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One day in Lucca

A day in Lucca

Lucca is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany, its walls magnificently preserved and its monuments give it a truly unique ancient and artistic air.


Access to the historic center is reserved for residents, but around there are parking lots. There is one in Piazzale Don Franco which is free. The closest to the center is the parking at Porta Santa Maria and the cost is 1.50 euros per hour. There is another parking available nera the train station which costs € 1.00 per hour.

Sights in Lucca

1. The sixteenth-century walls of Lucca are the only ones passable on foot or by car, even if the passage by car is currently prohibited. You can not miss a nice scenic walk along the walls that overlook the city.

2. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro is a gem in the heart of the city. Here stood the ancient forum, now shops and characteristic restaurants surround it.

3. Leaving from the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro you can visit the Guinigi Towers, one of them has a tree on the top. Going up you can admire the hanging garden, symbol of the rebirth of the city under the Guinigi family.

4. Piazza Napoleone, better known as Piazza Grande, is a point of reference for the people of Lucca, and is worth a visit. The name of the square derives from the will of Elisa Bonaparte who, after works, decided to pay homage to her brother Napoleone.

5. At Palazzo Mansi is located the National Art Gallery, which includes important works of to Italian Renaissance art.


In the end of October and the beginning of  November there is the Lucca comics&Games, a  comics festival second only to Comic Con in Tokyo. During the month of July, the Lucca Summer Festival is held, an event that offers concerts with artists from all over the world.

By Alice Canale - Copyright 1998-2018 Fonte Bertusi


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