Palazzo Ducale, Lucca

Palazzo Ducale, Lucca

The Ducal Palace is located on the site of the Fortezza Augustan, it used to be the residence of condottiero Castruccio Castracani. The palace is of large size and owes its current appearance to the restoration in 1578 (from the left side to the central portal). The palace includes a central court, which is unfinished. It has a double portico with pillars and, in the center, a statue of the Lucchese lawyer Francesco Carrara. On the left is another unfinished court, known as Cortile degli Svizzeri, referring to the corps of Swiss Guard in service of the Republic of Lucca characterized by the use of rustication. The interior hall, accessed through a monumental stair, housed the National Gallery of Lucca, moved to Villa Guinigi in 1977. The staircase ends with a gallery of statues. The Hall of the General Council of the Republic has a Flemish painting and a fresco of the Lucchese Freedom. Above the Loggia delle Guardie is the Ammannati Loggia, decorated with grotesques and stuccose.
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Sight Name: Palazzo Ducale
Sight Location: Lucca, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Lucca, Italy

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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