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Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata

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Puccini Concert Venue

This church which used to be the Cathedral of Lucca was deconsecrated and is now used for nightly... read more

Reviewed November 16, 2018
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Explore the 5 layers underneath

Built in Roman times, the building is used as a concert venue.Be sure to view the 5 layers of... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018

This church which used to be the Cathedral of Lucca was deconsecrated and is now used for nightly Puccini concerts. Apparently it is also a museum but we attended the concert here and the acoustics were great! Prior to the start of the concert, I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

Built in Roman times, the building is used as a concert venue.Be sure to view the 5 layers of archeological finds and climb up the tower.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kyle S
Reviewed October 17, 2018

No longer a functioning Church but an exemplar Archaeological site. There doesn't seem much there at first sight but the Audio Guide really brings things to the fore that you might otherwise miss. We found it fascinating as the development of the site was explained....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mark W
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Visited the church. It has been newly renovated and looks beautiful. Unfortunately, it is no longer in service, but is home to the nightly Puccini concert. The concert was a highlight of our trip. They also have uncovered a number of archaeological ruins that date...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JohnandMarylou
Reviewed October 13, 2018

The church is not in service any more and it serves today as a museum and a concert venue. The whole complex was originally built in Roman times, during the 5th century. There were a lot of interventions and refurbishments over its history, which is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Borzov
Reviewed September 13, 2018

A really interesting and well displayed building with the bonus aof a good view from the tower. The description of "disused church" suggests dusty and dull but the interior is well lit, well displayed and full of interest from art works to archaeology

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

The church is today not any more in service. Underground you can see the previous churches, most probably 5 layers. It is a very good example how to preserve former values.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 545medva
Reviewed January 23, 2018

While I agree with other reviewers that the interior of this church isn't much to write home about, I will strongly suggest you take the tour of the five centuries of ruins UNDER the church. Think of it as a bonus to what you'll experience...More

Date of experience: October 2017
8  Thank Teresa B
Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

Italians really know this subject. As we can see the same configuration in Florence that is Santa Maria del Fiore over the previous Santa Reparata Church, St.Giovanni Church over the Santa Reparata ruins and the older time ruins. You should visit this area and you...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank tanati
Reviewed November 4, 2017

A visit to this old church is good for the archaeology and the history of Lucca. We were lucky enough to do a 2-in-1 seeing the church and attending a Puccini recital. The performance acoustics are wonderful as are the very early Roam architectural structures.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Response from tanati | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in San Luca Palace and we didn't need to look for a parking place as they've free one. Have a nice trip.
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Response from AngeloS160 | Reviewed this property |
I believe the guide told us there were remains in the crypt, but I believe their are a couple of "tomba" don there. It is a walkway that you will be on and in some cases the steps are very steep. You will need to be very... More