The Walls of the City of Lucca

"Le Mura di Lucca" or the Walls of the City of Lucca have great historical value and are known worldwide for their beauty and artistic value. The walls rank second in Europe in terms of length and were built in order to fortify the city of Lucca in a modern way. The walls of the city of Lucca have been built in the early Renaissance era and were constructed around the 16th century in its first half. The exact date of the start of the work was 7th May 1504. The construction was complet ...

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Volto Santo

Volto Santo or the Holy Face of Lucca is a Crucifix made of wood and is located in a small chapel in the San Martino Cathedral in Lucca. The legendary image is said to have appeared miraculously. Many critics have the opinion that the present Volto Santo is a copy of the original. It was made as the original copy got badly damaged. Current investigations point out that the image was crafted in between 11th and 13th century. The Legend According to the ancient and histori ...

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Ilaria del Carretto (Historic tomb)

Ilaria del Carretto, the historic tomb in Lucca, has been marvelously built by Jacopo della Quercia (born in Siena). The sculpture dated back to the early part of the 15th century and was built between the years 1406 and 1408. The unique masterpiece is preserved in Lucca's San Martino cathedral. The work was commissioned by Paolo Guinigi (a rich silk merchant and later Lord of Lucca). It was built in the memory of his wife, Ilaria Del Carretto. The work is one of the best funerary sculptur ...

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Guinigi's Tower - Torre Guinigi

The Guinigi's Tower is one of the most important of all ancient archaeological heritages of the city of Lucca. A tourist can access it easily through Via Santa Andrea. History The tower has been built in brick and stone, and one of its unique features is the presence of oak trees at its top. In the 14th century, Lucca had around 250 towers and some bell towers. All these were located within the walls of the city Lucca or Mura di Lucca. Out of these, only nine towers were left, an ...

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Palazzo Pfanner

Palazzo Pfanner is the most elegant residential building of Lucca. The building retains the Renaissance architectural patterns and is one of the most popular tourist spots of Lucca. Early History The construction of Palazzo Pfanner was commissioned by Moriconi family in the year 1660. The family faced the loss of wealth and bankruptcy and sold the building to the Controni family. Controni family was a family of silk merchants and rose to nobility through their riches. Contron ...

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Botanical Garden Of Lucca

The exact address of the botanical garden of Lucca is 14, Via Del Giardino Botanico, Lucca, Italy. The garden is operated by the Lucca city’s administration. There is an admission fee for getting entry into the garden. The garden opens all days during summers. The botanical garden or Giordano Botanico of Lucca has a length of around 2 hectares. It is located on the south-eastern side of the old city of Lucca. Apart from the proper garden, the area also has an arboretum (collection of trees) ...

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Teatro del Giglio Or Theatre of Giglio in Lucca

Teatro del Giglio or the Theatre of Giglio is one of the most ancient and historic opera house in city center. Giglio has been the center of cultural and artistic activities in Lucca for past many centuries. It was duly recognized as Tradition Theater or Teatro di Tradizione in the year 1985. It was built around three centuries ago. Lucca city’s General Council of Republic or Consiglio della Republica di Lucca established it through a decree that provided for a public theater. Th ...

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City Gates (Porte Mura di Lucca)

The Gates Of the Walls Of Lucca City Porte Della Mura De Lucca or the gates of the walls of the city Lucca are beautiful constructions belonging to old times and provide entry into the city of Lucca. Some of them were built along with the building of the walls of Lucca during the Renaissance era in the 16th century while others were built later on. The gates were once a very important and delicate part of the security framework that surrounded the city and helped to prevent attacks fro ...

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Torre delle Ore in Lucca

Reach the highest point in the city to get the enthralling views of the cityscape: this is the roof of the 14th-century clock tower from where you can enjoy the amazing vistas of Lucca’s Renaissance walls and narrow streets. Torre Delle Ore is a tower that was built in Lucca during the medieval times. The tower is the highest historic tower of the city Lucca and is located in the central, shopping area of the city named Fillungo. There were around 130 towers in Lucca in medieval time ...

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Via Fillungo

The ancient street Via Fillungo has always been a very important road in the city of Lucca, a beautiful jewel in the crown of Tuscany. It is now the main shopping street in the city of Lucca. The street has a length of 700 meters and a width of 10 meters. Naming The name of the street "Fillungo" has been derived from the name Fillongo. A family in the Garfagnana area of Lucca by the title Falabrina lived here in medieval times had feudal rights and owned many houses ...

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Devil's Bridge (Ponte della Maddalena - Ponte del Diavolo)

Ponte Della Maddalena or the Bridge Of Mary Magdalene is a river-crossing bridge over the river Serchio. Serchio is the 3rd longest river in the Tuscany region of Italy and measures 126 kilometers in length. The river bridge is located near the Italian town called as Borgo A Mozzano, which lies within the Lucca province in the Northern Tuscany region. The bridge is one of the Devil’s Bridges or Ponte Del Diavolo. All of these bridges have some devil-related folktale or myth. Ponte Dell ...

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Villa Bottini

Villa Bottini or Buonvisi at Garden is located in Via Elisa. The medieval period building and the beautiful garden are remarkable pieces of Renaissance-era architecture. Villa Bottini has a very charming garden and is located very close to Saints Gervasio and Protasio Gate. The area once marked the boundaries of the town of Lucca. The brilliant and elegant design of the villa is influenced by the works of Bartolomeo Ammannati (the renowned Italian architect of the 16th century). Italia ...

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Palazzo Bernardini

Lucca was a rich city of the merchants, and that is why we see numerous palaces and beautiful structures and churches which the rich people built. One of them is Palazzo Bernardini. Bernardini Palace was constructed from 1517 to 1523 and is a popular tourist destination in Lucca. The wealthy family of Bernardini commissioned to build the palace and entrusted the work to architect Nicolao Civitali to build the palace. The palace stands in the popular square The interesting story behin ...

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Palazzo Ducale

Palazzo Ducale is a grand palace in the town of Lucca and is located in Fortezza Augusta, which was the residence of Castruccio Castracani. It was designed by Giotto and is a large complex with a beautiful structure that is aptly called a palace. The area occupied by the palace was almost one-fifth of the city but was destroyed in 1370. Later it was restored where Paolo Guinigi resided in 1401. It was also the residence of duchess Elisa Baciocchi till it was occupied by Italy i ...

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Porta San Gervasio

An Unusual Walk Through The Ancient Gate The city of Lucca is famous for its walls that were built during the Roman times and reconstructed beautifully during the 15 to the 16th century. The walls come with different gates, all having different structures and architecture that make the design totally different from one another. Due to the impact of the design of the gates and the walls, the tourists are attracted towards it and want to stroll and have a close look at the walls. There ar ...

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