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Italy- Tuscany -
19 mt. above sea level. - 85,000 pop.
Ancient town of Tuscany because of its intact medieval urban layout.
The walls : The Town of Lucca is
characterized by the large fortified walls transformed to a shaded walkway. The
walls were turned into a public garden. The beauty of the trees on the
ramparts, the striking view of the city, the surrounding countryside,
and the architectural structure all contribute to make the park a unique
work. The entire walk all around the 4km ramparts takes roughly two hours.
Piazza Napoleone, is dominated by the imposing Palazzo
Shady place by tall
plane-trees, it hosts a neo-classic memorial to Maria Luigi di Borbone, by
SS. Giovanni e Reparata: Built in the 12th century
preserves the original relief portal. It has has a nave and two aisles
on ancient columns by Romanesque capitals, with transept and great abside.
The Cathedral : is the most important building of
Lucca with its Romanesque marmoreous fašade and beautiful portico and by the
13th century bell tower embellished with merlons. Many works of art
by the sculptor Nicola Pisano, Tintoretto and Giambologna. On the altar
"Madonna with saints" by Domenico Ghirlandaio. The sacristy preserves the
famous masterpiece "Monumento funebre di Ilaria del Carretto", (1408) by
Jacopo della Quercia.
Museum of the Cathedral : It preserves church
ornaments, works of art, many paintings, sculptures and some
illuminated manuscripts. Of note are "Apostolo" by the sculptor Jacopo
della Quercia and "San Giovanni decollato" by Matteo Cividali,
belonging to the romanesque Cathedral.
Palazzo Mansi : Seat of National Art gallery, it
exhibits beautiful interiors with frescoes. Of note is the "Salone della
Musica" ( Hall of Music ). The art gallery hosts many paintings of famous
Italian and foreign painters. Works by Beccafumi, Bronzino,
Salimbeni, Andrea del Sarto, Veronese, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa,
Domenichino, Guido Reni etc. On the second floor is a collection of
textile materials dating back to the end of the 18th century.
Villa Guinigi National Museum : It is hosted in a
15th century villa and exclusively preserves works produced for the
town of Lucca and its territory by local or foreign artists. The
collection offers the chance to go over the artistic history of Lucca
the centuries. In its interiors many archeological finds
are on display dating back from prehistory to the Roman age: writings, mosaics, ceramics and
Via Guinigi: is one of the most typical and suggestive
streets of Lucca, is a fabulous shopping street, with several jewelry
stores, boutiques and other nice shops. On the two sides are the
fourteenth century brick towers and palazzos. Of note is the
big building on the Sant' Andrea street corner with its high tower
characterized by holm-oaks on the roof top.
Piazza San Michele: It is right in the town center,
offering a great panorama of medieval homes.
San Michele in Foro: The church has high fašade richly
decorated. Many works of art. Of note in the right nave the glazed 15th
century terracotta sculpture, " Madonna
and child", by Andrea della Robbia.
Piazza Anfiteatro or Piazza del Mercato, is
characterized by its round shape and surrounded by medieval brick
buildings, creating a setting full of history. Many spectacles, shows and
concerts take place in the squar ein summer.
Casa natale di Giacomo Puccini: The birthplace of the
famous composer of "La Boheme" and "Turandot". Very interesting
collection of old letters and manuscripts. It houses also the well
conserved piano of the composer.
Lucca's Antique Market
Near Cathedral San Martino (Duomo)
It is full of beautiful antique furniture and other great old and
rare items, jewelry, works of marble, collectings. This outdoor
market takes place on the 3rd weekend of every month, Saturday and Sunday
from 9:00am - 7:00pm. - Participate about 200 exhibitors.
Arti e Mestieri (Arts and Crafts)
Near Cathedral San Martino (Duomo)
Outdoor monthly market (last Sunday) of arts and crafts by local crafts
By Train :
The closest railway stations are Empoli, Pisa and Florence:
By air :International flights to Pisa and Florence or Milan and Rome