Continuing on down to the heart of town you will find elegant shops, craft shops and bakeries (where you can sample the true delights of Lucca); providing an authentic and unique experience of Tuscany. Every square, church and momument you see tells the story of Lucca’s magnificent past. This was the land of bankers, traders, artists and religious leaders and they have all left traces of their lives.
Looking up you will see spires, steeples and towers, the most famous of which is the Guinigi Tower. From this garden in the sky, you can glimpse the top of an old oak tree planted by Guinigi to symbolise the rebirth of the town. There are many churches in the centre of town which serve as evidence of Lucca's period of religious influence and power in the 1300s. In Piazza San Michele, named after the church, you see a building of elegant white marble, in which precious statues by Andrea della Robbia and paintings by Filippino Lippi stand.