The historical centre of Lucca lies within a unique wall system. These walls, built of small red bricks specifically created for their construction, were many years in the making (16th to 17th century). They were built as a defence against the 'old enemy', Florence, but were never in fact put to the test in war. However they have remained intact. Their bulk alone would have protected them from wilful destruction. But they also have the love of the inhabitants of Lucca.
Today citizens and visitors to Lucca love to walk (or jog, or cycle!) on the wide and peaceful road which runs along the top of the walls, shaded by towering plane and chestnut trees.
From here you can look into the old town, recognising fine buildings and graceful gardens, and sharing a little of the private life of the citizens, on their terraces and in their backyards; or you can look outwards to the peaceful and beautiful hills, olive- and vineclad, which surround the town.
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Beneath your feet, meanwhile, is history. You can leave or enter the old town by passing underneath the walls. In the dark and dank passages and halls you can almost hear the sentries stamp their feet; as you pass through the gates, you can see them warm themselves at the massive fireplaces. And if you time it right, you can experience a 'historical reconstruction' created by the tourist board. What is the weather like in Lucca - Lucca average temperatures here.
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