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A year ending with art and culture


Lucca is a city full of art, ideas, encounters and long-standing traditions. Don't miss the date with art, music, poetry and literature in these Christmas holidays.
December is the right time to rediscover the old town center, take a break and enjoy everything the city has to offer in this important time of year.


Giglio theater in Lucca


The Christmas traditions are mixed with the artistic and architectural wonders of the city of a hundred churches such as the Oratory of the Guardian Angels, a baroque jewel in the heart of Lucca that returned to its splendor after a long restoration and that can be visited on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Teatro del Giglio, one of the oldest public theaters in Italy, will light up during the Christmas period with specific animations and projections. In this period the Lucca Puccini days festival pays tribute to the composer Giacomo Puccini together with his birthday anniversary, on December 22nd.
Throughout the Christmas period, there are many music events on the program for holiday wishes and celebrations. Jazz, contemporary, traditional, classical: music never fails in Lucca.

The historic center in this period offers the opportunity to stroll around places and get suggestive glimpses on unknown alleys, recalling the rich history of Lucca also through people's stories.


oratory of the guardian angels in Lucca


From great literature to popular legends, Lucca is a perfect stage for stories and mysterious legends, from the “tree-lined circle” by d'Annunzio to the Serchio river by Ungaretti, to the story of the noblewoman Lucida Mansi or that of the Devil's stone. It's time to get lost in the streets, squares and gardens and reveal their mysteries.

If you want to discover Lucca, visit the most famous monuments and learn more about the town's curiosities and secrets, you can take advantage of the program of free guided tours in Italian language. The tours Passeggiate per giorni di festa can be booked at the Tourist Information offices in piazza Curtatone (tel. +39 0583 442213) and piazzale Verdi (tel. +39 0583 583150)

Sunday 19 December 2021 at 11:00 am - Gli angeli custodi
Sunday 2 January 2022 at 3:00 pm - Il Diavolo e l'acqua santa
Thursday 6 January 2022 at 3:00 pm - Epifania... ma con brio!
Friday 7 January 2022 at 3:00 pm - Lucca Divina
Sunday 9 January 2022 at 11:00 am - Musica Maestri!

The holiday season is also an opportunity to visit exhibitions and museums without any stress, staying warm and enjoy the beauty.


National museum of villa Guinigi


Events also in the museums of the Plain of Lucca, Versilia and Garfagnana to promote their heritage, history and stories read by actors or interpreted by the best local theater companies, to learn more about the collections of the individual museums in an unprecedented way,

On December 15, at 3.00 pm at the Museum of the Ancient Mint of Lucca (Casermetta San Donato on the city walls) with Teatro Amatori in Lucca
on  December 18, at 4:00 pm, at the Cathedral of San Martino with the Amatori Theater in Lucca organised by the Museum Complex of the Cathedral of the Duomo of Lucca.
on December 30, at 4:00 pm, at the Puccini Museum - Giacomo Puccini's Birthplace in Lucca.

The history of the city can be seen from the beginning in the collections of the National Museum of Villa Guinigi, and the history of the noble families of the city can be discovered through paintings, miniatures and precious fabrics in the National Museum of Palazzo Mansi.

The exhibition “Napoleone l'uomo che dette il nome a un'epoca” ("Napoleon the man who gave his name to an era"), at the ancient Mint Museum, concludes this journey through time in Lucca and highlights the connection of the famous French emperor with the city.
Furthermore, in the cultural and artistic program in the month of December, the exhibition I pittori della luce: da Caravaggio a Paolini  (The painters of light: from Caravaggio to Paolini) in the Cavallerizza building in Piazzale Verdi, curated by the well-known art critic Vittorio Sgarbi who has chosen the city for the second time in two years for important exhibitions.


img: archivio turismo.lucca / R. Giomi