MURAL THAT HONOR NATIVE SONS OF LUCCA
Walking along the side streets of Lucca and you find a few murals on the walls. I spotted this one that honors two sons of Lucca who were both famous operatic composers. Alfredo Catalani (1854 – 1893) who wrote the operas Loreley in 1890 and La Wally in 1892 painted on the right side of the mural with the better known operatic composer Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) whose operas include Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La boheme and Turandot which he did not finish. His arias from some of his operas like "Nessun dorma" and "O mio babbino caro" are sung by many of todays opera singers.
The Gardens of Villa Realle
This is an unusual side trip to Lucca. The Villa itself is not open, however you can get a tour of the gardens. There are several unique gardens that make up the grounds, and you could easily get lost in them. Villa Realle was owned by Napoleon's sisters and was a opulent palace of it's day hosting many parties for dignitaries. The gardens remind me of Verseaille, very formal Baroque gardens that are quite interesting and lovely.Our guide was the caretaker and he hardly spoke any English, however he was pleasant and answered questions when he could.
a nice stop
I cannot understand the meaning of its name, but this place, nicely located in Piazza San Frediano, it could be a relative cheap option to have a rest or a coffee or a cocktail or something more. They are very friendly and young. Dark bathroom (black tiles and sanitaries) is a bit scary but it doesn't spoil the rest.
Closed on Tue
This sprawling square is named after Napoleon, whose sister, Elisa Baciocchi, ruled Lucca from 1805 to 1815. Piazza Napoleone is dominated by the imposing Palazzo Ducale. It's a shady place by tall trees, it hosts a neo-classic memorial to Maria Luigi di Borbone, by L. Bartolini.
Palazzo Pfanner gardens
While there is a museum in Palace Pfanner, I didn't visit it. Instead, I walked through the small, quaint garden area that's really only good for about ten minutes or so. But it is really beautiful and if you're looking for an escape of sorts from all the narrow streets and brick and mortar, this is a nice relaxing oasis.
Summer opening: daily 10.00 to 18.00