I know that it's impossible to visit Lucca without going through the narrow streets of the old town...if I put this activity in the "Must See" page it's because every lane deserves to be attentively observed.
For example walking under the arches in Via Elisa you could see the old man that fixes hand made straw chairs; or in Via della Rosa you could see a man, sitted in front of his vegetables shop, hulling beans looking at the walking people; or the old carts for goods parked near the Anphitheatre.
Another recommendation is to look always over your head... many towers, windows or balconies are hidden by the adjacent buildings and sometimes you can see them only if you are just under them and look upwards.
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 Walls.
It has really a lot of shops af all kind: from jewels to underwear (I don't know why but there are many shops selling both of this goods in this street!!!).
Some shops are new and in contrast with the rest of Lucca (i.e. Footlocker...PUAH!!!!), some others are historical activities of Lucca (i.e. Caffe Di Simo, Carli Jewels or other jewelries).
When you are walking through Via Fillungo doing window shopping try also to notice what is over the shop's windows...some palaces are really gorgeous.
NEVER miss public administration palaces in Italian towns. Excluding few examples, they are always located in ancient buildings. The problem could be to see the interior but sometimes it is also possible (and most of the time with NO charge). Lucca's Palazzo della Provincia is not an exception to this golden rule and has a marvellous garden inside.
A wonderful small town famous to its walls which enclose a place that can be wandered or pedalled with ease yet remains full of secrets. the country's forest medieval treasure, relatively unspoilt and sprinkled with pallazzi, towers and countless of churches. The surrounding hills produces some excellent wines and olives oil.
One of the things we enjoyed about Lucca was wandering around looking at the sights.
Around the town there were many wall niches/votives, drinking fountains where people filled their wated bottles with spa water, churches, shops and remnants of older times.
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.
Every third Sunday the streets of Lucca are jammed with every type of antique you can imagine from furniture to clothing to books to trinkets galore. It will take the better part of a full day to see everything so if you're a shopper then this is for you.
It's not really an important stop but if you're traveling with kids it might be just the thing to get their pep up for more sightseeing. In Piazza Napoleone there is a carousel that is up for most of the year. It looks especially pretty at night when it stands out like a beacon as compared to its dimly lit surroundings. The kids love it. You may too.
To some people, Lucca could be a good base to explore The Alpuan Alps. It is 'hidden' behind a Renaissance wall.
This place was founded by The Estruscans...& became a colony in 180 BC.
Photo shows part of the wall surrounded Lucca.
Via Fillungo is the busiest street in Lucca which threads through the heart of the old city !
The streets in Lucca within the walls are just so beautiful !
there are streets with lots of shops & restaurants but I chose not to take those photos/sights. Instead this quiet street/path among the houses.
It sorts of hark back in time for me !
This looks moderne but kinda retained its old charms...
Some of the buildings in Lucca are being restored & some you could still see the 'old charms' intact; You just have to walk around the maze streets !
Many photos seem to have a tower on them, mostly belonging to churches I guess, all look pretty good and would have enjoyed spending more time admiring them, again the weather forced us to return to base!