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Piazza Napoleone

The largest square in Lucca is a favorite spot for socializing. Some of the biggest names in music entertain here.

With rock concerts, cafés, interesting architecture and a wide open space, the sprawling tree-lined Piazza Napoleone has a broad appeal that attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Lucca’s main public square is also called Piazza Grande. It was dedicated to Napoleon by his sister Elisa Bonaparte who ruled the city from 1805 to 1815.

Stroll around the piazza’s perimeter to survey the facades of the buildings. The focal point is the colossal Ducal Palace (Palazzo Ducal), once home to Elisa and now the headquarters of Lucca’s provincial government. For more than 800 years the building has been the political and administrative center of the city.

Pay a visit to the Teatro del Giglio in the adjacent piazza. Built in the mid-17th century, it’s one of the oldest theaters in Italy. Watch an opera, listen to a symphonic music concert or enjoy the spring dance season.

Piazza Napoleone is a favorite picnic spot of the Lucchese. Buy fresh regional produce from nearby shops and enjoy your food under the shade of a tree just as the locals do.

Every summer the piazza rocks to the sounds of some of the biggest musical artists on the planet. If you will be in the city during July, reserve a ticket for one of the many evening concerts held here. The piazza is a venue for the Lucca Summer Festival, an annual musical celebration. A stage and giant television screens are erected with the Ducal Palace providing a dramatic backdrop for the performances. Among the international artists who have played to enthusiastic crowds in recent years are Elton John, Eric Clapton, James Brown and Pink. Purchase tickets from the Summer Festival’s official website.

During December, enjoy the square’s seasonal attractions, including a temporary ice rink and children’s carousel ride. 

Situated in the center of Lucca, the piazza is about a 10-minute walk from the train station and a quarter mile (400 meters) from the bus terminus in Piazzale Verdi.


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Albergo San Martino £50
Albergo San Martino

Albergo San Martino

Via Della Dogana 9, Lucca, LU
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lucca Historical Center, this hotel is steps away from Walls of Lucca, Cathedral of St Martin and Piazza Napoleone. Guinigi Tower and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 7 minutes by foot.

    B&B Pergola House £48
    B&B Pergola House

    B&B Pergola House

    Piazza San Romano 11-12, Lucca
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lucca Historical Center, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Museum of Comics and Imagery and Piazza Napoleone. Guinigi Tower and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro are also within 15 minutes. Lucca Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      La Tosca rooms £88
      La Tosca rooms

      La Tosca rooms

      via San Paolino, 68, Lucca, LU
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lucca Historical Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Napoleone, Guinigi Tower and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Massaciuccoli Lake and Leaning Tower are also within 16 mi (25 km). Lucca Station is 12 minutes by foot.

        Palazzo Dipinto £127
        Palazzo Dipinto

        Palazzo Dipinto

        Piazza del Palazzo Dipinto, 27, Lucca
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lucca Historical Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Puccini Museum and Piazza Napoleone. Guinigi Tower and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 12 minutes by foot.

          Anfiteatro Bed and Breakfast £76
          Anfiteatro Bed and Breakfast

          Anfiteatro Bed and Breakfast

          Via Dell Anfiteatro 25, Lucca, LU
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lucca Historical Center, this townhouse accommodation is steps away from Lucca Roman Amphitheatre and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. Guinigi Tower and Piazza Napoleone are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Apt on Piazza Napoleone, Free Fast Wifi, Aircon and Floor Heat
            Apt on Piazza Napoleone, Free Fast Wifi, Aircon and Floor Heat

            Apt on Piazza Napoleone, Free Fast Wifi, Aircon and Floor Heat

            Via Vittorio Veneto, 13, Lucca, Tuscany
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lucca Historical Center, this historic apartment building is steps away from Ducal Palace and Piazza Napoleone. Guinigi Tower and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Big apt in Piazza Napoleone, Free Fast Wifi 2 big Bedrooms Aircon and Heat
              Big apt in Piazza Napoleone, Free Fast Wifi 2 big Bedrooms Aircon and Heat

              Big apt in Piazza Napoleone, Free Fast Wifi 2 big Bedrooms Aircon and Heat

              via vittorio veneto, 13, Lucca, Tuscany
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lucca Historical Center, this historic apartment building is steps away from Ducal Palace and Piazza Napoleone. Guinigi Tower and Piazza dell'Anfiteatro are also within 10 minutes. Lucca Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Perle d'Ambra £82
                Perle d'Ambra

                Perle d'Ambra

                8 Via San Girolamo, Lucca
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lucca Historical Center, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of St Martin, Guinigi Tower and Palazzo Pfanner. Basilica of San Frediano and Leaning Tower are also within 12 mi (20 km). Lucca Station is 7 minutes by foot.