Lucca is such an incredibly beautiful Tuscan town, with so much history and culture everywhere you turn within this walled city. These famous Renaissance-era walls around Lucca have remained intact for centuries since they were used to protect the people of Lucca during times of unsettlement and war. The walls now carry both locals and tourists alike along a rectangular-shaped promenade resting gently above this quaint, authentic Central Tuscan village. You can stroll or rent bicycles and cruise along the outer rim of the city and see Lucca from a very unique and spectacular view. Lucca is host to a diverse and rich option of activities from high-end shopping along Via Fillungo to practicing the secret art of negotiation at the local outdoor markets.
From experiencing the ancient, lovely Etruscan churches, such as the Piazza San Michele and Michele in Foro to a well-deserved respite at one of the Enotecas to taste the local wines and olive oils that this region is famous for throughout the world. Be sure not to miss The Roman amphitheater, Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Contact us to find about our favorite eateries around town.
Lucca is also only about a 20-30 minute ride from the great beach towns of Tuscany.
Other local towns worth checking out…
Once a powerful rival to Genoa and Venice, Pisa is well-known for it’s architectural and engineering shortcoming, yet awe-inspiring Leaning Tower. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many special and unique aspects of this compelling city. The University of Pisa has aided the local economy since the 1400s, and there are no signs of a slow-down coming any time soon for this elite university. This city offers a lively cafe and bar scene, so don’t stop after the visit of the Tower, see more of what Pisa has to offer, you won’t be let down.
The largest and most famous of Tuscany’s spa towns, Montecatini Terme has been revered for its curative waters since at least the 16th century when the first baths were built here. Two centuries later, neighborhood royalty began to take note after the opening of the town’s first grand spas, putting Montecatini Terme firmly on the aristocracy’s radar.