I had an amazing experience at Lucca during our family trip last weekend. We enjoyed exploring the streets of the city along with its churches and colored buildings. We tried the local cake, Buccellato which is sweet bread mixed with raisins and aniseed. It was first written in reference in 1485. We visited the Church of San Michele in Foro. It was stunning and there stood the old Roman Forum at the top. It has a false façade covered by twisted marble columns. Above stands the enormous figure of St Michel, winged and accompanied by two angels. It also has a painting on the right of the altar that reminds of Fra Filippo Lippi – made by his son. The other paintings depict Saints Helena, Jerome, Sebastian, and Roch.
We visited the Corte San Lorenzo which was a birth home to the great maestro of the opera – Giacomo Puccini. It is surrounded by a square where one may find many cafes, most named after him only. Then in the evening, we went to Via Fillungo which is Lucca’s main shopping street. It is a perfect place to wander through and browse the shops. We also visited Guinigi Tower – it is a medieval tower that has the oak and ilex trees on its top. It displays the Roman layout that is overlaid with the old winding streets and laneways.
We visited the Piazza Anfiteatro that is the old Roman amphitheater. The square has a particular shape. It has low arches. It is a city of 101 churches. We then also went to Piazza Napoleone which is a reference for Lucca’s inhabitants. We even visited the National Art Gallery which was situated in the 17th century, Palazzo Mansi. Make sure you visit this place for at least a week.