Lucca Italy Travel Guide

Lucca Italy Travel Guide
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Lucca Italy Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Lucca Italy Travel Guide

Lucca Italy is a walled town in northern Tuscany, Italy on the Serchio river. Lucca Italy was first settled by the Etruscans and then later by the Romans in 180AD after a long war with the Ligurians resisting the domination and advance of Rome.

The walls of Lucca remain intact and the town still has its Roman orthogonal layout which divide the space within the walls into blocks. The town is a maze of small streets and piazza’s and a delight to visit.

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Things To See & Do In Lucca Italy

Walk on the Walls

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Walk on the Walls

Le Mura The walls of Lucca Italy were built between the 16th and 17th Centuries as defensive walls and are still fully intact and in excellent condition. Lined with trees the path on the top of the walls stretch for over 4 kilometres and are popular for walkers and cyclists.

Chiesa San Michele

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Chiesa San Michele

Standing on the site that once held the Roman forum the Church of San Michele is located in Piazza San Michele. Romanesque in style the building with its magnificent facade dates from the 11th C and took 300 years to build. The archangel Michele slaying a dragon sits high above looking down on the Piazza San Michele.

Casa Museo Puccini

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Casa Museo Puccini

The birth place of the famous musician Giacomo Puccini (1858) the museum houses memoriblia from the musical great and has an interesting statue in the piazza at the front of the house.

Piazza Anfiteatro

Lucca Antifiteatre

Piazza Anfiteatro

A Roman amphitheatre stood here in around 1AD which had two rows of overlapping arches supporting the auditorium. In it’s place today is a lovely oval shaped piazza surrounded by houses and restaurants.

Torre Guinigi

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Torre Guinigi

Standing at 45 metres high Torre Guinigi can be seen across Lucca and houses a garden at the top with seven oak trees as the centre piece. Climb the 235 steps to the top for a stunning views across the medieval town.

Cattedrale di San Martino

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Cattedrale di San Martino

Stunning Romaneque Cathedral dating from the 11th century built around the pre-existing campanile this dominating church houses a number of works of art which is worth a look at.

Via Fillungo

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Via Fillungo

A lively street (a bit of a thoroughfare) via Fillungo house grand old buildings and, if you are into shopping a number of branded stores.

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