Lucca

Lucca has one of the most beautiful example of modern wall system still intact, with a wild road running along the top of the walls. Lucca will surprise you with its lovely ambience and you will always find something special out walking through the streets of this city. The exclusive ancient palaces give to Lucca a very chic and refined style in line with the sober lifestyle of its inhabitants. The squares being not present in a large number, it makes you surprised to find a space carved out in the maze of streets. A tradition says that there are a hundred churches in the city. The ambience of Lucca is unequalled and its strong and special identity made Lucca able to keep free and independent for the largest part of its history before Italy became a nation.


 

HALF DAY TOUR : the tour guide is at your disposal for maximum three hours, starting from the time that guide and visitors agreed for the appointment.
The length of the tour may differ according to the different itineraries the client agrees with the guide. A customized tour may be created on request, starting from classic tours showed in this website: www.visitapisa.com .
There is also the opportunity of booking a tasting of local typical products or a full meal.


The visit starts from the walls, in order to have an outlook onto the buildings, the private terraces and gardens and to understand the feeling of protection and density that Lucca offers to its inhabitants and visitors. Starting from this symbolic depart you will go exploring the buildings with their architectural history and their famous inhabitants history ( like the composer Giacomo Puccini ). You will visit the Duomo di San Martino (St Martin’s Cathedral), where there is the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto, and the San Frediano’s church, with the centuries-old relic of the Volto Santo, the Holy Face. You will go back and forward through the history of the city, visiting the Roman Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and the 19th century Piazza Napoleone. Walking through the city streets you will discover the other marvellous treasure of the city: the chiassi, the Canto d'Arco, the sorche de' cuoiai…

TICKETS:
If you wish to visit the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto in the Cathedral vestry.

Budget on demand.

 


 

 

FULL DAY TOUR : the tour guide is at disposal of the clients for maximum six hours. The six hours can be diveded in two parts or more, according to the itinerary chosen or for having a break (a launchbreak or shopping time, for exemple) The length of the tour may differ according to the different itineraries the client agrees with the guide. A customized tour may be created on request, starting from classic tours showed in this site: www.visitapisa.com . There is also the possibility of reserving a tasting of local typical products or a full meal.


 

 If you are interested in spending more time in Lucca, a walk on the road which runs along the top of the walls is introduced in the visit plan. From this privileged panoramic viewpoint, you will discover the magnificent Villa Pfanner, the botanical garden, the Setaioli’s quarter, and other interesting and beautiful treasures of Lucca. You will be able to widen the itinerary and multiplicate the number of stops in the different point of interest, as the very particular Guinigi tower with live oak trees on the top or the Art nouveau decorations of many shops in the city centre or other churches ( e.g. San Somaldi, Santa Maria Nera)

TICKETS:
If you wish to visit the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto in the Cathedral vestry.
Budget on demand.

The FULLDAY solution can also include:

CATHEDRAL’S MUSEUM: it is formed of the Cathedral’s sacristy (where there is the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto), the Cathedral museum, the church of SS.Giovanni e Reparata.
Tickets: budget on demand.
The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF VILLA GUINIGI: Collections of items of the ancient civilisations of the territory, scultpures and paintings produced in and for Lucca between the Middle Age and the 18th century.
Tickets: budget on demand.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PALAZZO MANSI: this museum is housed in a luxurios mansion that shows how the habitations of the merchants looked in the 17th century. Lounges and sitting rooms, tapestries and a painting collection that Pietro Leopoldo II Lorena donated to Lucca.
Tickets: budget on demand.
-Or the visit of the COMPAGNIA DEI BALESTRIERI, the Company of Archers of Lucca. This Company is part of the Italian Archers Federation and the Federation boasts the most ancient statute in all the European countries (1443). The archers of Lucca are present in the most important celebrations in Lucca. ( A parade and a demonstration of archery are given on demand)

 

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ALL YEAR LONG…
SUNDAY MORNING: HAPPY HOUR CONCERTS AT SAN GIROLAMO’S THEATRE
A visit of Lucca starting by an happy hour with music...why not?


PUCCINI AND HIS MUSIC IN LUCCA
Recitals, opera selections, special concerts for a night with the music of Puccini in the beautiful San Giovanni’s church.


April, 27th:
The day of celebration of Santa Zita. St. Zita’s body is venerated in the Basilica of San Frediano. A flowers fair take place in the Basilica and also in the Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro to remember one of the miracles made by the saint.


July, 12th:
San Paolino’s feast. San Paolino is the patron saint of Lucca. The city quarter of San Paolino organize feasts and events that end with the commemoration of the saint’s miracle and the Palio della Balestra (archers).


September, 13th and 14th:
the entire month is full of cultural and religious events in honour of the Holy Face. In this two days the celebrations reach its climax with the procession of the Holy Face called LUMINARA and the exaltation of the Cross

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