Lucca's Landmarks Self Guided Tour (Self Guided), Lucca

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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Lucca's Landmarks Self Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Lucca's Landmarks Self Guided Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Lucca (See other walking tours in Lucca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Church of St. Simon and Jude (Chiesa dei Santi Simone e Giuda)
  • Church of St. Athanasius
  • Villa Bottini
  • Giardino Elisa
  • The Botanical Gardens
  • Baluardo San Colombano
  • The Church of San Girolamo
  • Lucca's City Walls (The Lucca Ramparts)
Church of St. Simon and Jude (Chiesa dei Santi Simone e Giuda)

1) Church of St. Simon and Jude (Chiesa dei Santi Simone e Giuda)

The Church of St. Simon and Jude is located on Guinigi Street. In 839 the church was completely rebuilt of masonry blocks of squared stone and white limestone. The altars, frescoes and painted panels were made in the fourteenth century. There is also a wooden statue of Sant'Ansano kept by the Archbishop. The church does not operate as a place of worship but is used for some organizations from Lucca.
Church of St. Athanasius

2) Church of St. Athanasius

The Church of St. Athanasius was built in the ninth century and renovated in the thirteenth century. It is a brick structure, with the lower part of the facade made of white limestone. The two lions that decorate the frame of the central wooden entrance represent decorative motifs taken from the repertoire of the master Guidetto. The interior was completely redesigned in the late sixteenth century. The church is closed for worship and is now used for youth associations.
Villa Bottini

3) Villa Bottini (must see)

The Villa Bottini, also called Buonvisi al Giardino, is located on Via Elisa, not far from the Elisa Garden. The structure was built by Paolo Buonvisi in the second half of the sixteenth century. It is enclosed by a wall with three portals. The main portal is located on Via Elisa. Inside the building, on the ground floor, you can admire beautiful decorations like frescoes with mythological and allegorical scenes. The villa is now used as the city’s representation and culture place.
Giardino Elisa

4) Giardino Elisa

The Elisa Garden was approved as a project on June 23, 1812. The garden occupies a long narrow street. The area is delimited by a high wall with no openings to the outside. Now, the garden is crossed by a pathway from which other smaller pathways emerge. The plant species in the garden were added over the centuries, amounting to a quite large selection. There are also different kinds of trees, shrubs, two magnolias and other beautiful plants.
The Botanical Gardens

5) The Botanical Gardens (must see)

The Botanical Garden of Lucca is located on the street with the same name. It was founded in 1820 by Maria Luisa di Borbone-Spagna. The garden was a side of the building of the University of Lucca. Today, the collection consists of about two hundred species of plants including camellias and other plants that bloom early. In 1920, the Botanical Garden became a public place. The gate of the garden is decorated with ornamental elements like pillars surmounted with lions.
Baluardo San Colombano

6) Baluardo San Colombano

The Baluardo San Colombano is one of Lucca’s ramparts. It is also known as the Baluardo della Rosa. It was built between 1600 and 1603. The bastion is represented by a tower that was needed for the defense of the Porta San Pietro. Inside the ancient structure is a restaurant with the same name, occupying almost the entire area. It created a functional space, without affecting the walls, and a sensational refuge for locals. The Baluardo San Colombano is part of the southern urban walls.
The Church of San Girolamo

7) The Church of San Girolamo

The Church of San Girolamo is located in the street with the same name. It was built in the middle of the fifteenth century. The front door is surrounded by terracotta and on the upper side of it is a picture of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ with Saints Peter and Jerome. The interior didn’t retain too much of the original design as the renovation began in the eighteenth century. Though it was closed as a place of worship, it is used as an auditorium of the Theatre of St. Jerome.
Lucca's City Walls (The Lucca Ramparts)

8) 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.

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.
Lucca Introduction Walking Tour

Lucca Introduction Walking Tour

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 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
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

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 or 1.7 Miles
City Gates

City Gates

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 or 2.4 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
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