Also as usual, we were subject to a historical tour of the town. Normally, I enjoy these tours, but Lucca is a small town, and I personally felt that two hours was a bit of overkill. (I also had a serious yen for some lunch after six hours of not eating). Our tour guide, though, was very personable and maybe just a teensy bit crazy, but it made our tour more interesting.
She took us inside the church of San Frediano...
Then we walked some more, and came upon this little Luccan gem: it's a bell tower that actually has several large oak trees growing on top of it, their roots reaching down into the actual bell room. I wish we'd had time to climb it, but by the time we were done with lunch, there simply was no time.
Our tour ended in Piazza San Michele.
We ate lunch nearby, sampling the local cuisine. Gillian and I both ordered the minestra de farro, which is a kind of spelt (grain) soup with red beans. It was good, but I would take Sergio's or Mario's over it any day. We were also sure to purchase a small loaf of bucellato bread, which is a kind of sweet raisin bread flavored with fennel. Even after a whole day, I'm still not sure if I like it or not. We spent our little remaining free time exploring the flea market in the Piazza San Michele, before returning to the buses to head to Fattoria di Poggio, an olive farm known for its production of some of the area's best olive oil.