About Lucca - By the Apartment

Less than 100 metres from the apartment is the Church of San Michele. This magnficent structure was rebuilt using white marble around the 12th century on top of the site of an old Roman forum.

The top depicts the Archangel Michael in the act of slaying a dragon, with smaller angels standing at either side.

It was at San Michele, in in his youth, that Puccini often sang as a choir boy.

The Lucchese are proud of their connection with Puccini. His bronze statue sits in Piazza Cittadella, next to the apartment and across from Ristorante Puccini and Santini - a world-class gelateria

Giacomo Puccini, considered by many to be Europe's last great popular opera composer, created well known classics such as Tosca, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot.

 

From the apartment you can enjoy an incredible selection of cafes, restaurants and bars, all within easy walking distance, from an ice-cream or a simple snack, to a gastronomic delight. The olive oil and wine, for which the region is famous, are used in abundance in the local cuisine and it is possible to go on excursions to discover the nearby olive groves and vineyards.

There's a great deal to experience within the city...

The Guinigi Tower is one of the few remaining towers from the 250 that were originally built within the walls as status symbols by noble families. 'Torre Guinigi' is well known with its seven oak trees upon the top, and the long climb up is well worth the reward for the breathtaking view of the city and the Apuan Alps in the distance.

 


And shopping in Lucca can be a great experience...

Via Fillungo is one of the main streets in Lucca. Buzzing with clothing, shoe and fashion accessory shops, it is also interspersed with many restaurants and interesting architechture.

 

Experience the authentic Tuscan lifestyle!

The many bountiful markets dotted around Lucca give you a real insight into the vibrant Italian way of life.

Embrace the lively atmosphere of the marketplace and enjoy yourself!

Colourful Fruit Markets
 

 
    Tuscan Seafood Delights 
High vaulted archways covering many of the markets provide the perfect place to hang baskets.