we took the train from Florence to Lucca. Originally an Etruscan town, it became a Roman colony in 180 B.C. The shape, at least, of the original amphitheater is preserved in the oval Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, the original stones having been cannibalized for building materials after Rome fell. I wish the weather had allowed for more and better photos of the town itself, although the Cathedral San Michele is pretty spiffy, I must say.

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro:

Detail of shop in the Piazza:

Down a side street, shops with old glass awnings:

Cathedral San Michele:

I don't know the name of this church, but I like the facade:

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