4.5 based on 7 reviews
Spent a lovely day exploring this fantastic walled city. I started my visit strolling the 4km round trip around the city wall. I loved watching the locals out jogging, cycling and walking, all whilst enjoying the views on both sides of the walls. A must do for all ages as the path is wide and flat and you can travel at your own pace.
4.5 based on 211 reviews
The 17th century Villa Reale di Marlia lies in the heart of Tuscany, near Lucca, in an exceptional location at the foot of the Pizzorne hills. Home in the 19th century to Napoleon's sister and Duchess of Lucca Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, the Villa is encircled by high walls, seemingly protecting it from the passing of time. Villa Reale is considered to be one of the most important historical properties in Italy. The 16-hectare estate includes numerous refined Gardens and botanic rarities, as well as majestic buildings created over centuries. The Park features a splendid Water Theatre, the world famous Green Theatre (where the composer Paganini often performed for Elisa Baciocchi), pathways lined with Camellia flowers, and is enriched by a Lemon Garden with a group of marble statues depicting Leda and the Swan, and a Spanish Garden in Art Deco style. Several historic buildings add to the experience, including the 16th century Villa del Vescovo with its nymphaeum, named the Grotto of Pan, and the elegant 18th century Palazzina dell'Orologio with its panoramic loggia.
Beautiful Gardens show off their unique plants and trees. Baroque and Neoclassical architecture shrine the the grounds. Nestled in the Province of Lucca which Napoleons niece rules for eight years. This is very scenic. Although some web sites claim it is in disrepair, it's gorgeous and work is being done. Outdoor Concerts will take place with hopes of greats like Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
The only festival dedicated to Giacomo Puccini in his native city, Lucca. And the only PERMANENT FESTIVAL in the world, with Concerts and events every day of the year, at 19hrs.AND EVERY EVENING WITH VARIED PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETERS AND PROGRAMS For detailed information and programs, please visit our official website
This is a permanent music festival celebrating primarily the opera of Puccini but includes other composers as well. The setting is intimate and the Performances are wonderful. You will recognize many of the melodies even if you have never been to an opera. There are two acts with a short intermission - maybe the show was 90 minutes all told. We purchased our tickets as the door. It is a magical evening - don't miss it!
4.5 based on 136 reviews
The tour guide was excellent providing history of the house, family, and Lucca in general. Combine with visits to other villas nearby
4.5 based on 180 reviews
I arranged for a visit to the fortress for my friend and I on our recent trip to Italy. Valter, who is the owner of the fortress gave us a private guided tour which was a highlight of our trip. He is very passionate about the history of this historic gem and shares his weath of knowledge in his amazing English. He is such a lovely gentleman who takes pride in sharing this special place. Don't miss a visit to this wonderful place!
5 based on 46 reviews
Before achieving this tree we got lost three times, we wanted to give up and go way back, but we finally got there. The path is not marked, it's a little treasure well hidden, but worth it to go there, it's a great experience. On the way I suggest to ask the local people.
4.5 based on 141 reviews
Visited here with family to experience wine tasting in Tuscany and we were not disappointed! Our tour guide was very friendly and very informative, giving us lots of information about the history of the vineyard and its processes! The wines were great and very reasonably priced. We paid €18 euro each for tastings of the reserve wines with a cheese and meat selection. Definitely worth the price. Would highly recommend visiting if you are in the area!
5 based on 62 reviews
We're the closest winery to the walls of Lucca (4.5KM) & are a small family run winery producing our own grapes for structured wines, as well as olive oil, which can be purchased in the Cantina or shipped internationally since 2005. We invite you to taste our wines which are paired with excellent food produced locally. We produce 2 white wines - Vermentino & a Vermentino with 5% semillon, a Rose' & 5 reds - (San Giovese, Merlot & Syrah - in purity), a blend of the 3 & a "Lucchese Chianti". Feel free to visit us & learn more about our fantastic wines & their production. Please call before so that we can ensure we are on site upon your arrival & we are open every day with the following exceptions or upon: Jan 1, 6, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday, Apr 25, May 1, Jun 2, Aug 15, Nov 1, Dec 8, 25 & 26. Contact for summer hours; November-March: 1130-1700 Monday thru Saturday, 1000-1230 Sunday to purchase our extraordinary wines or upon Reservations on Sundays. Contact for questions.
Back in the saddle, finally, after some medical problems. Four of us headed out to Fattoria al Dotto in late November. What a wonderful day it turned out to be. We tasted 5 vines and the wines where paired with various Italian foods. But to be more precise, the wines were truly great! Not particularly expensive, in fact rather low cost as wines go, but most enjoyable. So good that we shipped back 24 bottles to the States. The food was also quite good. Spent three hours eating and drinking and being entertained by Mark Franceschini, an American-Italian who lives in Lucca and works at the winery. There is a bus from Lucca to a stop close by the winery; the return trip could be via bus, taxi or maybe a lift from Mark. Vittorio was also great and we finished the afternoon with Irish coffee. Unfortunately, the weather was rainy, so we were not able to sit outside and enjoy the terrific views of Lucca. . I highly recommend Fattoria al Dotto to anyone visiting Lucca. (jr)
4.5 based on 3 reviews
This tower is easily recognizable: it has a leaning tree growing out of its top.
The Torre Guinigi is the most important tower of Lucca. It is a typical example of local Romanesque-Gothic architecture that provides a bird eye view of Lucca and its surrounding mountain. It requires a little bit of a climb but it is totally worth it. Once a symbol of Lucca's wealth and power, it is now one of the few remaining defensive towers in Tuscany. Its main original characteristic is its garden in the sky on the roof of the tower that you can see from the street. The tower has been donated to the local government by the descendents of the Guinigi family. The ancient trees are holm oaks symbolising rebirth and renewal.
The tower dates from the 1300s when a number of wealthy families were building bell towers within the walls of Lucca as status symbols. The kitchen was originally on the floor below with the rooftop serving as a kitchen garden.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
A wonderful church near the center of Lucca along via Caldera. It's beautiful marble edifice will capture your attention along with the wide piazza that seems to be one of the prime gathering places for the Lucchese. Decorative columns and wonderful statues on the outside are but a taste of the beauty on the inside.
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