The Walls of Lucca Celebrate 500 Years
Most of the events were cancelled including the closing of the gates which in humble opinion should have gone ahead in some form as several hundred of us waited in the rain. Queen Elizabeth II after all at 87 managed to stand in the pouring rain for her Golden Jubilee!
Sunday the Gods had changed their mood and the cloudless sky hailed a glorious day. However the events had already been cancelled but the ceremony of opening the gates did go ahead. I didn’t arrive in time to see them closing them!
It was a strange feeling to see the great doors of Porta Santa Maria Closed and I had a strange feeling of claustrophobia, which made no sense, as the whole idea was to protect the populace. Anyway the flag throwers performed to the sound of the drums, trumpets sounded the cannons fired showing Lucca had returned to her glory for all of us to enjoy on a magnificent sunny Sunday.