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Hiking and biking Lucca’s city walls

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Lucca’s monumental city walls make a striking first impression: entirely enclosing the city, they’re are an impressive reminder of Lucca’s history as an independent city-state. The present-day structure is actually the fourth – after the Roman, medieval and fifteenth-century efforts – constructed between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries, and extending further than the previous defences.

The walls harbour an attractive swathe of parkland – you can walk or cycle the 4.9km loop, taking in lovely views of the city on one side and surrounding countryside on the other. Pick up a picnic and rent bikes from one of the outlets in the piazza.

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