Holidays in Piazza San Michele

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This pleasant square was the site of a Roman forum many centuries ago. Now, it is a spacious plaza with cafés, bars and an unfinished church from the 1100s.

Piazza San Michele is the former site of a Roman forum where triumphant processions, public speeches and political affairs took place. It has been one of the city’s central hubs of life for almost two millennia. In present day, travellers and locals like to relax at a restaurant or café surrounded by medieval buildings and a market.

The most iconic feature of the square is the 12th-century Church of San Michele. The plaza was named after the historic structure, which took two centuries to construct and is still unfinished. Construction was halted after the project’s funds were depleted, so the front façade remains too large for the rest of the structure.

Note the elaborate décor of the white marble exterior. Admire the upper half of the façade, which is ornate with sculptures, carvings, twisted columns and arches. Gaze up at the roof to view the large marble statue of the Archangel Michael slaying a dragon. The church’s interior is decorated with frescoes, paintings and statues. See the glazed terra cotta of the Madonna with Child.

Once you have seen the delights of the historic church, amble along the charming alleyways and squares in the region. Take a look at the intriguing statue of Francesco Burlamacchi, a former politician who was beheaded in 1548. Inspect the intricate façade of the 16th-century Palazzo Gigli, which is now occupied by modern businesses. The nearby Palazzo Pretorio, which is of Renaissance design, is home to modern art exhibitions and food festivals.

The Christmas Market in the square attracts shoppers in December to its stalls. Peruse the local handicrafts, toys, decorations, sweets and local culinary delights.

Relax in one of the cafés or bars and reflect on your time in the quaint square. Finish up with a typical Lucchese cake from a pastry shop. You can find the Piazza San Michele in the northeast of the city, 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) from the train station.

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Palazzo Alexander Hotel
Palazzo Alexander Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Santa Giustina 48, Lucca, LU
The price is AU$142 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
Located in Lucca Historical Center, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lucca Courthouse and 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Church of Saints Paolino ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (562 reviews)
"this hotel is lovely. It is run by a warm and hospitable father and son duo. It feels like you are being hosted in their own home. The hotel is located about a 7-8 minute walk from the main sights which is nice because you don't hear any noise from the streets. Breakfast is wonderful, with sweetbreads ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

Palazzo Alexander Hotel
Hotel Ilaria
Hotel Ilaria
4 out of 5
Via Del Fosso 26, Lucca, LU
The price is AU$154 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
This family-friendly Lucca hotel is located near the airport, steps away from Porta San Gervasio, Villa Bottini and San Micheletto Complex. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (928 reviews)
"This is a beautiful, quiet hotel on a lovely street and with an excellent breakfast. The staff is friendly and helpful. Because of a comix festival, the city was crowded, but at this hotel, just steps from all the noise, all was tranquil."

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2021

Hotel Ilaria
Palazzo Dipinto
Palazzo Dipinto
4 out of 5
Piazza del Palazzo Dipinto, 27, Lucca
The price is AU$302 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Lucca Historical Center, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Church of Saints Paolino and Donato and 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Puccini ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (207 reviews)
"Staff was friendly and very helpful in answering questions. Hotel is within walking distance of everything within the walled city."

Reviewed on 10 Nov. 2021

Palazzo Dipinto
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Eurostars Toscana
Eurostars Toscana
4 out of 5
Viale Europa 1135, Lucca, LU
The price is AU$84 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
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Hotel Ilaria
Hotel Ilaria
4 out of 5
Via Del Fosso 26, Lucca, LU
The price is AU$154 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
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Palazzo Alexander Hotel
Palazzo Alexander Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Santa Giustina 48, Lucca, LU
The price is AU$142 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
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Palazzo Dipinto
Palazzo Dipinto
4 out of 5
Piazza del Palazzo Dipinto, 27, Lucca
The price is AU$302 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
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Antica Residenza dell'Angelo
Antica Residenza dell'Angelo
Via Beccheria 11, Lucca, LU
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Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection
Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
Piazza Del Giglio 1, Lucca, LU
The price is AU$331 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
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Albergo Celide & SPA
Albergo Celide & SPA
4 out of 5
Viale Giuseppe Giusti 25, Lucca, LU
The price is AU$174 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
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Palazzo Rocchi Bed & Breakfast
Palazzo Rocchi Bed & Breakfast
Piazza San Michele 30, Lucca, LU
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Al Cardinale
Al Cardinale
Corte dell'Angelo 13, Lucca, LU
Al Cardinale
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