With remarkable Renaissance walls encircling elaborate Italian architecture, this idyllic town is something of a time capsule. Perfectly preserved and steeped in history, Lucca is a haven for those in search of true Italian culture and cuisine.
Calling out to be explored, this small yet striking city is ideal for a short stay. Whether you desire relaxation or want to play the tourist, here are some great ideas of what to see and what to do in Lucca.
Completed in the 16th century, these magnificent walls are 30m wide and span 4km around the old centre of the city. Originally constructed for the purpose of military defence, these fortified walls were transformed for leisurely pursuits, with pathways and greenery added during the 19th century.
Providing panoramic views of Lucca and the surrounding countryside, a leisurely stroll atop these walls is a must, allowing you to appreciate the full beauty of this historic city.
For a relatively small city, Lucca has an extravagant amount of grand churches and cathedrals. Commonly referred to as the city of one hundred churches, the architecture is diverse, with facades that point to Lucca’s rich and vast history.
From medieval and Roman churches, to gothic and renaissance places of worship, no holiday to Lucca would be complete without visiting some of the city’s impressive examples.
A bustling and exciting part of the city, the Piazza was once home to an ancient Roman amphitheatre that hosted dramatic gladiator battles. After falling into ruins, the Piazza was built following the original structure of the amphitheatre, resulting in a magnificent oval space.
Now home to a selection of restaurants and bars, and often used to host events, it is the ideal place to relax, unwind and soak up the city’s atmosphere over a glass of fine wine.
Across a horizon of historic towers stands the Guinigi Tower. Constructed in the 14th century by the reigning Guinigi family, this medieval tower formed part of the family’s home. Today, it is one of the city’s most popular viewpoints, not only boasting views over Lucca’s sensational skyline, but a beautiful tower-top garden.
Filled with oak trees, it is the perfect spot to enjoy the shade and take a break from the hot Italian sun, while enjoying mesmerising city-wide views.
As well as incredible performances at the Lucca Opera Festival, an Opera Tours Italy itinerary includes leisure time. Whether you come alone, as a couple, or want to explore with the group, our holidays are designed to ensure you have the time to discover Lucca’s points of interest.
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