Lucca offers lots of opportunities for anyone : art, culture, food, entertainment. The city walls are wonderful and also hide secrets. The question marks you find on the map indicate oddities and curiosities and describe what you will find once you reach the point of interest.
It’s an opportunity for a relaxing walk around Lucca and visit places such as the Botanical Garden or have an aperitif in Piazza Anfiteatro.
What about sightseeing ?
The itinerary touches spots of interest scattered around the city, so that you can decide how many to visit and whether to visit them. Some of them can be observed without entering inside, such as the Devil's Scratches, while others, such as the Gate of Hell in the Church of Sant'Agostino, must well pay a visit. The same goes for the Botanical Garden: the idea of seeing Lucida Mansi's pond could tempt you. The why not buy your entrance ticket and be amazed fo find out much more besides the mystery! As you can see from the map, the various points of interest are located in strategic areas and easily reachable on foot, so you can stop for an aperitif or a lunch / dinner in one of the numerous restaurants that you encounter while strolling by. The question marks also allow you to visit different areas of the city, thus exploring even the narrowest and most hidden streets, perhaps feeling more like a traveler than a tourist or, why not, an explorer.
“S” shape itinerary :
Departure from Porta San Pietro
Labyrinth - Cathedral of San Martino, 6 minutes on foot
Lucida Mansi - Botanical Garden, 5 minutes on foot
La Meridiana - Santa Maria Forisportam, 4 minutes on foot
The Devil's Stone - Palazzo Bernardini, 3 minutes on foot
Diamante - Piazza San Michele, 3 minutes on foot
Gate of Hell - Church of Sant’Agostino, 5 minutes on foot
Porta dell’Angelo - Basilica of San Frediano, 4 minutes on foot
Acoustics - Piazza Anfiteatro, 2 minutes on foot
Scratches of the Devil - Church of San Pietro Somaldi, 2 minutes on foot
Return by the city walls so as to have a panoramic view of the city
Without considering stops, it is a walk of about 30 minutes, perfectly accessible for anyone. Obviously, the tourist / traveler / explorer can decide to stop according to their needs, perhaps to visit a place for longer (for example, the Botanical Garden is worth at least an hour) or a lunch/dinner in a restaurant.
Starting the tour in the morning there is the opportunity to arrive in Piazza Anfiteatro just for lunch time, taste typical dishes, and have a look at the Devil's Scratches.