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Lucca is a historical city located in Tuscany on the western coast of Italy this city lies in close proximity to Pisa and is known as the city of a hundred churches due to its large amount of historical religious structures. Lucca is known throughout Italy for its fantastic medieval city walls that still encircle most of the historic old town.
Originally this city was founded by the Etruscans and was then a Roman colony around 180 BC. During the Roman era, Lucca served as an important meeting place for Julius Caesar and Crassus.
In later years, the city was an independent republic for nearly 500 years as part of feudal Italy. During the 19th century, Lucca was conquered by Napoleon, and it finally became part of Unified Italy in 1860. Today, Lucca is a popular tourist destination and has close ties with Pisa.
For those who love historical architecture and Medieval constructs, Lucca is a true haven as mentioned above, it is known as the city of a hundred churches boasting such buildings as Lucca Cathedral and San Michele in Foro.
Furthermore, the extensive city walls show how many Middle Age settlements would have been defended. Aside from the architecture, Lucca also has some fantastic museums, gorgeous public squares and a fine selection of restaurants and bars.

Lucca the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini is a lovely walled city.
Its thick swathe of Renaissance walls, the almost entirely medieval street plan, its palaces and houses make Lucca one of my favorite cities in Italy.
The most enjoyable way to get your bearings is to follow the path around the top of the walls - or even better, to rent a bike and cycle around. Lucca can be easily explored on foot (or bike), entering the medieval streets, walking along ancient house facades and doing some shoppings in one of the small and lovely shops in and around Via Fillungo makes you feel just fine. If you are interested in religious art, enter the 14th-century cathedral Duomo San Martino to see Nicola Pisano’s Descent From the Cross or have a look at the multi-patterned columns at "San Michele", the church of the archangel. Climbing up the Guinigi Tower, where an old oak tree grows on top is even as romantic as entering the Piazza Anfiteatro, the ancient amphitheatre, with its marvellous facades and balconies.

Lucca is famous for its olive oil and has become a favorite spot for artists and writers.
Although you can see Lucca in half a day as a day trip from either Pisa of Florence you may want to linger to soak in its tranquil atmosphere and enjoy the many fine restaurants.
In July you can enjoy pop cncerts in the open air at Lucca Summer Festival (some names of recent years: Eric Clapton, Elton John, Oasis, Paul SImon, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Macy Gray, Pink, Dido). Every August Lucca hosts the Puccini Music Festival.
If you have some time left, try to visit a few of the villas of lucca.

There is no need to say that Lucca, the city of 100 churches, can’t be really visited in just one day, but it may be enough to taste its essence and glimpse its artistic treasures to make you want to return and spend more time exploring its more hidden attractions.

Lucca sits on an alluvial plateau near the Serchio river, 19 meters above sea level.
Lucca is located 30 kilometers northeast of the Pisa airport and 85 kilometers west of Florence in Northern Tuscany. Lucca was an important junction in Roman times, you'll see it in the north-south grid pattern of main streets and in the elliptical plan of the "Piazza Anfiteatro" .
To the north of Lucca lie the Apuane Alps with their famous marble quarries, spas and mineral water springs, streams, woods and caves.

Getting to and from Lucca Lucca's train station is two blocks outside the ramparts (enter at Porta San Pietro) on the south side of town in Piazza Ricasoli. Lucca is on the Florence-Viareggio train line, with frequent service to Florence. It takes 70 minutes to an hour and a half to go from Lucca to Florence. Here's a map of Lucca showing the train station, a suggested walking route, and the major attractions. Buses run daily to Florence and Pisa as well, and leave from Piazza Verdi, adjacent to the tourist office. Lucca is on the A11 Autostrada between Viareggio and Florence.

Lucca from Above: Guinigi Tower
Casa Guinigi was the fifteenth-century home of Lucca's leading family. Like rich folks of the period, they built a tower. This one, however, is unique for the oaks that grow from it (and down into the room below). You can climb up and get wonderful views of Lucca in all directions. Check your camera battery before you go--it's 230 steps back down.. Our Lucca Photo Gallery has pictures from Guinigi Tower.

Lucca and Giacomo Puccini
Lucca was the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini (in 1858), one of Italy's most famous operatic composers. Today you can visit his birth house, which is now a museum, at Corte S. Lorenzo, 9 (via di Poggio) in Piazza della Cittadella, featuring a bronze statue of Puccini in the center. Entrance fee is 3 Euros. The Puccini Festival, held in an open-air theater in nearby Torre del Lago, allows opera lovers to feel the inspiration of the surroundings Puccini chose to live in. The theater opens out directly to a view of Lake Massaciuccoli with the Apuan Alps in the background. The Puccini festival is held May-August. See the official Puccini Festival web site for more. If you go, take some good mosquito repellant.

