Lovely Lucca

The historic centre and cobblestoned streets of this stunning Medieval City are an absolute must and I won’t forgive you if you don’t include it during your stay! The well-preserved Renaissance walls have broad, tree-lined pathways along the tops of these massive 16th- and 17th-century ramparts. They make for a lovey romantic walk or bike ride. You can hire bikes easily just inside the city walls at Porta Di Santa Maria

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Casa di Puccini, where the great opera composer was born, is now a house museum and Lucca is steeped in Puccini’s history.

 

Wander through this medieval city you’ll find loads of monuments giving evidence of all the various stages that Lucca has lived through. At the start we have a Roman amphitheatre, now  piazza dell’Anfiteatro. It’s a circular, amphitheatre and is the out of the ruins of ancient work of architect Lorenzo Nottolini. Make your way through the centuries and styles and you’ll reach the Medieval era, bearing Lucca’s true treasures. Lucca has the nickname “The city of 100 churches” and it’s easy to see why. The city has an amazing collection of houses of worship, beginning with the Cathedral of Saint Martin (Duomo di San Martino). The Romanesque-Pisan façade is filled with obscure, mysterious symbols, resembling a beautiful labyrinth. In the Cathedral you’ll find the Volto Santo and the incredible tomb of Ilaria del Carretto sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia. Carry on through the streets of Lucca and you’ll stumble upon the impressive façade of the Basilica of San Frediano, and further the square and church of San Michele.

 

As you continue your journey through Lucca, you’ll discover a lot more than simply churches. At the top of ‘The Guingi’ (a tower) you’ll discover a wonderful garden full of trees.

 

There are some amazing shops in the cobbled via Fillungo, which is my favourite street within the city walls. They also have some fabulous, well-placed coffee shops. There’s a wonderful restaurant along it called L’Oste Di Lucca. It’s a traditional Trattoria and Pizzeria

 

Outside the walls, is the neighborhood of Liberty villas that surround the city center, and there are some very impressive houses!

 

Perhaps due to the fact that its packed medieval center is still nearly all intact, Lucca has become a genuinely fantastical setting.In the last few years, the city has become an important summertime destination for music due to the Lucca Summer Festival, which features some of the most noted artists on the international scene.