Hotel near Lucca
WHAT TO SEE
Needless to say, Lucca, the city of 100 churches, cannot be visited in a single day, but it may be enough to taste its essence, catch a glimpse of its artistic beauty and get the urge to return to discover even its most hidden and mysterious aspects.
THE 16TH CENTURY WALLS
The historic walls, an inseparable element of the city that make it unique and world-renowned. They are the only ones, in fact, that are completely passable both on foot and by bike. Four kilometers of scenic promenade with views of the city of Lucca, the most hidden corners and the pearls that these walls hold within them, in the shade of centuries-old trees that allow glimpses, here and there, of children’s playgrounds and recreational areas equipped for relaxing picnics. Secret passages, hiding places and ramparts enclose the historical memory of a city that really has so much to tell, as well as wonderful corners of paradise such as the Botanical Garden, a kind of public garden that, in addition to the floral heritage of the park of the walls of Lucca, houses a library, herbariums, laboratory museums and much more.
THE CITY OF A HUNDRED CHURCHESE
Crossing the walls, one enters the heart of the city, of what is commonly called the city of 100 churches because of the large number of religious buildings present, beautiful examples of art and architecture. We recommend a visit to the Cathedral of San Martino in the square of the same name, which is reached by crossing the walls on the side of the train station, where some splendid works of art are preserved, such as the funeral monument to Ilaria del Carretto by Jacopo della Quercia and the Wooden Crucifix of the Holy Face, after which comes the Basilica of San Frediano, from where the procession of the Feast of the Holy Cross departs, and the Church of San Michele, also located in the square of the same name in the middle of the historic center. Here also crosses Lucca’s most famous street, the one where all the most important and well-known stores reside, the so-called Fillungo, a must if you are in the mood for shopping.
From Fillungo you can get just about anywhere in the historic center, if it is good weather especially, a nice walk will let you discover the prettiest spots in the city and those stops you absolutely cannot miss, such as the Amphitheater Square. Authentic jewel of Lucca with a Roman layout, here stood, in fact, the old forum, and it is precisely on the original structure of elliptical shape typical of Roman amphitheaters that the current square and the buildings that surround it were built, maintaining its shape and structure, here you can find characteristic small restaurants and stores with an authentic Lucchese flavor, and events, events and concerts take place here, especially in summer.