San Michele in Foro Tours

San Michele in Foro
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.

Practical Info

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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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip

Swap La Spezia port for a day in Tuscany, and visit the cities of Lucca and Pisa with a private driver. How you spend your time in each city is up to you: climb the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa, gaze out at Lucca from the lofty heights of the Torre Guinigi or take a leisurely lunch in the Tuscan sun. All entrance fees and food are at your own expense. 
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Explore the traditional Tuscan town of Lucca on a 2-hour 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: Pisa and Lucca from Florence

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Lucca Round Trip Experience from Florence

When visiting Florence, don’t miss the chance to visit one of Tuscany’s other most enchanting destinations with this private, half-day tour to Lucca. Travel in a Mercedes through the beautiful countryside to arrive at the Renaissance city, famous for its preserved medieval walls that encircle the old city center. Enjoy several hours of leisure time to spend as you please, whether you want to grab lunch at a local cafe, stroll along the promenade atop the walls or explore local attractions like Puccini’s former home and Piazza del Giglio. Price is per group, based on a maximum of three passengers per vehicle.
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Private Pisa and Lucca Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable day trip from Florence to see both Pisa and Lucca with this private 7-hour tour. See the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Walk on the perfectly-intact historic city walls in Lucca.
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Lucca for children to discover fantastic animals.

My itineraries through the city are telling the children through real and fantastic stories and the children interact coloring, looking and looking for what is around them, thus stimulating their curiosity.
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Florence and Lucca from Livorno Port Private Shore Excursion

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