I am not the first to deal with this topic and I can not help do it enthusiastically. First because I'm a tour guide, and then because this side of Tuscany never stops to amaze me. Few places I know can boast such a relaxing therapeutic effects as the narrow path that leads you straight from the walls of Lucca to the Pisan mountains, along the aqueduct arches of Lucca Read all
Have you ever returned from a journey, close your eyes and trying to remember through the colours the places you visited? It always happens to me. The colour is an essential sensorial element of the memory to put you in relation with a city. Certainly senses and memory can be conditioned by many factors as the weather Read all
TurisLucca, as a partner of Puccini Fundation, has created a special guided walk dedicated to Puccini’s locations in Lucca. An important event to celebrate Puccini’s home museum reopening
Puccini and Lucca Guided walks of Puccini’s homeland Music and Lucca are intrinsically linked thanks to the very many great music composers and talented musicians born in this Tuscan town. The link of Lucca with music becomes even stronger when we refer to its most illustrious and celebrated musical name : Giacomo Puccini. Here he was born and bred in music. Here in Lucca he could mould his particular cultural and artistic talent which made the birth of all his masterpieces possible. On the occasion of the re-opening of Puccini’s birthplace museum we propose an itinerary aimed at those who wish to experience intense musical emotions by offering the chance to visit many of the sites where Puccini spent his youth and where he celebrated his triumphs once he became a famous composer The tour starts by meeting with...
St. Zita has been a tradition in Lucca for centuries. She is Lucca’s most popular saint. From April 25th to April 27th, the memory of this local 13th century servant girl is celebrated. Street vendors call out to sell small bunches of jonquils ( a small, white, delicately perfumed flower) in her honour. According to legend, one of the most important miracles attributed to Zita is connected, in fact, to the jonquil. Read all
I have lost count of the number of times a disorientated tourist has stopped me to ask where the Roman amphitheatre can be found especially when I find myself in Via Fillungo (the main shopping street of Lucca) near the church of San Frediano. I can comprehend their puzzlement when I point to a narrow street where the buildings aligned hide from view the remains of the amphitheatre which dates from the I – II century ad. Few people realize that to stand before a simple Renaissance or late Gothic palazzo (building) in Lucca is like having Doctor Jekyll or Mr Hyde before you: you have two or more personalities within the same body. In this town, it is often more interesting to not stop at external appearances, but investigate further, get to the roots, and discover with pleasant...
I present you with, not a treatise on art history in regards to the two artists, but an opportunity to compare two altars, both superb works of art, one located in the cathedral of Pisa, and the other in the cathedral of Lucca. The two altars are respectively, that of San Biagio by Stagio Stagi situated on the east wall of the left transept in the cathedral of Pisa, and that of San Regolo by Matteo Civitali Read all
According to tradition, in ancient times, Lucca was supplied with water via aqueduct, possibly an underground one, starting in proximity of Moriano. The aqueduct was the source of numerous fountains, of which, some locations are known to us even today ( it should be mentioned that the layout of the ancient roman aqueduct was probably still in existence at this time and according to Silva reached approximately, as far as to where the church of San Frediano stands today) Read all