Lucca City Tour (Italy, Tuscany) – Reviews
After visiting the small fortress towns of Tuscany, about which I wrote earlier (San Gimignano, Certaldo, tiny Monteriggioni) – the city of Lucca seemed quite a big city, flooded with tourists, here and there vendors, stores and beautiful sights – that’s what it means to live a couple of days.
Lucca is a quiet, comfortable Italian town in Tuscany.
+ mild and comfortable climate; few tourists; many great historical sites.
Good day! Today, my review will be devoted to not the most popular among tourists city in Tuscany, but still no less beautiful Italian town. In this town, I was lucky enough to visit in 2014, when we.
The charismatic city of medieval Tuscany
Hello, my dear friends and readers! Good afternoon or evening, depending on when you are reading my story. Today my plan is to introduce you to a wonderful little Italian city, which has a very sonorous name.
Lucca is a little Rome!
Hello, dear readers of my reviews! Today we will walk through the ancient city of Lucca, which is located in the beautiful province of Tuscany. And if you don’t know anything about it, and just arrive by train, you will immediately at the exit.
A city you want to get lost in.
Good day everyone, our last day in Tuscany we spent in the wonderful city of Lucca. On the way we stopped in the town of Collodi, which did not leave a vivid impression. Lucca greeted us with a large flow of cars. We put the car down.
The city of churches and towers (photo).
Today I want to tell you about another Italian city that I liked very much. It is an old town Lucca. For all those who have not read my previous reviews about this wonderful country of Italy, I will tell that it was in April 2013.
The homeland of the great composer gives only positive emotions.
In Lucca I got by chance. Sightseeing in Pisa ended unreasonably early and without any specific plan for the day, we decided not to return to Florence. Turning to the attics of my memory, I remembered.
Lucca – A Medieval treasure trove of towers, churches and palaces!
Good afternoon, dear readers! We spent our 2017 vacation in Viareggio – it is a very comfortable place both to rest and to explore the charming Tuscany. About many things we were able to see and where to visit, I.
A beautiful old town
The city of Lucca, located in the Italian region of Tuscany, is small, but with an ancient history. The historic center is surrounded by a fortress wall, the length of which is more than 4 kilometers. It was built in the 16-17 centuries. And inside it there is absolutely.
Tuscany behind the walls, antiquity inside the walls
For a long time I wanted to see this ancient city lurking behind the city walls. At first I thought it would be similar to another ancient city in Tuscany, Siena. That too is surrounded by beautiful walls. But Lucca is much larger, busier, larger in scale. Streets.
While traveling through Tuscany, don’t forget about Lucca.
A beautiful medieval town, tall towers, a central square, great stores, and delicious ice cream.
When we traveled by car through the province of Tuscany and came on a tour to the popular tourist town of Pisa, our guide advised us to stop in the nearby town of Lucca, which we did not regret at all. This city.
A beautiful town and a coincidence!
Hello friends and readers of the reviews! Travelling through Tuscany, in the plans was to Pisa and, as a transit point – Lucca. And this trip, we decided to do by train. We planned to take a quick walk through the old city in Lucca.
One of the oldest cities in Italy, which is worth a visit!
What cities can a person who has not been to Italy, or is about to visit it, or has already been to the country and visited some of its areas can name. If you’ve already visited some areas of the country, you’ll probably be offered the name of Rome, Review: Sightseeing in Rome (Italy, Rome).
It’s a great experience to see what’s hidden behind the ancient fortress walls.
In Rome we will visit the Fortress of San Lorenzo, a small town not far from Pisa. If you take the train, it will take about 20 minutes. As a result, we gathered only in December, when it is already cold and.
Very nice city.
If the city of Pisa is known to all tourists because of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but nearby Lucca is not so popular, although I liked it much more than Pisa) Right next to the train station is the historical center of Lucca. The main attraction.
I liked Lucca a lot, my husband went there long time ago and this year we went “to the places of glory”. It’s a very quiet, peaceful city. You can not worry about the location of the house, the city is small – in the center of the castle with historic buildings (you can.
This city is not often visited by Russian tourists, he is not at the top of our heads, about it little people know. Tourists there, of course. However, more than once the locals looked at me in amazement when it turned out that I do not speak.
I will definitely come here again.
In July 2013 I visited the beautiful Italian city of Lucca. In tourist itineraries the city is not often found, giving way to its neighbor Pisa with its famous tower. Although in Lucca there are many interesting objects of historical value.
