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Distance

5.18 mi

Elevation gain

69 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

69 ft

Max elevation

102 ft

Trailrank

79 4.9

Min elevation

43 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

5 hours 3 minutes

Coordinates

926

Uploaded

June 13, 2017

Recorded

May 2017
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102 ft
43 ft
5.18 mi

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near Lucca, Toscana (Italia)

Great walk on the Lucca city walls and into town. The city walls have been completely preserved and a walk and cycle way goes around on them. The city itself is a jewel with great historical buildings, and is a lively and atmospheric town. The walk is easy, and children will like it as well.
We came by car and started out at Piazzale Risorgimento, but you could start this walk from the train station as well. You climb onto the city wall at the rampart of San Colombano, and then walk clockwise around the city walls with 9 other ramparts on the way. The walls and the area around it give the impression of a park, with lots of trees and grass. You could also rent various types of bicycle on or near the city walls. At the San Regolo rampart you leave the walls and enter the city along Via del Fosso. You pass below city gate Porta Santi Gervasio e Protasio into Via Santa Croce. You pass by the Santa Maria Forisportam on your way to Torre Guinigi. You can climb this tower for a fee so you can enjoy a great view of the town. Trees grow on top of the tower. After climbing the tower you go back a bit and continue towards the old amphitheater via San Pietro Somaldi. This amphitheater is now a great piazza with restaurants. You continue via San Frediano and walk through the main shopping street Via Fillungo, where you climb another tower (Torre Civica). You walk to Piazza San Michele with the impressive Chiesa di San Michele in Foro. Via Piazza Napoleon and Piazza del Giglio you walk towards the Duomo on Piazza San Martino and then leave the city again via Baluardo San Colombano.
Enjoy!
Castle

Baluardo San Colombano

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Baluardo (rampart) San Colombano is where the walk enters the city wall
Religious site

Basilica di San Frediano

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A enormous mosaic decorates the front facade of this church.
Religious site

Chiesa di San Michele in Foro

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Beautiful church
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City Wall east side

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East side of the city wall (between San Pietro and Liberta ramparts).
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City Wall north side

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North side of the city wall (between Santa Croce and San Pietro ramparts).
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City Wall south side

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South side of the city wall (between Liberta and San Paolini ramparts).
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City Wall west side

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West side of the city wall (between San Paolini and Santa Croce ramparts).
Religious site

Duomo

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Cathedral
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Piazza del Giglio

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Piazza with statue of Garibaldi
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

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Piazza in the middle of the former Roman amphitheater, now surrounded by houses.
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Piazza San Martino

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Square in front of the Duomo
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Piazza San Pietro Somaldi

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Square in front of the San Pietro Somaldi church
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Piazza Santa Maria Forisportam

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Square in front of the Santa Maria Forisportam church
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Piazzale Risorgimento

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Square where we started out the walk
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Porta Santi Gervasio e Protasio

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City gate
Panorama

Torre Guinigi

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You can climb this tower (see http://www.lemuradilucca.it/torri/torre-guinigi) for a fee (4 € for an adult in 2017). The view is great. Trees grow on the top.
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Via del Fosso

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In the middle of this street is a fast flowing stream with clear water.
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Via Fillungo

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Via Fillungo is the main shopping street in Lucca.

6 comments

  • Photo of Lara Lucky Red

    Lara Lucky Red Mar 5, 2021

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Una bellissima camminata per ammirare la bellezza di Lucca, dalle mura al centro della città, alla portata di tutti!!

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Mar 5, 2021

    Grazie, Lara, per la raccomandazione e la recensione! Bello che ti sia piaciuto

  • Photo of p.blom27

    p.blom27 Aug 6, 2021

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Top, alles zit er in👍🏻

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Aug 18, 2021

    Bedankt, p.blom27, voor de positieve recensie!

  • Cor Bruin Sep 6, 2022

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Prachtige stad er valt zoveel moois te zien

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Sep 19, 2022

    Bedankt voor de positieve recensie, Cor. Inderdaad een prachtige stad!

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