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Lucca Highlights Private Walking Tour
"Meet the guide and visit the historical centre now a pedestrian area enclosed by the imposing tree-lined Renaissance walls.Start you tour heading towards Piazza S. Michele in Foro to admire the church bearing the same name.Then follow your guide to Piazza Napoleone from where you can admire Palazzo Ducale and Teatro del Giglio. Close by you can find San Martino Cathedral an important pilgrims destination.Pass along characteristic medieval streets worthy of mention is “via degli antiquari” where you can see the fine antique shops and the teeming and smart Via FillungoOther highlights see during the tour are Piazza Anfiteatre still nowadays one of landmarks of the town
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Lucca by bike
"Hop onto your bike and with one of our local specialized guides ride up to the top of the Renaissance Walls for a fabulous perspective of the historic center. After just a few moments you will be able to admire the most exquisite private garden in Lucca that of Palazzo Pfanner. The leisurely-paced bike ride will continue along the tree-lined boulevard that characterizes the Walls for about 2 kilometers. You will then descend back into the historic center with a stop at the Cathedral of San Martino (Sain where the people of Lucca have venerated the wooden crucifix called the Volto Santo (Holy Face) for centuries. There are many Italian masterpieces in the interior such as the sarcophagus of Ilaria del Carretto and Tintoretto’s Last Supper. To visit the interior
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Lucca Round Trip Experience from Florence
"Passengers will have the opportunity to discover the city of Lucca and its treasures in comfort and relaxation traveling in a private Mercedes with a professional driver. Lucca is famous for its Renaissance-era city walls that have remained intact. Extraordinarily as the city grew and modernized the walls that surrounded the old town were maintained. As the walls lost their military importance the top of the walls became a pedestrian promenade today one of Lucca's main attractions. The area around the walls is well taken care of with green grass and trees everywhere along the walls. They have in essence become a park that surrounds the city and blocks out more modern life. Here you can have a stroll tasting a gelato or simply a period of rest from sightseeing on one of the many
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Chiesa di San Frediano

Basilica San Frediano is one of the oldest churches in Lucca, built in the 6th century in Romanesque style. It is known that basilica was constructed on the ruins of an earlier church, that was dedicated to the Saints Vicento, Stefano and Lorenzo. Construction of the basilica is attributed to San Frediano, the Irish presbyterian who was elected bishop of Lucca from 560 to 588. In the 8th century the crypt was added in basilica where lies the body of San Frediano. The church was consecrated in 1147 by Pope Eugenio III.
Facade is from the 12th century and at its peak dominated the mosaic made in the 12th and 13th century, combined Byzantine motifs which are located in the Romanesque ambient. Bell tower was constructed in various epochs 12th and 13th century with a combination of windows from bifora to quadrifora, and on top of which there is a parapet in a characteristic Ghibeline style.
Every September 13, in the evening from the Basilica starts procession in honor of Santa Croce (Holy Cross).

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croisbeauty
Aug 29, 2016

Basilica di San Frediano – Romanesque church.

When we hiked our way up in the amazing city of Lucca we passed the Basilica di San Frediano at some point. To our huge disappointment the church wasn't open for the public at that time. This was the reason that we only walked around this beautiful church. We had a look at the 12th-century "west" facade, which actually faces east and is a fine example of the local Romanesque style. At the west end, a small plaza provides a good view of the large apse and exceptionally tall campanile.

It is quite clear that the Basilica di San Frediano in Lucca is a medieval basilica with a large campanile. We loved the 13th-century mosaic on its facade and its monumental Romanesque font.

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Jerelis
Mar 10, 2016

Church of San Frediano

The Church of San Frediano is very large and looks unique compared to most other Italian churches. The mosaic at the top of the church’s exterior is called The Ascension of Christ the Saviour and dates from the 1200s. Inside you can view some nice artwork, chapels, sculptures, and 16th century frescoes. Some of these were done by notable artists like Andrea della Robbia. San Frediano also contains some interesting religious relics and is the burial place for several important saints. Overall, this is a great church to view because of its unique Romanesque architecture, its size, and the quality of its interior.

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hungariangirl896
Sep 19, 2014

Church of San Frediano

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 famous golden mosaic.

Directions:
The Church of San Frediano is located at the Piazza San Frediano in the northern part of Lucca's old town.

