The symbol, which contains the main elements that distinguish Lucca, is a perfect alchemy between the strength represented by the two panthers and the delicate harmony of the architectural forms of the city. Each symbol linked to the other by a millennial history in a timeless treasure chest.
LUCCA’S HOLY FACE
Lucca’s Holy or sacred Face (volto Santo) is a black wooden crucifix currently cherished in the Temple Shrine (tempietto) built by Matteo Civitali in 1484, now situated in the left hand nave of the Cathedral of Saint Martin.
The deep veneration has made it the city’s “Palladio”, in fact Lucca’s most important religious festivity is the feast that glorifies and exalts The Holy Cross (Santa Croce ) celebrated on the 13th and 14th of September.
These plants which can be found in the area of Lucca recall the exotic East and their flowers are an emotion for their vast variety and color, traditionally grown as ornamental in parks and gardens of Lucca’s patrician Villas.
The secular trees of the Walls (sycamore trees , horse chestnut trees, red oak trees, etc.) are an excellent natural background which allow a privileged approach to the city and its territory.
The panther is the heraldic animal that has been representing the city since the XIV century.
THE GUINIGI TOWER
It’s the most important tower of Lucca, built of stone and bricks its main characteristic is the presence of some oak trees on the top.
THE STRONGHOLD OF THE WALLS
The Walls of Lucca “The tree circle” are a symbol of the city worldly renowned both for its monumental and artistic beauty as well as for its historical value. The Strongholds are unique and are definite elements of the 1500s city walls.
THE ROSE WINDOW
The Rose Window or Rosone is a big decorative circular window set on the façade of the church which recalls the “100” churches of Lucca. According to the Christian tradition it symbolizes the dominion of Christ on earth.
THE AMPHITHEATRE SQUARE
It is a square of the city of Lucca, built on the ruins of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre (II Century AD). Because of this it has maintained an elliptical closed shape. The square was built in Medieval times and the last urban upgrading was done by the Architect Lorenzo Nottolini in the 1800s.