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Lucca is a charming Italian town in Tuscany, which is located not far away from Pisa. The city was founded on the site of the Ligurian settlement and the Roman military camp. Lucca has always been a prime location because it is built on the crossroads of important trade routes. The town's name came from the Ligurian word meaning "marshy place" and was given to Lucca due to its swampy landscape.
The first record about the city dates back to the 2nd century BC. The Lucca city has preserved the numerous historical landmarks and monuments. The main sights of the city are still the … Open
The city is surrounded by a chain of old protective walls with eleven bastions. The walls are very old, so the city’s valley was simply made on the top of them. The valley is in great condition even nowadays. In Lucca are also located two tall towers with several hundreds of steps. If you reach the top of them, you will be able to enjoy magnificent views of the city. The central streets of Lucca hide several small fountains with really tasty and clean water.
In Lucca are located museums dedicated to great composers - Puccini and Boccherini. You will also find an art gallery in Mansi palace and numerous medieval Tuscan churches with their traditional square campanile bell towers. In case you visit Lucca during the spring time you will be able to attend one of the most exciting carnivals of the world – Viareggio. Summer is the time to attend the July festival of rock and pop music with numerous internationally famous artists participating. You can also visit Puccini Festival that is also organized in summer, or move your feet a popular antiques market that works every Sunday. Autumn is the time of the comics’ festival and so here take place numerous fairs and even the competition of crossbowmen. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Visiting the local entertaining centers, shops and scenic natural sights will sufficiently enliven the tours over the historical places of the city. Lucca has a marvelous botanical garden … Open
An outstanding landmark is the Cathedral, which was named after Saint Martin. The very first church in its place was built in the 6th century, and in the 8th century, was given the status of a cathedral. Over the history of its existence, the cathedral was rebuilt more than once. It retains elements of decoration of various periods. On the facade of the cathedral now, you can observe the beautiful stucco molding, and frescoes that adorn inside its walls and ceiling. In the cathedral, the magnificent tombstones that Matteo Civitali created in the 15th century still remain. Lovers of painting will be impressed by medieval frescoes depicting the Madonna.
On Napoleon Square, you can see one of the most mysterious historical monuments - the Ducal Palace. It was built in the beginning of the 14th century for the consul of Lucca, Castruccio Castracani. According to some reports, the author of the project of this palace was Giotto. Earlier on the site of the palace, there was a large fort, which by the 14th century had lost its strategic importance. Now the palace is accessible for visiting within the framework of excursions. Within its walls, an interesting collection of ancient works of art is stored.
1. Travelers who are setting off to Lucca for the first time should undoubtedly visit the touristic center of APT Lucca Tourist Information Office. It is located near the Santa Maria square. … Open
In Lucca, there is a wonderful botanical garden, which will appeal to all lovers of nature. It was founded in 1820. Many elements of its design have been preserved since the 19th century. Walking through the garden, visitors can admire exotic plants, among which are ancient sculptures and fountains, as well as a beautiful artificial pond. On the territory of the garden, there is an old physics laboratory, which was used for experiments in the 19th century. There is also an observatory and an interesting museum with a collection of rare herbariums.
One of the most beautiful architectural monuments of the city is the Palazzo Pfanner. It was built in the 17th century for the wealthy Morricone family. Later, its owners were the wealthiest inhabitants of the city. The design of the palace was worked on by the best architects and artists. In the 19th century, on the estate grounds, one of the new owners opened a brewery, which worked until 1929. Now the magnificent palace is an example of Baroque style. A tour of it necessarily includes a walk through the garden surrounding the palace, which also has a refined decoration. Part of the ancient palace today is occupied by a small museum with a collection of ancient medical instruments.  Next: Family trip with kids

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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Lucca
♥   Castle 'Porcaresi Castle' Villa Basilica, 4.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Santa Maria Castle' Vecchiano, 9.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Roncioni’s Castle' Ripafratta, 14.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Verruca Fortress' Calci, 14.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Gambacorti’s Castle' Filettole, 14.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Lucca
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 62.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre' , 69.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna' , 101.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’ Arcipelago Toscano' , 120.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Lucca and around
♥   Art museum 'Pisa Charterhouse' Pisa, 12.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Camposanto Monumentale' Pisa, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo dell Opera del Duomo' Pisa, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori' Livorno, 36.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Lucca from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Riomaggiore Town

From the series “Small Flamboyant Towns Painted with Van Gogh Colors”
The old town has a national-scale symbol - the delicious wine that is brewed following special recipes. There are some wonderful ethnic restaurants, where visitors are offered specialties of the freshest seafood and best local wine. A wine bottle remains the most popular tourist gift. You can buy it just at the winery. Riomaggiore is one of the few towns in the world, where it’s prohibited to drive a car. Mountain streets are very narrow and steep. Travelers will find it convenient to travel on foot or by bicycle. Tourists can also rent a scooter. … Read further

Old Town of San Gimignano

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
On the territory of the historical centre you also can find some marvellous palaces. One of them is the Communal Palace, which was built in the first part of the 14th century. Nowadays it is a home for an outstanding art gallery. Gamucci Palace and Ficarelli Palace have placed in their halls the items from the main city museum. Experienced tourists try to visit San Gimignano at last weekends of July for the traditional art festival. … Read further

Basilica di Santa Croce

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
During the excursions around the Basilica di Santa Croce you can see shrines of famous 19th-century Italian poet Ugo Foscolo, the composer Gioachino Rossini, philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli and other notable people of culture and art. All in all, the church has 300 shrines and each is decorated with an informational nameplate and sculptural composition. In 1966 the Basilica was drastically destroyed from the flooding and some old artefacts were damaged. The most mysterious artefact of the church is the Taddeo Gaddi fresco’s “The Last Supper”. It was made in 1333 and is decorating one of the frater’s wall. This fresco is coved by a number of legends and unbelievable fictions. … Read further
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