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Getting to and from Lucca
Lucca's train station is two blocks outside the ramparts (enter at Porta San Pietro) on the south side of town in Piazza Ricasoli. Lucca is on the Florence-Viareggio train line, with frequent service to Florence. It takes 70 minutes to an hour and a half to go from Lucca to Florence. Here's a map of Lucca showing the train station, a suggested walking route, and the major attractions.
Buses run daily to Florence and Pisa as well, and leave from Piazza Verdi, adjacent to the tourist office.
Lucca is on the A11 Autostrada between Viareggio and Florence.
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Lucca a beautiful little Tuscan town
Lucca is gorgeous, a beautiful old city that smacks of love at first sight with its rich history, handsome churches and excellent restaurants. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, it is an essential stopover on any Tuscan tour and a charming base for exploring the Apuane Alps and the Garfagnana.
Lucca protected by massively thick 16th-century walls, featuring some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining, antique markets, classical and rock music festivals, easy access to stunning nearby villas in the surrounding hills and with endless beaches less than half an hour away. Lucca is one of Tuscany's best-kept secrets.
Lucca is a small city rich in art and culture and well-known as the jewel of Tuscany. Lucca is one of the few towns which has maintained its town walls intact. These walls surround the historic centre with its many churches, towers, palaces, museums, traditional boutiques and characteristic lanes. It is forbidden to drive by car on the wall, therefore it is really beautiful place for walking and cycling. From the walls you have magnificent views onto the architectural beauties of the town and the rolling surrounding hills.
Lucca still seems today like a labyrinth of squares and lanes which get narrower and more concealed the closer one gets to the heart of the centre. Visitors to Lucca not only admire the historic beauties of the town but can also indulge their palates in the mouth-watering local specialities. One can go shopping in the Via Fillungo (the most famous shopping mile of the centre) where stylish shops, antique shops, coffee bars and “trattorias” characterize the townscape.
Very near to the Fillungo is the place drama lovers went to the theatre during the period of the Romans.
Centuries later houses were built on the foundations of this imperial theatre and so the oval shaped “Piazza del Anfiteatro” was born.
This square is one of the most picturesque in the whole of Italy and one of the most well- known in the whole world. It is a “must” for every tourist because you can still see the remains of the original town wall.
Orientation And Practical Information in Lucca
Food in Lucca
Many of Lucca's loveliest dining spots are tucked into alleyways and hidden courtyards, but at night they are easy to find. Just follow the candles or paper lanterns lining the sidewalk.
Sights in Lucca
This is not a city for tick-box tourism: the main sight is the town itself. Just go have a wander. We're here if you want to read about the things you see. The Walls, All around the city Some cities have
Nightlife in Lucca
Smatterings of nice bars and enoteche dot the old city, but areas of particular concentration include the intersection of V. Vittorio Veneto and C. Garibaldi, Piazza San Michele, and Piazza San Frediano
Entertainment in Lucca
Lucca is an extremely musical town. The Puccini Festival ensures at least one performance every single day of the year, and summertime sees an explosion of concerts and musical events.
Planning a trip to Lucca Planning your time:
You can tour the best of Lucca in 2–4 hours—and could, conceivably, pair it up with Pisa to make a very full day trip out of Florence (but make sure you leave really early in the morning).
Visitor information in Lucca:
The Lucca tourist office is in a littel building standing on its own in Piazza Santa Maria (tel. +39-0583-442-944, www.lucca.turismo.toscana.it
How to get to Lucca:
Lucca lies on the Florence–Viareggio train line, with an average 1–2 trains from Florence hourly (80–105 min.). It's also a short hop from Pisa (1–2 per hour; 27 min.), which a major stop on the main coastal rail line north from Rome (total time from Rome, via either Pisa or Florence: 3:30–3:45).
Book a tour:
Prefer to leave the driving and arrangements to someone else? Take a private walking tour of Pisa and Lucca) including transport from Florence with a private driver/guide. (Be sure to let them know you want admission to the Tower and other sights in Pisa; they'll tack it on to the price.) Private Tour: Lucca and Pisa from Florence (10 hrs)
Rent a bike:
Luccans far prefer biking to driving, and you'll find few cars within the walls. Rent your own wheels at one of several bike rental outfits located on Piazza Santa Maria and more around the walls of Lucca.
Pisa (27 min. by train), Cinque Terre (90–115 min. by train via Viareggio and La Spezia), Florence (80–105 min. by train).
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