"At the heart of the old city" Chiesa San Michele in Foro - Church Tip by Jefie

  On the Piazza di San Michele
by Jefie
  • On the Piazza di San Michele - Lucca
      On the Piazza di San Michele
    by Jefie
  • The church of San Michele in Foro - Lucca
      The church of San Michele in Foro
    by Jefie

The church of San Michele in Foro along with its piazza stand at the center of the old city, where the Roman forum used to be. Construction of the church began in the 11th century, the campanile was completed in the 12th century, and finally the Romanesque facade was added in the 13th century. The facade is actually much taller than the main structure of the church, and different metals had to be used to make sure it would be sturdy enough to resist strong winds. The same goes for the 4 m tall statue of Archangel St. Michael, to whom the church is dedicated, which sits on top of the facade. The church is open to visitors daily free of charge, but unfortunately it was too dark inside to take pictures without a flash. There were, however, a couple of interesting paintings, including one by Filippino Lippi.

The Piazza di San Michele is surrounded by lovely 15th and 16th century palazzi, many of which have now been converted into banks. For this reason, there isn't as much atmosphere on this piazza compared with the Piazza Anfiteatro, but I still enjoyed it. There were a couple of nice little cafes, and a man was playing the accordion when we were there. Definitely a good place to stop by for coffee in the morning!

Address: Piazza di San Michele
Directions: Centro storico
Phone: 0583 91991
Website: http://www.comune.lucca.it/turismo/chiesa_san_michele

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  • Updated Jul 21, 2010
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