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Best things to do 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 Cathedral

    1. Lucca Cathedral

    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.

  • Palazzo Pfanner

    2. Palazzo Pfanner

    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!

  • Basilica of San Frediano

    3. Basilica of San Frediano

    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!

  • Piazza dell' Anfiteatro

    4. Piazza dell' Anfiteatro

    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.

  • Puccini House and Museum, Lucca

    5. Puccini House and Museum, Lucca

    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.

  • City Walls

    6. City Walls

    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.

  • Guinigi Tower

    7. Guinigi Tower

    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!

Frequently asked questions about Lucca

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    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.

  • How many days?

    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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 804 reviews

The ride on the wall was great. The guide was very nice and knew a lot about the city and its history. Unfortunately it wasn't a classic food walking tour like I know from other tournaments where the focus is on food. You should know that. There was a sausage and cheese platter, an aperitif with a snack and ice cream. But everything was delicious.

Lucia was fabulous. Her presentation was very interesting: a mixture of art, history, architecture, engineering, language, music… her style was warm and humorous. Her pace was good, not too fast or too slow. She shared suggestions for things on our own and was great about answering folks questions. We highly recommend this tour and our guide, Lucia.

We had a wonderful cooking experience. It was such much fun learning the Italian cooking style, even though we don’t speak proper Italian. The translator did a great job and we will remember this evening for our life. Thank you!

We really enjoyed walking around the city and learning it's history. Our guide Lucia was pleasant and friendly, she answered all our questions and gave the tour her personal touch.

Great event!! Just enough to give us an idea of Puccini’s work. Nice way to spend and evening.