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“Take your time walking or biking Lucca's incomparable city wall” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le mura di Lucca

Le mura di Lucca
Lucca, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Take your time walking or biking Lucca's incomparable city wall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Lucca has a city wall that is absolutely incomparable. I originally thought of a city wall as narrow, steep and made entirely of stone, but in Lucca, the wall is enormous. The center is filled with dirt to withstand cannon balls, and the top is wide and flat, perfect for walking, jogging or bicycling. It rings the ancient historical center as a 4-kilometer linear tree-lined park. The bulwarks are now used as grassy playgrounds. All along the circle are benches, tables, play equipment and scenic views looking both inside the centro and without.

Despite the beauty of the wall and the vistas, it is people-watching that really make a trip or two around the wall an unforgettable experience. Mothers push children in strollers. Athletes use the wall as a fitness track, turning laps on fancy bikes, sprinting or just jogging. Couples walk hand-in-hand lie on the grass engaged in deep conversations and expression of amore. Grandfathers hold hands with nipotini, widows walk side-by-side, teenagers gather in groups to try out their developing social skills, and groups of ragazzi from school groups chatter loudly under the guidance of their teachers. And then there is always gelato, espresso and a cornetto, because just below the wall is the city, with many ramps that lead down to the shops and then back up again.
I put more information and photos in my blog entry: http://livingwithabroadintuscany.blogspot.it/2013/04/the-incomparable-city-wall-of-lucca.html

Visited April 2013
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“Must do.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Hire a bicycle near the wall for less than 2 euro for an hour or stroll along. The raised wall gives a great perspective of the town.

Visited April 2013
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Yorktown Heights, New York
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“Interesting walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We travelled the ramparts and tunnels of the walls around Lucca. The walk was most interesting and the tunnels throught the walls were like secrete passages adding to the mystery of the old city. These tunnels also had the added practical effect of shortening one's walk to the train station.

Out hotel had a tape tour and I would recommend such a device for the history lovers. Well worth the exercise.

Visited May 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Unique and great for bike riding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The Lucca ramparts make the city special. Every day we were in Lucca, we either strolled or biked them. As you make your way around them, you get a sense of scale of the city, enjoy the greenery, and see views of the surrounding Tuscan hills. It's too bad that more cities aren't surrounded by green walking paths.

Visited March 2013
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Cincinnati, OH
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“Gorgeous Fall Afternoon Walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

My husband and I walked on the wall around Lucca one afternoon in November, as the leaves were changing. We had spent the past few days in Venice, Florence, and Pisa, so this was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas. It was a great relaxing afternoon.

Visited November 2012
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