Lucca, also known as the walled city. The Renaissance walls are standing tall and proud even with the test of time around Lucca, protecting its history.
Driving into this town was a different experience, all I could see was the tall brick wall for miles till I entered through the gates into its cobblestone streets. Within the walls, is a fantastic historical city, waiting to tell you the stories of all Lucca is, secrets of all old and new.
Best way to explore this city is on foot or push bike. As you know, I am big on walking unknown streets, so you can guess what I did.
WHAT YOU MUST SEE AND DO WHEN IN LUCCA, TUSCANY.
(1) The Walls (16th Century), Lucca. Tuscany
Take a walk on this historic city walls. You will see this wall is one of the most preserved fortifications in Italy. Enjoy a relaxing stroll, soak up the Tuscan sun and admire the fantastic view of the city from the top.
(2) San Michele in Foro
The Basilica di San Michele in Foro. Stunning and unique, the colors and artwork stand out from the rest of the churches in Italy. Inside you will find some unique artwork by Lucca Della Robbia. A must visit.
(3) Piazza Dell Anfiteatro
No Italian town is complete without an open space square. Piazza Dell Anfiteatro is a magnificent square, with beautiful buildings of different heights and colors, notice the green shutters on pretty much every house, surround the open space. I enjoyed sitting here people watching.
(4) Torre Delle Ore
The clock tower of the 14th century. Next to the church, hard to miss is massive bell tower. At first glance, it looks odd but when I looked carefully, it is unfinished, the lower half has exposed bricks.
(5) The Palazzo Mansi National Museum. Lucca
National Art Gallery from the 16th century showcasing the rich history of Lucca and also renowned Italian artists from Renaissance period.
(6) Wander the narrow cobbled streets of Lucca.
Explore the cafe culture, shop in the boutique shops, get yourself leather shoes and handbags. The fun thing about this city is, it has embraced its history in lots of different ways, you notice it all over the town, in the architecture of the building, in the food, in the shops, the streets, and the people.
(7) Piazza Napoleone, also known as Piazza Grande, Lucca.
Piazza Grande is the main square of Lucca. The best thing to do here, in my opinion, is to get yourself a nice Cioccolato Calda. Trust me this is not an average cup of hot chocolate; this drink will change your life, hehe and people watch.
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A walled city? Wow! This is my first time to hear about Lucca and it sounds like an amazing place to visit. I’d love to see the city on top of its historic city walls. I’m sure the view is gorgeous with all those amazing structures. And a cup of Cioccolato Calda while people watching sounds pretty relaxing!