Lucchio: the invisible town near Lucca.Unknown places & works
Lucchio: the invisible town near Lucca.
There is an invisible town in Tuscany. Its name is Lucchio and it is perched high over the valley of the River Lima, one of the tributaries of the River Serchio. It is so close to the mountain that you can hardly see it until you are in its proximity. This is why it is called invisible! Magic has nothing to do with it! But it is still a record-breaking town, given that it boasts the title of the highest perched town in the whole of Tuscany!
The village seems to be part of the mountain with the houses giving the impression they have been built on top of each other like in an incredible jigsaw puzzle. The houses, all stone-built, usually have two or three floors and are accessed from the top floor. This is usually level with the narrow alleys of the village, while the other floors are at the back, perpendicular to the rock itself. In short, if you suffer from vertigo Lucchio may not be your kind of place! Just to make you understand how much this town is really overhanging the valley below, we will tell you an old anecdote: it is said that in the days when every family owned at least one hen, a basket was tied to her rear to stop the eggs from rolling down the cliff! Funny, don’t’ you think?
The town is very old and its incredible remoteness has always been its main advantage: difficult to see and even more to reach! Like any self-respecting village, it also has its beautiful fortress which was allegedly built at the behest of Matilde di Canossa and also that it was one of the most difficult to conquer. What about today? Unfortunately for its characteristics, it is becoming a ghost town that comes alive only in the summer when some of the restored houses resound with the voices of holiday makers who come here to enjoy the fresh air, the quiet and the breathtaking views.
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