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Oct 22, 2011
 
 
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Don't miss San Frediano's mosaic

Although the Basilica of San Frediano isn't the biggest church in Lucca, I thought it was the most interesting one to visit. San Frediano was built between 1112 and 1117, and its amazing Byzantine-style golden mosaic, called "The Ascension of Christ the Saviour", was created by Berlinghieri and added to the facade about a century later. Another one of the basilica's treasures is the baptismal font that stands at the back of the church, depicting the story of Moses in a series of finely carved pannels. Another interesting fact is that the columns inside the nave were actually taken from the nearby Roman amphitheatre which, at the time they started building San Frediano, had long been abandoned. A ceremony was about to begin when we visited the church and although we were asked at that point not to take pictures, we were invited to stay and have a look. It's always kind of neat to hear mass celebrated in a different language!

The Basilica of San Frediano is open every day and admission is free.

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Jefie
Jul 21, 2010

great location and interior

St Frediano church lies in a very lovely square, where you can rest after the long stroll agong Fillolungo street. The interior of the chuch is really charming, not too dark. In my opinion. the highlight is the "fonte battesimale" (see the pic)

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PALLINA
Apr 17, 2009

SAn Frediano

Named after the 5th century monk Frediano (Fridianus), who became the Bishop. The first church was in the 8th century and this was re-built in 1112-1147. The Capella on both sides of the entrance is of Santa Croce. The very colorful 13th century mosaic tiles is of Christ and two angels with the twelve Apostles below, commemorating the ascension. The inside is richly decorated with frescoes and more chapels added for the nobles to get saved.

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BruceDunning
Aug 22, 2008

Beautiful house of worship

The Basilica of San Frediano is a Romanesque church, situated on the Piazza San Frediano. This church is distinguished by its golden mosaic high on the facade of Christ in Majesty. The church as seen today was built between 1112 and 1147, with alterations along the way. Inside, it is truly beautiful.

There is a huge 12th century baptismal font, the Fonte Lustrale, that lies immediately at the entrance and is decorated with biblical scenes attributed to three different craftsmen. There are numerous chapels inside, including one dedicated to St. Zita, Lucca's patron saint.

There are many other fine artistic details that you really have to see with your own eyes.

Admission is free, there are coin operated light boxes by many of the artworks, and picture taking was allowed with discretion.

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Jun 05, 2008
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San Frediano church

San Frediano's striking facade features a colourful 13th century mosaic called "The Ascension". Inside, pride of place goes to a splendid Romanesque font on the right carved with scenes from the life of Christ.

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Willettsworld
Jul 08, 2005

San Frediano Church

This church, one of the most visited in Lucca, is located in San Frediano Square just beside Via Fillungo nearabout Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
On its facade threre is a marvellous huge golden mosaic on its facade representing Christ in Majesty. In the interior the main masterpiece it's a precious example of baptesimal font with biblical episodes sculpted on; furthermore paintings and a golden organ could hit the visitor.
Another particularity of this church is the shrine of Santa Zita (a local saint) in which several relics are conserved; among all the whole mummified body of the saint herself.

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Jan 25, 2005

San Frediano Church

This Romanesque church is distinguished by its golden mosaic high on the facade. It was consecrated by the pope in the year 1147. The huge twelfth century baptismal font, the Fonte Lustrale, lies immediately at the entrance and is decorated with biblical scenes attributed to three different craftsmen. The church also houses a shrine to Santa Zita, Lucca's saint, whose mummified body is brought out once a year.

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Blatherwick
Dec 30, 2004

Church San Frediano

Church San Frediano is situated on Piazza San Frediano, by Piazza del Anfiteatro. It is a beautiful church, made in white stone and with an astonishing painting on its façade – see detail on my first photo on the travelogue about Lucca’s churches.

Inside, the church is equally breathtaking. It is built in richly carved white marble and the side chapels show beautiful details and paintings. The pipe organ is not too big but richly it is carved in gold painted wood. There are some tombs inside, but I don’t know anything about them.

The entrance to this church, unlike some others in Italy, is free and you may wander at ease and use your camera.

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Aug 04, 2004

Things to Do Near Basilica San Frediano

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Palazzo Pfanner

This palace was built in the second half of the XVII century for the Moriconi family. They were noble silk merchants. In 1680 the property was taken over by the Contarini; another family of noble...
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Guinigi Tower - Torre Guinigi

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Chiesa San Michele in Foro - Church

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Duomo di San Martino - Cathedral

According to legend, the cathedral of San Martino was founded by Saint Frediano in the 6th century. Apparently, at first it was a large complex composed by San Martino and church of San Giovanni e...
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Palazzo Mansi

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City Walls & Gates

The history of fortified walls of Lucca begins in 200 A.C. - with a classic square of walls that surrounded the city centre, and with part of it seen there up to today. During the Napoleon era the...
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Piazza S. Frediano, 55100 Lucca

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