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The Palazzo Ducale is the headquarters of the Provincial Government in Lucca and also houses the Institution and Centre FOR Popular Traditions and the Paolo Cresci Foundation for the History of Italian Emigration, the first of which was set up to preserve, safeguard and promote appreciation and understanding of folklore and traditions, and the second to do likewise for memories and documents relating to emigration. Also to be found in the Palazzo are the History Institute in Lucca, the Resistance Institute, the UNESCO Forum, the Lucchese Academy for Science, Literature and Art, the Institute for Calabrian Studies and the Risorgimento Museum.

The Palazzo Ducale is in the historic centre of the important town of Lucca, capital of the Province of Lucca, which is conveniently close to the main cities in Tuscany, 20 km from Pisa, 70 km from Florence and 25 km from Viareggio.

By train

The Palazzo is in the centre of Lucca, within the city walls, and is about ten minutes’ walking distance from the station.
The railway station in Lucca is on the Florence-Viareggio and Pisa-Lucca-Aulla lines.

LUCCA RAILWAY STATION Piazza Ricasoli tel. 0583 467013
Open: workdays 5.30 a.m.-8.20 p.m. and public holidays 6.30 a.m.-8.20 p.m.
Reservations and information. Ticket office open 7.00 a.m.-8.20 p.m.
Disabled assistance office tel. 0583 490104

Regional disabled assistance and reservations tel. 055 2352275 (7.00 a.m.-9.00 p.m.)
Trenitalia information tel. 892021 (landline) and 199 166 177 (mobile)
Regional Transport Management in Tuscany tel. 055 211539
For train times visit the website:

By bus

The Palazzo Ducale is 400 metres from the bus terminus in Piazzale Verdi in Lucca.
Lucca is connected to other cities in Tuscany and the Versilian coast by the Clap and Lazzi bus companies.

C.L.A.P. S.p.a.: town bus service and main routes for the Garfagnana, Versilia and the Serchio Mediavalle
Ticket office and information: Piazzale Verdi tel. 0583 587897 (Open from Monday to Saturday from 7.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Closed on public holidays)
Public Relations Office tel. 0583 541239
Timetables and information:

Autolinee F.lli LAZZI: routes by motorway and other roads to Florence, Pistoia, Prato, Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and La Spezia
Ticket office and information: Piazzale Verdi tel. 0583 584876
(Open: working days from 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.; public holidays from 8.00 a.m. to 7.50 p.m.)
Timetables and information:

By car

Lucca can be easily reached:
- from Rome and Bologna on the A1 motorway as far as Florence and then on the A11 (Firenze-Mare) exiting at the Lucca tollbooths
- from Genoa on the A12 motorway to Viareggio and continuing on the A11-12 link road to Lucca - from Milan to Viareggio on the A15 and A12 and then the A11-12 link road to Lucca
- from Florence on the A11 (Firenze-Mare) exiting at the Lucca tollbooths
- from Viareggio on the A11-12 link road
- from Pisa on the SS 12 from Abetone and the Brennero

Lucca has a number of car parks, both free and paying, in the historic centre and outside the city walls. The latter are linked to the historic centre by shuttle bus.
For further information: Commune of Lucca Public Relations Office, 17 Via del Moro, tel. 0583 442323/442444

Pay car parks (both inside and outside the city walls) are managed by Polis/Metro company, Lucca office 957 Via di Tiglio, S. Filippo
Tel. 0583 492255 and counter at the Carducci car park in Viale Carducci. Open every day from 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. tel. 0583 582859 or visit

Free car parks are situated outside the city walls at Palazzetto dello Sport (enter from Via delle Tagliate), Tensostruttura (enter from Via delle Tagliate), Area Variante (enter from Via delle Tagliate or Borgo Giannotti ), Area Ospedale (enter from Via Gianni or Via Vecchia Pesciatina ), Area Macelli (enter from Via dei Macelli), Piazzale Aldo Moro (enter from Viale San Concordio or Via della Formica), Viale Luporini (enter from Viale Luporini), Via Filzi-Mercato (enter from Viale Giusti) and Via delle Tagliate, car park for the City Cemetery (enter from Via delle Tagliate).

Tourist bus park in Via delle Tagliate (at the Palazzetto dello Sport). Information at the Commune of Lucca Tourist Office tel. 0583 4422 fax 0583 442505. Free parking.

Caravan and camper parking in Viale Luporini. Information at the Commune of Lucca Tourist Office tel. 0583 4422 fax 0583 442505. Frre parking for caravans with facilities.

Palazzo Ducale
Cortile Carrara
55100 Lucca

Tel. (0039) 0583 4171
Fax (0039) 0583 417326