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What public transport is there between Lucca and Bagne de Lucca
I am going ot a wedding in Bagne de Lucca in october and am just wondering whether it is better to stay in Lucca or Bagne de lucca
It is difficult to see if there is any public transport from Lucca to Bagne de Lucca
Do you have any recommendations of accommodation in either venue
there will be approximately 10 coming from Australia for the wedding
In addition to the great feedback you'll likely get on this forum..
I would definitely put this question on the bride/groom/organizer of the wedding! They should be providing info/maps/ etc. for all the guests on how to get to the site via car, train, bus etc.
I organized a wedding last year for family member on the coast not far Lucca (I'm certainly no professional wedding planner!), but knew as a minimum that we needed detailed info for the guests to ease their travels.
Is this a "location wedding" or are bride & groom native Lucchesi (from Lucca)?
When you've got folks spending the time & money to travel 1/2 way around the world, the hosts need to at least make it as easy as possible.
I agree with the above. However:
There are fairly frequent trains from Lucca, taking around 30 minutes. Search the Trenitalia site in English on http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html Make sure you put 'bagni di lucca' into the search box not 'bagne de'
There are also buses from Lucca to Bagni di Lucca, although they are not particularly frequent. Journey time is around an hour.
To find timetables for the Q09 service go to
then click the 'Linee Extra-Urbane' link under 'SERVIZI EXTRAURBANI'. This will bring up a (rather large) PDF, which you can scroll through to find the QO9 timetable.
If you want to/expect to stay late at the wedding it would probably be more convenient to stay in Bagni, at least for those few days. The distance to Lucca is around 30km, so a taxi won't be cheap. Have a look at www.venere.com for places to stay. It lists most accommodation in Italy, has honest reviews and is entirely reliable. I always use it when I can, as do many other VT-ers.
SPot on J, but I would add that you should also check the bus timetable carefully, as some buses only run on schooldays, and some in school holidays. The timetable is annotated, but you need to look up the holiday dates. This can be found in the index on page 4 - the index is the Indice Quadri Linee Extra-Urbane link above the one mentioned in the previous post.
Travel Tips for Lucca
Architecture and flowered balconies
I truly enjoyed the architecture in Lucca and wandering around its narrow cobbled streets (which are traffic free fortunately) observing the houses and buildings.
A lot of houses are brownish, reminding the Siena colour, and when the city is seen from a higher point, the orange rooftops outstand, providing a characteristic and friendly tone to Lucca. There are also some buildings colourfully painted when you least expected, creating a nice mixture in my opinion.
Some buildings are very well kept, but not all of them. On my photo is a building which needs some refurbishing but what struck my attention was the lovely flowered balcony. Most houses in Lucca show flowered balconies and windows, providing a joyful look to the medieval city.
Trip to Viareggio
The Tuscan seaside resort Viareggio is located only about 20 mins by train from Lucca. With 10 km of sandy beach and a 3 km long promenade, it is the most important bathing resort of the Tuscany. Among all kinds of summer entertainment it offers a colourful harbour and some worth seeing buildings.
My father and I picked out a...
My father and I picked out a restaurant in Altopascio (nearby Lucca). It was across the Cavalieri hotel there. We didn't eat in Lucca, because the restaurants at Piazza del Mercato in Lucca were too expensive! Fish dish! Mmm jummy shrimps, marinated mussles, inkfish (octopus) and scampi (lobster). A very good meal! Try Tiramisu for dessert, a kind of honey pudding with whipcream.
A famous symbol, now and then
It's estimated that in the Middle Ages, there were about 250 "tower houses", or torre, in the province of Lucca. These towers can still be found all over Tuscany (the little town of San Gimignano is especially known for its 13 remaining towers) and they were meant to symbolize the wealth and power of their owners. The 44 m tall Torre Guinigi was and still is the most important tower in Lucca, and one of the very few examples left in the region. It was built for the Guinigi family who once ruled over Lucca and defended the city against the Medici of Florence, which helped Lucca retain its independence until the 18th century. The tower has become one of the city's most famous symbols, especially thanks to its rooftop garden that can be seen from all over the city.
Admission to Torre Guinigi costs 3.50 Euros, but it's also possible to buy a combined ticket that gives you access to the Torre delle Ore for 5 Euros. There are 230 steps but they are wide and easy to climb. It can be pretty crowded once you reach the top, but the view of the city and surrounding countryside is spectacular. I thought it was especially interesting to look at the Piazza Anfiteatro from up there, you can really see the round shape of the old Roman Amphitheatre.
THE GREAT WALL OF TUSCANY
Whenever walls are thought of, most people may say China has a great wall. Yes, but so does Italy. Lucca, has had a wall since the Roman times and has been updated and reinforced throughout history. Standing 40' high and 60' wide, enclosing the city with a circular 3 miles of a parkland path.
Today, it offers locals and tourists alike the fun way to see Lucca. You can walk, jog, run, bike, and even rollerskate this fabulous wall. When visiting Lucca, it is a must thing to do. The view of gardens on patios, the church bell towers, the winding streets, and the beauty of the buildings all take on a special feel from on high. The best part is that there are paths, not stairs, that you can walk to get to the top. A tourist treat when visiting Lucca.
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