Lucca sits on an alluvial plateau near the Serchio river, 19 meters above sea level.
Lucca is located 30 kilometers northeast of the Pisa airport and 85 kilometers west of Florence in Northern Tuscany. Lucca was an important junction in Roman times, you'll see it in the north-south grid pattern of main streets and in the elliptical plan of the "Piazza Anfiteatro". To the north of Lucca lie the Apuan Alps with their famous marble quarries, spas and mineral water springs, streams, woods and caves.
Getting to and From Lucca
Lucca's train station is two blocks outside the ramparts (enter at Porta San Pietro) on the south side of town in Piazza Ricasoli. Lucca is on the Florence-Viareggio train line, with frequent service to Florence. It takes 70 minutes to an hour and a half to go from Lucca to Florence.
Buses run daily to Florence and Pisa as well and leave from Piazza Verdi, adjacent to the tourist office.
Lucca is on the A11 Autostrada between Viareggio and Florence.
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Lucca a beautiful little Tuscan town
Lucca is gorgeous, a beautiful old city that smacks of love at first sight with its rich history, handsome churches and excellent restaurants. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, it is an essential stopover on any Tuscan tour and a charming base for exploring the Apuane Alps and the Garfagnana.
Lucca protected by massively thick 16th-century walls, featuring some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining, antique markets, classical and rock music festivals, easy access to stunning nearby villas in the surrounding hills and with endless beaches less than half an hour away. Lucca is one of Tuscany's best-kept secrets.
Lucca is a small city rich in art and culture and well-known as the jewel of Tuscany. Lucca is one of the few towns which has maintained its town walls intact. These walls surround the historic centre with its many churches, towers, palaces, museums, traditional boutiques and characteristic lanes. It is forbidden to drive by car on the wall, therefore it is really beautiful place for walking and cycling. From the walls you have magnificent views onto the architectural beauties of the town and the rolling surrounding hills.
Lucca still seems today like a labyrinth of squares and lanes which get narrower and more concealed the closer one gets to the heart of the centre. Visitors to Lucca not only admire the historic beauties of the town but can also indulge their palates in the mouth-watering local specialities. One can go shopping in the Via Fillungo (the most famous shopping mile of the centre) where stylish shops, antique shops, coffee bars and “trattorias” characterize the townscape.
Very near to the Fillungo is the place drama lovers went to the theatre during the period of the Romans.
Centuries later houses were built on the foundations of this imperial theatre and so the oval shaped “Piazza del Anfiteatro” was born.
This square is one of the most picturesque in the whole of Italy and one of the most well- known in the whole world. It is a “must” for every tourist because you can still see the remains of the original town wall.
Lucca, a living testimony to past times, kingdoms and dominions, lies in a green valley just north west of Florence. This almost perfectly preserved jewel of medieval architecture and buildings, emanates charm and shows layers of history from every corner of its narrow winding streets.
Beginning in Roman times, continuing through the Middle Ages, on to the Napoleonic era and finally to the Risorgimento, Lucca's monuments, churches, palaces and roads, even its very shape have a story to tell. Each layer blending with preceding ages marking the growth and changes of the city.
The broad, high walls, which characterize the city, are a feature of its past, and a pleasant element of its present.
Completely surrounding the ancient city, the walls we see today date back to the 17th century.
Now, no longer used for defense, they are crowned by 4 km of green parkland, and are a lovely place to walk, cycle or stop for a picnic. Just another example of how, over the centuries, though buildings last, their roles metamorphose as times change.
Practical Information in Lucca
Food in Lucca
Many of Lucca's loveliest dining spots are tucked into alleyways and hidden courtyards, but at night they are easy to find. Just follow the candles or paper lanterns lining the sidewalk.
Sights in Lucca
This is not a city for tick-box tourism: the main sight is the town itself. Just go have a wander. We're here if you want to read about the things you see. The Walls, All around the city Some cities have
Nightlife in Lucca
Smatterings of nice bars and enoteche dot the old city, but areas of particular concentration include the intersection of V. Vittorio Veneto and C. Garibaldi, Piazza San Michele, and Piazza San Frediano
Entertainment in Lucca
Lucca is an extremely musical town. The Puccini Festival ensures at least one performance every single day of the year, and summertime sees an explosion of concerts and musical events.
Planning a trip to Lucca Planning your time:
You can tour the best of Lucca in 2–4 hours—and could, conceivably, pair it up with Pisa to make a very full day trip out of Florence (but make sure you leave really early in the morning).
How to get to Lucca:
Lucca lies on the Florence–Viareggio train line, with an average 1–2 trains from Florence hourly (80–105 min.). It's also a short hop from Pisa (1–2 per hour; 27 min.), which a major stop on the main coastal rail line north from Rome (total time from Rome, via either Pisa or Florence: 3:30–3:45).
Book a tour:
Prefer to leave the driving and arrangements to someone else? Take a private walking tour of Pisa and Lucca) including transport from Florence with a private driver/guide. (Be sure to let them know you want admission to the Tower and other sights in Pisa; they'll tack it on to the price.) Private Tour: Lucca and Pisa from Florence (10 hrs)
Rent a bike:
Luccans far prefer biking to driving, and you'll find few cars within the walls. Rent your own wheels at one of several bike rental outfits located on Piazza Santa Maria and more around the walls of Lucca.
Pisa (27 min. by train), Cinque Terre (90–115 min. by train via Viareggio and La Spezia), Florence (80–105 min. by train).
COSA VEDERE A LUCCA
Tantissime sono le cose da vedere a Lucca, città dall’immensa ricchezza storico-monumentale per cui è stata anche avanzata la proposta di includere il suo centro storico nella lista del patrimonio dell'umanità dell’UNESCO. A cominciare dalle mura quasi intatte che la circondano.
Si può accedere alla città passando le Mura attraverso sei porte costruite tra il 1500 e i primi del '900. Altre porte, risalenti a tracciati murari anteriori sono tuttora visibili all'interno della cinta attuale, si tratta dell’Antica Porta San Donato (1590), all'interno dell'omonima piazza sede dell’Opera delle Mura, Porta San Gervasio (1198) e Porta dei Borghi.
Il centro storico della città ha mantenuto intatto il suo aspetto medioevale, grazie alle pregevoli architetture, le antiche e numerose chiese (Lucca è anche detta la città dalle 100 chiese), le tante torri, campanili e monumentali palazzi rinascimentali.
Tra le torri, da annoverare sicuramente la Torre dell’Orologio che con i suoi 50 metri circa di altezza è la più alta, ed in cui è possibile ammirare il meccanismo a carica manuale dell’orologio e la scala in legno interna di 207 gradini ancora conservata; e la Torre Guinigi, uno dei monumenti più rappresentativi di Lucca, con la presenza di alcuni lecci sulla sua sommità.
Da visitare sicuramente anche le tante piazze: Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, nata sulle rovine dell’antico anfiteatro romano ad opera dell’architetto Lorenzo Nottolini; Piazza San Michele fulcro storico della città; Piazza san Martino con il celebre Duomo; Piazza Napoleone voluta da Elisa Baciocchi durante il suo principato e Piazza del Giglio dove affaccia l’omonimo Teatro.
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Accommodation with descriptions, photos, maps and discounted rates for online reservation. Charming apartments is in the historic centre of Lucca inside the Walls within short walking distance of the wonderful historic monuments, the “Piazza dell’Anfiteatro” and Via Fillungo.
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