San Michele Church
It was built during the 12th century, located by the side of the former roman forum. The magnificent medley of twisted and inlaid columns, each one different from the other, adorns one of the most beautiful pisan-romanesque facades in all of Tuscany.
A bended stone!!
On the opposite side of Piazza San Michele respect to Via Fillungo there is Piazza Bernardini with his homonymous palace.
IF you look at the first window of the ground floor you can see a stone bended like it was iron: it is called the "Devil's Stone".
The legend says that Mr. Bernardini was peruaded by the Devil himself to build the palace where a holy image took place. During the construction a stone of a window of the ground floor started bending and there was anything that could stop it.
For Wines from "Lucchesi" Hills...
Vecchia Trattoria Buralli is located in the historic center of Lucca, and it is the only place where wines from the "lucchesi" hills can be found:
(Geo, Buonamico, Matraia, Forci, Montrasio, Palistorti, Greppo).
The Restaurant outdoor seating is open all summer and has the weekly closing of Wednesdays. In the Winter months, 70 seats are available; in the summer, 110 seats with the garden.
Parking is available at a distance of 200 m.
The average price in Euro: 20,00-25,00.
Special rates are given for groups.
Visa, CartaSi, EuroCard, MasterCard are all accepted.
They speak Italian, English, and French, but the Menu is in Italian, English, and German.
The food is delicious, the atmosphere delightful, and the service is excellent. Main dishes and specialties include:
1. Belly pork with parmesan cheese and aromatic "erbette" (green leaved vegetables).
2. "Frantoiana" soup and spelt soup.
3. Grilled beef and vegetables.
4. "Lucchese" chops with vegetables in
5. Fried "Bucceliato di Lucca" (local antique
Try the Bucceliato di Lucca; it's a delight to the taste buds.
Other sights not to be missed
The Casa di Puccini is open to the public. At nearby Torre del Lago there is a Puccini opera festival every year in July/August. Puccini had a house there.
Not to miss:
Piazza San Michele
Duomo di San Martino
The ancient Roman amphitheatre
Church of San Michele in Foro
Basilica di San Frediano
Torre delle ore
Casa and Torre Guinigi
Lucca hosts the Lucca Summer Festival each year which, in July 2006, saw Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Tracy Chapman and Santana play live in the Piazza Napoleone.
Orto botanico di Lucca
Lucca's botanical gardens were established in 1820 by Marie Louise of France, the second wife of Napoleon. Marie Louise, then known as the Duchess of Parma, had also founded the University of Lucca and the gardens were meant to become a research facility for botany students. Important scientific research has been conducted at the gardens throughout the years, and although there are still experiments going on, the gardens are open to the public. The arboretum features several exotic species and in the greenhouses it's possible to see a collection of plants with medicinal properties, as well as a collection of edible wild species that are often used in the region's traditional recipes. The Orto botanico is not that big, but it's beautiful and there's enough to keep plant lovers busy for a while.
L'Orto botanico di Lucca is open from the end of March to the end of October, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (7:00 pm in the summertime). Admission is 3 Euros.