Wonders of Lucca and Pisa Italy - Mediterranean Cruise 2013 - Page 2

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We ate lunch inside the old city of Lucca and we spent some time exploring the famous Amphitheatre where now the "market" consists of small cafes and shops offering locally produced memerobilia.

After we left Lucca, our next visit was to the town of Pisa with its famous leaning tower.


The camera equipment used on this trip was the Canon 40D dSLR and Canon G12. Lenses consisted of a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, and for long distance shots, Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM telephoto.
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The plaza inside the Amphitheatre.

The plaza inside the Amphitheatre. Balloons are about to be released.

We don't know what the occassion of the balloon release was but the release created a colorful photo opportunity. The plaza inside the Amphitheatre.
Many of the side streets hold shopping opportunties.

Looking up at the front of the Church of St. Michael.

Inside one of the shops with many artful products by which to remember our visit to Lucca.

View from the little cafe where we ate, yes, at outdoor tables. Real Italian pizza and gelato.
The little sidewalk cafe where we ate pizza and gelato. Gelato is made with milk, cream, various sugars, and flavoring such as fresh fruit and nut purees. The history of gelato dates back to frozen desserts in Sicily, ancient Rome and Egypt made from snow and ice brought down from mountaintops and preserved below ground. The plaza inside the Amphitheatre. Umbrella shaded eating spots as well as shops selling a variety of locally theamed souvenirs. Apartments occupy the upper floors of the walls of the Amphitheatre. Hand painted plates and other ceramic ware featuring scenes from the the Tuscany countryside are available in the several souvineer shops inside the Amphitheatre.

The plaza inside the Amphitheatre.

The plaza inside the Amphitheatre. Apartments with flower decorated balconies. Top of the Church of St. Michael.
The church of St Michele.

The church of St Michele corresponds with ancient Roman forum - being a little decentreed from the eponymous square. This is the only church in Lucca which is in a way isolated from the architectonic ensemble of this part of the city (it's only connected in the northern part to the Gigli palace).

Detail in the facade of the Church of St. Michael The archangel Michael also referred to within some Christian denominations as St. Michael adorns the peak of the facade of the Church of St. Michael. Views of the Church of St. Michael.
Outside the walls of the Amphitheatre, a plaza in front of vintage buildings housing more shops. Clock on The Pretorio Palace. At present the building is occupied by Magistrate's court - maintaining intact all its Renaissance lines, and presenting itself as a typical public palace of the fourteenth century. Carousel in Lucca. Something unexpected to be seen here. No particular reason for it to be here other than it just is. A heavy iron clad door of one of the gates within the main city wall.

Detail above the outside of the city wall.

Along the top of the city walls which are wide, are tree lined paths used by bicycle riders joggers and strollers.

One of the numurous towers within the city seen rising above the city wall.

The ancient outside wall.

Entering Pisa. Our first view of the famouns Leaning Tower.

View of the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) and the cathedral.

Sandy catching shots of the cathedral and the tower. Cherub statue fountain that sits on the Field of Miracles. Sandy photographed me as I was photographing the tower.
Cherub statue fountain that sits on the Field of Miracles. Sandy photographed me as I was photographing the tower. View of the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) and another view of the cathedral. The side of the Leaning Tower to the right. The Leaning Tower The Leaning Tower beyond the walls of the cathedral.

All Photos by Dan Dooley or Sandra Dooley

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