Lucca Tourist Traps

  • I am amazed by the beautiful piazza.
    I am amazed by the beautiful piazza.
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  • The beautiful Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
    The beautiful Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
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  • We had a nice lunch at the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
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    Piazza San Michele – Beautiful spot.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 8, 2016

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    Before we decided where we wanted to go during the summer of 2015, of course we did some research on Google about Lucca. One of the things that intrigued me immediately was the facts of the bell tower. This tower was amputated from the basilica church, because it was higher than the Augusta tower and because the sound of its bell reached Pisa. How about that!

    Once in front of San Michele in Foro do keep up, because Above its façade, you’ll find the Archangel Michael as he battles against the dragon with a lance. Maybe it is also a good tip to have a cold refreshment at one of the terraces, sit on a comfortable chair, just look around and enjoy the vibrancy of this beautiful spot.

    Address: Piazza San Michele, 55100 Lucca.
    Directions: Right at the city center of the old historical town.

    The statue of Francesco Burlamacchi. San Michele in Foro. Cyrille and Iris. All three kids at Piazza San Michele.
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    Piazza San Michele – Piazza delle Catene.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 8, 2016

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    The people of Lucca used to call it the ‘Piazza delle Catene’ due to its numerous marble columns connected with heavy metal chains, but the square’s real name comes from its imposing church dedicated to Saint Michele. Without a doubt is the Piazza San Michele the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)

    Of course the first building we noticed and is a truly must visit is the dominating basilica church San Michele in Foro. But besides this basilica church, on the corner of Via Vittorio Veneto, you’ll find the Palazzo Pretorio, a prime example of Renaissance architecture in Lucca. And you also can’t miss the statue of Francesco Burlamacchi which is on the square since 1863.

    Address: Piazza San Michele, 55100 Lucca.
    Directions: Right at the city center of the old historical town.

    Overview at the beautiful square. So beautiful! The facade is amazing. All three kids at Piazza San Michele.
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    Piazza San Michele – The main square.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 8, 2016

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    Lucca is an ancient and medieval city in Tuscany, Italy. Founded by the Romans in the second century BC, it became a very important city in Tuscany. At the time it was a major city it even began to constitute itself an independent commune. The remains of the ancient city with its beautiful history can still be seen today at and near the Piazza San Michele. Of course the first building we noticed is the dominating basilica church San Michele in Foro. But besides this basilica church, on the corner of Via Vittorio Veneto, you’ll find the Palazzo Pretorio, a prime example of Renaissance architecture in Lucca. And you also can’t miss the statue of Francesco Burlamacchi which is on the square since 1863.

    The main square (called Piazza San Michele) on which all these beautiful historical buildings are situated, is the natural centre of the city of Lucca: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 11th century.

    Address: Piazza San Michele, 55100 Lucca.
    Directions: Right at the city center of the old historical town.

    On our way to Piazza San Michele. Dominating basilica church San Michele in Foro. Cyrille at Piazza San Michele. All three kids at Piazza San Michele. Enjoying themselves at Piazza San Michele.
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    Piazza dell'Anfiteatro – Roman remains visible.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 3, 2016

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    We learned that it was in the 1800s that an architect restored the value of the ancient space making the amphitheater a fundamental structure for the urban arrangement of the town. The buildings which had crowded the inside of the arena over the centuries were demolished and the new Via dell'Anfiteatro surrounded the ancient building. This was making the view at the square an amphitheater like space again.

    The city thus gained a new oval space and it followed the same original structure of the ancient building and was dedicated to the town market (not by chance it is called "Piazza del Mercato"). Whenever you would like to have a closer look do keep in mind that the original amphitheater retained its structures two metres below the road surface. You will be able to see the arches and vaults emerging at the shops that face onto the plaza. Some of the Roman remains are still visible as we walked along via dell'Anfiteatro, in the buildings bounding the plaza and in the lowest of the 4 arches leading into it, the only one left of the ancient structure. A must visit indeed!

    Address: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca.
    Directions: Right at the city center of the old historical town.

    The beautiful Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. We had a nice lunch at the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
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    Piazza dell'Anfiteatro – Beautiful piazza.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 3, 2016

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    The construction of the amphitheater began in the 1st century. When it was created, for gladiator games, the amphitheater of Lucca was an imposing structure, with 54 arches and a structure able to hold as many as 10.000 spectators … can you believe it!? Sadly enough, the amphitheater was torn down and it it became a plaza during the Middle Ages. As a result it became a venue of popular assemblies.

