Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Piazza San Michele, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Where once an ancient Roman Forum stood, the Piazza San Michele has remained the center of Lucca for centuries. San Michele in Foro is the Catholic church that serves as the centerpiece. (I created the above effect by manually arcing the camera while making a panoramic image).
The many columns supporting the facade of the Church are almost all different. There had been a contest to decide which to use - they decided to use them all. A church has stood here for more than a thousand years.
It is a magical spot and always a joy to just "be" and watch the world go by - some parts faster than others.
The south facing side of the Church and piazza is a great spot on a chilly but sunny day to bask in the warmth and enjoy the camaraderie.
Or, you can focus on an electronic device and not notice the wonder around you.
A cyclist on the perimeter of the piazza passes a statue of Matteo Civitali, an Italian sculptor and architect, painter, and engineer born in Lucca in the mid-1400's.
Sometimes I like to stand on the southwest corner of the piazza and simply "be" for a little while. Feel the sun, listen to the babble of voices, watch the kids chase pigeons, remember that life has thrived on this spot for more than 2000 continuous years. Ah, Lucca! Time for a bit of cioccolato fondante gelato, or vaniglia, or baccio, or any flavor......... to reflect on all this wonder.