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  • 1 Saint-Martin's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Martino I - 55100 Lucca

    This beautiful cathedral is dedicated to St Martin.. The Pisa Romanesque style façade, in green and white marble, is a masterpiece of balance, with Pisa harshness giving way to charming fantasy. In the Gothic interior you must see the tempietto with ..

  • 2 Church of Saint-Michael of the Forum Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Michele I - 55100 Lucca

    Its exceptionally tall façade is a magnificent example of the Romanesque Pisan style, both exuberant and light. This is a masterpiece of plating done in traditional fashion. Inside, is a Madonna by Andrea della Robbia and a delightful painted crucifi..

  • 3 Piazza dell'Anfiteatro Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za ell'Anfiteatro I - 55100 Lucca

    This curious oblong public space surrounded by buildings is on the site of a 2C Roman amphitheatre: after it fell into disuse during the Barbarian invasions, its stone was used in medieval church building projects, most notably in many marble façades..

  • 4 Baptistry and Church of Santissimi Giovanni e Reparata Interesting

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Martino I - 55100 Lucca

    Opposite the cathedral, archaeologists have unearthed traces of a house and Roman baths, as well as the original foundations and successive extensions of the early cathedral and baptistry. On the façade of the church (10C) there is a surprising amoun..

  • 5 Saint-Frediano Interesting

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Frediano I - 55100 Lucca

    The Bishop of Lucca, saint Frediano performed in the 6C the miracle of holding back the capricicious waters of Serchio. This is certainly how the story goes in the frecoes in this Romanesque church's chapel of Saint Agostino which was built partially..

  • 6 Via Fillungo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Fillungo I - 55100 Lucca

    This elegant shopping street bordered by numerous jewellery shops and cafés runs across the town up to the square of the'Amphitheatre. Disused, the Romanesque church S. Cristoforo has an attractive portal woth floral designs amd a lovely rose window...

  • 7 Torre dei Guinigi Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. S.-Andrea 45 I - 55100 Lucca

    The house of the powerful Guinigi family, with its Gothic double, triple and quadruple bay windows, is crowned by an impressive red brick tower 41m/134ft high. Built in the 14C, it is one of the last houses in Italy to have continued the tradition of..

  • 8 Esplanade of the ramparts Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeggiata delle Mura I - 55100 Lucca

    A 4 km stretch of shaded esplanade enables you to see the ramparts - which go right around the city and which were built in the 16 and 17C -, on foot or by bike. They are eleven bastions in total, connected by curtains which have a base-width of 30 m..

  • 9 Art gallery of Palazzo Mansi Interesting

    Museums and art

    v. Galli-Tassi 43 I - 55100 Lucca

    In the Mansi palace (where it is nice to visit the 17 and 18C apartments decorated sumptuously in the fashion of the day, and in which you will see the "conjugal bedroom" with its canopied bed beneath a Fresco depicting Eros and Psyche!), T..

  • 10 National villa Guinigi Interesting

    Museums and art

    v. della Quarquonia I - 55100 Lucca

    Paolo Guinigi had this country house built in 1418. It was just ten minutes walking distance from his main residence. Greatly restored, this imposing building (with its gardens that shelter a giant bay tree) accommodates archaeological collections, R..

  • 11 Versilia Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    I - 55100 Lucca

    The region stretches from the Mediterranean to the Apuan Alps. Renowned for its mild climate, it is also popular for its riviera of superb resorts and sandy beaches. The best known is Viareggio but Lido di Camaiore, Marina di Pietrasanta and Forte de..

  • 12 Saint-Peter's square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za San-Pietro I - 55100 Lucca

    Near the square of the Amphitheatre, this small irregular shaped square is bordered by the façades of noble 16C houses and dominated by the two-toned bell-tower (stones below, bricks at the top) of the Church of S. Puetro Somaldi, with its façade top..

  • 13 Church of Saint Mary Beyond the Walls

    Religious buildings

    P.za Santa-Maria-Forisportam I - 55100 Lucca

    She acquired this name after finding herself outside the Roman wall... Built at the start of the 13C, this church has a marble façade that bares all the hallmarks of the Pisan style, with its tiered galleries above high blind arcading with diamond pa..

  • 14 Saint-Paulin church

    Religious buildings

    v. San-Paolino I - 55100 Lucca

    Built between 1522 and 1536, this church is dedicated to Patron Saint of Lucca who had Puccini as on of parishioners. The 19C organ which he used to play on is still there.

  • 15 Puccini's birthplace

    Museums and art

    Corte San-Lorenzo I - 55100 Lucca

    The great composer Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) was born in Lucca. Fans of La Bohème, Turandot and La Tosca can see letters, documents relating to his work, as well as his piano, before making the pilgrimage to Torre del Lago Puccini situated in the v..

  • 16 Pfanner Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. egli Asili 33 I - 55100 Lucca

    You have to scale the ramparts to see this Palace's 18C gardens and the palace's monumental balustraded staircase and arcades which testify to its past grandeur.

  • 17 Saint-Michael's square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za San-Michele I - 55100 Lucca

    In this square, which occupies the site of the pre-existing Roman forum, stand old houses, some of them dating back to the 13th and 14C, the Pretorio Palace, an old palace of the Podestà which has a loggia ground level with Renaissance arcades and th..

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