Surrounded by walls built during the Renaissance, Lucca is a city famed for its art and heritage. Perfect for wandering, and exploring churches and palazzos, we think it’s ideal for culture junkies. Less crowded and full of tourists than Siena and Florence, it is still undoubtedly their equal in terms of the treasures it contains.
Where to go
Sample some of the best Gelati in Tuscany. Explore to astonishing gothic Lucca cathedral. Shop for the city’s distinguished ceramics. Follow the footsteps of the great composer Puccini, and find his birthplace. Watch an opera performance in the main square. Climb the Guinigi Tower and find a grove of trees at the top. Stroll the city walls. Walk through the beautiful municipal gardens. Sip wine on a piazza.
Food & Drink
Lucca has been described as having some of the best food in Italy - chefs and restaurateurs seem drawn here. The local cuisine features rich egg pasta, flavourful soups containing beans and pulses and seafood, such as salt cod. Strange, then, that a gelateria is our first recommendation, but the gelati at Santini (Piazza Cittadella 1) is world-class. Il Buca di Sant'Antonio (Via della Cervia 3) is a century-old former coaching inn, with a Michelin-star for its flavourful, authentic local dishes.
Lucca, like many Tuscan towns and cities, has many bars and cafes open late into the night. Locals are fond of Caffè di Simo (Via Fillungo 58), while for a sensational view with your glass of wine, head to Bar San Michele (Piazza San Michele), facing the gorgeous church of the same name.
Where to stay
Our picks for Lucca include Locanda al Colle
, a small boutique with sensational views out to sea and a range of sensational treatments. Albergo Villa Marta
is a former hunting lodge ten minutes from the centre
of Lucca, with hosts who will go above and beyond to make you feel relaxed and refreshed. How to get there
The nearest airport to Lucca is at Pisa, a twenty five-minute drive away. Easyjet and British Airways fly to Pisa daily.