Lucca is considered one of Tuscany's greatest renowned cities and is a highly recommended destination across any standard itinerary for seeing the region. The city may well be explored within a single day. However, for the greatest experience, remain for several days or make it a platform to discover central or northern Tuscany.
The settlement is situated on a plain at the base of the Apuan Alps, less than half an hour from the Versilia shore. Because it is not a hilltop village, it is suitable for anyone who has mobility concerns or wants to take a break from climbing. The vast bulk of Lucca's sights today reflect its old history, from the Roman amphitheater trace visible in the form of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to the archaeological, which continues to remain beneath the 12th-century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata (the first city cathedral, located just around the corner from the current cathedral of San Martino), to the numerous towers and palaces from the 12th to 16th centuries.
The old town's gates were preserved remarkably effectively as the city grew and modernized. This wasn't the situation in numerous other Tuscan cities, especially Florence. Even as the ramparts' military role faded, the top of the wall surfaces had become a pedestrian walkway, which is now one of Lucca's popular highlights. The region around the walls seems to be well, with green grass and trees surrounding the walls. They have effectively transformed into a parkland that encircles the city and blocks more recent activity. You may take a bike tour around the outer circumference, a stroll while eating gelato or take a break from touring at one of the numerous covered benches that flank the main promenade. There are many beautiful Lucca locations.
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San Frediano Basilica
This beautiful church has an eye-catching front featuring a vivid thirteenth-century mosaic. The outer surface foreshadows whatever you await inside. The church contains a Romanesque, relief-rich baptismal font, Aspertini paintings, a Della Quercia altarpiece, and the Volto Santo. This Lucca relic, referred to as the Holy Face, is a tragic figure of a dressed man with a crown attached to a cross. According to Lucca's tradition, the monument was created by Nicodemus, a Jewish leader.
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Duomo of Lucca
Piazza San Martino occupies a prominent position in the Archdiocese of Lucca, Italy. The Construction work started in the year 1060 but remained untouched until 1241, when the brilliantly painted façade was completed. Da Como designed this beautiful facade. The Chruch was built before the adjacent campanile, which dates from 1060. As a result, the entry is frequently small and irregular. The statues of Nicola Pisano and Da Como can be found at the primary entrances. A Romanesque facade embellishes the building. Cathedral has many notable elements, including Ghirlandaio's Mary with Saints, the marble Tempietto of Civitali, and Paolo Guinigi's monument to the married woman.
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San Michele in Foro
Once there was a Roman Forum at the center of Lucca's city center, and this beautiful church was constructed on that spot. The church construction started in 1070, and the front, in particular, attracts a considerable number of visitors every time. It took at least 20 decades to build it properly, leading to a financial catastrophe for the church. What is the outcome? The internal space of the beautiful place is not that huge façade. There are several sights on the inside which everyone should see. Numerous artworks, murals, and statues are well worth your time. One of the church's most popular attractions is its terracotta Madonna and Child statue.
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This pretty palace in Lucca is a castle and palace gardens. The home has now been converted into artwork and an antique gallery. The house was built in 1667 and is most known for the adjoining Juvarra gardens, which were established in the 18th century. The park is well known for the architectural statues of Roman gods and goddesses. The spectacular stairs on the estate's façade are also well-known. Scorsini and De Santi frescoes grace the most popular salon.
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The largest square in Lucca is Piazza Grande, commonly known as Piazza Napoleone. It serves as the town's civic center. Piazza Grande, built directly on the foundation of Fortezza Augusta, was constructed by Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister. Her family's name meant a lot to her. Even though Napoleon statues were planned, none have yet been found. A statue of Maria Luisa van Bourbon, the woman responsible for arranging the park construction on the city walls, stands here. A variety of organizations are located in the Palazzo Ducale, on the Piazza Grande.
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This magnificent city is located in the heart of Tuscany, again from the lovely city of Lucca, a few miles away. The territory is mostly situated on the flat southeast of Lucca, between the Apennine foothills and the Pistoia slopes. For decades, Capannori has been considered a neighborhood of Lucca. The surrounding area became a favorite location for rich and royal families to construct houses and lawns for peace and joy. Capannori has a positive core and beautiful churches, which everyone should visit when they come to Capannori. Santi-Quirico and Giulitta is a 12th-century Romanesque tower, and Pieve San Paolo is the area's oldest church.
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San Giuliano Terme
San Giuliano Terme is a historic town in Pisa that is rich in historical artifacts and located close to a large natural park. It is an essential intersection between Pisa and Lucca. The wind blows among some of the valleys of the rivers Arno and Serchio, from the evocative artistic and environmental beauties of Mount Pisano to the magnificent estate that belonged to the nation's presidential term in the Park Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli.
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Vecchiano is located north of Pisa on the banks of the Serchio River, close to the Mediterranean Sea. Gently undulating green hills border it with streams running through them. Before the Romans took possession, this had been the old home of the Etruscans. It is filled with natural, unspoiled scenery. The Marina di Vecchiano is a coastal resort attached to the ancient town with four wonderful kilometers of golden sand beaches, most of which have been left in their original state and are backed by dense vegetation. The water is crystal-clear and shallow here.
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Montecarlo is a picturesque medieval town nestled above the plain of Lucca. The Touring Club's Orange Flag has been granted, which signifies a top-notch tourism attraction. It is renowned for the beautiful scenery of its settings, but it is also a prominent wine-producing region, as seen by its extensive vines. The city's main well-preserved historic center is surrounded by a magnificent circuit of fortifications on top of a solitary hill that rises 163 meters above sea level.
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Altopascio, a village known to every pilgrim traveling all along Via Francigena for centuries, is a little town that, strangely, is noted for its bread. It is known as the "City of Bread" since it has maintained its historical cereal industry for decades. Altopascio has grown into a significant municipality in the Lucca Area. Its peculiar location as the site where several highways intersect made it especially notable in the Middle Ages, and it is still a distinctive feature of the town.