The small villages and hamlets are perfect for art lovers looking to explore medieval parish churches and basilicas around which small communities have developed over the centuries. The old parish church of San Gennaro, in San Gennaro, the impressive church of San Cristoforo in Lamarri, the church of Rimortoli in San Colombano and the church of Santi Quirico e Giulitta in Capannori are all of huge artistic and architectural interest. The Athena Archaeological Museum is also in the centre of Capannori, and has artifacts ranging from prehistoric times to the early Middle Ages.
The countryside of Capannori is characterised by the presence of remarkable architectural structures, the most evident of which is the Nottolini Aqueduct, an eye-catching homage to its Roman "ancestors" in the typical neoclassical style.
Among the many beautiful Renaissance villas that are dotted around this area, it would be impossible to go without mentioning Villa Torrigiani, Villa Reale di Marlia and Villa Mansi, some of the most famous villas in the whole of Lucca. The landscape is shaped not only by villas, but also by the parks full of trees, lakes, statues and fishponds.
Roughly 1000 types of camellias bloom every year in the most untouched areas of Capannori. The species has been grown since the end of the seventeenth century in Pieve and Sant'Andrea di Compito - also known as Borgo delle Camelie (camellia town). The Camellietum, a 10,000m² garden, was created here in order to safeguard the botanical heritage, and is home to camellias from all over the world.