Lucca Travel Guide

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Lucca Highlights

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     beautiful architecture, very posh 100% italian style shops 

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     Not easy to find a parking area 

  • In a nutshell
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     Entering the Walls you will turn back time... 

Lucca Things to Do

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  • City walls

    You can jog, walk our cycle it, However you decide to do, make it top of your list. The best way to see the city is to do a circut of these perfectly intact medieval walls. Its Ideal for families with children as the ramparts are dotted with picnic spots and playparks and the tree-lined promenades are pefect to people watch during the eveing...

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  • Tower Guinigi

    Torre Guinigi rises above the narrow streets below and although its pretty crowded once you reach the top, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the old town and surrounding mountains under the shade of the huge oak trees that make this tower the symbol of Lucca. Admission is only 3 or 4 euros, and if you also wish to climb Torre delle Ore you can...

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  • Duomo di San Martino

    The facade of of San Martino Cathedral could be described as "interesting" - a euphemism for many things. Rick Steves' invaluable guidebook describes it as "... an entertaining mix of architectural and artistic styles." It is eye-catching. If you take time to look carefully at the facade, especially the upper levels, you will see numerous animals,...

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Lucca Restaurants

  • Historic Bar / Coffee House

    Since we were in Lucca for a few days, it was a natural that we would stop at the Caffé di Simo for a coffee - a couple of times actually. Why the di Simo? For its history and old-time ambiance more than its coffee, which was just about the same as every other little bar.It is listed as Lucca's oldest such establishment, but it's claim to fame and...

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  • Villa of deliciousness

    I have long waited to visit this restaurant, I know the chef as he is part of the same cooking forum I belong and I always wanted to visit him and try his cooking as he gave a humorous impression of himself and some great simple Lucca recipes.The restaurant is in a Villa that used to be a convert and has been converted about 40 years ago. He owns...

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  • Buccellato home

    This bakery is a Lucca institution founded in 1881. It is an antique shop that never felt the need to change its style and this is the real plus! The inside is made of dark wood, there is a small counter where coffee, cappuccino and other beverage are served and a long counter with glass windows where you can choose your dessert.It has been...

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Lucca Nightlife

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  • Teatro del Giglio

    Opera, concerts, theatre... Don't forget that Giacomo Puccini, the famous opera author, was born in Lucca.

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  • Finding something at night in the summer

    In the summers, Lucca is a very beautiful and romantic city abound with tourists. But at night, during the week the locals come to the gelaterias and cafes on Via Vittorio Veneto and (roughly) Via Garabaldi. There are many gelaterias and cafes open late here. A good spot would be to get a table outside at "Old City" (whose owners speak English -...

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  • Disco bar in old town #4

    Climbing the Walls from the slope in front of the Veneta (see in the other nightlife tips) there is the only discobar in old town.During the cold season there are a dancing room and a room with tables; in spring and summer the people stays in the terrace on the rampart behind the building.

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Lucca Transportation

  • Buses in Lucca 3

    Tip originally written November 2004 - updated September 2012.The city buses, or navettes, are orange minibuses, which have about a dozen seats, but can carry many more standing. The routes run at intervals between 10 and 20 minutes, and we found that they were usually on time to the minute. They do stop running about 8 in the evening, so whilst...

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  • THE ART OF PARKING IN LUCCA

    Most tourists that find Lucca get a great surprise. A wonderfully kept 15th century Tuscan village. Enclosed by a great wall, parking is at a premium inside the walled city. Stay in the outer ring or if you enter one of the six portals, try to find a parking place right away. DO NOT ENTER A LTZ (limited traffic zone) without a permit. Car rental...

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  • Arriving in Lucca

    Lucca is on the Florence - Viareggio train line aswell as the Pisa line. So is easily to reach from most places in Tuscany. The station is only a few minutes walk to the city walls.We arrived by train from Pisa, about 20-25 minutes and only a couple of euros.

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Lucca Shopping

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  • Via Fillungo

    Via Fillungo threads its way through the heart of the old city and is lined with clothing and accessories shops there is even a Foot Locker. It is the main shopping street in Lucca.

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  • Ceramics Made in Lucca

    This is one shop that features beautiful ceramics made in Lucca and I would rate this shop as the most interesting and actually most beautiful in all of Lucca. The artists that are featured are creative and you not only get the designs in ceramics you would expect, but there are some other artistic creations. The owner, Stefano, I found to be most...

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  • WALKING THE COBBLESTONED LANES

    Inside the walled city of Lucca are many cobblestoned lanes that are filled with buildings of the various boutiques and stores that attract the tourist. It makes for an interesting day of shopping. There is one bakery that stands out from the rest in Lucca. Forno a Vapore - Amedeo Giusti is the bakery located on Via Santa Lucia near the cathedral...

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Lucca Local Customs

  • Water Fountains

    In and around Lucca you will find many water fountains. The water comes from the mountains between Lucca and Pisa, called "Monti Pisani". The water is drinkable and you will see many locals refilling their plastic bottles and cans at the fountains. I drank the healthy water 3 days and I am still alive, so the water obviously can't be that bad.

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  • Italian Beer

    Two popular 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 local VT members seem to prefer German beer. Birra Moretti: http://www.birramoretti.it/Peroni Nastro Azzuro:...

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  • 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 enjoyed a Zuppa di Farro in the Trattoria da Leo (please read my restaurant tip). Another name for the soup is Minestra di Farro.

