The ancient walls, or le mura, are a wonderful place to kick off a few days in town, with either a leisurely walk or a few gentle laps on a bike (which you can hire right in the city centre). Once they were no longer required from a military or defence perspective, Duchess Maria Luisa, then Duchess of Lucca, organised the re-purposing of the walls for public use.
A 4km round circuit, the leafy path will give you a view from high that will help you understand the layout of the city at a glance. If you’re up for a climb, the Torre Guinigi, in the heart of the centre, also gives a wonderful view over the city, and if you’re looking for a more leisurely way to start your visit, the breathtaking Chiesa di San Michele in Foro with its angel perched on high, or even a coffee in the Piazza Anfiteatro are a good start.
Lucca’s most famous event is the annual summer festival, which draws thousands of people into town. In line with the rest of Italy, the busiest periods are June and July, as well as August, although visitors in this period should know that it’s the traditional holiday month for Italians, so many shops are closed for part or all of the month.
Lucca has a very special character, due in part to its history of independence, its tradition of artisans working right in the city, and of course the walls. We look forward to showing you a piece of our home!