On the evening of San Lorenzo, the city of Lucca hosted countless spectators with enormous success for a new party atop its spectacular Walls: a party offering free events by music professionals on the ramparts, immersive history and art shows in the Wall’s barracks, and fun on its famous towers. 

“E lucevan le stelle – And the stars shone,” the first festival of its kind, was organized by the new Pardini administration to celebrate the talents and traditions of the city by creating a welcoming event for visitors the night of August 10, 2022 from 9pm to midnight . 

The public was invited to stroll freely from one event to the next, lingering to listen or explore the shows so long as it pleased them. Even the Guinigi Tower and the Torre delle Ore were opened (at a reduced rate) for those who wanted to climb closer to the stars.

The walkway atop the walls was full of people walking, on bikes or in rickshaws. Families with babies in carriages, elegant older couples and young people wearing the latest fashions competed in a friendly way to walk and stop at strategic points. Those restaurants, cafes and ice cream parlors that stayed open late were crowded. Given the great shows and beautiful weather, people were slow to go home.

Many thanks to the municipal administration for the brilliant idea, in particular Mayor Mario Pardini and Assessors Mia Pisano and Remo Santini, as well as all the cultural organizations that participated to make the evening an unforgettable one.

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