Lucca: Your Ultimate Guide (2 to 5 days)

Lucca: Your Ultimate Guide (2 to 5 days), Lucca, Italy (B)

Lucca is this kind of city. The more time you spend here, the longer you want to stay. Yes, the picturesque walled Tuscan city at the foot of the Apennine Mountains and along the Serchio River is touristy. Still it remains an authentic city with a very nice atmosphere, different from a slightly arrogant museum-Florence (don’t get me wrong, Florence can be wonderful, but it has also been the victim of its success and mass tourism seems to have taken the best of it) or quick-cruise-stop Pisa. How long to plan for Lucca? Two days is the absolute minimum, spending at least a night within the city walls. Here are many ideas sorted out by themes to spend a good 4 to 5 days in the city, including climbing its towers, visiting excellent museums, tasting and cooking delicious Tuscan specialties, listening to some Puccini, and experiencing unexpected outdoor activities.

Founded by the Etruscans, inhabited by the Ligurians, Lucca became an important Roman city in the second century before Christ at the crossroads of some of the empire’s main way of communication, both by land and by water thanks to the Serchio River. Today’s Via Paolino and Via Fillungo lined with inviting shops still form the cross that was in the center of the squared Roman city. The arena where gladiators used to compete in front of 10,000 spectators is now the touristic Piazza Anfiteatro with its many restaurants. It denotes with its circular shape that has remained: after the Barbarian invasions, its stones were reused to build houses against its outside structure. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Lucca: Your Ultimate Guide (2 to 5 days)
Guide Location: Italy » Lucca
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Via Paolino 
  • Via Fillungo
  • Piazza Anfiteatro 
  • San Michele in Foro
  • San Martino cathedral
  • Guinigi Tower 
  • Torre delle Ore 
  • Puccini Casa Natale
  • Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi
  • Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi
  • Cattedrale di San Martino
  • Chiesa dei Santi Giovanni e Reparata
  • Basilica di San Frediano
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria della Rosa
  • oratorio dei SS. Angeli Custodi
  • the Serchio River
  • Via Francigena
  • Buca di Sant’Antonio
  • Il Cuore
  • Trattoria da “Leo” 
  • Forno a vapore Amedeo Giusti
  • Pasticceria Dianda 
  • Forno Casali 
  • Carli
  • Pfanner’s Palace
  • San Giovanni and Reparata Church
  • Theatre del Giglio
  • Albergo San Martino