Travel theme: Statues. They are meant to look like a couple of glass plates from the Grand Tour.  Look closely though and the graffiti is distinctly un-nineteenth century.  This statue sits next to Lucca’s Renaissance-era city wall which provides tourists with the perfect circular walk – something I liked to do as kid at Chester and later at Berwick, York and elsewhere. It is difficult to get lost. In terms of scale there is no comparison between Lucca and the English equivalents. Lucca’s walls are on the grand scale – think New York’s High Line, only bigger.

Graffiti gets everywhere but this statue and this area of Lucca seem a holy place for alfresco scribes.  Many appear to be declarations of love and some are not – my Italian is not up to playing the censor but some of the more obvious ‘symbols’ have been erased :/

Statues Graffiti

(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. suej · March 29, 2014

    I love tHe walls at Lucca….time to go back!

    • northumbrianlight · March 29, 2014

      I agree Sue, it is a lovely city. Yes, time for a return visit – just too many places and not enough time.

      • suej · March 29, 2014

        Tell me about it…time or money!

  2. restlessjo · March 29, 2014

    Beautiful statues, Robin. I’ve always wanted to walk Lucca’s city walls.

  3. LaVagabonde · March 30, 2014

    This is the first time I’ve heard of these walls. Now I’m intrigued. Love the glass plate look of the photos.

    • northumbrianlight · March 30, 2014

      Thanks Julie – Lucca and Bologna are my favourite Italian cities – the latter for the Santuario di San Luca – an 18th-century church which is connected to the city by the world’s longest continuous portico, a covered walkway of 666 arches almost 4km long – again, hard to get lost 🙂

  4. Amy · April 3, 2014

    Beautiful statues, Robin! Make me want to visit Lucca…

    • northumbrianlight · April 3, 2014

      Thanks Amy, I recommend it – there is much more besides. It is a lovely city.

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