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PROVINCE OF LUCCA TOURISM: BEST OF PROVINCE OF LUCCA

PROVINCIA DI LUCCA: THE JEWEL OF TUSCANY

written by Emilio Aronica

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The Provincia di Lucca in Tuscany is a province centred around the capital city Lucca. It is an area of great beauty, from the medieval capital city to the surrounding countryside which is typically Tuscan.

Visitors to Lucca itself can enjoy the peace of a city where little traffic is allowed within the walls which enclose the historic centre, with the top of the walls themselves being a popular route for cycling and relaxing evening walks.

The city is sometimes referred to as Pisa without the crowds, and while there is no leaning tower, there is the Torre Guinigi whose 230 steps will reward with a great view of the town viewed in the shade of the giant oaks which grow on the top. Also worth a climb is the Torre del Ore or Clock Tower, which is slightly higher and a little less visited by tour parties. The Piazza San Michele, in the centre is built on the site of the ancient Roman forum and is surrounded by 13th century buildings of great architectural interest.

Elsewhere in the Lucca province, the Versilia coastline has several good beach resorts with Viareggio the best known and easily reachable by train, while the interior Garfagna is a beautiful piece of countryside with tree-clad rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards. A notable sight near Borgo e Mazzano is the 11th century Ponte della Maddelena which spans the river Serchio, with a high central arch which seemingly defies gravity, and makes for a scenic place to stop and enjoy the countryside.

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  • Experience the delights of Lucca from Residence Alfoionco

    written by Redazione Visit Italy

    Quaint, mysterious, and charming, Lucca is one of the finest towns to visit in Tuscany. Featuring an alluring historic centre, filled with medieval towers and buildings, the town lies on a plain less than 30 minutes away from the Versilia coast... continue

  • The Hotel Crystal in Marina di Pietrasanta will make your holidays unforgettable

    written by Redazione Visit Italy

    Many people decide to spend their summer holidays in Italy thanks to places like Marina di Pietrasanta, in the area of Versilia. Who wouldn't want to take a summer break in a town surrounded by the most amazing sea and nature there could... continue

  • A golf course at the sea in Pietrasanta

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    Pietrasanta is one of the most famous seaside resorts of Tuscany and Versilia, a few kilometers from Forte dei Marmi and towns of art such as Florence, Lucca and Pisa. The town of Pietrasanta is a seaside town that offers a complete range of... continue

  • Torre delle Ore - The Tower Clock

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    It 's the tallest tower of Lucca's medieval architecture has belonged to various families over the years including the Quartigiani and number, then passing the property to the municipality. The clock was installed at the top in 1392 by a Lucchese... continue

  • National Museum of Vila Guinigi

    written by Alexandra Evans

    The Villa is located outside the Guinigi walls of the thirteenth century, and was incorporated in the city of next boundary. The building consists of a single elongated body, with arcades supported by columns and a series of three lights on top. A... continue

  • National Museum of Palazzo Mansi

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The core of the building, which encompasses the oldest buildings, was built between the '500 and '600, work on the decorations inside were completed in '700, while the two wings at right angles to date from '800. In this last phase of construction... continue

  • The Church of San Michele in Foro

    written by Cedric Mills

    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... continue

  • St Martin's Cathedral

    written by Cedric Mills

    The Cathedral of San Martino, located in the Piazza San Martino, is a large Romanesque cathedral built in the 12/13th century. It was built after, and fitted next to, a soaring bell tower and has a 'doesn't fit' sort of look to it. It's all built in... continue

  • Anfiteatro's Square

    written by Cedric Mills

    Back when Lucca was a Roman colony, an amphitheatre capable of welcoming 10,000 spectators stood where this elliptical piazza now stands. In the Middle Ages, the city sort of grew around the Amphitheatre so that now that it's gone, we are left with... continue

  • The Guinigi Tower

    written by Cedric Mills

    This is a wonderful tower, and the walk up entertaining. There are museum pieces along the way, and in the lobby a small museum showing the local wares. The green top is a trend from the era where they grew trees and some shrubs for shade and to... continue

  • Lucca's city walls

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The fortifications that surround the historic part of the city date back to the early 16th century. When Lucca grew bigger, instead of tearing down the walls as it's been done in so many cities, the fortifications were left entirely intact and the... continue

  • A day inside lucca's medieval walls

    written by Dave Mitchell

    The amazing City of Lucca, in the beautiful Tuscany, hosts an incredible historical and artistic heritage, with many gorgeus places to visit and a very interesting history to tell its visitors. One of the most charming small cities in Italy, Lucca... continue

  • Lucca, a small wonderful town

    written by Andrew adams

    Lucca with its superb 16th Century City Walls which encircle it, a charming place to stroll among the trees and grassy banks. Lucca with its tranquil river offering unforgettable walks where one can restore body and mind. Lucca, city of great... continue

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