Walking the wall

Today, it’s back to Lucca, the walled city not far from Florence.

There’s a lot to see as you explore the perimeter, looking down into  the historic centre.

This is what we might call a nursing home. And, it’s the proud owner of a della Robbia ceramic.

By the way, Saint Zita is the one you should pray to if you can’t find your keys.



You’ll also find this chapel, probably used in the past ( and maybe even now) for musical performances. 


The plaque on the chapel mentions Saint Cecilia who is the patron of music. Her  feast day is 22 November, in case you want to raise your voice in song in her honour.


The front is decorated with bas-reliefs. I believe I recognise Saint Martin and Saint Peter. Can someone identify the Bishop in the final photo?







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63 responses to “Walking the wall

  1. Jane

    I’m still routing for my bishop delle Rovere. He suggested moving the madonna….but was dead by the time the building was built and would have become part of the story…..therefore floating in the heavens over Lucca

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  2. Irenaeus? Wild guess. I do love the ceramic.

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  3. I always thought St Anthony was the one to pray to if you lost something.
    I’d be very happy here in my later years I have to say.

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    • According to Saint Google, that’s corrrect about Saint Anthony, Sue. He’s also the one to go to for help finding a lost person.

      Lucca would be a great place to spend your twilight years. Put your name down at St Zita’s. 🙂

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      • The reason I know about St Anthony is that my Mom and my Grandma before her, are great believers. My Mom has called on St Anthony a great deal over the years. When our daughter’s cat went missing my Mom buckled down with many prayers. She found lost mittens, keys, letters…practically the kitchen sink. It took 30 days for that silly cat to be found and on Easter morning no less. Of course this only reinforced my Mom’s faith in St Anthony. 🙂

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  4. With you Yvonne we will know the bad reliefs of the musical chapel in Lucca ! 🙂
    Maybe the third is the bishop who erected the chapel ?
    Love ❤

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  5. It’s certainly a nursing home I could be happy to end my days in.

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  6. Can’t do the bishop, Yvonne. Had I been Italian I mitre been able to

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  7. Frank Schouten


    I think he looks like St Nicolas


  8. According to my Irish grandmother (RIP) St. Anthony was the patron saint of lost causes. That’s a tad different than lost ‘things.’ 🙂

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    • So, after my dismal showing at carpet bowls today, he might consider me as one of his lost causes, I do believe.

      Oh, crikey, Saint Google says St Anthony is for lost things, St Jude takes care of lost causes and desperate cases. Our knees shall be forever calloused.


  9. St Zita sounds like one well worth keeping on the right side of. She could come in handy at any time.

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  10. Oh great… yet another saint I have to add to my prayer list. 🙂

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  11. I can think of many worse places to end up when I’m old and feeble……… Ooops, old and feebler 🙂

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  12. I think the Bishop is St. Gerard. He was the one who held the key to the city of Florence during a period when tourists were starting to come in droves to both Florence and Venetia, Italy. If you look carefully he seems to be holding the key up in his right hand.

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  13. Jane

    Not much time to research this now….but it looks to me like the ramparts of Lucca underneath the floating Bishop….so someone connected to the city!

    We were there briefly on this last trip and I do so hope to go back and spend a few days. What a marvelous place! Only jogged in to see the amphitheater, now Piazza.

    Thanks for these photos!

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    • I wonder if it’s the famous San Frediano, from Ireland? Lucca was a mosat pleasant surprise.


      • Jane

        How about “Sisto Gara Della Rovere “….possibly he who encouraged the preservation of the Madona and Child moved into the Chapel of St Cecilia when Lucca was threatened by the French? Could those be oak trees on each side?

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        • I like your answer, and the judge’s decision may well award the prize (there is none, of course) to you.

          The connection with Saint Cecilia makes yours an attraoption.ctive


  14. that’s funny…I’ve always pleaded with St. Anthony when I’ve lost things. St. Zita? Now maybe I’ll find things twice as fast if I pray to both!

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  15. Saint Zita knows where the keys are because they are with the Bishop in the last photo as he is holding the pole which he uses to poke through front door letter boxes to hook the keys from the hallway. Saint Zita knows, but won’t tell the police 😉 ❤

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  16. Perhaps a local bishop once there in Lucca…a former prelate over that chapel..
    I wish I was there, losing myself in such a wonderful places—the art teacher in me is loving the della Robbia!!!

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  17. Thanks Yvonne- you’re back again, lucky duck. Thanks for these memories of Lucca. We have stayed there a few times at length and walked in those very spots.

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