There are so many advantages to spending extended time in a town or village when you are travelling. So when we rented the apartment in Lucca for a week we took advantage of that extra time and we visited places that normally one does not have the time to when just passing through or spending a day or 3.
One of those places was in fact the Botanic Gardens of Lucca – the Orto Botanico di Lucca
They are small, not far from our apartment and tucked up inside the walls of Lucca. You can view the gardens from the ancient wall, however we wanted to have a closer inspection and paid the entrance fee to go inside and look around
Once entering we were given a map of the area and were able to easily stroll through the gardens and enjoy their beauty.
The botanic gardens were quiet, elegant and simply stated. There were indications that they needed some more care but they were still lovely.
There are a variety of trees and plants from all over the world with most of them having signs explaining their origin.
We spent a couple of blissful hours wandering through these pretty gardens and admiring the plant life. We rested on a well placed bench and soaked up the sun for a while.
There is a lovely pond with a wooden bridge which is a great attraction. Standing on the bridge looking in to the pond was the best part for me. We watched the turtles climbing on to the lily pads and many fish swimming around. It was tranquil.
The pond of water lilies was amazing, as was the story of the ghost who inhabits the area around Halloween/All Saints Day – it might be a bit of historical fiction but very intriguing. The plants and colours were plentiful, as were the seating areas around the gardens – I am so glad we went there!
Do put the Gardens on your list of places to visit when you are in Lucca. I’m sure you will enjoy it as I did.