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Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi

Address: Via della Quarquonia, 55100 Lucca, Italy
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Ranked #10 of 40 Attractions in Lucca
Type: Art Museums, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
Owner description: One of the strangest sights in Lucca is this fifteenth-century home, with a battlement tower...
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Type: Art Museums, Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Owner description: One of the strangest sights in Lucca is this fifteenth-century home, with a battlement tower surmounted by oak trees whose roots have grown into the room below.

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Willunga, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a national museum with excellent collections of Etruscan, Roman and later period material. Probably could have done without the vast array of church artworks - you really see enough of these in the churches (where they belong anyway).

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norfolk
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Although the museum is a bit away from the centre, it should definitely not be overlooked. The rooms were chronologically arranged and the Romanesque ones were really outstanding. To get a close up look at the sculpture from the front of San Michele was unmissable. All the early sculpture was wonderfully displayed.

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edinburgh, scotland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Invariably empty, this is a very fine museum. The collection ranges from archeology and artefacts to architectural fragments, furniture and fine arts. All is from Lucca and its environs. Odd that it is so under-visited but that is only to your advantage. Very reasonably priced too.

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Bloomfield Hills
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We much preferred the Palazzo Pfanner and Villa Manzi to this museum, which consisted mainly of Italian church art and some early pottery, columns, and mosaics. No English explanations. Poor lighting in some rooms. Tired, listless garden. I admit that we were tired and thirsty (no cafe or gift shop here!), but I don't think we would have loved it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We didn't have the time to see the museum last time we were in Lucca and we made it our objective this time. It is a fantastic place with so much to see. It starts with all the pottery and carvings from Etruscan and Roman times which are very interesting finds and well worth spending time looking at. Then it... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Once you get to the top, what a view - all over Lucca, stunning, do it, it cost about E4, but worth every cent. DO IT

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Well worth a visit. Almost too much to appreciate in one day. The collection ranges from Ancient times to the Late Renaissance.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We found this on a wet day on our 4th visit to Lucca. It houses a collection of works of art by lesser known local artists of the past. Some of the works were lost in 2002 when they were sent for cleaning and disappeared into the world of illegal art trading but they have been found and recovered. Other... More 

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Sun Valley, Idaho
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

On a hot day - retreat to this museum. Not overwhelming in its collection - but worth browsing. We liked the carvings. But the grounds were not interesting - the gardens were very plain.

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Lucca isn't big, but this was tricky for us to find - if you get a little lost, ask and keep going - you'll be rewarded. This museum has great pieces from 8th century BC and on. There were fascinating early Christian items, many large and in amazing condition. After seeing so many high quality artifacts from these truly ancient... More 

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