My family is from the mountains that you will see when your on the "Murra". We are from Garfagnana. A small town called Vagli di Sopra. I have aunts and a sister that live in Lucca, so, over the years I have done the "passeggiata delle murra", or, "stroll on the walls" often.
Most times the walls are used as a short cut to get from one part of town to the other. At others its a place to sit and view our mountains and city. Or others to walk in the cool of the trees during the heat of the summers day. But mostly to inhabitants "la passeggiata" is a way to socialize as they "stroll the walls" after dinner. The "walk of the walls", or "la passeggiata sulle murra" is a way to walk off some calories from dinner and to stroll and meet up with friends,neighbors and to gossip and check out the chicks, guys. Thats the local reasoning for a stroll on the walls.
Im not getting into the history of the walls thats for you to do. By the way Chet Baker was briefly imprisoned in the jail cells that are within the walls, just to begin with something current and modern.
The walk is a lovely way to begin to know the city of Lucca. You have a view not only from within, but from around, the city. You will get a feel as to where Lucca is located in the greater region that comprises Florence, Pisa, the Italian Riviera of Versilia, ect.
As you stroll or bike and in the past drive!, you see down into the city center and get a good feel of how life here unfolds. You will see historic buildings and breathtaking views of the mountains outside. The lovely Alpe Apuane mountains. They are called the Alpe Apuani because they recall the Swiss Alps. Alpe.See?
This is quintessential Tuscany and you will love it. Not the typical "Under the Tuscan Sun" landscape but another part of Tuscany not much known but just as lovely.
You will love it. Trust me.
And....Go to eat at Da Gullio. Ive been going there for almost 30 years?! My God. 30 years. First had horse meat tartar there. in the 70's. wow. Im old.
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