Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata

Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata

Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria20,951 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I think this is the most interesting church to visit in Lucca. Now it works only as a museum and is not a church, but you can climb the tower from where there is a wonderful view of the whole city. The most interesting is the dungeon, where there were excavations and you may see the layering of different cultures from Roman times, through the Middle Ages to the present day.
Written August 22, 2021
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Josh L
Galloway, New Jersey, United States118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
This single structure houses numerous attractions, and centuries, on display. The reason the one church has 2 names is because the Church of San Giovanni was constructed over the Church of Santa Reparata. Even more remarkable is that beneath that is an excavation of a Roman spa. There is a path thru the excavation that provides a fascinating sample of Roman life. Be sure to purchase the handheld device with pre-recorded guide information. Each level is worth a few dozen photos. There is also a tower to climb for an excellent view of Lucca. The building is also the home for the first ongoing festival dedicated to Giacomo Puccini and his music in Lucca, his native city. Opera concerts, both grand and intimate, are performed in the main sanctuary level on a very regular basis.
Written November 25, 2012
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Mike H
Melbourne, Australia173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
Wow. We were surprised by this one. I am pretty jaded about seeing yet another church in Europe but this one is built upon ancient layers of past civilisations all exposed under the current old and very large church. You will be amazed. You can also climb the very old tower for a unque view of Lucca
Written November 25, 2012
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Teresa B
Longmont128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
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 later that night. We did exactly this in the afternoon, had a lovely dinner at Il Tabarro (see my review on it), and wandered back through Lucca's quaint streets to San Giovanni for the nightly (during the main tourist season - weekends only before and after the season) Puccini Concert.

We're not opera aficionados, but I felt we couldn't be based in Florence and NOT attend a Puccini concert in nearby Lucca, his hometown. Hubby was not convinced, groused about it the whole day, but gamely trudged into the acoustical marvel of San Giovanni a little before 7. It's very simple: a concert pianist, a soprano, and a tenor performing Puccini (and the night we were there, also some Verdi) selections, with no microphones or amplification, on a slightly raised platform in front of a hundred or so folding chairs. By the second song, Hubby, who doesn't understand Italian, most certainly doesn't like opera, and even more certainly didn't want to be there, was a blubbering idiot. He's raved about it ever since to anyone who would listen. He even began listening to opera after we returned home!

Is this not what travel is about – expanding our horizons??? I'd go back, for sure, given the chance – and so would Hubby.
Written January 23, 2018
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Byronsbane
Cork, Ireland32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
This is well worth a visit. There have been major excavations underneath the church and they have uncovered a 12th century baptismal font and further down they have unearthed a roman path. There are about five different stratas of rock over a period of approx 1200 years exposed beneath the church.Get the audio aid for 1 euro, it makes a big difference.
There is also a climb up to the tower, definitely not for the faint hearted!
One ticket can be bought for 3 attractions , this church, the museo della cathedral and the church of San giovanni , which are all more or less next door to each other.
We got a family ticket for 20 euro . Excellent value.
Written July 25, 2012
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L0ttie70
Clitheroe, UK142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015
I almost don't want to spoil the surprise but don't want anyone to miss this. The church is nice but the excavations ( which are hardly mentioned anywhere) are remarkable, ancient foundations vying with mediaeval pulpits and Roman mosaics all jostling for attention beside the metal walkways. It took our breath away, but left us wanting more, more information, the next steps, even a postcard to show others, but this is a sacred place, which happens to hold the secrets of the town beneath it, not the other way around, which is an evocative balance.
From the depths of the undergrounds lift yourself up to the heavens and climb the belltower, it is a pull up, but we'll worth the view at the top, for no additional cost.
A real treat, especially included in the duo ticket for the duomo, unbelievable bargain.
Written April 12, 2015
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Richard H
Melbourne, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
I agree with an earlier review : if you are able to see just one thing in Lucca, then make it this church. The church itself is interesting enough, but it is what has been excavated under the church that is truly fascinating. The excavations have revealed several layers of various constructions going back over two thousand years, & through a number of different civilisations. Climb the bell tower for an unrivalled view of Lucca.
Written November 8, 2014
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Rossco90
Melbourne, Australia223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
The Church of san Giovanni in Lucca is well worth a visit. The building itself is interesting and has some unusual features, the brick vaulted rectangular dome is simply breathtaking. What makes this church different though is the excavations that have taken place under the church floor and in some places exposed by the removal of the floor. Careful walking is required particularly if you are tall like me. I don't imagine that occupational health and safety matter much in Italy either. The spaces under the floor are not brilliantly lit and the walking path of mesh metal has no sides so watch where you are going. That said you shouldn't miss it. The icing on the cake is the climb in the bell tower. Again a metal staircase followed by a ladder of doubtful safety takes you to the top of the tower for some magnificent views particularly of the duomo next door. Overall I thought the place was fantastic, just be a little careful.
When I consider I paid 18 Euro to climb the tower at Pisa earlier in the day, here it was just 4 Euro and a lot more interesting. Don't miss it if you are in Lucca.
Written March 16, 2016
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MaryAnnS
Vancouver, WA21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
Having visited St Martins and St Michael' churches already we did not think we would be overly wow'd, by the very stark in comparison, San Giovanni Cathedral but we were wrong. Walking through the underground excavation makes feel as though you have gone back in time. And the climb up to the bell tower was for me the very best part. The views are amazing. And even the screen over the window openings didnt mar the vista from the top. And then in the evening you can be treated to a music by Puccini concert in the main chapel area. Bellisimo!
Written October 22, 2015
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Richard T
Godalming, UK794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
As it is right next door to the Cathedral, it might be easy to miss, but you can get (a cheaper) joint entry. It is really a large empty building, but as other reviewers have said, it is the excavations under the church that make it so worthwhile. Scattered around the trenches are laminated sheets in a variety of languages (including English) - pick one up and read what your looking at, fascinating. If your feeling really fit, do not forget to climb the bell tower. We were not, so we did not !
Written December 27, 2014
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