Fire the romantic in you with a stroll around this beautiful 17th-century palace where parts of Portrait of a Lady (1996) starring...
Basilica di San Frediano
The facade of the Basilica di San Frediano has a unique (and much-restored) 13th-century mosaic in a markedly Byzantine style. The main...
Just east of Via Fillungo is one of Tuscany's loveliest squares, oval-shaped Piazza Anfiteatro, so-called after the one-time Roman...
Caffè di Simo
For a respite from the sun's glare, immerse yourself in the chic Liberty (art nouveau) interior of Lucca's famous coffee shop. Its cakes...
Trattoria da Leo
A much-loved veteran, Leo is famed for its friendly ambience and cheap food – ranging from plain-Jane acceptable to grandma delicious....
City Wall information
Lucca's monumental mura (wall) was built around the old city in the 16th and 17th centuries and remains in almost perfect condition. It superceded two previous walls, the first built from travertine stone blocks as early as the 2nd century BC. Twelve metres high and 4.2km long, today's ramparts are crowned with a tree-lined footpath looking down on the centro storico and out towards the Apuane Alps. This path is a favourite location for the locals' daily passeggiata (traditional evening stroll).
Children's playgrounds, swings and picnic tables beneath shady plane trees add a buzz of activity to Baluardo San Regolo, Baluardo San Salvatore and Baluardo Santa Croce – three of the 11 bastions studding the way. Older kids kick footballs around on the green lawns of Baluardo San Donato.