Continuing to the heart of town along the downtown streets with elegant shops, craft shops and bakeries where you can sample the true delights of Lucca, you come face to face with a piece of the history of Tuscany. Every square and every monument tells of Lucca and its great past. This was a land of bankers, traders, artists and religious who have left traces of themselves in every corner.
Look up to see the spires, steeples and towers, the most famous and most notable is the Tower Guinigi, a garden in the sky, from which we can glimpse the top of an old oak planted by Guinigi as a symbol of rebirth in the town. There are many churches in town which stand as witnesses of Lucca's period as an influential religious power in the 1300s. In Piazza San Michele, after the church, you see a building rising from the elegant white marble, in which are held precious statues by Andrea della Robbia , the famous Tuscan ceramics artist, and paintings by Filippino Lippi.