Ostello La Pania

Via del Teatro, 205 Pruno, Lucca, Italy
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train travel

by basil4

we wish to travel from Lucca to Avignon by train have you any helpful advice?

Re: train travel

by Ina08

You are aware that it is a 14+ hours trip?

www.trenitalia.it is the website for the Italian trainschedule.

Start / Arrive
Lucca 18:31 /Viareggio 18:49
Viareggio 19:17 /Ventimiglia 23:15
Ventimiglia 23:31 /Nice Ville 00:21
Nice Ville 06:00 /Avignon 10:13

Re: train travel

by leics

You can do it in 10h 51m, although other options take longer. It's because you have to change trains so many times.

I would be very tempted to break the journey with an overnight stop somewhere. Click 'details' for each train departure on the Trenitalia site: Genoa, Nice or Lyon are possibilities.

Re: train travel

by alucas

You could also try Lucca-> Pisa, Pisa->Nice, Nice->Avignon

Pisa-> Nice can be 6.25 hours or less, and it's one less change

Re: train travel

by painterdave

Are you using a car?
Instead of staying in Avignon consider a hotel in Bonneiux, which is on a top of a hill, overlooking a valley.
This place was used in a movie. The Marquis de Sade had a castle across the valley and they light it up at night. I dont remember the name, but it is one of two hotels. Cheaper, too.
Good luck,

Travel Tips for Lucca

Historical and Cultural Information

by alucas

If you would like to read more about Lucca, its History, culture, and about the surrounding area, this is the link to the best website that I have found so far. Here you will find all the information that you could want that you WON'T find in my tips.


Garzoni Castle Gardens at Collodi

by elucas

Imagine having the vision, the labour force, and the financial clout to carve gardens out from a hillside – and not to need planning permission either !

Garzoni gardens are about 20 km north east from Lucca at Collodi, not far from Montecatini. Collodi is the home of the Pinocchio legend – where there is a visitor centre and parking.

The palace was being restored when we visited in July 2004 and I believe is being turned into a hotel. The gardens, also undergoing extensive restoration, seem to “tumble” down a hillside. They were built over 170 years and reflect changing ideas and the desire of different generations to contribute to the estate. In its time this must have been one of the most flamboyant of private estates.

A description of the gardens in 1652 describes a labyrinth, a stream bridge, terracing, a wood divided by parallel paths. In the 18th century the cascade, the green theatre, parterres and two circular fountain basins at the entrance were added. What a play ground !

The “parterre de broderie” – created at the end of the 18th century near the two circular fountains - has been restored, research found that coloured sand, and not seasonal flowers were used, so this has been put in place. In the 18th century a parterre made up of coloured stones was created, only the Garzoni Coat of Arms and Monogram are left – proudly set out on the hillside.

This is an ongoing story, restoration of the massive palace was in full swing and it was totally off limits. Some of the gardens had been beautifully restored and work was continuing. The statuary on the higher levels was still in a sad state of decay and the Bassine – wood divided into parallel paths – had become very overgrown.

We shall visit again one day. If we won the lottery, maybe we could stay there !

Entry price: 5.20 euros (July 2004) for the gardens.
Opening times : 9.00 am until 1 hour before sunset.
15th November – 15 March - Saturday and Sunday and holidays – you would need to check about the holidays.

comfort & good grub

by anne_h about Da Giulio

This is a very friendly family trattoria that is a little hard to find but not really. Great tortellini as I recall, and the staff are really friendly. Sometimes I feel awkward about eating by myself (even though I know I shouldn't) but I was completely comfortable here. Traditional Lucchese fare.

Torre Guinigi

by Bigs

From the top of the tower of the Palazzo Guinigi you get a nice view over the town..... The oaks on top of it are a uncommon sight. One legend says that Ilaria Guinigi has planted them as a memory of her beloved husband.... another legend says that the seeds have been blowing there by the wind.....now it´s on you to decide what to believe!

Ride the Lucca Carousel

by travelrabbit

It's not really an important stop but if you're traveling with kids it might be just the thing to get their pep up for more sightseeing. In Piazza Napoleone there is a carousel that is up for most of the year. It looks especially pretty at night when it stands out like a beacon as compared to its dimly lit surroundings. The kids love it. You may too.


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