Overview of Lucca
- L' Anfiteatro Romano (The Roman Amphitheatre): It is located in Piazza del Mercato and encircled by charming medieval buildings. The ideally preserved Amphitheatre comes from 177 BC ca, the age in which Lucca was founded by the Romans.
- Il Duomo di San Martino: Lucca's Cathedral is situated in Piazza San Martino. The gorgeous Romanesque cathedral was built in the 11th century and the indoors were rebuilt between the 14th and the 15t century into Gothic style.
- Palazzo dei Guinigi: The imposing late 14th century palace is placed in Via S. Andrea, 41. Formerly, it pertained to the Guinigi family, one of the most important dynasties in Lucca, who governed the town in the 15th century. Its amazing defensive tower - Torre del Guinigi- of 41 meters of highness is linked to the palace.
- Chiesa di San Michele in Foro (Church of San Michele in Foro): This marvellous Romanesque church from the 11th century is situated in Piazza San Michele, the former site of the Roman Forum in Lucca.
- The native house of Giacomo Puccini: Currently a very interesting house-museum devoted to the great Tuscan composer. The 15th century house is located in Corte San Lorenzo, 8 (Via di Poggio).
- Chiesa di S. Giovanni e S. Reparata (Church of St. Giovanni and St Reparata): The wonderful church, formerly Lucca's Cathedral, was rebuilt in the 12th century on the ruins of a 5th century church. The church is located in Piazza di San Martino. Under its floor, there are important archaeological remnants of Roman structures.
- Via Fillungo: Is the main shopping street in Lucca. It crosses from north to south the mediaeval core of the historical city. Besides the elegant shops lined up along the street, Via Fillungo and its surroundings is also the area where some of the best restaurants and coffe-shops in Lucca are located, like the old-fashioned "Di Simo Caffè", where Giacomo Puccini and his friends used to meet for dinner or just to have a chat while having a good cup of coffee.
Other Pages about Lucca
Hystory and Origins
Must-See Monuments and Art in Lucca
- Il Duomo di San Martino - Palazzo dei Guinigi - Chiesa di San Michele in Foro - The native house of Giacomo Puccini
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