Robin, Dino and I bumped into a fenced mansion accidentally. Nothing was mentioned on the map or tour map. But the mansion turned out to be the holiday home of Elisa. One can still see the grandiose of painted ceiling. The garden obviously has decayed over the years. Robin was very impressed that I found the mansion and the free exhibition. She commented that she will name her new baby cow after me. She will choose a smart with an inquiry mind to name after me. Ha! How do you like that?!
The sculpture of Dante was added to the facade of the basilica of St. Michele, as a celebration of Italy unification:
Lucca is also the birth place of Puccini. A statue of him sits at the plaza leads to the house he was born on the right corner. Too bad the opera performance will not start until April. We missed it!
Many people from Lucca immigrated to US. Dino's grand father was originally from Northern Italy. We went to visit a small museum displayed the history of Lucca immigration. Some old pictures showed a street scene in the 19 century, and boys all wearing the pocket watches.
Life goes on. Residents who live in Lucca simply live their everyday life. We saw kids plying soccer in Plazza Anfiteatro, two nuns walking down the street, lady waking her dog, and local artists' work being exhibited in Elisa's holiday home.