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Le Ville Lucchesi

A few kilometers from the city center, surrounded by green slopes of the hills of Pizzorne, you’ll find some of the beautiful villas built in Lucca during the Renaissance, to serve as summer residences of the Lords of Lucca. The itinerary can start from Marlia with the Villa Reale, residence, in 1800 of Elisa Baciocchi sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. The villa cannot be visited inside but the park and the spectacular garden with the “verzura” theatre where the famous violinist Pagnini performed are worth a visit. Passing by San Colombano you will arrive in Segromigno in Monte where you will find the recently restored Villa Mansi, representative of the culture and the society of the Aristocratic Republic. From Segromigno you reach Camigliano, where you will find Villa Torrigiani, a Baroque villa with its gardens which remained in the original forms, full of surprises and water fontains. Also the villa can be visited.



Città di Lucca

The visit starts from Piazza San Michele ancient Roman forum and still the heart of the city, with the Romanesque church with the same name. Passing through via Vittorio Veneto you will arrive in Piazza Napoleone with the beautiful Palazzo Ducale, the offices of the province of Lucca. From here you can walk to the Cathedral of San Martino where you will find the 'Holy Face', crucified symbol of the city, and the famous sarcophagus of Ilaria del Carretto, a work by Jacopo della Quercia. Here you can also visit the Museum of the Cathedral. Following the typical medieval streets of Lucca you will arrive at the famous Guinigi Tower with its trees on the top, from where you can admire a great view of the city. Not far from there you will find the most picturesque square in the city, the amphitheatre, and the main shopping street, Via Fillungo, from where you can reach the church of San Frediano, with its beautiful mosaic facade. Passing in front of Palazzo Pfanner, you can climb on the walls to take a walk or relax in one of the little parks.



Garfagnana

This route leads to the the ancient medieval villages immersed in the green valleys and mountains of Garfagnana. Driving through the valley of the river Serchio, the first step is Borgo a Mozzano, an ancient medieval village with the legendary Magdalen Bridge, better known as the Devils bridge. Continuing north you will arrive in Barga, a pretty medieval village dating from the fourteenth century where the Romanesque cathedral deserves a visit. From Barga you continue to Castelnuovo Garfagnana, capital of Garfagnana and famous for the fortress of Ariostesca. The tour ends in Bagni di Lucca, famous thermal centre at the foot of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and in the past destination for famous celebrities.



Versilia

Versilia, with a coastline that stretches from the popular Viareggio to the exclusive Forte dei Marmi, is one of the most famous coastlines of Italy, where leisure and culture are mixed the way the coast is mixed with the mountains in the background. We start from Forte dei Marmi, with its excellent beaches, boutiques, and countless art galleries, making it one of the most exclusive holiday resorts. Moving south we meet Pietrasanta, famous not only for the beachside and the historic centre with its art, but also for the Festival Versiliana which hosts the most famous contemporary artists in the world. From here we arrive at Viareggio, famous in summer for its beaches and the entertainment and in winter for the Carnival. A walk along the seafront, not only provides us with numerous shopping opportunities but also shows us the most elegant buildings in Tuscan Liberty Style



Lucca Terra di Puccini

This route leads to the discovery of Lucca in the footsteps of the great musician Giacomo Puccini who lived and composed his greatest works here. We start from the historic center of Lucca from such his birthplace which is now museum Puccini [currently being renovated], the Church of San Paolino, where he received his baptism, the Teatro del Giglio, the main theatre of the city where he performed many times and finally the Cafe Di Simo, historical coffeehouse in Via Fillungo, attended by Puccini and other celebrities as evidenced on a plaque inside. From the Town center we move towards the sea, in Torre del Lago where you can visit the Villa del Maestro, where he composed some of his greatest works [Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca, some parts of La Fanciulla del West, La Rondine, and Il Trittico] and where his and his families remains lie in a consecrated chapel. We move from sea to the mountains. Puccini often stayed in Bagni di Lucca, a meeting place for artists and intellectuals and,where, in 1909, he composed the second act of La Fanciulla del West. There is also a story of Puccini in Borgo A Mozzano, after a bet he tried to cross the devils bridge by car but he had to retract as the width of the bridge did not allow the crossing.



Le Vie della Pantera – Itinerari cicloturistici in Provincia di Lucca

Lovers of nature and living healthy, you can not miss this opportunity!

Luccaonline in collaboration with the Province of Lucca has some routes for cycling enthusiasts.

Lucca and its beautiful palaces, mansions, squares, churches, museums, but also lots and lots of nature to satisfy the pleasure of those who have interest to spend a pleasant holiday time in Lucca. The most simple and most challenging, suitable for different profiles of users, but equally charming.

See the list below, or log in to the site of the project www.panterabike.com :

Route 1 - The Lakes

Route 2 - The Fortress

Route 3 - Passo delle Radici

Route 4 - Monteperpoli

Route 5 - La Via del Pascoli

Route 6 - Prato Fiorito

Route 7 - Strada del Vino - Pinocchio

Route 8 - Romitorio

Route 9 - Via del Turrite Cava

Route 10 - Marble Road



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