Lucca's Ramparts - The Medieval Wall
Lucca is surrounded entirely by 16th century walls. In the 19th century, trees were planted and now the ramparts can be walked or cycled. It's approximately three miles around the oval. Bicycles can be rented; the top is paved.

The Villas of Lucca If you have a car, or find a tour, you can take in the Villas of Lucca, a string of grand villas and their formal gardens located to the north of Lucca open to the public. If you do the whole tour, you'll end up in Collodi, where you can visit Collodi, the birthplace of Pinocchio, where you can visit the Pinocchio Park, great for the kids.

Lucca Churches The Romanesque Duomo di San Martino, completely rebuilt between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, contains the Volto Santo (Holy Face), a wooden figure of Christ. The Volto Santo is believed to be the face of Christ, carved by Nicodemus who was present at the crucifixion.

Lucca is one of the most charming cities in Tuscany but it is often overlooked by tourists attracted by more famous destinations, such as Florence or Pisa.
However, this medieval walled city is a true gem that deserves to be discovered as soon as possible before everyone else finds out how gorgeous it is.
A day in Lucca is long enough to visit its most popular spots and fall in love.

The marvelous Romanesque facade with arches and delicately carved columns is a clue to the treasures inside Lucca's cathedral, which was rebuilt in the 13th century from an earlier church.
The portico was decorated in the mid-13th century with fine sculptures by Lombard artisans. In the main doorway are four beautifully carved 13th-century scenes from the life of St. Martin, by Nicola Pisano. 

LE MURA DI LUCCA - The Town Walls
The old town of Lucca is enclosed within a circuit of walls 4.195 kilometers long with eleven bastions and six gates.
These walls, which are 12 meters high and 30 meters thick at the base, were built by Flemish engineers between 1504 and 1645 to protect the rectangular area of the town. Between 1823 and 1832, Maria Luigia of Bourbon (the sister of Napoleon, to whom he had given Lucca as part of the Duchy of Parma) had the old fortifications converted into a public garden. Don't miss walking - or bicycling - around the tree-shaded ramparts for views of the old town with its palazzi and churches. On Sunday afternoons, it's one of the most popular places to go in Lucca.
The old town gates are also interesting, in particular the Porta San Pietro on the south side, the Porta Santa Maria on the north side, and the Porta San Donato at the west end.

In the center of the walled old town, you can't help noticing a massive tower with holm oaks growing on the top. It belongs to the Case dei Guinigi, a complex of two mansions belonging to the noble family that brought Lucca a period of peace and prosperity at the beginning of the 15th century.

The facade of San Michele in Foro found in Piazza San Michele is probably the most photographed in Lucca.

If it looks tacked on, it's because they spent all the money on it, and didn't have enough left to raise the church as high as the facade.
The columns in the facade are all different, and the archangel crowning the church features retractable wings to survive high winds. Puccini sang in the choir here.
San Michele Church
With its stunning façade rising in tiers like a decorated wedding cake and its placement in a broad piazza in the historic center of the city, it's no wonder that San Michele in Foro is so often mistaken for Lucca's cathedral. Standing on the site of the Roman forum, the church of San Michele was built from the 12th to the 14th centuries, and its façade of carved and inlaid marble is breathtaking, seldom repeating a design on its four layers of intricately worked pillars.

Lucca è una città ospitale, ordinata, con un’eccellente gastronomia e dei dintorni con una natura incontaminata.
Il modo migliore per partire alla scoperta di Lucca è guardarla dall’alto. Si può fare salendo sulle sue possenti mura, sulla Torre Guinigi o affrontando i 207 scalini della ancora più alta Torre delle Ore.
Da questi punti si ammira uno splendido panorama sui tetti della cittadina toscana, uno sguardo d’insieme che permette di apprezzarne la bellezza e l’armonia e ritrovare la stessa struttura urbanistica voluta dai romani.
Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, racconta già nel nome cosa c’era in questo spazio occupato oggi da una delle più belle piazze d’Italia.
La Chiesa di San Michele, detta anche del Foro, sorge luogo dove c’era il centro della Lucca antica.
I due assi principali, Via Fillungo e San Paolino, oggi strade di shopping e socialità, ricalcano i decumani romani.

