Lucca, Tuscany - villas, museums, churches - a few places to visit in Lucca

Lucca - inside the walls

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.

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The Roman Amphitheatre
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.

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Palazzo Pfanner
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.

Giardino Botanico
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.

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