San Martino Cathedral's 13th century bell tower is probably the most photogenic of all the towers.
At one stage this well fed cat engaged Rob (the cat lover) in a good long shmoozing session. I thought I'd take a cute pic of them both but just as I was about to, both Rob and the cat spied a man taking a pee in the street below.
It spoilt my pic - but I can understand how people can come to this in Europe (taking a pee in the street I mean) - there are so few public toilets!!
Half way around the circuit we took a break at the markets near Porta Elisa (which does in fact offer a WC facility) and Rob was able to satisfy his ever present craving for roasted pig.
Back on the wall I found a very inspiring garden to admire (created in 1700 apparently) belonging to the beautiful Palazzo Pfanner (I've since learnt that this palace was used as a location in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady").
You could stay in Lucca for years and try a different restaurant every day and still not try them all. We thought this trattoria looked interesting for lunch today...... Trattoria da Sergio in Piazza Bernardini. We ordered the chef's specials - based on cod - mine was served with polenta, Rob's was with chick peas..very traditional local dishes - delicious, and beautiful apple and honey cake for dessert served with little shot glasses of very sweet wine.
Which probably made us that much slower climbing up the 130 steps to the top of the Guinigi Tower after lunch. This tower was built by the wealthy Guinigi family in the late 1300s to "add refinement" to one of their houses! Holm oaks have been planted in a tiny garden at the top of the tower, which makes it Lucca's most distinctive. These days the tower is owned by the Lucca Town Council.
..while I have been even more interested in the Pasticceria windows.
Look, but don't eat!!
I just wish we could stay until July when Leonard Cohen, Mark Knopfler, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Neil Young are all performing in concerts in Piazza Napoleone - Puccini (Lucca's favourite son) will probably roll over in his grave that month!!