Founded as a Roman colony in 180 BC, Lucca's city center was shut off from traffic in the
17th century, making it a pleasant place to wander and explore.
In Lucca, our first stop was at San Martino, a magnificent cathedral with its Romanesque and Gothic interior. Then we visited San Michele in Foro, a church displaying Saints Helena, Jerome, Sebastian, and Roch by Lippi, student of Boticelli.
|Posing for a picture while taking a rest and enjoying the beautiful scenery in Lucca.|
PISA AND THE LEANING TOWER
During the Middle Ages, Pisa's strong navy and powerful trade position brought enormous wealth to the city. After several conquests and the silting of the harbor, it fell into decline. Now Pisa is primarily visited for its interesting architecture. The Leaning Tower still stands today as it did when it was completed in 1350.
|Piazza del Duomo, containing the cathedral and baptistry|