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.

Toskanalive - Lucca - Toskana, ItalienNow 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.

Beautiful landscape

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.

Sights in Lucca

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

Festivals in Lucca

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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Antique market

3rd weekend of the month around the Piazza Antelminelli

Weekly market

Wednesdays and Saturdays near the Porta Elisa

Crafts market

Last weekend of the month in the Piazza San Guisto


Palio della Balestra

12th July, crossbow shooting festival

Festa di Santa Zita

26th April, festival with flower market

Puccini Festival

July/ August, opera open air

Festa di Santa Croce

13th September, torch procession of the Volto Santo

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