|Valter Menchini and Elena Benvenuti in front|
of the Mastio of Cerruglio, the oldest part of
the Fortress of Montecarlo.
|Below the fortress is the main street of Montecarlo, framed through one of the tower windows.|
|This door may date back to the days of Cosimo I|
de' Medici, when Firenze occupied Montecarlo.
|The perfect 360-degree view from the Torre di Cosimo is now partially blocked by the Church of Sant'Andrea, but the church was enlarged later. Cosimo would not allow any building to be taller than the mastio.|
|The view from the wall just below the Torre di Cosimo.|
|This might look like a storm drain, but actually it is a caditoia,|
which could be used to dump scalding hot sand onto anyone
who tried to scale the walls.
Elena Benvenuti is a tour guide who offers cooking classes and private personal tours of Lucca and the surrounding areas. For more information, see her web site: Discover Lucca with Elena.