Piazza San Martino
The Cathedral of San Martino, with the “flawed” porch and its façade decorated with small columns, is located in the homonymous square.
Consecrated in 1070 by Pope Alexander, the church underwent several reconstruction operations, and the last regarded the facade, ending in 1637 with the construction of the Chapel of the Shrine.
It contains two works of art, symbols of the city: the sarcophagus of Ilaria del Carretto, a masterpiece by Jacopo della Quercia, and the wooden crucifix called "Holy Face".
Ilaria del Carretto was the wife of Paolo Guinigi, lord of Lucca in the early decades of the fifteenth century, and died when she was just twenty-seven in 1405. To commemorate her, her husband commissioned an effigy to the greatest sculptor of the time. The work is one of the most significant sculptures of the Italian Renaissance.
Connected to Piazza San Martino there are Piazza San Giovanni, where the church of SS Giovanni e Reparata is located, and Piazza Antelminelli, with the Cathedral Museum and the neoclassical tank, which Lorenzo Nottolini designed to mark the conclusion of the monumental construction of the aqueduct.
In August 2016, after major restoration works, the Catherdral Bell Tower has finally been opened to public. Dating back to 12th-13th centuries and 60 m high, the bell tower was made of local material, such as the stone of Guamo and Santa Maria del Giudice limestone (both quarries are located on Pisa mountains, not far from Lucca). There are 217 steps before reaching the top to enjoy one of the best views over the historic centre of Lucca and its surroundings.
From March 15 to November 2 : Monday to Saturday 9:30 - 19:00; Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 and 12:00 - 19:00
From November 3 to March 14 : Monday to Friday 9:30 - 17:00 ; Saturday 9:30 - 18:45 ; Sunday 11:30 - 17:00
San Martino's Cathedral Bell Tower
August and September: 10 - 19 (last entrance at 18:30)
Full 3 € (the price includes the visit to the Cathedral and the funerary monument to Ilaria del Carretto)
Concession 2 € (groups over 10 people)
Combination € 7 (Cathedral, Museum, San Giovanni and Reparata's Church)
Full 3 €
Combination 9 € (Cathedral, Museum, San Giovanni and Reparata's Church, Bell Tower)
Front accessible by ramp slope of 25% (227x140), main entrance with ramp slope of 19% (118x118) and subsequent downward step 4 cm