The surprising gem of historic Lucca

In a one-of-a-kind region like Tuscana, the city of Lucca is a gem, like the diamond at the center of a beautiful wedding ring.

The amazing walls that surround the Centro Historico, provide a ribbon of natural beauty around a city as if protecting the deep treasures of art, history and cuisine that reside within.

This picturesque city can be enjoyed walking through the narrow cobblestone roads or with a bike tour that captures beautiful view spots.

Getting to know Lucca can be a very memorable experience.  Many of you have probably never heard of Lucca, or maybe someone just mentioned it to you.  You will be surprised if you decide to spend some time here. It’s a small city, but it lacks in nothing. This Great location is close to other vital areas of Tuscany like the Pisa International Airport, beautiful beaches and the nearby mountains.  

The historical center is a beautiful place to stay for your first time in Lucca. Pick among the many hotels, BnBs, and vacation properties. The city will surprise you in a very positive way. If you decide to stay in the town center, there is no need for a car. Just put on your comfortable walking shoes or rent a bike and start enjoying the good Italian life.

Lucca offers many excellent restaurants, café’s (no Starbucks), museums and theatre (it’s not Broadway). UNESCO recognises the city as the city of music. Once you have discovered the historical center, plan on visiting its countryside covered by lush vegetation, vineyards, and olive trees. Take a train to the Garfagnana mountains and stop for lunch in one of the many villages. And when you are in the mood for a large city, hop on the train and go to Florence or Pisa to enjoy the wonders of the Renaissance. Coming to Lucca can indeed be an experience!

Visit my tours page to add your name to the likes of Puccini, Dante, and even Julius Ceaser himself, all of whom make up part of the incredible history and culture of Lucca.

Celebrate the arts, nature in Lucca

Throughout the year, Lucca is home to many wonderful events that celebrate the beauty of Tuscany and the culture that it has nurtured for centuries. Here is a quick list of some of my favourites, with links for you to use to learn more.

Contact me to arrange a 30-minute pre-vacation consultation. I can help you plan your Tuscan holiday. I end every consultation by sending you a fact sheet of useful information full of local insight that will save you time and money.

Pisa is more than the tower

The traditions of Tuscan towns go back hundreds of years, especially between the close towns of Pisa and Lucca. Everyone has strong opinions! But a visit to Tuscany should include a quick trip by train (just 20 minutes) from Lucca to Pisa. See the tower and its beauty, but there is so much more to see. The historic center, a walk on the Arno and some many local trattorias with excellent local food. Contact me for more information about this interesting and very different Tuscan town.

The beauty of the walls

The famed walls of Tuscany provide a beautiful 4 km park like setting that surrounds the ancient city of Lucca. But underneath the walls holds a beauty all its own, with amazing engineering and craftsmanship all its own, not to mention a defense strategy that was the envy of the era. Come with me under the walls to fully appreciate this important Italian monument from our Rennasaince Era past.