Lucca Charm

Via Roma 14, Lucca, 55100, Italy
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Local travel

by joequigley

Any suggestions on the best way from Pisa Airport to Lucca? Is it advisable to hire a car or use public transport?

RE: RE: Local travel

by mccalpin

"Advisable"? I don't know what you mean by this. You can certainly do it either by car or public depends on whether you want to have a car and drive in Italy.

Almost every airport has a website now, so the first ting to do is find the airport's website. In the case of Pisa, it's .

Then every website has information on how to get to/from the airport. In the case of Pisa, you can go by car, rent car, bus, taxi, and train. Yes, Pisa airport has a train station at the airport (very convenient).

Then, if you want to go by train (normally, most intercity traffic between cities of any size in Italy is by train, not so much bus), go to for the website for the national rail system.

The solutions that you will see show you that the trip takes 40-60 minutes, and that you probably have to change trains in Pisa Centrale...however, when you buy the ticket at the airport, it should be good for the whole trip.

Or you could just rent a's only 36 kilometers away (20 miles)...a short 30 minute trip...see for auto travel planning...


RE: Local travel

by Beausoleil

I haven't checked but assume the train would cost a lot less than renting a car.

RE: RE: Local travel

by mccalpin

I'm certain that is true...but we really don't have enough information yet, do we?


RE: Local travel

by fabbo

In Tuscany, Lazzi ( provides some intercity buses, including Pisa airport-Lucca without changes

RE: RE: Local travel

by mccalpin

fabbo, is there a reliable website that lists most or all the local and regional bus systems in Italy? It's often difficult to figure out which bus systems run in which regions. For example, SITA is a big company, but it seems hit or miss which parts of Italy that it does business in...Tuscany (yes), Campania (yes), but Umbria (no), and Lazio (no? I forget, and their website is down). Thanks!


Travel Tips for Lucca

Zuppa di Farro


Zuppa di Farro is a traditional white bean soup which fed the Roman legions. It is a simple but yummy soup, made with Farro which is an ancient wheat grain. I had a Zuppa di Farro in the Trattoria da Leo (please see my restaurant tip). Another name for the soup is Minestra di Farro.

huge library

by PALLINA about Edison Book Store

In the heart of Lucca you will find this huge library. It is really nice located and offers a bar inside and some sofas where you can sit and read in peace. Surprisingly, I noticed public toilets inside as well. The only negative remark is the small quantity of books in English (none in German or French or Spanish). It's really a shame for such a touristy town like Lucca.

Eat in an Ancient Osteria in Lucca

by deecat about Buca di S. Antonio

While in Lucca, Allan and I were fortunate to have experienced Buca di S. Antonio, a marvelous restaurant with delicious food, creative presentation, efficient service, outstanding wines, ambience, and a wonderful history.

In ancient Tuscan,Buca" is equivalent to "Taverna" or "Osteria" and documents dating back as far as 1782 refer to "Osteria a S. Antonio". In the 18th century "Buca" was a place to eat but also a livery and a stable!

The Buca is owned by Franco Barbieri and Giuliano Pacini, and it is one of "Lucca's most characteristic places."

The interior is unique with wonderful arches, all kinds of brass kitchenware hanging from the ceiling and the walls. It has dark wooden beams on the ceiling as well as dark, beautiful wood on the bottom portion of some walls. Some of the dishes that Buca S. Antonio is most popular for are:

1. Ravioli di ricotta alle zucchine

2. Tortelli lucchesi al sugo

3. Pappardelle alla lepre

4. Carpaccio di trota salmonata
con radicchietti di campo

5. Petto di faraona all'uva moscato

6. Capretto garfagnino allo spiedo
con erbette saltate

7. Fegatelli di maiale allo spiedo con rapini

Allan had Goat meat, pasta in butter, and a salad.
I had a Guinea hen, Bean Farro Soup, and

We also enjoyed a bottle of Brunella (1993) wine, which was delicious! (It should be for what it cost)!

It was indeed a wonderful evening with great food, excellent wine, a lovely environment, and the best company (my husband).

The 12th Century...

by coceng

During the 12th century, Lucca was flourished because of the silk trade.
In 1314, it fell under the control of Pisa.
The photo shows The Romanesque Cathedral of Lucca called Chiesa di San Ferdiano.

Palazzo Pfanner

by Blatherwick

A pleasant surprise that I came across while just wondering around the walls. Palazzo Pfanner, built in 1667, has all the characteristics of a late 16th century building. The garden is completely original. There is a beautiful wide staircase that leads to the great elegant loggia overlooking the 18th century italian style garden.

At the centre of the garden there is a poligonal pond sorrounded by statues , flower-beds and groups of plants; there are also big terracotta vases with lemons,according to the Tuscan tradition.


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