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Lucca and its historical Palaces

Lucca and its historical Palaces

From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: the ancient mansions of the city

Lucca

You will begin your visit by starting from the eastern part of Lucca, which best shows the city's development over the centuries. Beginning with the 19th-century gate, built by Princess Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister.

Mode

on foot

Duration

8h

Number of people

2-10

Days

every day

Months

year round

Tour type

private

Additional information

  • Activitie included
  • Meeting point
  • Info
  • Price
  • Description

Activitie included

  • guided tour
  • drink in the historical garden

Not included in the program

  • cathedral’s, baptistry’s and historical palace’s tickets
  • lunch in a typical ‘trattoria’
  • anything not mentioned under "activities included"

In front of Porta Elisa, east side, in Lucca at 9.00 a.m.

Comfortable clothing is recommended. For groups with more than 4 people, quotations on request. Free for children up to 12 years old.

€ 120 per person (min 2)

You will begin your visit by starting from the eastern part of Lucca, which best shows the city's development over the centuries. Beginning with the 19th-century gate, built by Princess Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister.  Then proceeding alongside a part of the Roman ‘decumanus maximus’ (street axis from west to east), you will arrive in the central square, piazza San Michele and the church of the same name. Exploring the Medieval alleys with their typical workshops, we will also see imposing Renaissance and Neoclassical palaces, dating back to the 15th century onwards, which belonged to wealthy merchants’ families.

 

You will have lunch in a local ‘trattoria’, where you can taste the typical dishes of the local cuisine.

In the afternoon, you will continue visiting the historical centre, a highlight being the cathedral, and Baptistry one of the most important and significant churches in town, built on the remains of an older religious building dating back to the 19th century, but actually going back to the 6th century b.C.

The tour finishes at one of the most elegant seventeenth century buildings, Palazzo Pfanner which has been used as a film set for famous national and international movies.

After admiring its sumptuous interior and garden a drink will be served in the wonderful garden in front of the Renaissance walls.

Characteristics of the experience
For families
For families

Host presentation

Massimo Benedetti
Massimo is passionate about art and all the charming things Italy and its rich history have to offer. For 20 years, tourists from all over the world have been admiring Massimo’s adoptive city and its beauties, Lucca, a Renaissance fortress in the green heart of the Piana and its wonderful surroundings. He constantly seeks new stimuli to widen his horizon and show his followers unique and unexplored sites.

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