    By the time we ended up at the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro we at first were sorry that they tore down an amphitheater as we would have love to visit and witness such an amazing structure like an amphitheater. But anyway … we can say that this is definitely one of the most beautiful piazza's in Italy is our opinion. The atmosphere is breathing history and the oval piazza is very picturesque and it therefore attracts lots and lots of tourists. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere while having a drink; perfect, but for dinner there are nicer places we found out.

    Address: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca.
    Directions: Right at the city center of the old historical town.

    I am amazed by the beautiful piazza. The Roman structure of the amphitheater.
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    Piazza dell'Anfiteatro – Symbol of Lucca.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 3, 2016

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    Lucca is an ancient and medieval city in Tuscany, Italy. Founded by the Romans and it is great to see that the original lay out of the Roman street plan of its historical centre is still preserved. One of those remains are the traces of the amphitheater that still can be seen in the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. We knew this in advance and for us the main reason why we wanted to visit this beautiful square.

    The amphitheater, built as the centre of entertainment outside the Roman town, is today the centre of town life and the very symbol of Lucca. It is a unique elliptical-shaped plaza, closed in an embrace of medieval houses. In spite of the passing of the time, it is always alive and witness to a lot of changes. Halfway our hike through the old city of Lucca we ended up at the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, time to explore it!

    Address: Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca.
    Directions: Right at the city center of the old historical town.

    The entrance to the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Amazing view at the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. On our way to the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
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    Bastian Contrario - Truffled Menu With NO Truffles

    by Matchello_Lulu Written Nov 9, 2012

    We just arrived from Bastian Contrario. We ordered truffled starters and dishes. None of the starters came with truffles. When we asked the argentinian waitress about it she said it was a mistake from the chef. Ok one mistake happens... two.... well thats a bit too much!
    When you pay for an expensive dish like the ones we ordered we expect nothing but what we asked for! Maybe the waitress was ordering cheaper dishes to keep the difference I dont know... but it was too much of a coincidence that made us ask for a cancelation of the rest. They went so shy that didnt want to charge. Of course we paid for what we had.
    THIS PLACE IS A TOURIST TRAP and a ABSOLUTELY NONO!

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    Palazzo Pfanner

    by Helga67 Written Mar 8, 2005

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    Although it is nice to visit this palazzo and its gardens, we were a little bit disappointed. We came here to visit the permanent exhibition of the local costumes from the 18th century. But, although still mentioned in several books, the costumes are no longer at the Palazzo. In my opinion, without the costumes, the rooms are quite empty, there wasn't that much to see in the rooms.

    Unique Suggestions: Spend some time in the lovely garden

    Palazzo Pfanner
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    Horse cart in town

    by illudiumqh36 Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    From Spring to Autumn it could happens to see some horse carts bringing tourists on the Walls and around the main squares of the city.
    Well, this is, in my opinion, a big trap... it's not necessary to take a vehicle to have a tour of Lucca: the Walls are only 4 Km long and, for all the beauties they have inside, you should stop and take a picture every 100 mt; moreover the lanes are so narrow that for a tourist could be uncomfortable even a bike.
    Last but not least...I don't know exactly the prices, but I think it is far from cheap to take a horse cart for an hour or more.

    Fun Alternatives: If you need to be fast take a bike for Walls and main squares and go on foot for lanes.

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    Touristy restaurants and shops near Tower Guinigi

    by micas_pt Updated Aug 9, 2004

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    Lucca fascinated me, being such a nice and quiet city in Tuscany, unlike some other touristy destinations we had visited the previous days such as San Gimignano and Pisa. It was a pleasure to discover this authentic Tuscan city.

    But still, near the main Must See such as the Tower Guinigi and the Duomo di San Martino we found that restaurants and open door cafes may tend to be a tourist trap, as they are expensive and sometimes quality doesn't match price. So, when visiting Lucca try to drink and eat in restaurants and cafes which are not that close to the monuments, as they will take advantage of that (like any other city in the world, I guess).

    View from top of Tower Guinigi

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    The main traps here are...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The main traps here are missing all the buildings and paying too much at the restaurants at Piazza del Mercato in the heart of the old town. How can you walk by all those pretty things without noticing? I will tell you: the Italians have a thing with building things too close to eachother. So I was at the Guinigi Palace and Tower without even seeing it untill I looked up and saw a tree standing on some tower. And then I still only saw the tree and not the palace.

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    Do you really need such English Italian T-Shirts?

    by Bigs Written Nov 17, 2002

    Well, as in every touristy place you can buy souvenirs, some are worth their money and some aren´t....... ;)

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