Travel by bus to Lucca: the city of a hundred churches
The city of Lucca is traditionally known as the city of a hundred churches for the great number of places of worship of various eras in the city center. This name is no coincidence when you consider that, in addition to the large number of official churches, each mansion has its own chapel. Currently, many churches have been desecrated, but still stand out some very interesting religious buildings. The Lucca Cathedral, the Cathedral of San Martino, founded by San Frediano in the eleventh century and later restructured, in addition to the beauty of the medieval and Renaissance architecture, contains masterpieces by Nicola Pisano, Jacopo della Quercia and Tintoretto. Inside it is also preserved the ancient crucifix of the Holy Face and the tomb of Ilaria del Carretto. Famous for its central location is the church of San Michele in Foro, the tomb is a marble structure built from 1070 representing an example of Pisa and Lucca architecture, overlooks the square in the ancient Roman forum and is still seen as a meeting point of city life. From the church of San Michele along the main street, Via Fillungo, you get comfortably to the Basilica of San Frediano, one of the oldest religious buildings and the still active core of the procession of the Holy Cross on September 13.
Not to be missed in Lucca
While offering its visitors places rich in history and culture, the city of Lucca in recent years has decided to open up to new promoting festivals and exhibitions that have gained international exposure to interest and avant-garde. The traditional Lucca Antiques Market, alongside therefore important contemporary blockbuster initiatives.
Among these the Lucca Comics&Games, , the international festival of comics recognized as the best in Italian level that involves the whole city in the days between October and November, the Summer Festival, proven musical event in July makes Piazza Napoleone a stage for international artists, andLUCCA Digital PHOTO fest, important festival of photography and visual art from late November until mid-December.