What to discover in Lucca in Just 1 Day
Lucca the city of 100 churches, can’t be really visited in just one day but you can discover the top attractions.. here some suggestions..
Walk or Bike its 16th Century Walls
A great way to start exploring Lucca is to start with a walk along the old city walls, Lucca’s most distinctive element known worldwide. Why are they famous? They are the only ones in all of Italy to be completely accessible on foot, bike or by car (even if cars are now forbidden, the local police does go on their rounds by car). This means over 4 kilometers of panoramic walkway overlooking the city of Lucca – both in and out – and those secret corners that you won’t be able to discover by walking through the small streets of the old city center.
You cross the walls and you enter the heart of the town and what is commonly referred to as the “city of one hundred churches” for the large number of religious buildings which represent marvellous examples of architectural Italian styles. Since you’ll hardly be able to visit them all in just one day, I suggest you focus on the cathedral, here named after St. Martin but also commonly referred to as “il Duomo” in every town, and on St. Michael’s Church (San Michele al Foro).
To get to the cathedral of St.Martin, located in the square of the same name, just pass through the wall closest to the train station.
The Duomo is home to some of the most beautiful art masterpieces, such as Ilaria del Carretto’s Tomb by Jacopo della Quercia and the Volto Santo (a wooden crucifix of the Holy Face, ancient symbol of the city).
In September, the city honors this interesting crucifix with the procession of the Holy Cross Celebrations, starting from San Frediano Basilica.
St. Michael’s Church, located in the square of the same name in the heart of the historic center, is set along the most famous street of Lucca, called Il Fillungo, where you’ll find all the most important and prestigious stores and shops in the city (a must if you’re in the mood for shopping!).