Architectural Buildings in Lucca, Lucca (Self Guided)

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.
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Architectural Buildings in Lucca Map

Guide Name: Architectural Buildings in Lucca
Guide Location: Italy » Lucca (See other walking tours in Lucca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: Dee
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Stadio Porta Elisa

1) Stadio Porta Elisa

Stadio Porta Elisa Lucca was first used as a stadium in 1935. Initially, the project included some stairs in order to avoid the possibility of viewing the stadium from the height of the walls of Lucca. A few years later, for different reasons, a curved metal frame was built and it changed the initial project. The trees and the landscape inside the stadium make the property more comfortable and common to the city’s style. The area is covered by masonry brick which is inspired from the walls of the city. The most interesting piece in the architectural profile is the tribune.
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Palazzina U.S.L.

2) Palazzina U.S.L.

La Palazzina U.S.L. is a building that represents a significant decline of modern architecture in the Fascist period, and is located in the most interesting area of Lucca. The building consists of two floors plus a basement. The roof terrace appears to be accessible from any floor and from the main staircase to the second floor. The terraces are accompanied by simple railing visible on the façades. The structure was built in 1934 and has large windows of different sizes of an architectural feature typical of the '30s. There are no special or decorative elements on the facades of the building.
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Villa Ducloz-Dianola

3) Villa Ducloz-Dianola

The Villa-Ducloz Dianola is a mansion located in Via Matteo Civitali, near San Marco in Lucca. The complex is one of the most important examples of Art Nouveau style. The building is rich and elegant, consisting of two floors. The villa has a vast, blossoming garden. The architectural elements of the garden are many and all of considerable value. The main feature of the villa is the presence of the vertical body elevated above the roof of the first floor, and an advanced central body which is perpendicular to the ground floor. The hexagonal balcony has two side-entrance doors and five windows decorated with floral wrought iron. The upper windows are decorated with polychrome tiles.
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Villa Giomi

4) Villa Giomi

The Villa Giomi, today called Palazzo Grossi is a building of considerabe size with a vast garden. The structure consists of three floors plus a basement. The roof and the façade are embeliished with numerous decorative details. The windows have some supports that are decorated with phytomorphic motifs. The windows from the first floor are framed by architraves. The walls on the second floor are made of brick and the windows are simply framed by a smooth band of cement. The corners of the building are characterized by stone bands.
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Palazzo Uffici INPDAP

5) Palazzo Uffici INPDAP

Palazzo Uffici INPDAP was built in 1960 by architect Paolo Portoghesi. It is located outside the city walls characterized by the expansion of the sixties. The main entrance of the office building of Lucca is located on the north side and leads to a spacious hall. The upper floors are made of masonry brick which correspond to the city’s walls. The roof represents the traditional Tuscan roof. The use of different materials makes the different components of the building dynamically connected. In formal terms, the home of Lucca is a preview of the expressive style acquired later in the design of the famous Casa Baldi built in 1960 in Rome.
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Casa del Mutilato

6) Casa del Mutilato

Casa del Mutilato is a building located in the historical centre of Lucca. The structure has a large hall with an entrance decorated by an arch and a small room used as an office. There are also two windows and a small balcony. The third floor is enriched by other small, square windows. The entrance hall is paved with polychrome marble and bands. The salon has multicoloured floor tiles and frames, as well as a central crest. The ceiling is painted with images representing fights, created by the painter Cordati.
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Villa Gioiosa

7) Villa Gioiosa

The Villa Gioiosa is a mansion located on Viale Carducci in Lucca. The construction of the villa began in September 1915 by architect Lucca Lelio Menesini. The building has two floors plus a basement and garden. The side windows are decorated with geometric and phytomorphic motifs. The first floor terrace has a parapet formed by pillars covered with green tiles and two French windows that have identical decorations to the front elevation. The building has a garden which is enclosed with two wrought iron gates.
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Villa Simonini

8) Villa Simonini

Villa Simonini is a mansion located next to the Villa Del Magro. Originally, the villa consisted of a building with three floors; the last of them is partially terraced. Currently the three floors of the house are used as three separate flats. The building differs from the usual style of the other houses built in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The balconies are supported by iron shelves and columns. The stairs are 1.60 meters wide, made of white marble and iron railings.
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Villa Del Magro

9) Villa Del Magro

The Villa del Magro is a mansion located on Viale Giusti in Lucca, not far from the walls of the city. The structure consists of three floors, a terrace and a garden. The terrace is enriched with some columns and a balustrade that cover a part of the west side of the façade. The windows are decorated with phytomorphic motifs but the windows from the second floor are smaller and simply framed. The ground floor apartment, refurbished, retains some original painted wooden doors and ceramic floors, probably representing the '50s.

Walking Tours in Lucca, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Lucca

Create Your Own Walk in Lucca

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Lucca's Pizzeria Walking Tour

Lucca's Pizzeria Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Sacred Tour in Lucca Part II

Sacred Tour in Lucca Part II

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Cultural Walking Tour in Lucca

Cultural Walking Tour in Lucca

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Lucca's Landmarks Self Guided Tour

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Lucca is a unique city in Italy endowed with picturesque squares and outstanding buildings. There are also different attractive gardens that enrich almost every structure in this walled city. Take this tour to see the most incredible places Lucca has to offer.

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Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Famous Palaces Tour of Lucca

Famous Palaces Tour of Lucca

As an ancient city of Italy, Lucca has monumental palaces of architectural and historical value. The famous buildings are enriched by marvelous gardens, old statues and originally designed rooms. Take this self-guided tour to enjoy the beauty of the palaces of Lucca.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Sacred Tour in Lucca Part I

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lucca for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lucca has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lucca, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.