Lucca / 19 mt. above sea
level. - 85,000 pop. ~ Ancient town of Tuscany because of its intact
medieval urban layout.
Sights to see:
The walls: The Town of Lucca is characterized by the large
fortified walls transformed to a shaded walkway. The walls were turned
into a public garden. The beauty of the trees on the ramparts, the
striking view of the city, the surrounding countryside, and the
architectural structure all contribute to make the park a unique work. The
entire walk all around the 4km ramparts takes roughly two hours.
Piazza Napoleone, is dominated by the imposing Palazzo Ducale.
Shady place by tall plane-trees, it hosts a neo-classic memorial to Maria
Luigi di Borbone, by L. Bartolini.
SS. Giovanni e Reparata: Built in the 12th century this church
preserves the original relief portal. It has has a nave and two aisles on
ancient columns by Romanesque capitals, with transept and great abside.
The Cathedral: is the most important building of Lucca with its
Romanesque marmoreous façade and beautiful portico and by the 13th century
bell tower embellished with merlons. Many works of art by the sculptor
Nicola Pisano, Tintoretto and Giambologna. On the altar "Madonna with
saints" by Domenico Ghirlandaio. The sacristy preserves the famous
masterpiece "Monumento funebre di Ilaria del Carretto", (1408) by
Jacopo della Quercia.
Museum of the Cathedral: It preserves church ornaments, works of
art, many paintings, sculptures and some illuminated manuscripts. Of note
are "Apostolo" by the sculptor Jacopo della Quercia and "San Giovanni
decollato" by Matteo Cividali, belonging to the Romanesque Cathedral.
Palazzo Mansi: Seat of National Art gallery, it exhibits beautiful
interiors with frescoes. Of note is the "Salone della Musica" ( Hall of
Music ). The art gallery hosts many paintings of famous Italian and
foreign painters. Works by Beccafumi, Bronzino, Salimbeni, Andrea del
Sarto, Veronese, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Domenichino, Guido Reni etc.
On the second floor is a collection of textile materials dating back to
the end of the 18th century.
Villa Guinigi National Museum: It is hosted in a 15th century villa
and exclusively preserves works produced for the town of Lucca and its
territory by local or foreign artists. The collection offers the chance to
go over the artistic history of Lucca throughout the centuries. In its
interiors many archeological finds are on display dating back from
prehistory to the Roman age: writings, mosaics, ceramics and lots more.
Via Guinigi: is one of the most typical and suggestive streets of
Lucca, is a fabulous shopping street, with several jewelry stores,
boutiques and other nice shops. On the two sides are the fourteenth
century brick towers and palazzos. Of note is the big building on the Sant'
Andrea street corner with its high tower characterized by holm-oaks on the
Piazza San Michele: It is right in the town center, offering a
great panorama of medieval homes.
San Michele in Foro: The church has high façade richly decorated.
Many works of art. Of note in the right nave the glazed 15th century
terracotta sculpture, " Madonna and child", by Andrea della Robbia.
Piazza Anfiteatro or Piazza del Mercato, is characterized by
its round shape and surrounded by medieval brick buildings, creating a
setting full of history. Many spectacles, shows and concerts take place in
the square in summer.
Casa natale di Giacomo Puccini: The birthplace of the famous
composer of "La Bohème" and "Turandot". Very interesting collection of old
letters and manuscripts. It houses also the well conserved piano of the
Lucca's Antique Market ; Near Cathedral San Martino (Duomo)
It is full of beautiful antique furniture and other great old and rare
items, jewelry, works of marble, collectings. This outdoor market takes
place on the 3rd weekend of every month, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am -
7:00pm. - Participate about 200 exhibitors.
Arti e Mestieri (Arts and Crafts); near Cathedral San Martino (Duomo)
Outdoor monthly market (last Sunday) of arts and crafts by local crafts
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