Saint Zita is a patron saint of Lucca and maids and domestic servants. Once a year, around 27th April, she is brought from her usual spot in the church of San Frediano and placed in the centre of the church so people can walk by and see her.
Bread is baked in her honour and Lucca is full of flowers for the event. The Anfiteatro is turned into a flower market for the weekend. Saturday was a gorgeous day to be in town to see the blooms.
I managed to find some more peonies for the garden at Casa Debbio.
We also came upon the start of the Lucca part of the Terre di Canossa in the Piazza Napoleone. This is the 4th year of the International Classic Cars Challenge, named after Countess Beatrice di Canossa, which begins and ends in Reggio Emilia and travels through Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Lucca and Pisa along the way. Vintage cars between 1919 and 1976 are invited to take part. The old cars looked fabulous heading out of Lucca.
There is always something to see and do in Lucca.