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Lucca Warnings and Dangers

  • Delay of trains

    Travelling by train is relatively cheap in Italy, as long as you only use regional trains (Regionale). For example a return ticket from Lucca to the end of the Cinque Terre (Monterosso) was only 9,30 EURO (2004). Another advantage is, that you get in contact with both locals and other travellers on the trains. Apart from that you can get off an on...

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  • The train station is quite far from...

    town center.I went to Lucca by train. Once I arrived at the train station I had to go through the walls; climb up and down some stairs (with my luggage), walk inside a tunnel (under the ramparts) and then carry on walking for some miles to my accomodation that was in the town center.If you are going to Lucca by train, you should ask somebody where...

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  • BAck Roads

    You can take the back roads from the main highway of 435 going east/west to highway 12 going north/south. There are a number of routes that can be taken, very few of which describe which direction you are going, or to what destination. We followed the general direction, even though it wound around a lot, and eventually ended up to the place we were...

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Lucca Tourist Traps

  • Bastian Contrario - Truffled Menu With...

    We just arrived from Bastian Contrario. We ordered truffled starters and dishes. None of the starters came with truffles. When we asked the argentinian waitress about it she said it was a mistake from the chef. Ok one mistake happens... two.... well thats a bit too much!When you pay for an expensive dish like the ones we ordered we expect nothing...

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  • Palazzo Pfanner

    Although it is nice to visit this palazzo and its gardens, we were a little bit disappointed. We came here to visit the permanent exhibition of the local costumes from the 18th century. But, although still mentioned in several books, the costumes are no longer at the Palazzo. In my opinion, without the costumes, the rooms are quite empty, there...

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  • Horse cart in town

    From Spring to Autumn it could happens to see some horse carts bringing tourists on the Walls and around the main squares of the city.Well, this is, in my opinion, a big trap... it's not necessary to take a vehicle to have a tour of Lucca: the Walls are only 4 Km long and, for all the beauties they have inside, you should stop and take a picture...

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Lucca What to Pack

  • Bring a Journal

    Each time I traveled to Europe, I brought fewer clothes with me. I learned to co-ordinate better, to purchase wrinkle-free items, and to do more washing in the sink. I also learned to layer. Because I could never be 100% sure about weather conditions, I would bring items that could be layered for warmth. Bring all prescription medicines in their...

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  • Map of Lucca

    Lucca has a few Tourist Information Offices in the Old Town. One can be found at the western end at the Piazza San Donato; another one is located in the east near the Porta Elisa. Just asks them for a free map of Lucca. It gives you a good overview of the Old Town, the main sights and lists addresses of accomodations, restaurants and other...

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  • Packing List

    Backpack or suitcase. Dress lightly in summer, but do bring some warm clothes too. In the evening it can cool off and once in a while there can fall a drop of rain. Suncream & sunglasses needed! Film is available here.

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Lucca Off The Beaten Path

  • Day at the beach...Viareggio

    Viareggio is a beach resort famous for its carnival which happens each Febuary.Just 30minutes north of Pisa and a 20minute train ride from Lucca its perfect for a day trip.It has 10 km (6.2 mi) of sandy beaches, most are managed by private beach resorts and charge a daily fee but there are some public spots. You can wonder along the pier admiring...

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  • Daytrip to the Cinque Terre

    During my time in Lucca I also took a day trip by train to the Cinque Terre at the Ligurian coast. The Cinque Terre consists of 5 fishing villages which are situated at the bottom of a steep rocky coastline. This unique landscape has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. With its scenic footpaths, it is an ideal area for hiking...

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  • 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, like the Saint Paolino Church (Chiesa di San...

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Lucca Sports & Outdoors

  • Quad Biking in Tuscany

    Unforgettable quad bike experience in some of the most stunning countryside Tuscany has to offer.Lucca Quad offers the ultimate experience in Quad Biking through the tranquil treks of the Apennine Mountains. A 1 hour excursion accompanied by Lucca Quad’s professional guides. Take and awesome journey through woodland tracks, streams and hills…an...

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  • Stadio Communale "Porta Elisa"

    The stadium "Stadio Communale Porta Elisa" is the home ground of the local footbal team of Lucca. It was opened in 1935 and has a capacity between 7.500 and 12.000 people.Due to financial crisis, the local football team has changed names quite a few times. It was founded in 1905 as A.S. Lucchese Libertas 1905. In 2011 the club was renamed to A.S.D....

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  • Rent a bike and explore Lucca!

    The historic part of Lucca is so small, there's really no need to have a car to see it all. One option is of course to walk all over the old city, another option is to rent a bicycle and go for a fun ride around the city! There are several little shops from which you can rent bikes in Lucca. We got ours from a place called Cicli Rai, where the...

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Lucca Favorites

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  • Make the most of the Walls.

    Making the most of the walls, During the day we would wonder round stopping on the ramparts and enjoying the views, by eveing we would enjoy the passagata and cycle or jog around, and once its dark take bottle of wine and enjoy the walls by night. Spending time with an expresso or wine on the walls, watching the world go by.

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  • A daytrip to Pisa.

    Pisa is a town not far from Lucca. It is famous worldwide for its leaning tower.Beside the tower here you can visit the cathedral, the Camposanto Monumentale (an ancient cloistered cemetery) and the baptistery. These three monuments are located in piazza dei Miracoli (= Miracles Square).Pisa has also lots of churches and a botanical garden.I went...

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  • Walk on the City Wall

    Take a walk on the complete city walls of Lucca. The walk is about 4,5 km long and offers panoramic views of the old town and its historic buildings.Lucca is the only town in Italy that is completly surrounded by very thick walls or better say ramparts. They were built in the 16th century as a kind of defence structure. The walls are about 12...

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