Lucca, Tuscany - villas, museums, churches - a few places to visit in Lucca
Museo Nazionale Guinigi
Lucca's main museum houses an interesting and varied collection
of works. Inside you'll find paintings, sculptures, furniture and works
of art from Lucca and its Province. There are some pieces from Roman
and Etruscan times and the unusual red-brick villa often hosts special
exhibitions. Via della Quarquonia.
Certainly one for the photo album. To be found off the Via Fillungo,
main entrance by Piazza Scarpellini.
Museo del Duomo - Cathedral Museum
A relatively new museum housing interesting relics of the cathedral
and of Lucca. There are examples of some lavish metalwork, most notably
the regalia used to adorn the Volto Santo come procession time.
May be found alongside the cathedral itself.
When taking the obligatory stroll around the circuit of the walls, the
fine garden with the statues, loggia and fountains that you'll overlook
is the one of Palazzo Pfanner.
Again, visible from the walls of Lucca, the Botanic Gardens are
not large but they complement the walls pleasingly and contain a wide
variety of plants. Barely mentioned in literature or guides, they can
be found at Via Giardino Botanico in the south-east corner of Lucca.