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

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

Guide Name: The Famous Gates of the Walled City of Lucca Walking Tour
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: 3.8 km
Author: Dee
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Porta dei Borghi

1) Porta dei Borghi

The Porta dei Borghi is an old gateway of Lucca’s Medieval period. This gateway is located on the north side and was built between 1198 and 1265. The Porta dei Borghi is the oldest part of the walls of Lucca. There is a single central opening with two towers on either side. Both towers are currently used as private homes. On the interior there is an ancient fresco, framed by a bezel, showing the Madonna and Her child. This part of the gateway was restored in 2008 by the citizens of Lucca.
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Porta Santa Maria

2) Porta Santa Maria

The Porta Santa Maria is a gateway of the walls of Lucca which is located on the north. It was established between 1549 and 1592 and is part of the Renaissance walls. It was designed by architect Cinese Bresciani and built by Michelangelo Gabrielli. The Porta Santa Maria is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and it has a marble statue of the Madonna placed in a niche at the entrance. Originally, the gateway had a single entrance, and only later were the other two openings created. On both sides of the gateway there are some statues representing a panther which is the symbol of the city. Today, the central entrance is used as a walkway, while the side openings are used as a passage for transit vehicles in the city.
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Porta San Jacopo

3) Porta San Jacopo

The Porta San Jacopo is a gateway of the walls of Lucca located on the north side of the city. It is one of the newest gateways in the walls of Lucca since it was founded in 1930. It is characterized by a single entrance which, since the twentieth century, was mostly used by the intensifying flow of traffic.
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Porta Elisa

4) Porta Elisa

The Porta Elisa is a gateway in the walls of Lucca located on the east side of the city. It was named after Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi. The original design of the walls of Lucca did not include any portals on the east side of the wall. During the Napoleonic domination, because of the threat of invasion from Florence, it became very necessary to obtain direct access to the street that led to the important cities of the state such as Capannori Lucca, Altoona, Monaco, Montecatini, Pistoia and Florence. The Porta Elisa was established between 1809 and 1811. The entrance consists of three tubes with a modest ornamentation of Neoclassical style with Doric entablature supported by two pairs of Tuscan columns. The walls of white marble stand strongly on the red bricks that make up the wall hangings.
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Porta San Gervasio

5) Porta San Gervasio

The Porta San Gervasio is a gateway of the ancient walls of Lucca located at one end of Via Fillungo, which was almost completely demolished by the construction of the Renaissance walls. The Porta San Gervasio, also known as the Annunciation, was completed in 1255. The entrance has a large opening, eight meters high, and covered with an arch in the inner bezel can be seen the image of Madonna and Her Child with two saints. The two towers made of grey sandstone are ornamented with white limestone battlements. Now the two towers are used for private homes. The gateway was restored in 2006 and 2007.
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Porta San Pietro

6) Porta San Pietro

The Porta San Pietro is a gateway of the walls of Lucca located in the south part of the city. It was established between 1565 and 1566 and is a part of the Renaissance walls. It was designed by Alessandro Resta. The Porta San Pietro consists of three entrances and there is an emblem of St. Peter in the centre with the word “libertas”. On both sides there are two lions. Nowadays, the side doors are used for pedestrians, while the central one is for traffic.
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Porta Sant'Anna

7) Porta Sant'Anna

The Porta Sant'Anna, officially called Porta Vittorio Emanuele, is one of the gates in the walls of Lucca. It was named after St. Anne's Church, which is located outside the walls. As Porta San Donato was completed in the seventeenth century for defensive reasons and was not adequate for the needs of motorized traffic, the Porta Sant’Anna was built in 1910 to facilitate the traffic exit and entry on the west side of the city. There are two central entrances used for traffic and another two used for pedestrians.
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Antica Porta San Donato

8) Antica Porta San Donato

The Antica Porta San Donato is a gateway of the ancient walls of Lucca located on the west side of the city. It was established in 1590 and remained in operation for about 50 years. After that it was replaced by the new Porta San Donato which was built between 1629 and 1639. It is located within the existing walls of Lucca, in Piazzale Verdi.
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Porta San Donato

9) Porta San Donato

The Porta San Donato is a gateway of the walls of Lucca located on the west side of Lucca. It was established between 1629 and 1639 as part of the Renaissance walls. It was originally equipped with a drawbridge. The entrance is adorned with marble statues of San Donato and San Paolino. Porta San Donato is the replacement of the ancient Porta San Donato which was established in 1590, and is still present within the walls of Lucca in Piazzale Verdi.

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
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
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
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
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
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

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.