A new visitor center for travellers and citizens has recently opened along the sixteenth century walls of Lucca. Structured on three floors, it holds a multimedia museum and a hospitality center. Here you can experience a 3D video mapping or follow a virtual food tour.
In the intriguing rooms of the former Executioner’s House, the new museum covers the history of the Francigena through its main sections and dishes.
In addition, the hospitality centre offers a place to relax and a restaurant where you can taste some traditional Tuscan specialties: a great place for pilgrims for rest. Find out here the opening times and all the information needed to plan your visit.
A mysterious labyrinth: carved on a colonnade stone of the cathedral of San Martino in Lucca, this labyrinth has always spiked the curiosity of tourists and citizens. Its incised inscription in Latin refers to ancient pagan mythology: “This is the labyrinth built by Dedalus of Crete; all who entered therein were lost, save Theseus, thanks to Ariadne’s thread”.
They say it was a warning to pilgrims as they rested here on their long journey along the route. Although no one knows yet exactly what it means and why it was placed there, it’s symbolically considered a milestone for pilgrims in Rome and has become a symbol of the Via Francigena.