Lucca is amongst the best-known of Italy’s historic cities, with its squares, monuments and unforgettable architectural heritage. The main streets in the city centre, Via Fillungo and Via San Paolino, are dotted with shops and boutiques, galleries and small intimate restaurants catering for all tastes. Four vaulted gateways converge on the magnificent Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, preserving the remains of the original Roman architecture. This is the meeting place to enjoy the weekly open-air market, to sip an aperitif al fresco, appreciate art or while away the time with shopping. The Cathedral of San Martino, with its intentionally asymmetrical facade to accommodate the bell tower, catches the eye with its majesty. It is said that in the Middle Ages there were in Lucca no less than 250 towers of all shapes and sizes. Don’t miss a visit to the towers of Guingi and delle Ore: they provide breath-taking views over the city, its roofs and regal outline. Not only beautiful and majestic, Lucca is also lively and hospitable: visitors are welcomed by a warm embrace of flavours and tradition and the feeling of coming home.
Not to be missed in Lucca
The Towers of Lucca
The Cathedral of San Martino
Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and Piazza Napoleone
The old curtain walls
San Michele in Foro
Where to sleep in Lucca
For a short stay you might prefer the services offered by the historic centre, enabling you to plunge immediately into city life. If you’re looking for complete relaxation, opt for the placid nature offered by the surrounding countryside, a great blend of peace and quiet, comfort and good taste.
When to visit Lucca
Lucca is so lively and interesting that it offers the excuse for a visit year round. Warmly coloured and mild in springtime, cool and bustling in autumn, a magic fairyland with a cloak of pristine white snow in the winter, and warm and sunny in the summer when temperatures reach their peak.
Plan your holidays in the historic city of Lucca, surrounded by ancient walls, whose historic center has been declared World heritage by Unesco.