I will definitely return to the city of towers, churches and legends!
There’s a fantastic little town in Tuscany that doesn’t get on tourist itineraries as often as it deserves. The name of this beautiful place is Lucca. It’s a surprisingly nice town, which is home to about 90 thousand people.
Lucca – history, museums, churches, attractions: what, where and how?
Want to organize a trip to the city of art Lucca and need accurate information? Want to know. why tourists adore this medieval Italian city and are in no hurry to leave here? A brief guide to the city will help you.
A brief history
Lucca (see on the map) is located in the region of Tuscany, in the center of Italy. We can assume that its geographical location at the crossroads of trade roads predetermined the fate of the city. This is partly true, although the ancient Ligurian settlement was founded in antiquity, when roads did not exist at all. The city was called “luk”, meaning “surrounded by water”. Ligurians and Etruscans had it until 180 B.C., then it became a Roman colony and was called Luca. After the fall of the Roman Empire and the Great Migration of the peoples, the Goths and the Lombards settled here.
In the Middle Ages, Lucca, in fierce rivalry with Pisa, Florence and Massa, became a vibrant commercial center. Until the 15th century, republican Lucca was a leader in the silk and wool trade and in banking. Having fallen under the influence of Florence, Lucca remained the second biggest city in Tuscany. Under Napoleon the city became the capital of the Principality of Lucca and Piombino, owned by Napoleon’s sister Elisa Bonaparte.
In 1847 Lucca joined the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Lucca today is a city that has perfectly preserved its medieval architecture, a city of a hundred churches, a cozy, clean and quiet corner of Tuscany, where the tourist feels as if time deliberately slows down and there is no need to hurry, worry, think about unresolved issues outside the realm of Tranquility. In fact, according to a recent study of traveler reviews on major travel networks (Facebook, Twitter, Trip Advisor, etc.), of the four Italian cities – Florence, Pisa, Ferrara and Lucca – the city of Lucca ranks first in terms of positive emotions in reviews. Why? Because in this city the tourist has a good life: the average stay of tourists in the city is from 4 to 5 days.
Famous churches and cathedrals in Lucca
Where to start a tour of the city? Of course, with the Dome Cathedral of San Martino (left, click!). As early as the 6th century, several churches and a baptistery were built inside the city walls at the behest of the city’s bishop, St. Fredian, and over time they became the religious center of Catholicism. The church of San Martino in the eighth century became the cathedral of the city and a striking example of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany.
It features works by great Italian sculptors and artists. To name a few:
Jacopo della Quercia and the tomb of Ilaria Carretto; Domenico Ghirlandaio and the Madonna and Child on her throne surrounded by saints; Tintoretto and his unrivalled Last Supper.
Address of the Cathedral : Piazza San Martino (on map). Timetable: In summer, from 07:00 to 19:00; in winter, from 07:00 to 17:00. A complex ticket costs 6,00 Euros and includes the Cathedral, the Cathedral Museum and the sacristy of the Cathedral.
The Church of San Michele is the second most important church in the city. It was built in the XIII century, rebuilt many times and in the XIV century on the orders of the Doge of Pisa Giovanni dell’Anello a majestic bell tower was erected. The facade of the church is crowned by the figure of the Archangel Michael and the fallen dragon.
The sculpture of the Madonna and Child by Andrea della Robbia is impressive. Marvel at the altarpiece by Filippino Lippi (1483) depicting the Empress Helen with the Saints and marvel at the elegance of the lines, the skill of the composition, and the attention to detail.
Address of the church : Piazza San Michele (on map). Schedule:
07.40 to 12.00 From 15.00 to 18.00.
The Basilica of St. Fredian is one of the oldest religious centers of the city. On the site of the basilica in the VI century was built the church of Saints Vincenzo, Stefano and Lorenzo. At the end of the VIII century appears the crypt in which rests the relics of the bishop of Lucca – Fredian, one of the most revered saints of the city.
In addition to the marvelous Byzantine mosaic of the Ascension on the facade of the church, you will have an exciting encounter with the magnificent frescoes of the interior. The Baptistery, the Chapel of the Cross, decorated with frescoes depicting fragments from the life of St. Augustine, the Chapel of St. Zita are just some of the splendor of the basilica’s interior.
Address of the basilica : Piazza San Frediano (on map). Schedule:
From 08.30 to 12.00 From 15.00 to 17.00. At weekends: 10:30 to 17:00.
