Sacred Tour in Lucca Part II, Lucca

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.
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Sacred Tour in Lucca Part II Map

Guide Name: Sacred Tour in Lucca Part II
Guide Location: Italy » Lucca (See other walking tours in Lucca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: Dee
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Church of San Francesco

1) Church of San Francesco

The presence of Franciscan monks in Lucca was already attested in 1228, and the new religious order had just took a prominent role in city life. The Church of San Francesco, built out of gravel, is a single classroom with a trussed roof. It was completed in the early 15th century with the inclusion of three presbyterate chapels. The façade, which shows two sides of the portal arche sepulchral, adopted a coat of white limestone, which remained incomplete, and was completed only in the 20th century. The care taken with the interior design, is in parallel with the construction of the complex, which took from the 14th century to the 17th century. After reacquisition by the state in the 19th century, part of the collection of paintings were moved to the museum in Lucca.

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St. Peter's Church (Chiesa di San Pietro Somaldi)

2) St. Peter's Church (Chiesa di San Pietro Somaldi)

St. Peter's Church is located in the square of the same name, which is characteristic of the city. It was founded in the eighth century by Summal. The church was rebuilt in the late twelfth century. The apse of the church is made of brick and there are three aisles made of sandstone that complete the upper part of the facade. The central entrance and other parts of the church, which are the single pieces that survived, were remade in the nineteenth century.
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Church of San Frediano

3) Church of San Frediano (must see)

The Basilica of San Frediano is a Romanesque church in Lucca, situated on the Piazza San Frediano. Inside, the basilica is built in richly carved white marble. It consists of a nave and two aisles with arches supported by columns with Roman and Romanesque capitals. The Roman capitals were recycled from the nearby Roman amphitheatre. The highlight at the entrance is the huge 12th century Romanesque baptismal font. It is composed of a bowl, covered with a tempietto, resting on pillars, inside a circular basin. It is the craftmanship of master Roberto (his signature is on the basin) and two unknown masters. The basin is decorated with The Story of Moses by a Lombard sculptor. Master Roberto did the last two panels The Good Shepherd and the Six Prophets.

The remains of St. Frediano lie underneath the main altar from the 16th century. A massive stone monolith stands left of the main altar. This was probably pilfered from the amphiteatre of Lucca. But local tradition has it that it was miraculously transported to Lucca by San Frediano and used as a predella (step of an altar) for the first altar.

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St. Andrew's Church (Chiesa di Sant'Andrea)

4) St. Andrew's Church (Chiesa di Sant'Andrea)

St. Andrew's Church was built in the eleventh century and completely reestablished in the late twelfth century. The structure consists of rows of sandstone and the central entrance is designed by Guidetto. At the end of the fourteenth century the church was enriched and adorned with new chapels, frescoes and altarpieces by some of the most significant urban families from Lucca. Saint Andrew's Church is located on Sant'Andrea Street.
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Church of St. Christopher (Chiesa di San Cristoforo)

5) Church of St. Christopher (Chiesa di San Cristoforo)

The Church of St. Christopher was established in the eleventh century and reestablished in the middle of the twelfth century. Some decorative and original motifs can be observed in the entrance. It is surrounded by stone arches that extend the entire side of the façade. The upper side of the building is represented by a tower. On the sides there are two sculpted lions that are now reduced to a fragmentary state. The central window and the arches date back to the fourteenth century.
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Church of Santa Maria Forisportam

6) Church of Santa Maria Forisportam (must see)

The Church of Santa Maria Forisportam is also known as the Church of Santa Maria Bianca from Lucca, located in Santa Maria Bianca Square. The name of the church is linked to the fact that the church was connected to the part of the city outside the walls. The façade is divided into several parts; the first one is divided by three portals and the second one is characterized by a double series of loggias. There are three naves that were completed in the twelfth century. From inside, the columns show the Medieval design.
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Holy Trinity Church (Chiesa della Santissima Trinità)

7) Holy Trinity Church (Chiesa della Santissima Trinità)

The Holy Trinity Church is situated on Via Elisa and was completed in 1595. It is characterized by a single room covered by a barrel vault and the presence of an altar. The original and complex decoration started in 1595 and was finished in 1721. The paintings on the altar describe the Trinity with Saints John the Baptist, Paul, Sebastian, Antonio and Caterina Pietro Paolini. On one side of the altar the Madonna del Latte made by Matteo Civitali can be seen. The decoration of the Holy Trinity was made by Pietro Sorri and was completed in 1721.
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Church of San Micheletto

8) Church of San Micheletto

The Church of San Micheletto is located in the same area where a monastery was used until the fifteenth century. The foundation of the church is dedicated to St. Michael. It dates from the eighth century and there is only a frame and some reused columns on the left side of the church which have been replaced. In the eighteenth century it was completely renovated.
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Monastery-Sanctuary of St Gemma (Monastero-santuario di Santa Gemma Galgani)

9) Monastery-Sanctuary of St Gemma (Monastero-santuario di Santa Gemma Galgani)

The Monastery-Sanctuary of St Gemma is also known as the Monastery of Passioniste. It is located outside the Walled City of Lucca. The Monastery is dedicated to Saint Gemma Galgani who lived there. She had a vision of Christ who told her about the new monastery. So in 1935, architect Italo started working on the structure and after the war, the construction was completed. The bell-dome seems to be an inspiration by the Berlin Cathedral. Inside there is an altarpiece and two mosaics that are made by Primo Conti.

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.
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
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
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
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
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
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

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.