Lucca is one of the most picturesque towns in Tuscany. Of Roman origins, Lucca had its heyday in the Middle Ages. The square “Piazza dell’Anfiteatro” combines both eras. It was, as the name implies, an amphitheater in Roman era. Then, during the Middle Ages, the foundations of the amphitheater were incorporated into later buildings. The result is this amazing oval square with four porches of access.
“No wilder, nor more extraordinary place than Palizzi can well greet artist’s eye” – Edward Lear, 1847
Well, Palizzi is no longer as wild as in the days of Edward Lear, in 1847. The roads are paved and most houses have electricity and running water. However, the setting is still extraordinary.
Pentedattilo is an abandoned village in southern Italy. This veritable ghost town clings to the slopes of a big, hand-shaped rock. It’s one of my favorite places.