Lucca is a historical city in Italy with layers of history dating back centuries. You’ll find history dating back to the cities founding by the Etruscans. This beautiful city captures several important periods of Italy’s history. The city has traces of settlement dating back as far as the 3rd century BC. With such a long history always comes some amazing historical and cultural spots for travellers. Here is our list of the 5 best cultural sights in Lucca Italy.
Villa Garzoni is a stunningly beautiful Villa sitting on the boarder of the province of Lucca Italy. Dating back to the 1600’s when the Villa and it’s gardens were built by the Garzoni family it is most definitely one of the best cultural sights in Lucca Italy.
The gardens are build into a hill in a cascading style. Over the years it has attracted and inspired a number of famous Italian architects including Filippo Juvarra.
Casa di Puccini
In nearby Torre del Lago you’ll find the house that famous opera composer Puccini summered in. The beautiful seaside town is a remembrance of all things Puccini. You’ll find that even the train stations and hotels are named after Puccini himself or his famous operas.
His house has been changed into a museum on the lake front side of the town and is well worth the visit.
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi
Sitting inside a beautiful Baroque palace dating back to the 1600’s this museum is a great place to take in Italian art. They have a very large collection of tapestries and an art collection owned by the city. If you’re an art fan it is definitely one of the best cultural sites in Lucca Italy.
Teatro del Giglio
Sitting in Piazza del Giglio #13 and #15, right in the heart of Lucca the Theatre of the Giglio is a must visit for theatre and opera fans visiting Lucca. The original was burnt down and it was rebuilt in a neoclassical style in 1818. Since then it has been the cities theatre and opera house.
The stunning interior is a great place to dress up and take in a performance of Madame Butterfly or Tosca.
Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi
The National Museum of Villa Guinigi is the main art museum in Lucca. Originally a Villa completed in 1418 for Paolo Guinigi, the then ruler of Lucca it became a museum of art in the 1920’s. The late-gothic style of building is quite unique and a great place to take in some Italian culture in Lucca.
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If you’re anything like me and you fall in love with the Italian culture one of the best ways to experience it is by meeting the locals. You can book a local Lucca tour guide here.