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The Ramparts of Tuscany

By Linda Tancs

Just an hour outside Florence is an Italian gem called Lucca, a walled city in Tuscany with enough epicurean delights to rival the culinary masters in Rome.  Easily accessible from Pisa (the closest airport), its medieval ramparts coalesce into greenways welcoming casual strollers and cyclists.  The bricked Guinigi Tower, one of the few remaining within the city walls, has a hanging garden at its apex and sports beautiful panoramic views of the city.  The summer festival is a big draw now.  This year’s event features artists like Bryan Adams, Neil Young and Mark Knopfler.

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