Lucca Travel Guide

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Lucca Things to Do

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  • City walls

    The history of fortified walls of Lucca begins in 200 A.C. - with a classic square of walls that surrounded the city centre, and with part of it seen there up to today. During the Napoleon era the walls were demilitarized, and since that acted as a public walkway. What a great idea  The access to the city was secured by several fortified...

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  • Tower Guinigi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    From the top of this majestuous " Tower-House" ( 44m.) we have a scenic view of the city of Lucca and specialy on the dozen of other towers around the city. There is no elevator, climbing is not too difficult (about 230 steps) but very rewarding. Try to climb as late as possible, it is then not too crowded and the sun light is perfect.

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  • Duomo di San Martino

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The duomo of San Martino (or the cathedral) was founded in the VI century. It was rebuilt around 1060 and renewed between the XII and the XIII centuries. The interior was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. One of the highlights of this church is Civitali' s tempietto; built in 1482. It houses the Volto Santo (Holy Face). A large wooden...

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Lucca Hotels

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Lucca Restaurants

  • Best meal in Lucca.

    The restaurant L’Angolo Tondo is situated at the very atmospheric Piazza Anfiteatro. We sat outdoors under the large umbrellas of the ancient Roman amphitheater which ideas built over in the Middle Ages with houses. You can still see the arches and oval foot print. This is definitely worth a visit and a rest for some time.This was by far the best...

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  • Disappointing overall.

    I wouldn't really call this place a restaurant, it's more of a cafe bar that serves very basic food. We ran into it when we visited the Piazza Cittadella for a look at the statue of Puccini and the house he was born in. After we saw both we kind of liked to have something to eat and drink and the terrace of Madame Butterfly was right there.It was...

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  • Ice cream time.

    Crema e Cioccolato is my favourite ice cream place when I am in Lucca. It is a small place with few places to sit inside and three benches outside. Here you can find many ice cream flavours to choose from.At Crema e Cioccolato you can also have some sweet crepes. Pineapple and stracciatella (cream with small pieces of chocolate) flavours are...

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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

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Callantsoog by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • 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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Lucca Shopping

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  • Cobbled winding street.

    When we decided to visit the beautiful city of Lucca we did not think about going shopping. We wanted to see all the historical sights for sure. Therefore my girlfriend and daughters were pleasently surprised by this amazing shopping street called Via Fillungo.We couldn't keep away from this shopping street, not just to gaze at the luxurious shops,...

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  • Buccellato.

    Buccellato is a cake flavoured with raisins and anise. It is sold fresh and soft.It can be stored in the fridge for many days.I bought two loaves of buccellato at Giurlani' s. They were very good and cheap.

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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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Lucca Local Customs

  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Italy is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Italy with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main types...

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  • Birra Moretti.

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Cavallino (and this probably counts for our entire surrounding of Cavallino-Treporti) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only...

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Lucca Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Callantsoog area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • 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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Lucca Tourist Traps

  • Piazza San Michele – Beautiful spot.

    Before we decided where we wanted to go during the summer of 2015, of course we did some research on Google about Lucca. One of the things that intrigued me immediately was the facts of the bell tower. This tower was amputated from the basilica church, because it was higher than the Augusta tower and because the sound of its bell reached Pisa. How...

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  • Piazza San Michele – Piazza delle...

    The people of Lucca used to call it the ‘Piazza delle Catene’ due to its numerous marble columns connected with heavy metal chains, but the square’s real name comes from its imposing church dedicated to Saint Michele. Without a doubt is the Piazza San Michele the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it...

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  • Piazza San Michele – The main square.

    Lucca is an ancient and medieval city in Tuscany, Italy. Founded by the Romans in the second century BC, it became a very important city in Tuscany. At the time it was a major city it even began to constitute itself an independent commune. The remains of the ancient city with its beautiful history can still be seen today at and near the Piazza San...

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Lucca What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of memory cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • 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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Lucca Off The Beaten Path

  • Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi – A...

    Palazzo Mansi is not really on the attraction list of Lucca. Maybe this is the reason why we kind of missed out on it. During our hike through the winding streets of Lucca we did pass it. I did stop for a little while just to admire the facade of the building and take a photo of it entrance. I did not thing much more of it.Later on when we had a...

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  • Pisa – Other part of the city.

    After we finished our visit to the Piazza dei Miracoli it was clear to us that we wanted to see the other part of town besides this beautiful tourist trap. To do this we can honestly state that the best way to explore Pisa is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy...

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  • Pisa – Don’t rush your visit.

    Although the main area with all the sights of Pisa is quite small, don’t have the idea that you must rush Pisa on a budget. Via this way you will end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. My idea for seeing Pisa properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Pisa we saw on a city map...

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Lucca Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking - 2000 years of history.

    Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The rectangular grid of its historical center preserves the Roman street plan. So, it has been writing its history for over 2000 years. The city built at the beautiful Tuscan landscape reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient...

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  • Hiking - Game plan strategy.

    Most people try to rush Lucca on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Lucca properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Lucca we saw on a city map that the city of Lucca is divided into two areas - the historical old town inside its city walls...

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  • Hiking - Take time to meander.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Lucca old town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! It is great fun to hike around in Lucca knowing that the rectangular...

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Lucca General

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  • A day trip 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, an ancient cloistered cemetery (camposanto monumentale) 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 to...

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  • Two towers.

    In Lucca there are two towers you can climb and enjoy the landscape over the town from their tops.One of these is named torre Guinigi. It was built around 1390 and is 45 meters tall. There are some oak trees on its top. The other is a bell tower called torre delle Ore. It was built around XIII century. Torre Guinigi is located in via Sant Andrea...

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  • Parking

    If you are not a resident, driving into the city center is not allowed. There is public parking available just outside the walled area.

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