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The delightful city of Lucca in Tuscany, north-western Italy, is a feast for the eyes. Within its impressive city walls Lucca's narrow cobbled streets and handsome tree-lined avenues lead to a succession of historic buildings dating from all periods since the city's origins as a Roman colony around 180BC.

Lucca's compact area means that it is a joy to explore on foot and atop the high and almost-perfectly preserved seventeenth-century perimeter walls a footpath forms a four-kilometre circuit which provides views of the city's many highlights.

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Italian Explorer
4.1 stars(18 reviews)
2022SepOct
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Essential Tuscany
12/Jun
S Callow
4 stars
“The journey there was challenging to say the least but once at Montecatini it was very nice. The tour guide was very good and the excursions very enjoyable.
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Italian Explorer
31/May
A Kerr
4 stars
“Great holiday and saw some lovely sites. A good vafiety of places to see. Walking tours were long in the heat of the day with 3 hours of walking. Not a restful holiday as lots of walking and dragging suitcases. You need to be fit and mobile. Not for the elderly. Having said all that we were well looked after and enjoyed seeing the different attractions. Especially Venice and The Colosseum in Rome.
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At Lucca's heart, the unique oval Piazza del Mercato was the site of a Roman amphitheatre built in the first century. Once a magnificent structure of fifty-four arches and with a ten-thousand-spectator capacity, Lucca's amphitheatre was destroyed in the Gothic Wars, but its ancient boundary now forms the edge of the city's marketplace.

One of Lucca's most famous sons was Giacomo Puccini, composer of operas such as La BohèmeTosca and Madame Butterfly.The house in which Puccini was born in 1858 now houses a museum dedicated to his life and works, with exhibits including his piano, clothing, paintings and personal letters and sketches.

It is cultural, historical and architectural treasures such as these, combined with the city's innate charm, that ensure Lucca remains one of Tuscany's most popular and memorable destinations.

Duomo di San Martino

Originally begun in 1063, Lucca's beautiful cathedral was partially rebuilt in the Gothic style in the fourteenth century and notably hosts a precious relic in the form of a carved cedar wood crucifix known as the 'Holy Face of Lucca', as well as many fine artworks including an interpretation of the Last Supper by Tintoretto.

Guinigi Tower

In fourteenth-century Lucca, the construction of a tower symbolised wealth and the Romanesque-Gothic structure built by the prosperous Guinigi family is a fine example. The top of this forty-four metre high tower, from which trees bizarrely grow, offers panoramic views of the city and its surrounding area.

Palazzo Mansi Museum

Lucca contains many palazzos - the palacial mansion houses that belonged to the city's prosperous merchants and aristocracy - and this seventeenth century palazzo formerly belonging to the Mansi family provides a well-preserved insight into the lifestyles of Lucca's wealthiest citizens. Opulently-decorated and ornamented rooms house many fine paintings, artworks and items of period furniture and the museum is reputed to host one of the best collections of sixteenth and seventeenth century frescoes and tapestries in Europe.

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