Enchanting city that goes, with its extensive province, to the sea, Lucca boasts ancient origins, perhaps Ligurian or Etruscan, in any case it is certain its strategic and military importance in Roman times, even if it linked its fortune to long and intact defensive walls, built in more than a hundred years, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which extend for over four kilometers.
The tourist who arrives in Lucca will pass through one of the six access gates to the city and will not be able to do without walking along the walls, well sheltered by the foliage of the trees in the hot summer and spring months.
The city center winds along sometimes winding and sometimes wide streets and alleys rich in history, culture, shops and restaurants. In the eyes of the visitor, unexpected and singular squares (Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and Piazza San Martino) and unique architectures suddenly open, such as the Guinigi Tower and the Torre delle Ore, which leave a sweet and indelible memory, like the excellent buccellato and spelled soup, together with the many typical dishes and wines of the area.
Art – Culture
Lucca is also known as the “city of a hundred churches” and also assumes the role of nerve center on the route of the Via Francigena, a very important medieval pilgrimage route, which has recently regained honor and prestige. Visitors more attentive to art will also enjoy visiting the theaters (del Giglio, San Girolamo), the villas (Bottini, Guinigi), and museums.
Between the end of October and the beginning of November the city hosts the largest international comics and video games fair “Lucca Comics & Games” (second in the world only to Tokyo), which attracts hundreds of thousands of fans every year.
How to get
Lucca can be easily reached by train and by car and there are numerous connections with the main Tuscan cities and with Viareggio, the nearest seaside resort.