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Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata

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Address: Piazza San Giovanni | Centro storico, Lucca, Italy
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Beautiful View of the City from atop the Tower

Beautiful church built atop ancient Roman site. Has an archeological area below the church to view the Roman ruins. Great view of the city from atop the tower, however it's not an... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Beautiful church built atop ancient Roman site. Has an archeological area below the church to view the Roman ruins. Great view of the city from atop the tower, however it's not an easy climb.

Thank Charles C
Mid North Coast
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

It's a small church when compared to others but I really enjoyed climbing the bell tower and exploring the ruins underneath the church. Well worth visiting

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We bought a combo ticket, which also includes the San Martina Cathedral & tower nearby. The main attraction for me was the excavation underneath the church floor which you can climb down and walk through. There is an audio tour available--we didn't use it.

Thank SB1114
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 763 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

There are in this little town about twelve churchs, all with a very nice architecture, and this medieval church San Giovanni, offers concerts of Puccini, very nice tower, and her construction is on an ancient roman villa.

Thank Manuela L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

The 12th century church itself is small but worth a quick visit. It is the excavated ruins under the floor of the entire church that is the draw for anyone who likes archaelological remains. The ruins of the church of St. Reparata, which was built in the 4th century, was the 1st cathedral in Lucca until the 8th century. There... More 

1 Thank soxfanPaxton
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

You can visit the church, wander round the paved underground walkways down in the basement where there are ruins and insights into history back to Roman times. The church also includes notable murals, sculptures and the chance to climb the vertigo inducing bell tower. Open metal stair treads and open hand rails. Looking uo it isvery M.C. Escher.

1 Thank Sue149
Enford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

As with all Italian towns, Lucca is full of wonderful churches. This one is no exception and it also houses a crypt where they have carried out an archaeological dig and uncovered many remains of the previous buildings on the site. Buy a combination ticket for this church, the bell tower and St. Martin's Cathedral.

1 Thank emtrey
Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is where the Puccini Festival runs every day, just across the street from the Dom. The inside is practically without colour and it is quite dark inside even on a sunny day so it's hardly worth a special visit - look in over when you come to the Festival in the evening (every evening of the year!)

Thank OLDGIT71
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

The Puccini festival is held in this church, but even if you are not into Puccini, this is a magnificent place to visit. The excavations under the church reveal four phases in it history with interpretations in Italian, English and French. Audio guides are available.

Thank DBC_the_birder
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

I went inside this church expecting to see another standard interior but this one has a lot of archeological finds and structures therefore worth the visit

Thank Ricardo B

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