The adorable little town of Lucca sits on the banks of a charming river within the province of central Italy, Toscana. It is a perfect day trip from Pisa, because it offers a quick, easy get away, perfect locations for pictures and an abundance of gelato. The train was a short one hour trip.
The town is famous for its Renaissance-style walls surrounding the entire city. The walls are most impressive and greet you once you exit the train station. The town holds a breath of history from the Roman Empire to the Jewish culture and beyond. Now, it’s an Italian paradise that offers the perfect backdrop to your Italian romance.
Lucca is a bike town. This means you will have bikers breezing past you, you’ll have more bikes than cars and it’s the perfect way to see the town. You must rent a bike for a few hours. It is a perfect way to see the town from a different perspective. So, why should you visit Lucca? Simply, it’s the perfect little Italian town that is off the grid. Not many tourists. Italian charm. Easy to get to from Florence and Pisa.
During your day in Lucca, visit these few amazing sites:
1 // Duomo di San Martino
This beautiful cathedral will greet you if you take the standard path from the train station through the city walls. The architecture of this cathedral was particularly unique, and it closely resembled that of Florence. The architecture reflected the local town’s history and culture.
2 // Piazza Napoleone
Europe is known for its summer festivals, and this piazza was rockin’. This plaza was particularly charming and was surrounding by restaurants and gelato stops.
3 // Torre Guinigi
This tower is a great way to see the beautiful town from above. Pay the ~8 euro ticket and climb to the top of the tower to get an amazing view.
4 // Villa Bottini
Quite and away from the hustle and bustle of the town center. This little villa is great to take a few glamour shots. We also had the treat of listening to an opera rehearsal taking place in the villa. Sometimes the unplanned events are the most wonderful.
5 // Piazza dell’Anfiteatro
This is a great plaza to walk to the middle and do a quick 360 degree turn. You’ll laugh as everyone around you does the same, because it is simply the easiest way to see this gorgeous plaza from all sides. My suggestion, do not have dinner or lunch in this plaza. It can be expensive. Instead, walk south through the gate and walk along the street Via Santa Croce and you will find several quiet and delicious restaurants. We particularly loved Da Sergio (Piazza Bernardini, 7, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy), great pizza and pasta in a charming area.
Are you ready for your Lucca adventure? This small Italian town is perfect for your trip abroad. I particularly enjoyed exploring its streets and finding its hidden secrets.
On the blog, read the other great posts from Italy: These photos of Venice will have you dreaming and 5 Must See Sights in Florence.