Luminaria di Santa Croce di Lucca
See the historic center of Lucca by candelight during the Volto Santo Procession

Lucca is a very compelling town in the Garfagnana territory of Tuscany.

Luminaria di Santa Croce falls on September 13th, a night in which Lucca's famous “Volto Santo” is paraded along medieval streets illuminated entirely with candles.

But before the festival there's lots of preparation. Candles line windows and doors of the entire route, from Basilica of San Frediano to the Duomo, where the The Holy Face of Lucca, the venerated wooden statue Volto Santo is kept in a special tempietto.

The video will give you a little idea of how workers and shopkeepers prepare the route.

Our blog post, Luminaria di Santa Croce - Lucca in a Different Light, might be enlightening.

More on Lucca, Italy

Our video, How to Spend a Morning in Lucca, has some recommendations for activities, coffee, and lunch in the historic center. Get out of the center to take a tour of Lucca's historic Villas, they're very interesting.

Have a look at the Lucca Map & Guide to get your bearings.

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