History and sights of the art city of Lucca in Tuscany




Lucca - main sights and vacation accommodation

Lucca Tuscany
Guinigi Tower in Lucca, Tuscany

The city of Lucca is located in western Tuscany and should at the very least be included in any tour of Tuscany. Lucca also makes an excellent base for your stay in Tuscany. The city is flat, compact and relatively uncrowded making it a very pleasant place to stay. And Lucca definitely fits the definition of “art city”. Lucca’s sights include:

  • The Duomo (cathedral of Lucca) – an exquisite Romanesque structure dating from the 13 C, packed with works of art.
  • The town walls of Lucca- these massive walls were constructed in the 16 C and 17 C, and now form a very pleasant walking and bicycling route of over 4 km.
  • The Guinigi tower – a massive brick tower in the middle of town famous for the holme oaks growing from the top. The tower is part of one of two palazzi, one of which houses the National Museum of Lucca.
  • The church of San Michele in Foro, often mistaken for the cathedral on account of its marvellous Romanesque marble facade. The interior contains beautiful works of art, including a famous terracotta work by Andrea della Robbia.
  • The Anfiteatro Romano (Roman Amphitheatre) is an oval piazza surrounded by multi-storied buildings that was once the interior of Lucca’s Roman arena. The piazza is lined with shops, cafes and restaurants.
  • The Church of San Frediano dates from between 1112 and 1147, and is famous for a huge Italo-Byzantine mosaic of Christ flanked by two angels with the twelve Apostles below.
  • The Palazzo Pfanner-Controni which dates from 1667 is now a museum of art and artifacts. The Palazzo is famous for its fine garden and an interesting external stairway with loggia.
  • The Villa Reale di Marlia (Villa Pecci-Blunt) is located outside of Lucca but is definitely worth a visit by anyone who enjoys Tuscan formal gardens.

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Anna Maria Baldini

About Anna Maria Baldini

Anna Maria is a frequent contributor to web content on life in Tuscany. She researches all aspects of Tuscan life, with emphasis on history, art, architecture and the culture of the people of this beautiful region of Italy.