Things to do in Lucca
1Walk your way around Lucca’s walls, built to protect and fortify the city, which now serve as a memory of the past and a wonderful historical identifier.
2Soak in the serenity of the Lucca Botanic Gardens, and enjoy evening open-air performances in summertime
3Visit the San Martino Cathedral, built in the 12th century, with a beautiful marble façade and Roman style. Next to it is a 13th century bell tower and Casa dell'Opera del Duomo, a gothic-interior medieval Lucca house with beautiful artwork.
4Catch an open-air performance in summertime at the Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, the site of an ancient Roman amphitheatre.
5Climb the Torre delle Ore, or clock tower, for a beautiful view, and reward yourself by shopping in the many beautiful shops located on the same street, which also happens to be the town’s main street.
If you feel like getting lost for a few hours or days and want to experience an authentic, traditional Tuscan village, make your way to Lucca. Lucca is quintessentially Italian, with narrow cobbled streets, washing hanging from the windows, and elements of ancient Rome that speak to its heritage.
It is definitely a walking or cycling town, with very few cars able to fit through the narrow streets, but it is thankfully flat so you won’t break a sweat exploring the town.
Start by circling the walls surrounding the town, before heading into the maze of laneways.
There are plenty of wonderful artisan shops available to you, so take the time to look around, and don’t worry too much about getting lost – most people do. If you’re looking for a spectacular birds-eye view of the area, climb the Guinigi Tower (the building with the tree growing out of its top) and take some snapshots of the beautiful medieval-era streets and buildings.
If you find your way out of the city, you can take a trip to the coastline for an afternoon of beach frivolity. Whatever your decision, Lucca is a truly relaxing and quaint destination.
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