If you follow me on Instagram, you'll already know that over the past weekend I visited Lucca, Italy. Lucca is a city that is located on the Serchio river in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy. Lucca is most famously known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls which encircle the "old" historic city center and for the charming cobblestone streets which wind throughout the historic city center. Today, you are able to walk along a wide pathway which is lined with trees found on top of the huge 16th and 17th-century walls which encircle the historic city center.
Being about 3 hours from Milan, I went by car, but Lucca is also a destination that can easily be reached by train. When I was visiting, unfortunately, it was quite rainy, but even in the rainy weather, Lucca was an absolutely beautiful city. Visiting Lucca, I felt like I had gone back in time and was wondering through the streets of an extremely well preserved medieval city. Many of the buildings have their own cute characteristics of Renaissance times and the smells of focaccia and other delicious foods can be found on every corner.
Being in the Tuscany region, Lucca is the perfect destination for a day trip if you already have Florance or Pisa in your travel plans. In my opinion, Lucca is a city that can be visited in a day, but if you wanted to spend a few more days you absolutely could. It is located at the foot of the Alps and is less than 30 minutes from the coast of Versilia!
Lucca has so many different things to visit, but when I went, here are a few of the things that I chose to visit:
1. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro a Lucca
This is a public square that is in the middle of Lucca. Built in a circle around the square are buildings there are four different gateways that you can enter through. This was an amphitheater which dates back to the first or second-century b.c., still standing today is it an urban square filled with local restaurants, outdoor cafes, and apartments.
When I was visiting I stopped to eat lunch in this Piazza and was charmingly surprised to see that prices for lunch compared to many of the other restaurants and bars that were located outside and a bit farther away from the square.
2. Il Duomo di Lucca
This Duomo was built in a Gothic architectural style and is Roman Catholic cathedral. You can enter inside the Duomo for free and walk around and see all of the beautiful paintings on the walls.
3. Le Mura di Lucca
The walls of Lucca are absolutely amazing. The history of these walls dates back to the second century BC and can still be seen in their completeness today. The wall in its entirety is about 4km long (about 2.5 miles).
Today, you are able to walk on top of these walls on a wide walking/bike path lined with beautiful trees.
4. Torre Guinigi e Torre delle Ore
The tower Guinigi and the Tower Ore are two different towers which you can enter and walk to the top and see the beautiful views over the city of Lucca.
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting these towers and climbing to the top to get a view from above of the city of Lucca. I was a rainy weekend when I visited which left a quite interesting trek to the top of these towers, but even with the rain, it was absolutely worth it.
They are both 4€ to enter and are open from 9:30a until 7:00p. (Closed November - December, and January-February).
While I was visiting Lucca, I stayed at Emma B&B. It is a quaint old farm home that is family owned and run. They serve a very typical Italian breakfast of coffee, juices, and brioche. Located within walking distance to the center of the city, you can absolutely travel to and from "old" historic center on foot within 15 minutes.
Via Romana 717, Lucca, Toscana - 55100 Italy
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