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 and bricks surrounded by columns with chains. The square is home to the magnificent church of San Michele in Foro. In September and during Christmas, different exhibitions are held in Piazza San Michele.
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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 which remade in the 19th century. On the summit, flanked by two other angels, is the 4-meter tall statue of St. Michael the Archangel. According to a legend, an angel's finger would have a huge diamond. On the lower right corner of the façade is a statue (1480) of the Madonna salutis portus, sculpted to celebrate the end of the 1476 plague. The church interior has a nave and two aisles with transept and semicircular apse; the nave is supported by arcades on monolithic columns. From the southern transept rises the bell tower, built in the 12th-14th centuries, with a series of single, double and triple mullioned windows.

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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 life.
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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 district.
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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 Countenance. This cedar-wood crucifix and image of Christ, according to the legend, was carved by his contemporary Nicodemus, and miraculously conveyed to Lucca in 782. Christ is clothed in the colobium, a long sleeveless garment. The chapel was built in 1484 by Matteo Civitali, the most famous Luccan sculptor of the early Renaissance.

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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 Lucca.
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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 Lucca.
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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, etc.
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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 the amphitheater” was made. The new place was used for the city market.
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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 activities.
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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 shaped with a single star in the centre. The biggest bell announces the hours from one to six, and the other two smaller bells announce the quarters of hours.

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.
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
The Famous Gates of the Walled City of Lucca Walking Tour

The Famous Gates of the Walled City of Lucca Walking Tour

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
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
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
Cultural Walking Tour in Lucca

Cultural Walking Tour in Lucca

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
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

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.