Antica Corte dei Principi

via Dell'Olivo, 2, Lucca, 55100, Italy
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Lucca + car rental

by Stuartrd

Sorry if this has been flogged to death already but: Normally rent a car when in south of France but am travelling to Lucca by train in Sept. & by what I can gather, public transport to Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre etc is so comprehensive that car may not be req'd. Any ideas?

RE: Lucca + car rental

by jackcd

check for trains. we have taken a bus from florence to siena. we are going to tuscany next month so i have done homework . one day we will take a train from montecatini to pisa in the am. then a train to lucca in the pm. then another back to montecatini later. doesnt seem to need a car

RE: Lucca + car rental

by lovey6687

You won't need a car to travel to florence, cinque terre & Pisa from Lucca. We stayed in Lucca for a week last summer, the train station is right outside the city wall and will take you to any of the places you mentioned. If you would prefer to take a bus, you can get a bus inside the city walls to these other location, but I am not sure if you will need to change buses.

RE: Lucca + car rental

by Stuartrd

Thanks for that both of you.

Travel Tips for Lucca

Italian Beer


Two famous beer brands of Italy are Birra Moretti and Peroni Nastro Azzuro. Bierra Moretti is brewed since more than 100 years in Udine, whereas the Peroni Brewery is located since 1846 in Rome. Both beers are not too bad, but obviously the locals seem to prefer German beer .... :o)

Birra Moretti

Peroni Nastro Azzuro

Travelling by train

by Azhut

Lucca is quite easy to be reached by train from Florence and Pisa (and also straightly from Pisa Airport, while Florence Airport's railway link is now under construction). Florence and Pisa are easily reachable from every major Italian city by the fastest trains, while the trains that operate between Pisa-Lucca and Florence-Lucca are mostly local trains. On the other hand, if you stay in Lucca you can easily visit other major tourist areas as Florence, Pisa and Siena, and reach the Versilia sea (Viareggio), the Garfagnana mountains (Castelnuovo di Garfagnana), or the spas of Montecatini (on the way to Florence). In the following table we report approximate times and costs for these places, to give you some idea of Lucca's fair position.

Below the Italian state railway site

A central cafe for a quick lunch

by illudiumqh36 about Girovita

A nice place next to San Martino Cathedral with many tables outside facing the round fountain of Piazza Antelminelli.
The interior is very nice, with some row chairs taken from an old cinema.
At night young people come here for an aperitif that can, sometimes, subtitute the dinner.

Don't miss San Frediano's mosaic

by Jefie

Although the Basilica of San Frediano isn't the biggest church in Lucca, I thought it was the most interesting one to visit. San Frediano was built between 1112 and 1117, and its amazing Byzantine-style golden mosaic, called "The Ascension of Christ the Saviour", was created by Berlinghieri and added to the facade about a century later. Another one of the basilica's treasures is the baptismal font that stands at the back of the church, depicting the story of Moses in a series of finely carved pannels. Another interesting fact is that the columns inside the nave were actually taken from the nearby Roman amphitheatre which, at the time they started building San Frediano, had long been abandoned. A ceremony was about to begin when we visited the church and although we were asked at that point not to take pictures, we were invited to stay and have a look. It's always kind of neat to hear mass celebrated in a different language!

The Basilica of San Frediano is open every day and admission is free.

Church S Michele in Foro 2

by prleprle

Interior of the church is also very fascinating and interesting. There are precious works of art some from 12th, 14th and 15th century. There you could find a works of Filippino Lippi, Andrea della Robbia and other great artists.


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