We begin by discovering Lucca, the splendid fortified city whose majestic surrounding wall remains intact with 10 unspoiled bastions. The walk above the city walls is four kilometres long, immersed in the green landscape, and provides a view of the historic centre from above.
A day in Lucca, also known as the city of the hundred churches, can’t omit its most beautiful cultural sites. Starting from the Cathedral of San Martino, once a place of rest for the pilgrims of the Via Francigena, which preserves within a real treasure: the marvellous statue of Ilaria del Carretto, the princess of Lucca who died young in labour, sculpted in marble by Jacopo della Quercia.
For a quick refreshment break, sample the specialities of Lucca, such as wheat and bean soup, or Buccellato, a dessert rich in anise, raisins and candied fruit which is undeniably typical of the city.
The route carries onto piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which has preserved the circular shape of the ancient Roman amphitheatre on which it was built, and onwards from there to the Basilica of San Frediano, a Romanesque masterpiece with a beautiful mosaic on its façade portraying Christ the Redeemer.
Finally, after a visit to the church of San Michele in Foro, the day ends with a fairy-tale sunset over Torre Guinigi, almost 45 metres tall, whose roof reserves a little surprise: an actual sky garden with seven oak trees.