Keeping company with Matilda of Canossa… In the Footsteps of Kathleen McGowan’s Novel: The Book of Love

Let’s walk in the footsteps of the main character, Maureen Paschal whose story intertwines with that of a famous 11th century woman: the “warrior” countess Matilda of Canossa.

We will follow the chapter in which Matilda arrives in Lucca with her father Bonifacio, and will admire, through her eyes, the Church of San Frediano, the Cathedral of San Martino and San Giovanni.

These were the places that fascinated Matilda and still today are the symbols of our town. The Volto Santo (Holy Face), the Labyrinth, and much more await you in what will be a captivating visit of a mysterious Lucca.

If you have an entire day at your disposal, we can prolong the mystery and also visit Borgo a Mozzano where the famous Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) is located.


  • Available: daily
  • Duration: approximately 3 hours for the half-day / approximately 6 hours for the full-day
  • When: morning or afternoon, at your convenience
  • Meeting point: the tour can begin wherever is convenient for you. The guide can meet you at the Information Center in Piazzale Verdi, the train station, your hotel in the historic center or any other area in the center of Lucca. At an additional cost, the guide can meet you elsewhere.



  • Half-day cost of the visit with a local specialized tour guide for 1 – 10 people: € 150.00
  • Full-day cost of the visit with a local specialized tour guide for 1 – 10 people: € 300.00
Proceed with booking by selecting one of the following:


  • Entrance fee to the Cathedral and San Giovanni: € 7.00 per person


  • This is a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes