The wall around Lucca has ten ramparts (baluardos) and one platform (piattaforma). There are very few structures other than green space/park on any of them.
The 2.5 mile circumference wall is a huge circular park that is a joy and pleasure to visitors and residents alike.
On Baluardo San Pietro, is located the Villaggio del Fanciullo. With fractured English and Italian, I think I came to understand correctly that the Villaggio was built after World War II by the help of the American Red Cross and the local Catholic Diocese to serve as a refuge and home for orphan casualties of war.
We met some of the friendly and welcoming people currently involved in the home. They were effusive in praise of the help given them by America. It was nice to hear such warm words and sentiments when nowadays, many comments about America are not complementary. There have been many good deeds we have done around the world - it's worth remembering in these challenging times.
Two lone joggers on the wall.
Spring magnolia blossoms in the Villaggio's front yard - an affirmation of eternal hope and renewal the home offers.