Lucca Walls

by Samuele Sodini

Lucca Walls

Walking around Lucca Walls

The must see activity by definition in Lucca is a walk along the city walls. Built in Medieval Age and then upgraded in Renaissance, are one of the three examples of complete walking walls in the world (Carcassone and Avila the others, I think).
The Walls surround all the old town and, except for police, they are car-free; so people are used to have walk, take out dogs, do jogging or cycling in every moment of the day and in every season.
The walk along the Walls it’s about four kilometers long and about every 500 mt there is a fortified construction that is now used for one of the many association in town.
There are 6 main fortified gates to enter in old town; beside these there are many more small entrances called “sortite” that allow to reach more quickly the centre from a lot of spots (parkings, hotels, station…). Often these entrances let you admire the Walls from inside, but sometimes are not very well-kept; however always “different” from anything you’ve ever see.

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