"Lucca, a city of many treasures" Lucca by tzuki

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The old city

It was nice to discover that the old city of Lucca is encircled by the 16th century City Walls, a charming place to stroll among the tress, grass and admire the beauty of the city from above.
Lucca is also famous because great artists as Boccherini and Puccini and other famous writers born there. It is also nice to find a renewed city offering a variety of local wines and gastronomy (i have to say, that the Luchese food is really tasting and worth it to give it a try!).

Lucca is also well known by its elliptical main square called "Piazza Anfiteatro", I guess is the heart of the city as the main venues are celebrated there. By the time we were there, happened the local festivity of the Flower Market dedicated to Santa Zita (late April) in where the square is full of stalls plenty of colourful plants. I love it!

Lucca is a tranquil medieval centre with great pedestrian paths which captures the look of their visitors with its monuments, squares, fountains, museums, restaurants and cultural events.

The City Walls - dated 16th century

The city walls is one of those engineering works that astonished as you arrived to the city and admire its splendor. The walls are built in a 42 kms path, with more than 10 meters tall and up to 30 meters thick at the basement.

It is nice to walk along the upper path among the trees in the morning and even at the sunset. The path is wide enough to cross other people training, walking and cycling.

Either you walk in the upper path as well as stroll in the basement, there are six main doors accessing the old city and each of them have their own particularity.

The Guinigi tower

The Guinigi tower is famous because belongs to one of the richest families of Lucca and in particular to Paolo Guinigi, Lord of Lucca during the first 30 years of the 15th century.
The tower rises at 44 meters above the town. Not only this is a particular detail of the tower as there is the unusual holm trees that are on top of it.

It is a worth to climb its 230 steps from the bottom to the top garden and admire the beauty of the city of Lucca as well as to have some peace if the time and tourist allow it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A city full of treasures to discover
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:A magical place in Tuscany!
  • Last visit to Lucca: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 11, 2009
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Lucca is one of my favourite towns in Italy. Ciao!

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    oh looks like a lovely place, which unfortunately I have thus far missed in all my trips to Italia......maybe one day!

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    "Each individual has an opportunity to make a difference", very true, but how many actually DO? Martin

  • Jefie's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    Glad to see you enjoyed discovering Lucca, it turned out to be one of my favourite spots in Tuscany - loved the bookstore too!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Lucca was really an enjoyment for us and the surrounding villages. It reads like you agree it is a nice place to visit.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Hi Gloria, Enjoyed your tips and photos, your descriptions were excellent. If we return to Italy I will definately visit Lucca.

  • PALLINA's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2009 at 7:20 AM

    very interesting page!

tzuki

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