Impressive city walls and an abundance of tradition characterise the beautiful mediaeval Lucca. Situated in a charming landscape, the town's numerous churches, well maintained houses and provincial charm will impress visitors.
Now extensively renovated, Lucca still holds on to its flair as a mediaeval jewel.
At a first glance, the city seems to be almost deserted. This is far from the truth, the historical centre alone has 30000 residents.
Attractive hill ranges surround the plateau, where Lucca was founded by the Etruscans, on the banks of the river Serchio.
As with so many Tuscan towns, Lucca came under the power of many different rulers. In 1860, the province joined the United Kingdom of Italy.
Unique city walls and park
Over time, the borders of Lucca's city wall were twice moved further away. The current form of the complex dates back to the 17th century, with walls reaching 12 metres in height.
The city walls were not given their green face until much later. Today, young and old congregate under beautiful trees, anyone who feels active can take a stroll along four kilometres of boulevards.
Anyone wishing to go to the old town still has to pass through one of the seven city gates. The central Piazza San Michele, magnificent buildings and the Torre Guinigi await visitors as the city's landmarks. more
La Luminaria, the procession of the dark Volto Santo, is one of the most gripping religious festivals in Tuscany. Mediaeval traditions are also the centre of the proceedings in the crossbow shooting competition, the Palio della Balestra. more
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