Lucca in Villa San Marco

Via Farnesi 266, Lucca, 55100, Italy
Lucca in Villa San Marco
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day trips

by muzeve

we will be staying in lucca for a week in early september. Are looking at day trips to florence,pisa and cinque de terre. Can you tell me if they do day tours to sienna area (save driving), for exploring the castles, wine area and countryside, or possibly is it practicle to hire a car and drive around the lucca ares for something similar.

Re: day trips

by Maurizioago

You can go from Lucca to Pisa and Florence either by coach or by train. The bus station in Lucca isn't far from the town center.

About a daytrip to Cinque Terre I think you should go to La Spezia by train. From there you have to buy a special ticket to carry on your journey to the five villages by train.

Re: day trips

by catwalker

A nice way to go to CT from Lucca is to drive to Portovere & park there. You can then take a ferry which goes to the CT villages.

Re: day trips

by muzeve

that sounds nice too. i have got that part sorted out i think, but the ferry there sounds nice. I am still trying to find out about the sienna area to find a day trip, or around lucca countryside.
thanks again

Travel Tips for Lucca

Lucca by night

by HORSCHECK

Lucca is rich in historic churches and beautiful squares. Most of the main sights are beautifully illuminated at night.
So just don't miss to take a stroll by night and have a look at the Duomo di San Martino, the area around the church San Michele in Foro or the Piazza Napoleone.

Old Market in Piazza del Carmine

by illudiumqh36

In this building, that once was a church, there is the old town market. There are several food shops (butchers, grocers and so on) and some craft shops.
The exterior appearence is little bit scruffy, but it's going to be restored by the fine arts office.
It's really characteristic and a few lucky tourist can see it because is out of the main path.

It's a few step far from the middle of Via Fillungo in the very centre of the town.

Trains to Lucca from Pisa Airport

by alucas

There is a rail link from the airport to Pisa Centrale with a frequent service - times are here.

http://www.pisa-airport.com/sat/cda/aree/index.php?idArea=4

Trains from Pisa Centrale to Lucca take around 25 minutes. You can find the timetable by visiting

http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html and filling in the form.

Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro

by Blatherwick

The Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro is an oval-shaped piazza that occupies the site of a former Roman amphitheater. The surrounding buildings were built on the theater's foundations. You have to actually go through an archway under the residences in order to reach the piazza. Today the piazza is full of shops and outdoor cafes as it acts as a central gathering place.

Church of San Michele in Foro

by deecat

The Church of San Michele In Foro was almost right outside our Hotel Pucinni!

It is probably the most photographed church in Lucca. The facade is really quite delightful. It has a high ribbed and richly sculpted facade which gives the impression of a propped-up film set because the windows look through into thin air! Why? Because money ran out before that part of the church could be raised to the level of the facade.

Interestingly, every single column is different. Some of the columns are elaborately carved; some are twisted and spiraling; others are like a striped pole. The figure at the top is the archangel, and the wings are hinged and may be retracted if the wind is strong enough!

If the sun is at the right angle, you may see a glimmer up above, which would be the jewel in a ring on the hand of the statue. The whole building is covered by barrel vaults with lunettes. The walls are of perfectly squared limestone blocks.

This church is dedicated to St. Michael, the archangel (probably the statue of the Archangel represents Michael). The church supposedly was finished in 1,000 and rebuilt in 1122. This church is really a basilica with three aisles and semicircular apse.

You can spend a great deal of time inside the church because it is so fascinating and quite beautiful. We visited it several times while in Lucca for six days.5b

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