The medieval walls of this lovely town make it a perfect stop between Florence and Pisa. Amazing tower views and touch of Puccini, vibrant local lifestyle- are just few of memorable sights.
This lovely Etruscan town is filled with churches at almost every corner and soft colours. Not only Puccini, the traces of Pinocchio are everywhere as in nearby village Collodi lies the birthplace of its writer.
Strolling around without aim will give you enough reasons to enjoy as the sweetness of Lucca is placed inside of its old town.
15 things you should put your attention in Lucca are:
- Torre Giunigi with its fabulous views
Though more than 250 towers have enriched Lucca’s appearance, the tower Guinigi remains well maintained since the 14th century. Small garden on the highest point gives the unique charm to Lucca offering amazing views to the town and nearby mountains.
Climbing the tower is the touristic highlight though Lucca breaths with the off beaten vibe.
The oaks at the top were planted by Guinigi family to signify rebirth and renewal. Within 44 metres this is the highest tower of Lucca and imposant heights gave social meaning and family prestige.
2. Walk at the walls
Encircled by walls Lucca is one of the rare places to put your foot actually on the wall and not only inside. Lovely promenade gives another panorama inside the beauty of Lucca.
To talk about numbers means to say 4 km of walls, 6 ancient gates.
3. Go out at the drink and enjoy the whole brunch
Quite surprising and quite fun, it must be noted that the drinks are delicious as well as the food. Caffe del Mercato is the place to be.
4. Orto botanico di Lucca
Small oasis of peace at the centre of Lucca enchants with the small lake, turtles and amazing collection of plants. It originates at 1820. giving thanks to the request of former Duchess Maria Luisa of Lucca.
5. Piazza del’ Anfiteatro
Piazza del’ Anfiteatro is a charming square with the historical feeling and authentic italian vibe. Soft palette of colourful houses is enriched with lovely caffe bars and restaurants. Special praise goes to Gelateria Anfiteatro Lucca.
6. Take a day trip to Pisa
Legendary Pisa is located only 20 minutes by train, what else to say?
7. Take a day trip to Collodi village
The author of Pinnochio grew up at this picturesque hilly place which got his name. Not only you could explore the Pinochio Parque but the lovely gardens of Villa Garzoni.
8. Try the local cuisine
I loved the chickpeas pie, the traditional delicacy of Lucca traditionally named as pizza though no addings.
9. Explore the artisan shops
It’s the hidden corners that define the life.
10. Museum of Villa Mansi
Palazzo Mansi is the hidden elegance of Lucca where the national museum is placed nowadays. Fabulous rooms are rich with art among which the most impressive are the Music Hall, the Hall of Mirrors and the Art Gallery filled with Medici collection.
11. Palazzo Pfanner
Impressive building encircled with the lovely gardens shines hiddenly at the centre of Lucca. Beautiful fountain decorated with elegant statues can be seen from city’s walls.
Built in 16th century for the rich local family nowadays it takes name of the current owner.
12. Visit during the Comics festival
Comic festival is the highlight of Lucca town where the the whole Italy celebrates comics dressed in special costumes.
13. Climb Apuian Alps
Majestic Appuian Alps offer the stunning views above the sea among the charming italian villages. Off beaten side of Tuscany needs to be explore which is a special treat for mountain lovers.
14. Explore the churches
Lucca is called the city of 99 churches as there are 101 churches inside of the city walls. Typical tuscanian architecture findsits treasure here.
15. Villas of Lucca
Lucca doesn’t lack the elegant treasure of history, take a deeper look and dare to explore more. Villa Reale di Marlia is praised as the most impressive where lovely gardens create the touching scenery.
Villa di Camigliano, Villa Torrigiani, Villa Garzoni, Villa Grabau and Villa Olivia are among the villas worth the visit.
Not only within its walls, Lucca is just charming in its lifestyle that shows the vibrant culture. Not only this, visit the birth house of Giacommo Puccini and admire the exquisite touch of art. Hidden canals will show even more charm if you let yourself to roam carelessly.