Lucca is perhaps the only Italian city entirely enclosed by medieval walls, which helped to save the historic center from modern urbanization. The city walls, which are 4,200 meters long, are unrivaled in Europe. Various historic strata are visible; the earliest dating back to the Romans in the 2nd century B.C. Visitors can take a leisurely bicycle ride along the over 4km of wall to admire the various sites and monuments around the city. The narrow streets of the town provide the perfect opportunity to lose oneself while shopping for good deals in typical artisans’ shops for handcrafted silver and jewelry, and at the same time, admire the city’s countless works of art.
Where to go, typicall and cultural destinations
In the center of Lucca there are about one hundred marvelous churches, which are full of works of art but are also in and of themselves true masterpieces, such as the Duomo di San Martino (St. Martin’s Cathedral), the Church of San Michele and the Church of San Ferdinando. Prominent works of art include “The Last Supper” by Jacopo Tintoretto (Church of San Martino), as well as the works by Pontorno, Bronzino, Beccafumi, and Reni.
There are also splendid towers such as the striking Giunigi Tower and the Clock Tower (Torre delle Ore). In addition to visiting the historic town center, the province of Lucca should not be overlooked.
It offers many other interesting places such as the villas which were the summer residences of wealthy 16th century families, such Villa Torrigiani, Villa Reale and Villa Mansi.
Among the various events that take place in Lucca are: in autumn, Italy’s biggest comics and role-play games exhibition “Lucca Comics & Games”; during the winter there is Carnevale di Viareggio, one of the largest and most famous carnivals in Italy, with masks and allegorical parades; in summer don’t miss the ”Puccini Festival” at Torre del Lago which presents the works of Giacomo Puccini. Big names in both Italian and international music come to participate in The “Lucca Summer Festival”, which takes place in the historic town centre. An antique market is held on the third Saturday and Sunday of every month all year round.