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Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)
Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)

Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)

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Piazza San Martino, Lucca, Tuscany, 55100

The basics

Officially known as the Cattedrale di San Martino, or simply the Duomo, Lucca’s main church was originally built in the 11th century, though today’s version dates from three centuries later. A visit here is a must during walking or bike tours of the historic center, as the cathedral is home to some of the city’s most important art, architecture, and local lore. Explore the church, bell tower, and museum with a guide to fully appreciate its unique artistic and historic significance, along with other top attractions in the city like the Guinigi Tower, the Church of San Michele in Foro, and the historic city walls.

Lucca is one of the most popular day trips from Florence or shore excursions from Livorno, and it’s easy to combine a tour of the city with a stop in nearby Pisa. Opt for a food and wine tour of Lucca’s city center to combine sightseeing with tastings of Tuscan specialties, or, for a unique introduction to the city, a music tour exploring theaters and other landmarks connected to its musical history.

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Walking Tour and Exploration of Lucca
Walking Tour and Exploration of Lucca
star-4.5
$10.64 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great afternoon tour in Lucca
Vittoria was very personable and informative- we had a lovely afternoon learning about Lucca. I also appreciated she shared a shop with my family's surname, which meant a lot to me! This is a very worthwhile tour
Jennifer_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucca

star-5
Recommendable
Almut_M, Jun 2022
Your Lucca Walking Tour
Diletta Barbiere perfectly explained the * Spirit of Lucca*: History, Specialties, Arts and the people that make the city so wonderful!
star-5
Lucca: My new favourite city
Cindy_P, Jun 2022
Your Lucca Walking Tour
A very lovely woman gave us the most informative and intriguing tour of Lucca Saturday morning that included sites, archaeology, history, economics and shopping highlights! This was our first trip to Lucca but will not be our last. Loved every minute!
star-5
Great bike ride in Lucca!
Liora_a, May 2022
Private Tour: Historic Lucca by bike
Paola was a great guide. She was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed being with her. Lucca is a beautiful city with a rich history.
star-5
A Wonderful Day!
Bonnie_G, May 2022
PRIVATE Full-Day Tour around Pisa and Lucca from Florence
Alessandro did a terrific job, taking us to all the best parts of Pisa and Lucca. He even gave us a recommendation on where to have lunch. On our way home, he made a quick stop to allow us to get a wonderful view of Firenze from Michelangelo square. A fun day and Alessandro’s stories made it even better!
star-5
One of the best walking tours
Peter_O, May 2022
Your Lucca Walking Tour
Maria our guide had the knowledge of Lucca and combined it with a great personality and humor. This was truly a fantastic tour - I have absolutely no hesitation to highly recommend. Thank you Maria!
star-4
Lack of a Tour Guide
Steven_W, Sep 2021
Semi Private Pisa and Lucca Wine Tour from Florence
Fabio did an excellent job. My dissatisfaction with the tour was that in Lucca and Pisa we were supposed to be totally on our own, just dropped off and later picked up. Fortunately Fabio took us around and explained many things; we then had free time in Lucca. There was no indication of this in the description.
star-5
Exactly what I was hoping for
Departure44342046931, Nov 2019
Pisa & Lucca Guided Day Tour from Florence w Leaning Tower Skip-the-Line Access
Lacking in communication prior to the tour, but on tour day the experience was seamless. Our driver Vincenzo arrived early and was friendly, kind, professional, and knowledgeable. The Mercedes was clean, comfortable, and stocked with bottled water. Once we arrived in Pisa our English speaking guide was already waiting for us. Her tour was low key, no pressure, and conversational. Very knowledgeable on art, history, and architecture, all offered at an enjoyable pace. She handled everything with out Fast Pass to the tower, and made sure we were on time for our access window. Best of all, because it was a private tour and private car, we had total flexibility within our allotted time. Absolutely worth it.
star-5
Exactly what I was hoping for
Departure44342046931, Dec 2019
Pisa & Lucca Guided Day Tour from Florence w Leaning Tower Skip-the-Line Access
I wish there had been at least some communication with me in advance, but on the day of the tour, everything was perfect. Our driver Vincenzo arrived early and was friendly, kind, and professional. Our guide was already waiting for us in Pisa. Her English was excellent, and she was very knowledgeable about Pisa history, art, architecture, and politics. The pace was casual and comfortable, but still very interesting. She handled all our tickets, and made sure we made our time slot for our Pisa tower climb. Best of all, because this tour was private, it allowed my family flexibility in terms of how we chose to spend our time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
star-5
Excellent tour,...
ERIKA_S, May 2022
Your Lucca Walking Tour
Excellent tour, excelllent guide, great introduction to the story of Lucca, a great way to start a visit to Lucca.
star-5
Great Introduction to Lucca.
Matthew_K, Apr 2022
Your Lucca Walking Tour
Gide Paolo was awesome. She knew everything about Lucca and was very friendly. Great introduction to Lucca.
star-5
Enjoyable, educational, helpful!
Larry_G, Oct 2021
Your Lucca Walking Tour
Our guide was WONDERFUL! She was personable, knowledgeable, responsive and had great recommendations.
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Things to know before you go

  • Churches in Italy require modest dress to enter, so chose attire that covers shoulders and knees.
  • Lucca walking or bike tours take place largely outdoors, and comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended.
  • The Duomo is accessible for wheelchair users via a ramp at the entrance.
  • Photography is not allowed in the church or museum.
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How to get there

Lucca’s Duomo is on Piazza San Martino in the center of Lucca’s walled old town, a short walk from the train station. You can catch a direct train from Florence to Lucca, though a tour or shore excursion that includes transportation is the best option for visiting Lucca and Pisa in a single day.

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When to get there

On the 13th of September, the Volto Santo is carried through the streets of Lucca in an impressive torch procession, kicking off the city’s most important historic festival that includes costumed pageants, fireworks, and a large outdoor market.

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The Holy Face of Lucca (Volto Santo)

The Holy Face of Lucca (Volto Santo) is a wooden rendering of Christ on the cross, said to have been carved by Jesus’ contemporary, Nicodemus. The Volto Santo currently on display in a specially built marble chapel inside Lucca’s Duomo is a 13th-century copy, but it’s just as precious to the town. The Volto Santo is celebrated each year with a procession and festival beginning on September 13th.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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