The Church of St. John and the Great Martyr Reparata is another magnificent Christian church in Lucca that we recommend visiting. It housed the first residence of the city’s bishops. Archaeological excavations in the vicinity of the church continue to this day. There are the ruins of an ancient Christian church and the remains of ancient Roman buildings such as the Domus romana (first century B.C.).
The address of the church is Piazza San Giovanni (on the map). Timetable:
From 15.03 to 02.11 – 10.00 to 18.00 From 03.11 to 14.03 only on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00. The cost of admission is 2,50 euros.
Read more about other churches in the city on the official tourist website.
Hotels in Lucca and satellite map
Where to stay in the city
What museums to visit
Lucca was the birthplace of the great Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini . Visit the composer’s home museum and explore his life and work, his family portraits, his letters and notes, and the famous Steiway grand piano that created his masterpiece, Turandot . (1926 г.). Address: Piazza San Michele. The cost of admission is 7 euros. Schedule:
April 1 – October 30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. November 1 – March 31 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pinacoteca Palazzo Mansi – for lovers of painting. Here you can find mainly nineteenth-century paintings. You can also enjoy works by Tintoretto, Titian, Ghirlandaio, Veronese and Domenichino. Address: Via Galli Tassi, 43 (on map) . The price of admission is 4 euros. Schedule:
Weekdays: 8:30 to 7:30 p.m. Weekends and Mondays: closed
The National Museum of Villa Guinigi (in Via della Quarquonia). Among the numerous exhibits of the different ages, especially the Crucifix Berlingiero Berlingieri, the Tribulation by Matteo Civitali, the Ecstasy of St. Catherine of Siena by Pompeo Batoni, the Madonna of Charity by the Florentine artist Fra Bartolomeo, are worth seeing. Schedule:
Tuesday-Saturday: 8.30 to 19.30 In July and August it is also open on Sundays from 8.30 to 13.30 Weekend: Monday
Image Gallery – Villa Guinigi:
Shopping centers in Lucca
Carrefour – Via Ss,Annunziata 278-55017 Lucca (LU) Esselunga S.P.A – Viale San Concordio, 665-55100 Lucca (LU) Metro Italia – Via del Brennero, 1040-55100 Lucca (LU) Supermercati Insieme S.R.L – Via Tigli, 1075-55100 Sant’Anna (LU) Mercatone Uno – Via Puccini 1718-55100 Sant’Anna (LU) Media World – Via delle Cornacchie 960, Località Le Catena 55100 Lucca
Take the opportunity to take a bike ride along the city wall. The lake Lago di massaciuccoli is just a few kilometers from the city. Take a boat ride and enjoy the magnificent panorama. For nature lovers there are nature trails in the Reserve of igliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli.
Restaurants and pizzerias in Lucca – Editor’s choice
Osteria “Vecchio Pazzo” – Via di Matraia, San Pancrazio- 55100 Lucca Tel 0583-579131 Ristorante “Don Chisciotte” – Via del Suffragio 7, 55100 Lucca Tel 0583-495525 Ristorante “La Giorgia” – Via Pisana 2467, Fagnano Lucca Tel 0583-510041 Pizzeria “Gli Orti” – Via Elisa 17, 55100 Lucca Tel 0583-958037 Pizzeria “Il Corsaro” – Via S. Alessio 3680 , 55100 Lucca Tel 0583-952676 Pizzeria “La Fornace” – Via del Chiasso Bernardesco, 55100 Lucca Tel 0583-994045 Pizzeria “Zio Jo” – Via Borgo Giannotti 19, 55100 Lucca Tel 0583-370969
How to reach Lucca
By plane – the nearest airports:
Pisa Airport “G. Galilei” Florence A.Vespucci Airport
By bus :
The Lucca bus station is located at Piazzale Verdi in the historic center of the city. The main bus lines are: from Florence: Piazzale Adua (opposite S. Maria Novella station), by bus Ftatelli Lazzi; from Pisa: by bus F.lli Lazzi; from Viareggio: Piazza Mazzini, by bus F.lli Lazzi; from Viareggio: Piazza Mazzini, by bus F.
By train :
The train station of Lucca is behind the fortress wall, near S.Pietro gate in Piazza Ricasoli.
From Florence: S.Maria Novella railway station From Pisa: central railway station and Pisa Aeroporto railway station From Viareggio: central railway station (Stazione Centrale)