Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Lucca Sightseeing

Lucca, the capital of the Province of Lucchesia is a town rich in tradition and culture and was once a colony of ancient Rome.

It has a unique town centre that is completely enclosed by a massive brick wall dating back to the 16th century. A good way to find your way around Lucca is to follow the 4km path around the top of the city wall.

The town has plenty of churches, monuments and the gardens to visit - enough to keep you busy for a day. In the centre of town, just to the east of the main Piazza Napoleone, on Piazza San Martino you’ll find the splendid cathedral of San Martino, dating from the 11th century.

Lucca, Tuscany

In the Piazza San Michele you’ll find the impressive Church of San Michele in Foro - probably the most photographed church in Lucca. It has a huge Romanesque style marble fa├žade, with 5 rows of elaborately carved marble columns, all of which are different from one another. Inside the church you’ll find an interesting collection of artwork from the 12th-15th centuries.

At Via di Poggio, you’ll find Casa di Puccini, the 15th century home of the composer Giacomo Puccini. This is now a school of music with a small museum, featuring the Steinway piano on which he composed his last opera Turandot.

At the end of the street in Via Galli Tassi is the seventeenth-century Palazzo Mansi, home to Lucca's National Picture Gallery. Inside there are some splendid tapestries, frescoes, and other decorations, as well as artwork by Agnolo Bronzino, Domenico Beccafumi and Luca Giordano.

For the best views of the city, head to the 130 foot high Torre Guinigi and climb to the top for beautiful views of the rooftops of Lucca.

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