Lucca in just 1 day what to see & do One day in Lucca itinerary

One day in Lucca itinerary 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.

Mura di Lucca ramparts
Mura di Lucca ramparts

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).

Chiesa di San Martino duomo di Lucca church tuscany
Chiesa di San Martino duomo di Lucca church tuscany

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!).

Chiesa di San Michele in Foro Lucca
Chiesa di San Michele in Foro Lucca

Piazza Anfiteatro a step back in time
From Fillungo you can get almost everywhere in the historic center, a nice walk will make you discover the prettiest points of the city and those stages that you absolutely cannot miss, such as the Amphitheater square.
An authentic Roman jewel of Lucca (in fact, the old forum once stood here, and it is precisely on the original elliptical structure typical of Roman amphitheatres that the current square and the buildings that surround it were built, maintaining their shape and structure), here there are characteristic restaurants and shops with an authentic Lucca flavor, and events, shows and concerts take place there, especially in summer.

Lucca amphitheatre square Tuscany Lucca piazza anfiteatro
Lucca amphitheatre square Tuscany Lucca piazza anfiteatro

Guinigi tower
Leaving the Amphitheater, you can go to see the famous Guinigi Tower, not far away, the one with the tree on top. Although it stands above the buildings in the center, it is not always possible to orient yourself by taking it as a reference point, since the narrow and narrow streets, enclosed between historic buildings that still house ancient shops of traditional arts and crafts, do not always allow you to broaden the views.

Torre Guinigi giardino alberi lecci tower Lucca garden trees holm oaks on top Tuscany
Torre Guinigi giardino alberi lecci tower Lucca garden trees holm oaks on top Tuscany

Piazza Napoleone – Napoleon square
A visit to this square, known as Piazza Grande, before leaving the walls can really deserve, especially during the Christmas period here an ice skating rink is set up for the enjoyment of young and old! Considered a landmark by the Lucchesi, it was named after it was subjected to modernization works by Elisa Bonaparte to pay homage to her brother Napoleon.

Staua Piazza Napoleone Piazza Grande Lucca main plaza
Staua Piazza Napoleone Piazza Grande Lucca main plaza Piazza Napoleone in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Selected Videos Vlogs travel guides to discover Lucca