Top attractions in Lucca
The awe-inspiring sights of Lucca include over 100 churches and city walls designed by Leonardo DaVinci. Easily reached from Pisa and Florence, Lucca is a picture-perfect addition to your Tuscan itinerary!
Lucca's churches are among the most beautiful in Italy. Its primary cathedral is a bonafide highlight, with its grand carved-marble entrance and intricate stained glass windows.
Though the interior is stunning, the real treasure of this palace is its Baroque garden. Though small, it boasts exotic trees, a fountain, statues, and a lemon house!
The Romanesque church at the Piazza San Frediano might seem relatively low-key at first, but look up and you'll notice a gigantic mosaic of Christ watching over his apostles!
This huge – and incredibly charming – oval piazza was built where Lucca's ancient Roman amphitheater once stood, its rounded shape following the dimensions of its predecessor.
The birthplace of the great composer Giacomo Puccini is now a small museum of his life and work. The old apartment is crammed with his personal mementos and collected memorabilia.
The Old Town's 40-foot walls were converted into a public garden by Maria Luigia of Bourbon. The scenic ramparts make for a wonderful amble around the city.
Set between the two palaces of Case dei Guinigi, Lucca's most important tower is crowned by a garden of evergreen oaks. This slice of forest in the air is a remarkable sight!
Lucca is easily reached from Pisa and Florence. There is a direct bus available from Pisa Airport, and trains depart from Pisa Centrale to Lucca about every 30 minutes. From Florence stations, trains depart frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella, and infrequently from Firenze Rifredi. If travelling at off-peak times, you'll probably find that the bus is quicker. You can catch one at Via Fiume bus station.
Lucca is great for sightseeing day-trips, but you'll need two or three days to really discover the city. It can be pretty crowded in the summer, but if visiting off season, Lucca makes a great base for a Tuscan break too.
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- Best to seek out warm weather with less crowds. April - June and September - October are divine months to visit Lucca.
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What people are saying about Lucca
Highly recommend seeing the town of Lucca. I would never have considered it but as the bus option came with seeing Pisa I gave it a go and I’m very glad I did. There are a lot of sights to see in the 3hrs you have there - in fact I wish I had more time there. Highlight for me was the Guinigi Tower. A few stairs to climb - around 250 - but the view at the top is just magic. Full 360 degree view of the city. Plus you can shade under the oak trees growing from the top. I felt the Pisa stop was a little rushed, considering you have to shuttle or walk the 10-15min to the tower - but if you’re only there to have the quickest whip around, then it’s fine. The bus ride is very comfortable and easy to get to the pick up location. I travelled on a cruise and our shuttle took us straight to the pick up point, but it would be easy to get to the square if you had accommodation in another spot. The 10.30am start is also quite nice for a sleep in!
We were not informed that once we met at the location in downtown Florence that we would board a bus for a thirty minute ride to the location. We have kids that get carsick easily. I would have prepared for that differently. Our point of contact was late due to traffic issues and that cut into our class. That wasn’t anyone’s fault... just not something we were prepared for. I felt a little like we got tricked into leaving the area we were and changing location by such a long distance. On a different note our instructor, Valentina, was AMAZING! We had two kids with us that will undoubtedly remember that class as the best part of our vacation to Florence.
We spent a really nice evening with Thomas and the other participants and enjoyed very good pizza. You get recipes for the pizza and ice cream and get some decisive hints for a good pizza dough. Getting to the place was actually a bit annoying because we had to walk an extra 15 minutes and then went by private bus for 30 minutes because of heavy traffic. In the description it further said 'dinner and drinks' included, which was basically one glass of wine or one soft drink per person, which I expected to be different. Nevertheless, it's a really nice thing to do in Italy.
I really liked the cooking class, I think a big part of its charm is the teacher. In my case the teacher was called Thomas, he explained everything so well and answered all of my questions. Anther important thing I wanted to mention is that I really liked the atmosphere this class had and the teamwork that it involved. In conclusion I would reccomend this class to anyone that has some free hours to spend on Florence while also learning something interesting about cooking.
Lucca is a fantastic place, I only wish we’d had longer to explore. Pisa is a place you just have to visit once, not sure I’d go again, once you’ve seen the tower and everyone lining up their photos, there isn’t that much left to do. Lucca though is worth at least a full day, we simply loved it