This piazza, named for the 12th century church of San Michele, is the site of what was once a Roman market. It was the center of all public and political life. Today it is lined with shops, restaurants, and other businesses and is one of the best people watching spots in Lucca.
I spent a few hours here just hanging out, taking photographs and enjoying watching the world go by.
You can see more photographs of this piazza and the church of San Michele in my photo essay, Inside Lucca.
Lucca is a walled city in Tuscany accessible by train from Florence or Pisa. It was once a wealthy medieval city built upon the silk trade. It was also on a religious pilgrimage route and many people left their money in banks there, never to return.