City Orientation Walk, Lucca

City Orientation Walk, Lucca

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.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Lucca (See other walking tours in Lucca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: Dee
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Piazza San Michele

1) Piazza San Michele (must see)

The Piazza San Michele is also known as the Piazza delle Catene due to the typical definition of the square by columns linked by heavy chains. The square is surrounded by Medieval buildings which are easily recognizable for their architectural style with arches and decorated windows. There are also impressive palaces such as Palazzo Gigli. The Piazza San Michele was paved with bricks for the first time in the fifteenth century. Later, in the eighteenth century it was renovated with gray stone...   view more
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Church of San Michele

2) Church of San Michele (must see)

San Michele in Foro is a Roman Catholic basilica church in Lucca, built over the ancient Roman forum. Until 1370 it was the seat of the Consiglio Maggiore (Major Council), the commune's most important assembly. It is dedicated to Archangel Michael. The church is mentioned for the first time in 795 as ad foro (in the forum). It was rebuilt after 1070 by will of Pope Alexander II.

Notable is the façade, from the 13th century, with a large series of sculptures and inlays, numerous of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa di Puccini

3) Casa di Puccini (must see)

Casa di Puccini is the place where Giacomo Puccini was born and spent his life. Giacomo Puccini was an Italian musician whose compositions became very popular. The house is located in Corte San Lorenzo in Lucca and was built in the fifteenth century. The Casa de Puccini is now a museum where people can find Puccini’s portraits, sheet scores and other things that the composer used during his...   view more
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Lucca's City Walls (The Lucca Ramparts)

4) Lucca's City Walls (The Lucca Ramparts) (must see)

Lucca's City Walls surround almost the entire city. They was established between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At first their purpose was to defend the city from its enemies. Nowadays, the walls are mostly used as a hiking and cycling area. They also help to protect the city from urban life, keeping it as a pleasant, separate...   view more
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The Cathedral of St. Martin

5) The Cathedral of St. Martin (must see)

The Cathedral of St Martin was begun in 1063 by Bishop Anselm (later Pope Alexander II). The nave and transepts of the cathedral were rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 14th century, while the west front was begun in 1204 and consists of a vast portico of three magnificent arches, and above them three ranges of open galleries adorned with sculptures.

In the nave a small octagonal temple or chapel shrine contains the most precious relic in Lucca, the Volto Santo di Lucca or Sacred...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Piazza San Martino

6) Piazza San Martino

The Piazza San Martino is a square located in the center of Lucca. It is the home of Saint Martin Cathedral. There is also the Palazzo Bernardi which was created in 1556 by Bartolomeo Ammannati and a fountain designed by Lawrence Nottolini. The Piazza San Martino is one of the meeting places for the inhabitants of...   view more
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Torre Guinigi

7) Torre Guinigi (must see)

The Torre Guinigi is the most important tower of Lucca, located on Via Sant'Andrea. This tower, one of the few remaining in the city, is considered one of the most representative monuments. Its main feature is the oaks on its summit. The Guinigi family wanted to compensate for their unkindness by planting trees, which became a symbol of rebirth. By the will of the last descendant of the family, the tower shaft and palace became the property of...   view more
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Lucca Center of Contemporary Art (Lu. C. C. A.)

8) Lucca Center of Contemporary Art (Lu. C. C. A.) (must see)

Lucca Center of Contemporary Art is located in the Palazzo Boccella, an ancient structure located in the old town of Lucca. The collections are distributed throughout five floors, connected by an elevator and stairs. In this building there is also a café, a bookshop of contemporary books and a lounge where there are temporary exhibitions, wardrobes,...   view more
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

9) Piazza dell'Anfiteatro (must see)

The Piazza dell'Anfiteatro was built on the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheater. The square was made in the Middle Ages and was called "Parlascio", a corruption of Latin paralisium ("amphitheater"); it was said that it indicated the place where public meetings were held. Gradually it was filled with buildings, used as storage rooms, prisons, etc. In the nineteenth century, architect Lorenzo Nottolini decided to remake the urban structure. This is when the “way of...   view more
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Via Fillungo

10) Via Fillungo

Via Fillungo (The Fillungo Street) is the main avenue of the city center of Lucca. The street measures 700 m in length, and 10 m in width. It is among the most representative symbols of the city, center of touristic, commercial, and craftsmanship...   view more
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Torre dell'Orologio

11) Torre dell'Orologio (must see)

Torre dell'Orologio is a clock tower, 50 meters in height. It is the highest tower in the city dating back to Medieval times. The tower is characterized by a slender body with two windows below the cell, corresponding to the room where the clock mechanism is placed. The staircase consists of 207 wooden steps. The clock itself is run by a mechanism from 1754. It is a work from Geneva in collaboration with Louis Simon Sigismondo Caturegli. It had Roman numerals, and was then rebuilt and hand...   view more

Walking Tours in Lucca, Italy

Sacred Tour in Lucca Part II

Sacred Tour in Lucca Part II

Lucca is a marvelous city that keeps the Walled City of Lucca teeming with places of worship. Their original design is retained and beautifully renovated in some of the churches. Take this part of the tour guide to admire the historical and religious buildings of Lucca.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Lucca's Landmarks Self Guided Tour

Lucca's Landmarks Self Guided Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Sacred Tour in Lucca Part I

Sacred Tour in Lucca 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: 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
Architectural Buildings in Lucca

Architectural Buildings in Lucca

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: 4.9 km