Top Choice Palace in Lucca

Palazzo Pfanner

Fire the romantic in you with a stroll around this beautiful 17th-century palace where parts of Portrait of a Lady (1996) starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich were shot. Its baroque-styled garden – the only one…
Top Choice Museum in Lucca

Museo della Cattedrale

The cathedral museum safeguards elaborate gold and silver decorations made for the cathedral's Volto Santo, including a 17th-century crown and a 19th-century sceptre.
Top Choice Cathedral in Lucca

Cattedrale di San Martino

Lucca's predominantly Romanesque cathedral dates to the 11th century. Its stunning facade was constructed in the prevailing Lucca-Pisan style and designed to accommodate the pre-existing campanile (bell tower). The …
Top Choice Tower in Lucca

Torre Guinigi

The bird's-eye view from the top of this medieval, 45m-tall red-brick tower adjoining 14th-century Palazzo Guinigi is predictably magnificent. But what impresses even more are the seven oak trees planted in a U-shap…
Church in Lucca

Chiesa e Battistero dei SS Giovanni e Reparata

The 12th-century interior of this deconsecrated church is a hauntingly atmospheric setting for summertime opera recitals; buy tickets in advance inside the church. In the north transept, the Gothic baptistry crowns …
Church in Lucca

Chiesa di San Michele in Foro

One of Lucca's many architecturally significant churches, this glittering Romanesque edifice marks the spot where the city's Roman forum was. The present building with exquisite wedding-cake facade was constructed o…
Museum in Lucca

Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi

This 16th-century mansion built for a wealthy Luccan merchant is a wonderful piece of rococo excess. The private apartments are draped head to toe in tapestries, paintings and chintz. The elaborate, gilded bridal su…
Museum in Lucca

Lucca Centre of Contemporary Art

Lucca's contemporary art museum hosts some riveting contemporary art exhibitions; check its website for details.
Museum in Lucca

Puccini Museum

The great Giacomo Puccini, who came from a long line of Lucchesi musicians, was born in Lucca and grew up in an apartment at Corte San Lorenzo 9, today this house-museum.
Museum in Lucca

Museo Villa Puccini

In 1880 Puccini left Lucca to study at Milan's music conservatory, returning after his studies to Tuscany to rent a lakeside house in Torre del Lago, 15km west of Lucca on the shore of Lago Massaciuccoli. Nine years…