Medieval Duomos And A Cooking School in Lucca

The picturesque city of Lucca, once the capital of Tuscany, suggests the traveler should set out on an excursion to this section of Italy. Medieval Duomos, and a cooking school includes things to do in Lucca. Visitors to this picture perfect spot on the map will find an entire holiday’s attraction of things to do.

Walls constructed, over two miles long, all through the Renaissance, enclose Lucca itself. Italian city-states enclosed many towns with walls to offer protection during the numerous wars between the various opposing city-states. Nowadays, these walls provide a unique purpose, giving Lucca the appearance of an enormous, open castle where each traveler is a king or queen.

The Duomo di San Martino, or medieval cathedrals, are an attraction of the city. It is an assortment of Romanesque and Gothic construction and will provide visitors with much to see. Initially created between the 6th and the mid 14th centuries, the visitor may enter the interior where he or she finds themselves enclosed with marble sculptures from the early Renaissance, including a funeral monument of Caretto, a local noblewoman.

Within the Romanesque Duomo’s white limestone facade that covers sandstone brick, the visitors inside the huge house of worship, view the Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata, as well as a 5th century bishop’s seat. The combination is unusual even for that period. The carved wooden ceiling proves especially interesting.

Back in the authentic medieval area, tree-lined boulevard street, visitors should take-in the flavor of Via Fillungo. The area offers stores, restaurants, and dozens of interesting sights. These coffee bars the length of the street offers a vision of the Tower of Hours and other construction of the period.

After pick-me-up, one of the most interesting tourist attractions is still to come. The art compilation at the Villa Guinigi is the desire of the district. Once the individual property of Paolo Guinigi, ruler of the town in the 1400s, the collection has grown far beyond his unique assets. There is symbolic art on show ranging from the Middle Ages up through the 1700s such as statues, earthenware, gold symbols and much more.

A visit to Lucca is a chance to see the birthplace of the renowned composer Puccini, creator of Madame Butterfly and many works that are most popular. Visitors will get a good idea of where his luxuriant romanticism became aroused. Filled with mementos from his youth the family dwelling was preserved. Scores in the master’s hand, photos and even the piano on which he composed Turandot are on put on show.

However, Puccini isn’t the only legendary name linked with Lucca. Napoleon (born in Sicily) had a Ducal Palace here for his sister, Princess Eliza Bonaparte Baciocchi. Visitors can see several rooms, staircases and much more. Outside in the village square is the Teatro del Giglio a short distance from the police headquarters.

And, if one has a week to spend in Lucca (and an interest in the finest Italian cooking), it’s possible to attend classes at the renowned school here. Then head over to the Bagni di Lucca spa and imagine former patrons Byron and Shelley entertaining you with a verse while you are pampered in the thermal bath.

Only an hour from Florence, this centuries-old city still has much to offer the modern tourist.

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