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Porta Santa Maria, Lucca

Porta Santa Maria, Lucca

The Porta Santa Maria is a gateway of the walls of Lucca which is located on the north. It was established between 1549 and 1592 and is part of the Renaissance walls. It was designed by architect Cinese Bresciani and built by Michelangelo Gabrielli. The Porta Santa Maria is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and it has a marble statue of the Madonna placed in a niche at the entrance. Originally, the gateway had a single entrance, and only later were the other two openings created. On both sides of the gateway there are some statues representing a panther which is the symbol of the city. Today, the central entrance is used as a walkway, while the side openings are used as a passage for transit vehicles in the city.

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Sight Name: Porta Santa Maria
Sight Location: Lucca, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Lucca, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Lucca

Create Your Own Walk in Lucca

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lucca is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Lucca's Pizzeria Walking Tour

Lucca's Pizzeria Walking Tour

Italy is a famous country not only because of its culture and wines but also because of its unique and appetizing pizza. Lucca is a city where you can find many pizzerias and some of them are famous in the entire country. Take this self-guided tour to discover and enjoy all kinds of pizza in Lucca.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
City Gates

City Gates

The gateways in Lucca were established in special parts of the city as they all contribute to an equally imposing architectural construction in an attractive style. They allowed entrance into the city while making it safer. Take this tour guide to explore some of the most magnificent Medieval architectural structures of Lucca.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Historical Churches Part I

Historical Churches Part I

Lucca is a city that has remained intact in its original form, including a variety of architectural buildings like churches and cathedrals. These religious places kept their Medieval value. Lucca is also called “the city of 100 churches” because there are numerous churches in this old town. Take this tour guide to see the aged houses of worship in Lucca.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Lucca's Architectural Jewels

Lucca's Architectural Jewels

Lucca is a wonderful city because of the numerous villas and palaces that represent twentieth century architecture. Buildings are enriched with detailed and elegant ornaments and original gardens. Take this tour guide to admire the most important and exquisite buildings in Lucca.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Lucca has a long history with many cultural sites that represent its past, as well as its present situation. This distinctive city offers a large number of cultural places and events as well. Take this tour to visit Lucca’s museums, theatres and other important cultural establishments.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Lucca Introduction Walk

Lucca Introduction Walk

The Walled City of Lucca is one of the most famous places in Italy because of its wonderful buildings, squares, streets and other attractions. All of these represent its culture and history. This orientation walk gives you the opportunity to see the most outstanding places that Lucca has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles