The city of silk
Lucca and Piazza di St. Michele, the center of the city, is an ancient Roman forum where stands the church of the same name, then continuing to the famous Piazza Napoleone and its Ducal Palace and then the Cathedral of St. Martino inside the “Holy Face”, symbol of the city for the sarcophagus of Ilaria del Carretto (belonging to the House of the Marquis of Savona). Piazza of the Amphitheatre is located not far as the Church of St. Frediano with a beautiful mosaic on the facade.
Lucca is also home of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini who has lived and composed several works. His birthplace has been made into a museum, the church of St. Paul where he was baptized, the scene of his performances and the historic Caffè Di Simo where the musician attended. In Torre del Lago however, the villa and the chapel consecrated where he lies with his family.
The city has a prestigious cultural heritage such as the churches, the cathedral, the basilica, the ancient city walls, historic sites, palaces, squares, especially the Amphitheatre square erected on the ruins of a Roman amphitheater of the second century AD, theaters, museums and the beautiful Renaissance villas located between the green slopes of the hills Pizzorne where important historical figures and aristocrats have stayed.
The city is also well known for its silk processing method: from sketch to watercolor, farming and harvesting of cocoons and then move on to the actual manufacture with its multiple stages.
Lucca for lovers of bicycle
To highlight cycling routes in the province of Lucca, such as: Lakes, Fortresses, Passo delle Radici, Monteperpoli, the Way of the Pastures, Prato Fiorito, Wine Street – Pinocchio, Romitorio, Via Cava Turrite, the Road of Marble and Castelnuovo di Garfagna surrounded by ancient villages located in valleys and mountains of Garfagna.
Versilia is located in the province of Lucca and develops between Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi. Viareggio well known for its summer waterfront, Carnival and the Liberty Tuscan mansions. Forte dei Marmi, with its beaches, boutiques and art galleries, is popular place for summer holidays. Pietrasanta (Little Athens), for its cultural heritage, the Festival Versiliana and contemporary artists who stay there.