Part 2, Rainy day road trip to the walled city of Lucca...



Venturing off away from the crowds, we found our way to this archway through which we entered Piazza Napoleone which is now used as local government buildings, also hundreds of years old, worthy of visiting but attracting less tourists.
The opposite side of the archway above as we entered the Piazza Napoleone square that housed government offices in these amazing structures.
As we continued on our rainy walk through the walled city of Lucca, we were reminded of all of the other villages, towns and cities we've visited in Italy.  They all were filled with rich history, centuries old buildings and a strong sense of pride in maintaining the integrity of its original design and intention.

Palazzo Ducale in Lucca is located in Piazza Napoleone.   Decorated in the center is the statue of the Criminal Lucca Francesco Carrara.



 Imagine a government worker taking a break during the day to sit outside in Piazza Napoleone, read a book and relax.  The Italians, as many European countries consider an afternoon break from their work as sacred.  That is why, we've surmised, that they engage in "happy hour" until after 9:00 pm after working later into the day.


Again the rain picked up so we scurried on our way in a feeble attempt to avoid getting soaked.
There is no doubt in our minds that the appreciation of a country in its heritage is indeed a treasure for its visitors and residents alike.  The care the Italian people have given to their expansive history is evidenced in the fine condition of these treasures, a gift they bestow upon the world for all to see.

Taking off in another direction from the government square, we walked on this road as the rain pelted us as we sought shelter in various doorways.


Here is the summer music festival schedule attracting visitors from all over the world.  Had it not been a rainy day, the streets would definitely been more crowded.


This statue was protected from the crowds that most certainly filled this area at night during the Summer Festival rock concerts.



The stage area for the evening rock concerts occurring almost every night during the Summer Festival attracting visitors from around the world.
Of course, we must give credit to the designers and architects who originated and built these historic monuments to ensure their works would live into the future for many to enjoy.  Mission accomplished. 

We weren't able to get close enough to see he inscription on this statue with a sudden rash of tourists in our way.

This is the above mentioned sudden rash of tourists we encountered, many dining under the umbrellas seeking shelter from the off and on rain.
Thank you Italy!  We're grateful for the experience!
There were numerous residential areas in the walled city, most with parking  exclusively for tenants, requiring a windshield sticker.
Working our way back to our car brought us to a few less historical spots and a number of dining venues.  Notice the cut-outs of Humphrey Bogart James Dean on the wall of this restaurant.
A few areas inside the walls of Lucca were worn and yet to be restored, such as this.

Everywhere we go in Italy we find bell towers.  We were unable to go inside this church to take
 photos which was prohibited.  Once inside a fee was imposed to get closer to the alter.  We were content to look from afar.

An awaiting horse and buggy for romantic or weary tourists.
 

After exiting the walked city by car, we were reminded of our earlier parking challenge (described in yesterday's post), grateful that we were able to see as much as we had.  On our return, we stopped at the grocery store for a few item in Pescia, before continuing on the winding hairpin turn drive to Boveglio, happy to be safely home once again.

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