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Palazzo Micheletti - Lucca

Palazzo Micheletti

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Don’t miss this superb door as you walk past the Palazzo.

The palace was built in the latter part of the 16th century for Giovan Battista Bernardino, Bishop of Ajaccio.

Address: Piazza Martino

Directions: Face the cathedral and then turn left, and it's right in front of you

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 23, 2006
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Torre delle Ore and Via Fillungo - Lucca

Torre delle Ore and Via Fillungo

Torre dell’Ore Torre delle Ore Review

Torre dell’Ore, or Torre Ora, is the only medieval tower left in Lucca out of around 130 that once existed. Most towers were demolished centuries ago, but this one probably owes its survival to the fact that it has contained a public clock for centuries. It is one of the two towers that you can climb in Lucca, and is worth the effort for the views over the city.

Address: Via Fillungo

Directions: The Torre delle Ore is situated right in the centre of the Old Town in the busy shopping street Via Fillungo.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2005
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Palazzo Pfanner - Lucca

Palazzo Pfanner

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Palazzo Pfanner (originally known as the Palazzo Controni( was built around 1667. The gardens are laid out so they can be enjoyed from both the Palazzo and from the city walls.

Address: Via degli Asili

Directions: Close to San Frediano. Look it up on the map, as it's not easy to find.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 17, 2004
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Piazza San Michele - Lucca

Piazza San Michele

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Piazza San Michele is located on the site of the Roman forum and has been the centre of the town for centuries. There are fine buildings of various ages from the 13th century onwards. The square was repaved in the 18th century, and the columns and chains date from then. When we visited in September 2002 there was a market in the square, but in July 2004, the square was clear, and there was a procession through the town for St Paul’s day.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 3, 2004
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Palazzo Micheletti - Lucca

Palazzo Micheletti

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This palace was built in the latter part of the 16th century for Giovan Battista Bernardino, Bishop of Ajaccio.

It was probably built by Bartolomeo Ammannati, who was working on the Palazzo Pubblico at this time.

Address: Piazza Martino

Directions: Face the cathedral and then turn left, and it's right in front of you

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 3, 2004
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Statues - Lucca
Statues

There are many statues to be found in Lucca, often in the most unexpected places. This lion is one of a pair guarding the walls in Piazzale Vittorio Emanuele on the southern side of the city.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 1, 2004
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City Walls - Lucca

City Walls

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The current walls were constructed between 1544 and 1650. There are 10 bulwarks around the perimeter, and originally there were only three gates. Porta Elisa was added in 1809, and three more in the early 20th century.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 29, 2004
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Via del Fosso - Lucca

Via del Fosso

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The second circle of walls is medieval, and replaced the Roman wall, but as the city had spread out to the north-east, the new walls enclosed the San Frediano, San Pietro Somaldi and Santa Maria Forisportam districts.

The new walls had four gates, two of which are still standing, the Borgi Gate, and the San Gervasio e Protasio gate. Most of this wall was pulled down towards the end of the 16th century. Just outside the medieval wall to the east lies Via del Fosso marking the line of the medieval moat.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 29, 2004
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City Walls - Lucca

City Walls

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The city walls form a complete ring around the old city centre. The current walls date back to the 16th century, but these are in fact the third incarnation.

The original city walls were built in Roman times, and hardly anything remains today. They enclosed an area of about half the current city centre.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 29, 2004
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Guinigi Tower - Lucca

Guinigi Tower

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This tower is a landmark in Lucca, and easily spotted by the trees on the top. (enlarge the picture, and you will see what I mean).

It is one of the two towers that you can climb, and the views over the city are superb. See my Lucca page for an example (yes, I know you've already done that)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 27, 2004
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