Discovering the Beauty of Lucca

Lucca is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls. 

Lucca with its cobblestone streets, situated on the River Serchio, was a very pleasant one-day excursion nestled in Tuscany, Central Italy. 

The great opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born (1858) in this city with its broad, tree-lined pathways.  Other legendary names born here are Pope Lucius III and Leo Nomenelli (professional wrestler).

The city is also rich in history with Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, announced by her brother Napolean, as the “Queen of Etruria” in 1805.

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Saint Martin Cathedral in Lucca (meaning "illuminated glade"), Italy
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Is it worth visiting Lucca?

Visiting Lucca is definitely worth it. It’s a charming city bursting with history, culture, and picturesque sights. The first thing that’ll strike you is the impressive Renaissance walls encircling the city, which you can actually walk or cycle on for a unique perspective.

Lucca’s historic center is like stepping back in time, with narrow cobblestone streets, elegant piazzas, and well-preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture. The iconic Torre Guinigi, topped with oak trees, offers stunning views of the cityscape. Don’t miss the chance to climb the Guinigi Tower for panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. 

One of the highlights is Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a charming oval-shaped square built on the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater. It’s perfect for leisurely strolls, people-watching, or enjoying a gelato from one of the nearby shops. 

Lucca is also known for its beautiful churches, including the impressive Lucca Cathedral with its striking façade and intricately carved interior. 

What food is Lucca known for?

Foodies will rejoice in Lucca’s culinary delights, from traditional Tuscan dishes like Ribollita and Pappa al Pomodoro to mouthwatering pastries like Buccellato, a local sweet bread. 

So, whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or just looking to soak up the authentic Italian atmosphere, Lucca has something for everyone. It’s a gem waiting to be explored!

Best time to visit 

Expect warm days from May to October.

June to August is the summer season. And if you happen to visit in summer, you might catch one of the city’s many music festivals, like the renowned Lucca Summer Festival, which attracts top international artists. 

The peak season in this beautiful region is July and August.  Also, this is the European summer school holiday season. If you want fewer crowds, maybe travel before July and after August.

Winter months range from December to February when it is cool.

Travel Tip(s)
  • You will find a great selection of restaurants. 
  • Lucca is walkable, so make sure your shoes are comfy because you will be doing a lot of walking.
  • We visited in September and the weather was hot and sunny. I was very happy to have sunscreen in my bag!

Things to do depends on how long you stay in Lucca

I’d recommend spending at least two to three days in Lucca to fully immerse yourself in everything this enchanting city has to offer. With this amount of time, you’ll have the opportunity to explore its historic center at a leisurely pace, discover its hidden gems, and soak up the relaxed Tuscan atmosphere.

On your first day, take your time wandering through the narrow streets of the old town, visiting landmarks like the Torre Guinigi and the stunning Lucca Cathedral. Don’t forget to stroll along the city walls for breathtaking views and maybe even rent a bike to explore them further.

For your second day, dive deeper into Lucca’s rich history and culture by visiting its museums and art galleries. You could spend some time at the Palazzo Pfanner or the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi to learn more about the city’s past.

And on your final day, why not venture beyond the city walls and explore the surrounding countryside? You could rent a car or join a guided tour to visit nearby attractions like the charming hilltop town of Barga or the picturesque Garfagnana region.

Travel Tip(s)

Keep your devices juiced up, so you can capture every unforgettable moment of your journey!

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Day Trips from Lucca

Of course, if you have more time to spare, you can always extend your stay and venture further afield to discover more of Tuscany’s treasures. But even with just a couple of days, you’ll leave Lucca with unforgettable memories and a longing to return someday.

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