A MAJESTIC FORTIFIED CITY
Lucca has had three sets of walls in its long history, the Roman, the medieval and the renaissance walls. This one shown above, the last to have been built, was begun in the 16th century and it transformed the entire city into a fortress. The walls were never breached because the invaders never came, and the peaceful years that followed the walls' initial construction rendered them obsolete. This is the gate of San Donato; it's perhaps the handsomest of Lucca's five gates for its almost Palladian simplicity.
These lime trees were planted in the 19th century and they line the old ring road along the wide apron of green that surrounds the city walls.
These are among the best preserved antique city walls in the world. In the 18th century the tops of the walls were transformed into a sprawling public park and it's still a park today.
Guns and cannons would have fired from a side angle at invaders approaching the gate of San Donato, shooting from that cleverly indented space in the distance. But they never had to. What a peaceful town, Lucca.