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. Plan to visit San Michele in Foro and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Lucca attractions using our Lucca trip itinerary planning site .
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful church perhaps more del Duomo is located where once was the Roman Forum also the beautiful piazza filled with bars and refreshment areas
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  • August 17, 2017
    This church is really splendid, as practically many churches in Italy reflects the magnificence of Christianity at this time
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  • August 16, 2017
    beautiful church and free for visiting. the square is charming and spacious with lots of restaurants  more »
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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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