Over the centuries, however, the walls did not suffer any military attack and were never actually used for military purposes (they were useful, however, to save the city from the flood of the river Serchio in 1812!). They were demilitarized during the Napoleon era and used ever since as public gardens and walkways (thanks also to the presence of numerous trees, which were intended by the architect to consolidate the walls and to provide emergency storage of firewood in case of siege). A walk path is located on the entire upper part of the walls and it can be fully explored on foot, by bike or on skates. Along it there are several former military buildings, now used as bars or restaurants as well as points equipped with tables for eating, drinking water fountains, playgrounds for children and a botanical garden.
If you come to Lucca, be sure to do the full tour of the walls!
(To learn more about the walls of Lucca, with beautiful photographs, historical facs and an amazing "Mura-Lapse", look at this site: www.lemuraditutti.com )
Original article by Leila Firusbakht.