If you’ve never been there, Lucca really leaves you speechless: it will be because you are used to, thinking of Tuscany, to assess the cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa, when you come across this gem medieval remains amazed.
The best way to discover Lucca is looking at it from above. You can do climbing on its massive walls, the Tower Guinigi or addressing the 207 steps of the more high Clock Tower. From these points there is a splendid view over the rooftops of the Tuscan town, an overview which allows you to appreciate the beauty and harmony and find the same urban structure built by the Romans.
Amphitheatre Square, in the name of what was already said in this space now used as one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. The Church of San Michele, also called the Forum, is a place where there was the ancient center of Lucca. The two main axes, Via Fillungo and San Paolino, today the streets of shopping and socializing, modeled on the Roman decumans. Lucca is a hospitable city, tidy, with excellent food and surroundings with nature.
There are many places of interest to visit with a walk, it is a small center, you can admire all the monuments of Lucca, starting from the beautiful walls: once fortified town, Lucca has a trench wall of superior, on which to walk , skating, cycling, by renting a right under the stairs leading to the walls, or simply sit and enjoy the clean air and the sun, as in a park by the unique medieval atmosphere.
Once off the walls, you can walk to the center of the city, making a first stop at the city’s Duomo, which has nothing to envy to the most famous monuments of the most famous Tuscan cities: built around the year one thousand, the Duomo It offers, in addition to the architectural beauty typical of the period, the beautiful tomb of Ilaria del Carretto, and contains frescoes by Tintoretto, Nicola Pisano and Jacopo della Quercia.
A short distance from the Cathedral, you can reach the Basilica of San Frediano and the church of San Michele in Foro, both more or less contemporary to the cathedral.
During the walk, continue across the Market Square, you will come across several museums, all interesting, albeit one not to be missed is the National Art Gallery, which houses frescoes Lucchese Renaissance art and a rich collection of antique fabrics and fine in the splendid setting of the sixteenth century Palazzo Mansi.
But the charm of Lucca lies not only in the beautiful ancient art and architecture that characterize it, in its very lively cultural festivals, fairs, markets, animate the center on weekends, but on any day of the yearThey can admire the antique shops and craft that are located in the Market Square, along with restaurants serving local cuisine.