LUCCA, THE CITY WITH RENAISSANCE WALLS, CHURCHES AND TOWERS
We suggest you should visit some more beautiful palaces as well such as Villa Bottini (pic n°5) which is surrounded by a wonderful garden just in the middle of the city, and Palazzo Ducale, whose current appearance is due to the reconstruction by Bartolommeo Ammannati in 1578.
Also, Lucca is famous for some beautiful towers:
- Torre dell’Orologio (pic n°4) is located in Via Fillungo and, being 50 meters high, it is the highest one in the city. This clock tower was built in the thirteenth century, and you can climb up its 207 wooden stairs in order to enjoy an amazing view over the whole city and beyond.
- Another not-to-be-missed tower is Torre Guinigi (pic n°6): it is 44 meters high and it was built with bricks and wood in the fourteenth century. It is impossible not to notice it, as it has some holm oak trees just on the top of it! Here again, you can climb up the staircase, 230 stairs with some beautiful painting on the walls depicting Medieval scenes.
Finally, if you are an art or culture lover, in Lucca you will find some interesting museums for you, so don’t miss a visit to:
- the birthplace of famous composer Giacomo Puccini;
- Museum of Palazzo Mansi, a beautiful seventeenth-century palace which hosts wonderful apartments and an art gallery;
- National Museum of Villa Guinigi, with Etruscan/Roman finds and lots of paintings, sculptures, and objects from the Medieval time to the eighteenth century.
Some pictures of Lucca:
San Martino Cathedral (pic n°1); Piazza dell’Anfiteatro (pic n°2); The ancient Renaissance walls (pic n°3); Torre dell’Orologio (pic n°4); Villa Bottini (pic n°5); Torre Guinigi (pic n°6);
Tour: Lucca, the city with Renaissance walls, churches and towers
Category: Art City
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Region: Tuscany , Italy
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