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Cultural Venues (Self Guided), 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.
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Italy » Lucca (See other walking tours in Lucca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Casa di Puccini
  • Palazzo Mansi Museum
  • Teatro del Giglio
  • The Cathedral Museum (Il Museo della Cattedrale)
  • Auditorium del Suffragio
  • Lucca Center of Contemporary Art (Lu. C. C. A.)
  • National Museum of Villa Guinigi
Casa di Puccini

1) 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.
Palazzo Mansi Museum

2) Palazzo Mansi Museum (must see)

Palazzo Mansi Museum is a place where one can admire a major part of national art. Visitors can admire works that were created in the nineteenth century by Pompeo Batoni, Bernardino Nocchi and Stefano Tofanelli. There is also vintage clothing, religious vestments and textiles from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that provide insight into what was the business of textile production in Lucca. The other paintings are divided into four collections, by style and period, displayed in different rooms.
Teatro del Giglio

3) Teatro del Giglio

The Teatro del Giglio is a historic theatre in Lucca located in the Piazza del Giglio. It was built in the seventeenth century. Now they present seasonal operas and organize training activities and workshops that involve different volunteers that gear the shows towards the children. The Teatro del Giglio is annexed to the Auditorium Theater and the old convent church of San Girolamo’s library with a fund of approximately 4,000 volumes and recordings of shows since 1985.
The Cathedral Museum (Il Museo della Cattedrale)

4) The Cathedral Museum (Il Museo della Cattedrale) (must see)

The Cathedral Museum was built in 1992. Here resided the sculptures and paintings that were removed from the original location for different reasons. The collection that is housed in the museum follows a chronological order, allowing the visitors to perceive the artistic taste by age. The museum presents a wide collection of silk robes and vestments adorned with decorative floral and geometric embroidery, which demonstrates the high standard of quality maintained by textile manufacturers in the eighteenth century.
Auditorium del Suffragio

5) Auditorium del Suffragio

The Auditorium del Suffragio is a theatre that was built in the sixteenth century. The building was first used as a church. Of particular interest is the front three rows divided by pilasters, which enclose three arches in the lower section defining a vaulted hall which gives access to the church. The nave from the interior was completed in 1675. The majestic altar is surrounded by four spiral columns and surmounted by a broken pediment decorated with angels. The complex has a total capacity of more than 200 people and is also used as an auditorium which hosts several musical and theatrical events.
Lucca Center of Contemporary Art (Lu. C. C. A.)

6) 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.
National Museum of Villa Guinigi

7) National Museum of Villa Guinigi (must see)

The National Museum of Villa Guinigi was built by Paolo Guinigi in 1413. The villa has some open galleries. In 1430 it became a museum, and was restored after the Second World War. The collections that can be seen there include archaeological and prehistoric exhibits. There are also collections of paintings, sculptures, vestments and other objects. Some of the paintings are made by Berlinghiero, Matteo Civitali, Pompeo Batoni and other Italian artists.

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.
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 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
Historical Churches Part II

Historical Churches 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: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
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 or 1.6 Miles
Palaces Tour

Palaces Tour

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 or 1.8 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