You can jog, walk our cycle it, However you decide to do, make it top of your list. The best way to see the city is to do a circut of these perfectly intact medieval walls.
Its Ideal for families... more
Torre Guinigi rises above the narrow streets below and although its pretty crowded once you reach the top, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the old town and surrounding mountains under the shade... more
The oval Piazza Anfiteatro used to be a Roman amphitheater. During medieval times, houses were built on the Roman remains; later from 1830 the area was used as a marketplace. Nowadays it is a nice... more
Palazzo Pfanner turned out to be my favourite museum in Lucca. For 5.50 Euros, you can have access to the palazzo and its beautiful gardens. Dating back to the 1660s, the palazzo is named after Felix... more
The facade of of San Martino Cathedral could be described as "interesting" - a euphemism for many things. Rick Steves' invaluable guidebook describes it as "... an entertaining mix of architectural... more
This famous San Michele in Foro Church was built between the 11th and 14th century. The columns in the facade are all different and the wings of the angel statue on top of the facade are flexible to... more
This Romanesque Church of San Fredianoh was consecrated by the pope in the 12th century and many reconstructions took place until the 16th century.
The upper part of the facade is decorated with a... more
Besides the Torre Guinigi, the Torre delle Ore (Clock Tower) is the second tower in Lucca which offers scenic views of the city. Its history dates back to the 14th century.
Since the Middle Ages it... more
Lucca is the birthplace of a surprising number of composers, but none are as famous as Giacomo Puccini, the man behind "Madame Butterfly", "La Boheme", "Manon Lescault" and "Tosca", among other... more
Lucca's old city area is full of historic churches that are open to visitors daily, free of charge. Most of these churches date back to the 12th and 13th century, built in the region's popular Pisan... more
It's the main street in the old town. Its name means "ling wire" because it's very long and "thin" as a wire. It goes form the nearabouts of Piazza San Michele up to Piazza Santa Maria beside the... more
The cattedrale di S. Martino lies in a very nice square and shows an outstanding architecture. Do not miss the statues of S. Martino (both in the facade and in the interior).
Interior is very dark and... more
This palace was built in the latter part of the 16th century for Giovan Battista Bernardino, Bishop of Ajaccio.
It was probably built by Bartolomeo Ammannati, who was working on the Palazzo Pubblico... more
Go and take a look at the main square: Piazza del Mercato. Under this square are th rests of an old arena. When the arena was out of use the Italians build on it again and again. When it was dug up... more
Entering Lucca from Porta Elisa and going straight along Via Elisa you arrive at a big gate with a tower at each side. This is Porta Santi Gervasio e Protasio and it has just been restored by the city... more
Lucca is a gem of a little Italian city. It has all you could wish to find crammed into the centre, and all surrounded by imposing walls. Narrow medieval streets paved in stone lead into piazzas large...