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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to discover the captivating charm of Lucca in the picturesque region of Tuscany: – Lucca is a charming city located in the Tuscany region of Italy. The city is known for its well-preserved walls, which date back to the Renaissance era. The walls are topped with greenery and provide a cycling and hiking path that is visited by locals daily. Lucca is a city of great historical significance, with layers of history visible from every corner of its narrow winding streets ⁴. The city has a population of about 89,000, while its province has a population of 383,957. Lucca is surrounded by hills, with the Apuan Alps to the north and west. The city is situated in a fertile plain near the Ligurian Sea. Lucca is a city of great cultural importance, with a rich history that dates to ancient times. The city was founded by the Etruscans and later became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The city has several important landmarks and attractions, including the Lucca Cathedral, which is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture. The city is also home to a number of museums, including the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi, which houses a collection of Renaissance art and artifacts. Lucca is a city that is steeped in tradition and culture. The city is famous for its cuisine, which is based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The city is also known for its wine, which is produced in the surrounding hills. Lucca is a city that is full of life and energy, with a vibrant arts and music scene. The city is home to several festivals and events throughout the year, including the Lucca Summer Festival, which attracts some of the biggest names in music. Lucca is a city that is rich in history, culture, and tradition. The city is a must-visit destination for anyone who is interested in exploring the beauty and charm of Tuscany. Whether you are interested in history, art, music, or cuisine, Lucca has something to offer everyone.

Viale Giosuè Carducci is a street in Lucca which runs from Viale Europa to Viale della Repubblica (Photos 1-2-3) – Piazzale Boccherini is a street in Lucca which runs from Viale Lazzaro Papi to Piazzale Giuseppe Verdi (Photo 4) – Piazzale Giuseppe Verdi is named after the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi, who was born in Lucca in 1813. (Photo 5) – Via Vittorio Emanuele II is a street in Lucca which runs from Piazzale Giuseppe Verdi to Piazza della Magione (Photos 6-7) – Via San Paolino is a street in Lucca which runs from Via delle Mura Urbane to Piazza San Michele (Photos 8-9-10-11-15) – The Chiesa dei Santi Paolino e Donato is a Renaissance-style minor basilica church in Lucca, Tuscany, central Italy. It is dedicated to Saint Paulinus of Antioch, patron of the city. The church was built in the 11th century and rebuilt several times over the centuries. It has a simple and elegant facade with statues of the two saints on either side of the main door. The interior is richly decorated with frescoes, sculptures, and altars. The church also has a remarkable collection of paintings by various artists, such as Vanni, Pietro Testa, and Giotto. (Photos 11-12-13-14) – Piazza Cittadella is a beautiful square in the heart of Lucca. It is famous for being the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, one of the most renowned opera composers of all time. The square is surrounded by elegant buildings and monuments, such as the Palazzo Puccini and the Palazzo dei Priori. The square also has a statue of Puccini sitting on a chair and smoking a cigarette. Piazza Cittadella is a popular tourist attraction and a cultural hub for Lucca. You can visit the Palazzo Puccini, which houses a museum dedicated to the life and works of Puccini, as well as his personal belongings and memorabilia. You can also enjoy a coffee or a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the square. (Photos 16-17) – Piazza San Michele is a beautiful square in the historic centre of Lucca. It is located on the site of the ancient Roman forum, where the city was founded and where political and religious power was concentrated. The square has a rich history and architecture, with many buildings that reflect different periods and styles. The square is named after the church of San Michele in Foro, which stands on the north-eastern corner. The square is home to the Palazzo Pretorio, built in 1492 by Niccolò di Pietro Averlino. Palazzo Pretorio was the seat of justice and now houses a bank branch. Under its loggia there are some works of art related to famous characters of Lucca, such as Matteo Civitali, Carlo Piaggia and Strocchi. It is also close to the Palazzo Gigli, built in 1529 by Giovanni Battista Cappiello. The pavement of Piazza San Michele was originally made with fishbone bricks in the 15th century at the time of the construction of Palazzo Pretorio. In the 18th century it was raised with large grey stone bricks and surrounded by marble columns joined by metal chains. These chains are also known as Piazza delle Catene (Piazza of Chains) because they symbolize the unity and strength of Lucca. (Photos 18-19-22-23-24) – The church of San Michele in Foro is a Roman Catholic Basilica church in Lucca, built over the ancient Roman forum. It is dedicated to Archangel Michael and has a rich history and architecture. The church is mentioned for the first time in 795 as ad foro (in the forum). It was rebuilt after 1070 by will of Pope Alexander II The façade of the church is characterized by its immense height and a wealth of sculptures and inlays, numerous of which remade in the 19th century. The lower part has a series of blind arcades, the central of which includes the main portal. The upper part, built using plenty of iron materials to counter wind, has four orders of small loggias. On the summit, flanked by two other angels, is the 4 m-tall statues of St. Michael the Archangel. According to a legend, an angel’s finger would have a huge diamond. On the lower right corner of the façade is a statue (1480) of the Madonna salutis portus, sculpted by Matteo Civitali to celebrate the end of the 1476 plague. The interior of the basilica has three naves with a transept and a semi-circular apse; the nave is supported by arcades on monolithic columns. From the southern transept rises the bell tower, built in the 12th-14th centuries, with a series of single, double and triple mullioned windows. (Photos 18-19-20-21-22)

