Lucca Day Two

It rained pretty much all day Monday. We decided to go for a walk anyway. Our original plan was to walk along the nineteenth century aqueduct. But when we started out we decided it might be kind of a boring hike.

Aqueduct of Nottolini

Instead we decided to walk all the way around old Lucca on the town wall. The distance is 2.6 miles (4.2 kilometers). It was raining quite hard but there were still a lot of people out. We saw a lot of costumes because Monday was the last day of the Lucca Comics and Games Festival.

People waiting to get into one of the Festival venues.
Duke on the Lucca town wall.

After our walk we drove to a grocery very store and replenished our lunch supplies. We both had wet pants below where the raincoats ended. So when we got back to Villa Marta we changed into dry clothes and then had a picnic lunch in the gazebo behind the hotel.

Drying my shoes
Picnic lunch

For dinner we went to a nearby trattoria, A Bimbotto. We had excellent pizza. Having each topping separate on the pizza is something I have seen quite often in Italy but not everywhere. We ended with the famous family dessert. They called it a cake but I thought it was somewhat similar to a pecan pie.

Duke’s pizza
My pizza
Tipica torta co’ becchi di amaretti


Sunday we moved from Montecarlo just east of Lucca to a lovely former hunting lodge, Abergo Villa Marta, just south of Lucca. They are only fifteen miles apart so we had lots of time to site see. We spent the day exploring Lucca.

My suitcase and I at the gate to Villa Marta
Villa Marta

You may remember I love it when serendipity puts us in a town when a festival is happening. A week or so ago we happened to be in Stroncone for the Chestnut Festival. Well it happened again! We are in Lucca for the annual Lucca Comics and Games Festival. Today is Halloween. There has been no mention of Halloween in Lucca, but there have been lots of great costumes.


There were a lot of people and many tents and venues where you needed tickets to get in. We enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful buildings and churches.

St Martin Cathedral
Basilica of San Frediano
St Michael’s Church in Lucca

Lucca is the only Italian town with an intact wall surrounding it. You can walk all around the town on the wall. We found a bench and people watched and enjoyed the beautiful fall day.

On top of the Lucca wall
Lucca Wall
Duke and I are on the Lucca Wall

For dinner we ate at a Michelin listed restaurant less than a mile from Villa Marta, LaCecca. We had a great dinner with a very entertaining and friendly waiter.

Comics and Games festival posters in the restaurant
Beef with potatoes and zucchini
Veal scallopini