Via Fillungo is the main street in the center of Lucca. The most fascinating street in the city that crosses the historic center.
The street, 700 meters long and 10 wide, inside the walls, is one of the most representative symbols of the city, the center of the tourist, commercial and artisan activities of the Lucchesi.
The name “Fillungo” probably derives from Fillongo in Garfagnana, where the Falabrina family, who had their houses in via Fillungo, exercised their right of fiefdom.
Over time, the name “Fillongo” has changed to the current Fillungo in the mid-nineteenth century, which also tends to recall the shape of the road, which extends long and straight.
Typically medieval street, preserved almost unchanged, is home to ancient shops.
It takes its name from the castle of Fillongo in Garfagnana, on which the falabrina family, which had houses in this street, exercised feudal rights.
Of tortuous and irregular course, it almost entirely crosses the city. In some places the houses, very high, seem to touch each other.
Today it is an irregular and tortuous street, with a typically medieval aspect: following it represents the best way to discover the whole city, admiring the fascinating windows of the historic shops and cafes of Lucca, buying typical products such as Buccellato.
Along Via Fillungo alternate houses and buildings developed mainly vertically, including Casa Barletti-Baroni, or the Church of San Cristoforo, a typical example of the influence of Pisan architecture on the Lucca area, with its austere façade, made of marble white and embellished with decorations, arches and columns
Continuing along the street you will come across the famous Clock Tower or the Ore, the highest in the city with its 50 meters and 207 steps to climb to climb to the top, from which you can enjoy a unique view over the whole of Lucca and the surrounding hills.
Its stores often preserve signs and period furnishings, especially liberty, and are the reference point for purchases from the entire province and even beyond.
The Fillungo is lined with important noble residences, especially from the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries; at that time, in fact, pre-existing Romanesque-Gothic houses were merged and restructured.
The Brancoli Busdraghi (N. 170), Buonvisi (N. 205), Sani (N. 121) and Trenta (N. 88) buildings stand out.
The Barletti houses at N. 43-49 are a medieval brick complex with arches and mullioned windows.
The high tower of the Hours is of fourteenth-century origin, with a mechanical clock replaced in 1754: going up 207 steps, you can climb to admire the view of Lucca.
The former church of S. Cristoforo was rebuilt from the end of the twelfth century; the lower part of the facade is from the 13th century.
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