Classic Lucca RATES
Lucca still preserves the charm of a medieval town that has maintained its architectural heritage almost intact. The powerful 16th century walls surrounding the little winding roads, inner courtyards, small irregular squares and defensive towers. The historical centre of Lucca is closed to automobile traffic and enables visitors fully capture the original nature of the city.
Itinerary: – Walk on the ancient walls of the old town- View of the Villa Pfanner – San Frediano Basilica – The amphitheatre – Explore the medieval streets (Via Fillungo) – San Martino Cathedral with its famous Holy Face – San Michele Square – Napoleon square.
- Museum of the Cathedral: contains the early-Medieval ornaments for the celebration of solemn religious services, paintings and sculptures such as Apostle of Jacopo della Quercia.
- National Gallery of Palazzo Mansi: late 16th Century palace characterized by the ornate decorations and by the excellent state of maintenance. In the magnificent rooms of the palace we can admire the collection of paintings by Pontormo, Bronzino, Ventura Salimbeni.
- National Museum of Villa Guinigi: it is situated in the 15th Century residence of the Lord of Lucca Paolo Guinigi. The museum, conceived in a modern way, contains various pieces from different buildings of the town and surrounding areas. The rich palace contains many Etruscan, Roman, Lombard, Medieval objects and the painting collection is enriched by works by Deodato Orlandi, Angelo Puccinelli, Matteo Civitali, Fra Bartolomeo di Pietro da Cortona, Guido Reni, Giovanni Lanfranco…
- Lu.C.C.A Lucca Center of Contemporary Art
It is located in the 15th Century Palazzo Boccella. There are continuously new temporary exhibitions.
Cycling in Lucca
Lucca is a people friendly city: its Old Town, so well preserved, can easily be visited by cycling through its streets. Also its 4 km city wall is fully viable, offering a view from the top of the city and a pleasant amusement for tou rists of all ages. It’s a dynamic guided tour, also suitable for those who can rather move by bike than foot. The cycling guided tour is recommended for small groups (max 8 people).
Famous composers and Giacomo Puccini
Lucca has an almost incomparable music tradition thanks to composers such as: Nicolao Dorati, Cristoforo Christoforo Malvezzi, Francesco Barsanti, Gioseffo Guami, Francesco Geminiani, Luigi Boccherini, Alfredo Catalani and Giacomo Puccini.
Music events were regarded as an important element of political and social life, at the time when Lucca was the capital of a small independent State.
The birthplace museum of Puccini, the Teatro del Giglio, the famous Caffè Di Simo: meeting point for artists and musicians, Church of San Paolino and San Donato: where on July the 12th in 1880 Puccini presented, for the first time, “Four Voice Mass” with full orchestra, on the occasion of the feast of San Paolino. The church of San Michele: where Puccini’s father was organist, the Cathedral of San Martino where Puccini’s family worked as organists, composers and conductors. The Conservatory of Luigi Boccherini. The Church of San Pietro Somaldi, where you can see a precious 17th Century organ.
To complete this itinerary we recommend to visit Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago where the Maestro composed Madame Butterfly, Turandot and some of his greatest operas. We also suggest to go for an excursion by boat on the Massaciuccoli Lake.
Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago: In July and in August an event for the lyrical music lovers in the open theatre on the lake, next to the Puccini’s Villa.
Le ville lucchesi
The villas are still one of the main attraction of the area and they represent a relevant aspect of the local architecture. The typical Lucchese villas are those that the rich merchant families started to build at the beginning of the 16th century.
Some of these villas are still inhabited and the owners will allow you to visit them as well as the picturesque gardens. We suggest to visit one of the villas and discover not only their architecture but also the gorgeous nature. This itinerary includes the tasting of local products: wine, olive oil in one of the farms in “Lucchesia”. Here are the villas that we offer to visit: Villa Bernardini, Villa Grabau, Villa Torrigiani, Villa Oliva, Villa Reale di Marlia
Tasting Price: from € 9.00 per person Villa Price: on request