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San Michele in Foro, Lucca

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When in Tuscany, don't miss the chance to admire the historical sights of Lucca, of which San Michele in Foro is a major highlight. A church has stood on the ancient Roman forum in Lucca since at least the 8th century, but the building of the current structure started about 200 years later and lasted for several centuries. The result is an intriguing combination of Gothic and Romanesque styles, especially visible on the facade adorned with numerous arcades and sculptures. The interior of the basilica is more subtle and offers a perfect setting for enjoying ecclesiastic art. Bear in mind that the basilica is still active, so be respectful of worshippers. Use our Lucca travel itinerary planner to visit San Michele in Foro on your trip to Lucca, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Pretty together, outside is more impressive than the inside. But by the way well worth the money to carefully scrutinize the very original main façade.
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  • The Basilica of San Michele is certainly the most beautiful of Lucca. L "outside is beautiful with its 4 capitals topped with the statue of Saint Michael, accompanied by two Angels with trumpets." The Interior is equally beautiful. If you want to understand both the architecture and the works that decorate the Basilica, you'll find entering, right on a display, a sheet covering, very well done. In french. Free tour.
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  • A key Church of Lucca, us to have faith or by pure architectural distraction, it is a monument which applies to the view. A real work of art, a book of marble made sculpture, telling the story of life.
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  • Excellent church with a very pretty interior. A must see when in lucca. Nice to sit with a gelato on the front steps and watch the locals and tour groups go by.... but the best thing for me was the pizza place behind the church .. 9/10
  • Absolutely beautiful church, be sure to go inside too!
  • Beautiful cathedral from white shiny marble. Consider that each column is different in front side. Decoration is not rich inside, entrance is free there.
  • Amazing little church just inside the walls of Lucca. The square was not crowded at all when I was there with plenty of opportunities to take photos. The interior was very dark but there was some interesting artwork. Great place to stop on a tour of the city.
  • Fantastic on the outside, on the inside there is not much to see because there wasn't enough money to decorate the church on the inside.

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Explore northern Tuscany from a hotel or B&B located in Lucca's historical town center. The city's luxury lodging options offer free parking and access to outstanding downstairs eateries. To experience a little of that famous Tuscan countryside, consider booking your stay at a family-owned farm just outside Lucca. Though a bit far from the city's main attractions, small farms in the surrounding area offer inexpensive rooms, good food, and a chance to experience Tuscany's nature and local way of life.
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