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People walking through the city of Lucca with old architecture and a cafe

About the City of Lucca

Map of Tusany with Lucca highlighted

Geography & Atomosphere

The City of Lucca is an untouched gem in northern Tuscany which boasts short winters and pleasant summers. Surrounded completely by a medieval stone wall, this unique city offers the peace of a non-tourist atmosphere while at the same time welcomes visitors with sites to see and events ongoing throughout the year. The city is abundant with churches, art, architecture, an antique district, fine retail shops and restaurants. While walking its ancient streets, you may hear a musician playing an accordion or mandolin and sometimes you may hear opera being sung as a performer warms up for an evening show. Stroll its main street, Via Fillungo, where Julius Caesar once walked.

Front of Church of San Michele

The Church of San Michele in Foro 11th - 13 Century, one of the many masterpieces of architecture throughout the city of Lucca.

At right, one of the many classical performances given at The 12th Century Church of Santi Giovanni e Reparata.

Photo credit: Michael Steiner, Workshop Artist, 2015

 

Getting Around

Lucca's flat terrain and a walking/biking trail on top of the wall make it perfect for open-air sightseeing. Bike rentals are abundant and extremely affordable (about 10 euros for a full day per person). With very few cars allowed in the city center, biking is a great way to discover Lucca's historic sites.

The train from Lucca makes it easy to explore cities in the nearby area such as Pisa and Florence.

Events, Things to See and Do

Music - Lucca is famous for its musical composers such as Giacomo Puccini and Luigi Boccherini. It celebrates the best in music by offering events throughout the year. Every summer Lucca hosts the Lucca Summer Music Festival with big names in music such as the Dave Matthews Band, Elton John and Alicia Keys who have performed there. There is also a small venue opera performance in a local church featuring opera singers from around Italy.

Man playing piano in beautiful church in Lucca

Antiques - Every third weekend of the month there is an antique market beginning in Piazza Giglio and winding throughout the surrounding streets and piazzas where you can find new and old treasures to take with you back home as a memento of your time in Lucca. There is also an antique district just steps away from the hotel with higher-end merchandise; a feast for the eyes of the art and antique lover.

Notte Bianca (White Night) - White Night festivals are famous throughout Europe and Lucca embraces this annual event in the last weekend of August. Normally Lucca is a city whose shops close for the evening around 9-10pm. During White Night the city comes alive during the wee hours with restaurants and retail shops staying open until 1am.

Art and Architecture

Inside the historical city center, you will find yourself surrounded by amazing examples of art and architecture, from the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance periods. Each of Lucca's many churches will offer something beautiful and unique to discover, inside and out.

Intricate mosaic on the facade of San Frediano in Lucca

The huge masterpiece 13th Century mosaic on the facade of the Basilica of San Frediano.

 

 


 

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