Top attractions in Lucca
The awe-inspiring sights of Lucca include over 100 churches and city walls designed by Leonardo DaVinci. Easily reached from Pisa and Florence, Lucca is a picture-perfect addition to your Tuscan itinerary!
Lucca's churches are among the most beautiful in Italy. Its primary cathedral is a bonafide highlight, with its grand carved-marble entrance and intricate stained glass windows.
Though the interior is stunning, the real treasure of this palace is its Baroque garden. Though small, it boasts exotic trees, a fountain, statues, and a lemon house!
The Romanesque church at the Piazza San Frediano might seem relatively low-key at first, but look up and you'll notice a gigantic mosaic of Christ watching over his apostles!
This huge – and incredibly charming – oval piazza was built where Lucca's ancient Roman amphitheater once stood, its rounded shape following the dimensions of its predecessor.
The birthplace of the great composer Giacomo Puccini is now a small museum of his life and work. The old apartment is crammed with his personal mementos and collected memorabilia.
The Old Town's 40-foot walls were converted into a public garden by Maria Luigia of Bourbon. The scenic ramparts make for a wonderful amble around the city.
Set between the two palaces of Case dei Guinigi, Lucca's most important tower is crowned by a garden of evergreen oaks. This slice of forest in the air is a remarkable sight!
Lucca is easily reached from Pisa and Florence. There is a direct bus available from Pisa Airport, and trains depart from Pisa Centrale to Lucca about every 30 minutes. From Florence stations, trains depart frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella, and infrequently from Firenze Rifredi. If travelling at off-peak times, you'll probably find that the bus is quicker. You can catch one at Via Fiume bus station.
Lucca is great for sightseeing day-trips, but you'll need two or three days to really discover the city. It can be pretty crowded in the summer, but if visiting off season, Lucca makes a great base for a Tuscan break too.
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- Best to seek out warm weather with less crowds. April - June and September - October are divine months to visit Lucca.
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What people are saying about Lucca
I had the best experience for the lowest amount spent on my entire trip. It was educational, sportive and fun. The most amazing part was the excitement of our guide. She clearly enjoys what she is doing and loves her native town. She was proud about everything and I really enjoyed listening to brag about her town, her people and their history. Money well spent
It was a great spontaneous class to do with our friends in Florence. Additionally they took the proper precautions during this time. Everything was clean and disinfected.
Very informative with a lovely guide. I would recommend going in the cathedral in the end. It is an extra 30-40 mins but it is quite fascinating.
Fantastic, we really appreciated the guide passing on the information in English even though there was only 9 English speaking people.
The explanation the tour guide gave us, Emma, was very interesting and very pleasant. The time was good to be able to see on our own.