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.
Two weeks ago, Italycame to Dallas as Italian Fashion Week – and for that week, I was content. Later this week, a friend of mine is leaving for a six week vacation in Italy. Ok, so she was fired from her job (sort of a forced vacation), but they paid her through the end of the year. Not exactly the best send off. However, as a freelancer, paid time off in Italy sounds pretty great to me. Besides, she didn’t like that job.
Then there are all the bloggers and expats either living in Italy or traveling through Italy, like my friend will be soon. For now, I’ll live vicariously through them, read their blogs, enjoy their Instagrams, and reflect on my travels through Italy. I know I’ll go back, it’s just that I’m feeling a bit nostalgic at them moment.