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Lucca is one of Tuscany's most charming towns. There are striking Gothic churches to explore, 15th century walls that ring the city, and narrow cobblestone streets and piazzas to wander. For the music lover, this is also where Giacomo Puccini was born, and his birthplace celebrates their famous son with a live music event almost every evening of the year. Follow my guide to make the most of your 24 hours in this picturesque destination.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Le mura di Lucca

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Piazza Anfiteatro

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Torre Guinigi

Observation Decks & Towers

Lucca's Duomo (Cattedrale di San Martino)

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Basilica of San Frediano

Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites

San Michele in Foro

Sacred & Religious Sites

Puccini Museum - Casa Natale

Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

Via Fillungo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Caffe Ristretto

Restaurants

Osteria San Giorgio

Restaurants

Buca di Sant'Antonio

Restaurants

mcguireinrome's City Tips

  • Many shops in the historic center close at midday, and usually open back up again after 3pm.
  • There are water fountains dotted about town that flow with fresh clean water from the mountains in-between Lucca and Pisa.
  • There are over 100 churches in Lucca, so best wear comfortable shoes for all that exploring you'll be doing.
  • Le mura di Lucca
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    These walls — that centuries ago protected the powerful city of Lucca — are now topped with a scenic public pathway. Lined by leafy trees, there are green areas, mountain views, and a cafe or two along the way. I like to make a quick loop right after my morning cappuccino.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't feel like walking the four kilometers of paths along the walls? Rent a bike instead.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A much if you are Lucca , walk the city walls 22/05/2019
    • One of the best walks 22/05/2019
    • Le mura di Lucca
    Phone:
    +39 0583 583086
    Other:
  • Piazza Anfiteatro
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    This Roman era amphitheater is now one of Lucca's main piazzas. It's oval shape is ringed with medieval houses, and home to numerous shops and cafes that are well worth exploring.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In the 2nd century, this amphitheater could hold over 10,000 spectators. Take a little time here to close your eyes and imagine what it must have been like.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting arena restaurants and bars 22/05/2019
    • A beautiful and typical place 20/05/2019
    • Piazza Anfiteatro
    Other:
  • Torre Guinigi
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    For a birds eye view of Lucca and the Apennine mountains, climb the stairs of the 15th century Guinigi tower. Once a symbol of Lucca's wealth and power, it is now one of the few remaining defensive towers in Tuscany.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • What makes the Guinigi tower so unique are the oak trees that grow on top. Don't forget your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • exercise, history, and panoramic scenery 17/05/2019
    • Fantastic views 14/05/2019
    • Torre Guinigi
    Address:
    Via Sant'Andrea 45
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 583086
    Other:
  • Lucca's Duomo (Cattedrale di San Martino)
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    Of Lucca's more than 100 churches, this is the town's main cathedral. The Romanesque facade was constructed in the 1200's, but the site has been used as a place of worship since 1070. Inside is home to the famous sculpture, 'Volto Santo di Lucca,' which legend holds was carved by Nicodemus.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the sarcophagus of Ilaria del Carretto, the young wife of Paolo Guinigi, with a charming carving of her beloved dog faithfully at her feet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely old cathedral 22/05/2019
    • Lucca duomo 14/05/2019
    • Lucca's Duomo (Cattedrale di San Martino)
    Address:
    Piazza San Martino
    Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 496767
    Other:
  • Basilica of San Frediano
    Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    The gold flecked and colorful Byzantine-style mosaic that covers the facade of this church has been here since the early 1200's. Inside you will find the 12th century baptismal 'Fonte Lustrale,' decorated with carvings of biblical scenes.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you have a few Euro coins with you to light up the individual chapels.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful church in a lovely piazza 11/05/2019
    • Have a coffee outside to admire the mosaics 29/04/2019
    • Basilica of San Frediano
    Address:
    Piazza San Frediano
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 493627
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
    Other:
  • San Michele in Foro
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    I could spend hours standing in front of this church with its magnificent facade. It is like one of those seek and find books with carvings of real and mythical animals, as well as important modern historical figures.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to look up at the statue of Saint Michael. It's said that a glance at the glimmer from the jewel in the ring on Michael's hand will bring you good luck.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning white church and architecture 22/05/2019
    • Majestic 14/05/2019
    • San Michele in Foro
    Address:
    Piazza San Michele
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 91991
    Other:
  • Puccini Museum - Casa Natale
    Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    Giacomo Puccini composed some of the world's most famous and beloved operas, including Madam Butterfly and Tosca. Inside this intimate museum are letters from Wagner, and the piano where Puccini composed his opera 'Turandot.'

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy your tickets at the Puccini bookstore in the piazza.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Missed opportunity 20/05/2019
    • Opera lovers shouldn’t miss it 11/05/2019
    • Puccini Museum - Casa Natale
    Address:
    Corte San Lorenzo 9
    Biglietteria, Piazza Cittadella 5
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 584028
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Via Fillungo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    Join in with the Italian afternoon tradition of the 'passeggiata' (after work stroll) along the Via Fillungo. Here you'll find elegant clothing shops, cafes, bakeries, gifts, and historic food shops.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Most shops are closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 123 things to do in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Commercial street 03/03/2019
    • Wow! 13/11/2018
    • Via Fillungo
    Address:
    Via Fillungo
    Lucca
    Italy
  • Caffe Ristretto
    Restaurants (Cafe, Italian, Mediterranean)
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    By morning, this is a regular Italian bar serving cappuccinos and espressos, but when the clock strikes cocktail hour, head to the back where you can enjoy a glass of wine or an artfully mixed cocktail. You can either stand at the bar or make a plate of snacks and sit in the attached room.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • If you are feeling undecided just tell the bartender what you like and he will create something to suit your tastes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #127 of 566 restaurants in Lucca
    • Good 18/09/2018
    • Delicious gin and tonic 13/09/2018
    • Caffe Ristretto
    Address:
    Via San Giorgio 8
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 955652
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$11
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Osteria San Giorgio
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Soups)
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    This simple Osteria just off the Via Fillungo is full of charm and serves delicious meals. Tuscan classics like crostini with a liver pate, hearty farrow soup and wild boar pasta, are real standouts here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the Tortelli Luchese; meat filled ravioli with a tomato meat sauce.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 566 restaurants in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic, local & fresh! 19/05/2019
    • Genuine local food and atosphetr 13/05/2019
    • Osteria San Giorgio
    Address:
    Via San Giorgio 26
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 953233
    Other:
  • Buca di Sant'Antonio
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, Soups)
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    mcguireinrome Says:

    Starched tablecloths and white-coated waiters make this place seem a little more formal than it actually is. Settle in under the beamed ceilings hung with copper pots and pans, and feast on pasta with wild boar or risotto. The much lauded roast 'capretta' is every bit as delicious as expected.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • I love to come here for a long weekend lunch after a spin around the walls.
    • Reservations are recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 566 restaurants in Lucca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • NO NOUVELLE CUISINE HERE! 17/05/2019
    • Excellent food and dessert. You would loved the ambience 10/05/2019
    • Buca di Sant'Antonio
    Address:
    Via della Cervia 3
    55100, Lucca
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0583 55881
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:30 - 15:00
    Tue - Sat
    19:30 - 22:00
    Other:
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