Art and culture in Lucca
Being one of only four cities to still have complete and well preserved city walls, which are currently being considered for the declaration as UNESCO Human Heritage Site, Lucca has become one of the most important artistic cities in Italy, being well known even abroad for its historical and architectural monuments. Dating back to the roman Empire, its history has always seen Lucca as an Indipendent city with its own autonomy even when it formerly was part of other reigns. This secluded state helped Lucca to maintain its artistic beauties.
Nearly every step you will take in this amazing city will carry you through an historical tour of the tuscanian architectural splendor, showing you many locations, sometimes hidden or untouched by the most frequent sightseeing tours, that will give you a clue about how this small city has achieved such a worldwide popularity.
Even if Lucca has been also known as the ”100 churches city” which can still be found in the old city center and that we suggest you to see, this time we would like to focus upon the large number of monuments and villas that spot both its city and country side.
Apart from the churches, Lucca has many other interesting places to offer to who decides to spend some time wandering through it. Starting from the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built upon the ruins of the roman amphitheatre by Lorenzo Nottolini, you could proceed visiting Piazza del Giglio, where you will find the famous traditional theatre Teatro del Giglio.
Having already said enough about the city walls, Lucca hosts many other interesting cultural places like its botanical garden, built at the beginning of the 19th century, or the National Art Gallery which is located inside Mansi’s Palace. The city has also been the home town of the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini and in the house where he was bornit has been created an historical museum dedicated to the author of some of the most famous operas such as Tosca or Madama Butterfly.
If you instead wish to admire a more modern type of art, you will find Lucca Center of Contemporary Art or the Comic’s Museum.
Talking about Comics, if you’re visiting this city around Halloween, don’t miss the opportunity of attending at one of the most important events for every fan gaming and cartoons; Lucca Comics and Games has grown up since its birth in 1993, to be considered the 3rd most relevant fair in the whole world.
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