Via Roma is a street in Lucca which runs from Piazza San Michele to Via Santa Croce (Photo 25 ) – Via Fillungo is a street in Lucca which runs from Via Roma to Borgo Gate (Photos 26-32-33 ) – Piazza Guidiccioni is a small square in the heart of Lucca. It is named after the Palazzo Guidiccioni, a Renaissance building that houses the State Archives of Lucca. The square is surrounded by other historical and cultural attractions, such as the Monumento a Francesco Geminiani, a bronze statue of the composer who was born in Lucca, and the Archivio di Stato – Lucca, a public archive that preserves documents from various periods of Italian history (Photos 27-28-29) – Via Sant’Andrea is a street in Lucca which runs from Torre Guinigi to Via Fillungo (Photos 30-31) – Via Degli Angeli is a street in Lucca which runs from Via Fillungo to Via Fillungo (Photo 34-35) – Piazza del Collegio is a square in the historical center of Lucca. It is near the Real Collegio di Lucca, and the Basilica of San Frediano. (Photos 36-37) – Piazza San Frediano is a square in the historical center of Lucca, a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is near the Basilica of San Frediano, a Romanesque church that dates back to the 12th century. – The Basilica of San Frediano is a Romanesque church in Lucca, situated on the Piazza San Frediano. It is one of the oldest places of worship in Lucca and contains the famous Volto Santo (Holy Face) of Lucca, a wooden statue of Christ’s face that is believed to have miraculous powers. The basilica was built in the 12th century and has a striking façade decorated with a huge golden mosaic representing The Ascension of Christ the Saviour. The interior is built in richly carved white marble and has several chapels of the nobility that are lavishly decorated with paintings. The basilica also hosts cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year. (Photos 38-39-40) – Rampa S. Frediano is a street in Lucca which runs from Via S. Frediano to Via delle Mura Urbane (Photo 41) – Palazzo Pfanner is a beautiful 17th-century residence in Lucca, located near the city walls. It is one of the most elegant and refined palaces in Lucca, and it has a magnificent garden that is open to the public. Palazzo Pfanner was built by Pietro Pfanner, a wealthy merchant and philanthropist who donated his collection of surgical instruments and antique medical texts to the city of Lucca. The palace also hosts cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year. (Photos 42-43-44-45-46-47) – The walls around Lucca are a series of stone, brick, and earthwork fortifications that surround the historical center of Lucca, a city in Tuscany, Italy. They are among the best preserved Renaissance walls in Europe, and they have a total length of 4.2 kilometers and a height of 12 meters. The walls were built between 1504 and 1648 to protect the city from external threats, but they were never used for military purposes. Instead, they became a public park and a promenade for the citizens of Lucca, who still enjoy walking, cycling, and relaxing on the walls. (Photos 48-49-56) – Via S. Giorgio is a street in Lucca which runs from Via Streghi to Via delle Conce (Photos 50-51) – Via delle Conce is a street in Lucca which runs from Via S. Giorgio to Via Cimitero (Photo 52) – Via S. Tommaso, is a street in Lucca which runs from Via Galli Tassi to Via delle Conce (Photos 53-54) – Via Galli Tassi is a street in Lucca which runs from Via delle Conce to Via Vittorio Emanuele II (Photo 55)

Lucca Special Cuisine is a term that refers to the traditional dishes and flavors of Lucca, a city in Tuscany, Italy. Lucca is famous for its medieval walls, its Renaissance art, and its gastronomy. Some of the most typical foods of Lucca are: – Farro soup: – a hearty soup made with farro (a type of wheat), borlotti beans, and seasonal vegetables. It is usually served with grated Parmesan cheese and crusty bread. – Garmugia soup: another soup that dates to the 16th century, when meat was scarce. It is made with green vegetables, dried pancetta, and ground meat. – Farinata: – a flatbread made with chickpea flour and olive oil, cooked on a hot griddle. It can be eaten as a snack or as part of a meal. – Tordelli lucchesi: – pasta stuffed with beef, pork, or green vegetables. They are flavoured with nutmeg and served with tomato sauce or cheese. – Matuffi: – a dish made with polenta (cornmeal), sausages, mushrooms, and cheese. It is baked in the oven until golden and crispy. – Torta d’erbi: – a pie filled with green vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, or peas), raisins, pine nuts, and cream. It is named after the Italian flag colours. – Baccalà: – dried and salted cod that can be cooked in various ways: baked, braised, fried, or grilled. It is often paired with chickpeas or potatoes. – Rovelline lucchesi: – thin slices of beef seasoned with capers and herbs (such as sage and rosemary). They are grilled over charcoal and served with polenta or bread. – Buccellato: – a ring-shaped cake made with eggs, sugar, flour, butter, and candied fruits. It has a crunchy crust and a soft interior.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk 1 – Via del Crocifisso to Chiesa di San Michele in Foro, Piazza San Michele
Approximately 1.17 km – 0.73 miles

The walk starts from the large carpark adjacent to Via del Crocifisso – Piazzale Boccherini – Piazzale Giuseppe Verdi – Via Vittorio Emanuele II – Via del Crocifisso – Via San Paolino – Chiesa dei Santi Paolino e Donato, Via San Paolino – Via San Paolino – Piazza Cittadella – Via San Paolino – Chiesa di San Michele in Foro, Piazza San Michele

Photo Gallery of  Walk 2 – Via Roma to Piazzale Boccherini
Approximately 2.61 km – 1.62 miles

The walk starts in Via Roma – Via Fillungo – Via Sant’Andrea – Piazza Guidiccioni – Walk back to Via Fillungo – Via Degli Angeli – Via Cesare Battisti – Piazza del Collegio – Piazza S. Frediano  Walk back to Piazza del Collegio – Palazzo Pfanner  – Rampa S. Frediano – Viale delle Mura Urbane – Via Discesa Sant’Agostino – Via del Panificio -Piazza Sant’Agostino – Via S. Giorgio – Via delle Conce – Via S. Tommaso – Via Galli Tassi – Via San Paolino – Piazzale Giuseppe Verdi – Piazzale Boccherini