THE BEST "STORY BEHIND THE BEAUTY
AND HISTORY" GUIDEBOOK WE'VE SEEN
We usually like guidebooks that are full of colorful photos and splashy graphics.
Brian Lindquist's The Wanderer's Guide to Lucca is neither and that's why we love it.
Less famous than its Tuscan cousins of Florence, Pisa and Chianti country, Lucca is one of Italy's most historic, intriguing, haunting and beautiful ancient cities.
Calling Lucca a city is in itself a slight.
Because long before Italy was unified in the mid 19th century, Lucca was for centuries its own nation.
Lucca was a Republic, so city-state is more accurate that simply calling it an old walled town about 20 kilometers from Pisa's leaning tower or Viareggio's vista of the Mediterranean.
"This is the book I wish I'd had the first time I went to Lucca," Lindquist says on the back jacket of his publication.
Order the book at www.lindquistguides.com
The Wanderer's Guide to Lucca review
continues tomorrow -- August 29