‘We want to highlight Lucca to the world and get people to see what a great option it is for tourists who visit the region,’ says Carol Lucchesi, Lucca Promos. While Lucca has many buildings to explore, an entire day can be spent just walking the labyrinth of cobblestone streets the town is known for. History can be found around every bend - there’s the Piazza Anfiteatro, which shows traces of the Roman amphitheater and is now home to charming restaurants and cafes; there are ancient churches and cathedrals that date back to the 12th century, as well as various historic towers and villas. The walls that surround the city centre were built to protect the city from invasion, now a pedestrian promenade, popular for walking and biking and are one of the city’s main attractions. One of Lucca’s claims to fame is that it was home to famous Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini, who was born in the city in 1858. Visitors to Lucca can explore his birth home, which is the heart of the Puccini Museum complex.
Guided tours are available and visitors can see up close where Puccini lived, artefacts and relics of the famed composer. A visit to the Palazzo Mansi National Museum is a must while in Lucca. The original palace dates back to the late sixteenth century, and while from the outside the property is rather understated, inside it is anything but. The museum has recovered original furnishings, frescoes and tapestries on the walls, and visitors can get a real glimpse into the Baroque-style vision the Mansi family had for the palace. • Look out for more coverage out of Italy next week, as we head outside the walls of Lucca and into the parks of Villa Reale and Villa Grabau in Marlia, as well as the village of Montecarlo in the Lucca hills. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for photos too