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Church of San Michele in Foro (Chiesa di San Michele in Foro)
The Church of San Michele in Foro (Chiesa di San Michele in Foro) takes its name from its location – the basilica was built over the site of Lucca's ancient Roman forum. The original church dates back to the eighth century, although the one seen today was built in the 11th century. The 13th-century facade is one of the highlights of the basilica, with its graceful arches and intricate carvings. It's noted as one of the best examples of the Pisan Romanesque style, and – as a bonus – visitors can see an open staircase on the backside that climbs over the roof of the church.
 
By contrast, the church's interior is more sedate and not very well-lit, although there is a painting by 15th-century master Filippino Lippi of Saints Helen, Jerome, Sebastian, and Roch. There is also a statue of the Madonna at the back of the church that was once on the facade.

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The church is open in summer from 7:40 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 6 p.m., and in winter from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Address: Piazza San Michele, Lucca, Tuscany 55100, Italy
Hours: Summer from 7:40am-12pm and 3-6pm, and in winter from 9am-12pm and 3-5pm
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Walking Tour and Exploration of Lucca

Walking Tour and Exploration of Lucca

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Explore the traditional Tuscan town of Lucca on a walking tour of the historic center. Stroll the cobblestone streets, bustling piazzas and old Renaissance walls; trace the city’s Roman past along Via San Paolino and Piazza San Michele; and see the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Keep your camera poised as you admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside San Frediano church and visit landmarks like the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore.
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Private Tour: Historic Lucca by bike

Private Tour: Historic Lucca by bike

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Nestled on the shores of the Serchio River in Tuscany, Lucca boasts cobblestone streets, Renaissance architecture, and centuries of colorful history. On this private bike tour, choose a morning or afternoon ride and spin through the narrow medieval streets with your guide to lead the way. Hit top attractions including the Guinigi Tower and the 11th-century Lucca Cathedral with ease, and head up to the top of the Renaissance city walls for uninterrupted views over the Lucca rooftops.
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Sweet and salty Lucca by E-bike

Sweet and salty Lucca by E-bike

TASTE THE TYPICAL PRODUCTS AND DISCOVER THE HISTORICAL CENTER Explore Lucca by e-bike in small groups and taste typical local products. Lucca is surrounded by Renaissance cycle walls and is known as "the city of 100 churches", but also for its food, both sweet and salty. During this relaxing tour you will discover the main attractions such as the Cathedral of San Martino, Church of San Michele, Piazza Napoleone, Piazza Anfiteatro and part of the walls always accompanied by our friendly guide. You will stop at a traditional delicatessen where you will taste Tuscan appetizers accompanied by a glass of wine and, after a short ride, seated again in one of the historic pastry shops where you will also taste sweets from Lucca.
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Private tour: Kids in Lucca - Stepping Back in Time to the Middle Ages.

Private tour: Kids in Lucca - Stepping Back in Time to the Middle Ages.

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Inspire the imagination of your children with this 2-hour kid-focused Middle Ages tour in Lucca. Let an experienced guide lead you back in time to learn about the pilgrims who made their way to see the 'Volto Santo,' a wooden crucifix, in Lucca in the Middle Ages. See the city's historic mint and receive a copy of a coin from that era. Sample some gelato at the end of the tour.
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One-hour tour through the historic center and half Renaissance walls

One-hour tour through the historic center and half Renaissance walls

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Within an hour, you can discover all the secrets of the city sitting comfortably on our carriage, accompanied by a horse and his driver.
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Lucca for children

Lucca for children

The tour allows you to discover the city in the story of real and fantastic stories. Children color, draw and learn to see the squares and monuments around them.
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Lucca for children and families independently

Lucca for children and families independently

In complete autonomy, the tour allows you to discover the city by following the instructions in the attached booklet. Each family can manage the city tour freely. Children receive a backpack containing material for coloring and reading.
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Lucca by Bike

Lucca by Bike

Lucca is an ideal city to explore by bike. It is a car-free city (only permit holders allowed), so very relaxing and in this way there is much more to discover in a short time. The guide is Dutch who has lived in Italy for years. We will visit the important historical sites, but we will also let you discover the local secrets.
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Tour of Lucca with friendly Guide

Tour of Lucca with friendly Guide

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Your personal guide for the beautiful city of Lucca, will walk you through the main and unique monuments and locations as I tell you all about the interesting history, Lucca culture and traditions!
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Flavours of Lucca Small Group Art, History, Food and Wine tastings Tour

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Join us for an interesting morning food tour that will dive you into the gastronomy, history, art and culture of our fascinating city. This experience is a perfect introduction to the city that you will discover from different points of view. We look forward to let you live an chill out tour seen from a local local perspective.
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Lucca Bikes and Bites Small groups with food tastings

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Lucca Bikes and Bites Small groups with food tastings

This tours is the best way to live the city in the manner of locals: by bike. You can completely enjoy the historical centre, the shading city walls and delicious typical products while you stay fit.
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Lucca Aperitivo Adventure Small groups with food and wine

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Lucca Aperitivo Adventure Small groups with food and wine

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Enjoy an alternative evening during your stay in town joining our evening walk tour of the sightseeing of Lucca with final Aperitivo that means, wine and food to savour. You will discover the charm of the city by night learning and trying the local tradition to meet friends before dinner! An easy way to explore the city under many aspects: art, history and lifestyle!.
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Your Lucca Walking Tour

Your Lucca Walking Tour

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Discover the highlights of Lucca, a charming, walled city in northern Tuscany, during this scenic walking tour. Perfect for first-time visitors, the guided tour covers Lucca’s impressive history. Tick off the main sights in a single stroll, with admission to the 11th-century cathedral included. Discover the stories and legends that have made the small, stunning city so unique, and listen to entertaining anecdotes about its fabled residents.
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Church of San Michele in Foro (Chiesa di San Michele in Foro) hours of operation: Summer from 7:40am-12pm and 3-6pm, and in winter from 9am-12pm and 3-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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