The only city in Europe to be completely surrounded by the walls built during the Renaissance period, Lucca is a small old town that has remained intact as the world modernized, unusual for cities in the region.
Known as the city of a hundred churches, you must definitely visit at least three of them during your visit: the Duomo, with the famous and delicate marble sculpture, "Ilaria Del Carretto", sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia, the church of San Michele, located in the age-old Roman forum and San Frediano, with a beautiful Byzantine mosaic piece on its facade.
Walking along the ancient alleyways and streets you will see numerous historic buildings and homes, unexpectedly discovering a decorated arch or a double-arched window that appear out of the blue, in a succession of styles that go from Roman to Gothic, from Romanesque to Baroque up to the Neoclassical period.
Be sure to look up as well. You will see the towers that still today stretch all the way up over the city's rooftops: the characteristic Torre delle Ore and the great Torre Guinigi, crowned with Holm Oak leaves. A short distance away you will find Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, with its unmistakable elliptical shape, built in the original Roman structure.
Nevertheless, it is not the architecture that makes the city great, but the people. You will soon notice that you're in a lively place, filled with busy people. They might be very busy but they also know how to enjoy the little pleasures in life, such as taking a walk along the "arborato cerchio" (or tree-lined circle), as D'Annunzio called the city's beautiful walls.
A few kilometers from the sea and flanked by the Apuane Alps, with a horizon that opens up towards different destinations, Lucca is a city to visit, to see, a place where you can have fun, smile and let your thoughts run wild.