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Sightseeing in Lucca - what to see. Complete travel guide

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.
Beautiful ancient town of Lucca features numerous historical landmarks and is well known for its original culinary traditions. In local restaurants the guests will surely be offered a … 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
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Lucca and surroundings

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Map of all castles
Castles in Lucca and around
♥   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 galleries
Art galleries in/around Lucca
♥   Art gallery 'Pisa Charterhouse' Pisa, 12.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Camposanto Monumentale' Pisa, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Museo dell Opera del Duomo' Pisa, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art gallery 'Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori' Livorno, 36.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sites 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

Ponte Vecchio

From the series “The most unusual and strange bridges on Earth”
According to the historical data, the first bridge has appeared on this site much earlier, in the 10th century. In 1117, the brittle wooden bridge was completely destroyed during the heavy flooding. The reconstituted bridge has also existed for a short time, the flood has destroyed it in 1333. The third bridge charms the city dwellers and guests Florence for more than 600 years. Remarkable that the name of the architect who developed their design remains unknown. According to one of the versions, it was Taddeo Gaddi, according to the others - Neri de Fioravanti. … Read further
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