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

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
Author: Dee
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.
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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
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
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
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
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

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.