Famosa per il bellissimo centro storico (ricco di edifici appartenenti alle epoche più diverse) e per la cinta muraria cinquecentesca, Lucca è una delle città più conosciute e visitate della Toscana.
Città d'arte, di mercanti e di tessitori, Lucca nasce in origine come unità amministrativa romana, per poi diventare un florido Stato indipendente fino alla conquista francese avvenuta sotto l'impero napoleonico.
Oggi la città è uno dei centri culturali più importanti del nostro Stivale, non solo per la presenza di una rinomata Università, ma anche per il ricco calendario di appuntamenti distribuiti nell'arco di tutto l'anno: tra gli eventi più imperdibili, che richiamano ogni volta migliaia di visitatori, ci sono il Lucca Film Festival, il Lucca Summer Festival, il LuccAutori (rassegna letteraria di un certo spessore) e il Lucca Comics & Games, dedicato agli appassionati di fumetti di ogni sorta (niente meno che seconda convention al mondo dopo il Comiket giapponese)

Tra le più belle città dello stivale, è impossibile non citare Lucca
Una storia illustre che si mischia alle leggende, capolavori artistici degni di nota e una fantastica collocazione geografica, Lucca è da sempre una splendida e vivace città d’arte, amatissima e visitatissima, e con abbastanza siti interessanti da vedere per passarci un intero weekend o una breve vacanza senza rischiare di annoiarsi.

La Piazza dell’Anfiteatro
E'  il cuore della città di Lucca, nonché uno dei suoi simboli. Derivata da un imponente anfiteatro edificato dai Romani (i cui resti del passaggio sono ancora visibile passando per Via dell’Anfiteatro), che ne ha imposto la forma ellittica chiusa, la piazza è da sempre ritrovo e punto di riferimento della vita cittadina e politica lucchese, tanto che nel medioevo eri ribattezza Parlascio, dal verbo parlare. Complice dell’attuale bellezza di Piazza dell’Anfiteatro è l’architetto Lorenzo Nottolini che nell’Ottocento smantellò alcune costruzioni sorte all’interno ed edificò questo capolavoro urbano.
Cattedrale di San Martino
Fondata da San Frediano nel VI secolo, la Cattedrale di San Martino è un altro luogo speciale di Lucca.
Appena ci si avvicina a questa imponente e splendida costruzione religiosa di stile romanico, si viene colpiti dall’asimmetria della facciata prima di ogni altra cosa! Una curiosa e singolare particolarità, soprattutto se si pensa a quanto fossero rigidi i canoni di allora. Per non parlare dell’interno: qui è possibile scorgere i mille capolavori che la Cattedrale custodisce, opere assolutamente imperdibili come la statua di San Martino e il Povero, l’Ultima cena di Tintoretto e la statua di Ilaria del Carretto, opera di Jacopo della Quercia.
Le Mura di Lucca
Le Mura di Lucca sono molto probabilmente e giustamente tra le prima immagini che vengono in mente quando pensiamo alla città toscana. Parliamo infatti di un capolavoro artistico con pochi paragoni a livello urbanistico europeo.
Edificate tra cinquecento e seicento, si sviluppano per quattro chilometri e mezzo, con i loro undici bastioni, le tre porte e lo spettacolare parco urbano, in cui ammirare la bellezza di alberi secolari e, insieme, ristorarsi durante la passeggiata.
Il luogo non è solo una meta fissa per i turisti, ma anche uno dei posti più amati dai cittadini di Lucca: andate a vedere e capirete perché.

La torre più importante di Lucca è la Torre Guinigi, celebre in tutto il mondo per i lecci che ne abbelliscono la sommità. In pietra e mattoni, domina la città con il suo vivace colore rosso, ed è ormai l’unica torre privata di Lucca (in epoca medievale ce n’erano centinaia) sopravvissuta alle demolizioni del sedicesimo secolo. Il suo giardino pensile, in cima, è molto antico, e i Guinigi – divenuti nel quattordicesimo secoli i dominatori di fatto della città – scelsero sette lecci per simboleggiare la rinascita della città di Lucca sotto la loro signoria.

Quando visitare Lucca? Non c'è un periodo preciso per visitare la città.
Gli eventi sono ciclici e le attività culturali rimangono aperte in ogni stagione.
È comunque consigliata l'estate per godersi appieno le Mura urbane e assistere al caratteristico Summer Festival.
Inoltre nei periodi freddi le piogge sono frequenti e la temperatura particolarmente rigida.
Tuttavia l'evento dei Comics si verifica tra ottobre e novembre e attira anche il turismo estero, mentre nel corso dei mesi estivi la stagione teatrale è sospesa.
Nei fine settimana di novembre si tiene anche il DESCO mostra mercato dei prodotti enogastronomici della provincia.

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