not my photo, but still
Lucca was built by the Etruscans and eventually became a Roman colony. Traces of the ampitheater can still be seen in Piazza dell Anfiteatro. One of the highlights of my day was seeing Il Volto Santo (The Holy Face of Lucca) which is a huge relic supposedly carved by Nicodemus and finished by angels. I ended my journey with a trip to the very famous Antico Caffe di Simo, (where Opera composer Giacomo Puccini used to go) with an amazing cappuccino.
Although the rain masked some of Lucca's beauty, it gave my day an eerie and ancient feeling that went along perfectly with my coffee and my journal. It's these hidden gems of Italy that I keep discovering that make me fall more and more in love with this country and my travels.