VIA FRANCIGENA-Canterbury to Rome Days 64-65

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Gate into Lucca old town

Days 64-65: Cappezzano Pianore to Lucca

Taking a rest day in beautiful Lucca today.

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We chose wisely I think as we sit here lounging in the lobby of Hotel Rex watching the rain pouring down. Can’t decide whether to continue sitting or go upstairs and take a nap.

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San Martino Cathedral

Last night was quite special as we attended a Puccini concert at San Giovanni Church where Puccini was baptized. The singing was fantastico! So good we will return tonight.

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Afterwards we were picked up by David and Francesca, 2018 Camino de Santiago buddies, who drove us into the mountains to Montecarlo for one more fabulous dinner.

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Fattoria Il Poggio is an agriturismo restaurant serving all local Tuscan food including only their own wine. So wonderful to renew Camino friendships once again on VF.

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Lucca is a medieval town with its surrounding wall still intact.

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Painted Cross in San Michele Church
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Cathedral San Martino

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Cathedral

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Cathedral

In San Martino Cathedral I see this painting of San Martin de Tours cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar. I think that renditions of this painting are more common than any other painting on the pilgrim trails in France, Italy, and Spain.

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Another depiction of San Martin de Tours sharing his cloak with a beggar.

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Entrance to Cathedral

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Celtic Circle on outside facade of Cathedral. Also the Tuscan labyrinth symbol of the Via Francigena

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The Cathedral


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The Cathedral

Piazz del’ Anfiteatro

In San Martino Cathedral another depiction of San Martin de Tours sharing his cloak with a beggar.

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These ladies walked up to me asking if we were on Via Francigena. They were on the Camino de Santiago Florence to Lucca stretch.

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