Day 1, Arrival in Lucca

The commuter airplane for our 2nd leg of the air flights - from Paris CDG to Pisa.

After arrival at the Pisa airport, we lined up at the information desk
to purchase bus tickets to Lucca.

On the VAI bus from Pisa airport to Lucca.

Some of the scenery outside the bus window.

Our hotel in Lucca, the Hotel Rex, located on the train station square.

The city walls surrounding Lucca's old town.

San Peter gate (Porta San Pietro), the city gate closest to our hotel.

Passage inside the Porta San Pietro.
We went through this gate several times a day.

Piazza Napoleone.
One of the larger piazzas in the old town.

A specialty pizza - with mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato.

Church of San Michele built on the site of an ancient Roman forum.
The facade is called Pisan Romanesque style.
A statue of the archangel Michael stands at the top of the church.

Shops near Piazza San Michele.

A pastry shop where we purchased yummy croissants.

A candy store.

A street scene.

A statue of Puccini in front of the house where he was born and grew up.
A cafe on the left hand side of the square (with white umbrella) is named Tosca,
and a cafe on the right hand side of the square is called Madama Butterfly.

Close up of the statue of Giacomo Puccini.

Teatro del Giglio in Lucca