Lucca is an older medieval city with towers and palaces from the Renaissance, which are well protected by the city wall around the center.

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Lucca is an older medieval city with towers and palaces from the Renaissance, which are well protected by the city wall around the center.

The city is in the northern part of Tuscany, close to Pisa, the Mediterranean Sea, and not far from the Marble mountains of Massa-Carrara, close to the border with Liguria.

Lucca is located in Tuscany

Tuscany region

Holiday in Lucca

Visit Pisa by train

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All you have to do is buy the ticket, get on the train and present the ticket with the QR code to the train conductor.

The train station in Lucca is in Piazza Ricasoli, which is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the historic center of Lucca.

The town is on the route between Florence and Viareggio, and there are direct trains to Lucca from Pisa. So, you can easily get to the city from most of Tuscany.

If you are going to Lucca from the coast, from north or south, you must get off the train in Pisa to continue towards Lucca.

How to reach Lucca

By car

It is easy to get to Lucca both by car and by public transport. The city is located near the A11 motorway, which connects Florence with Pisa and the sea.

Whether you are coming from the south or the north, you must exit at Lucca Est or Ovest.

If you come from the motorway A12 between Genoa and Rome, you must take it to Viareggio, and continue towards Lucca Ovest.

No driving within the city walls.

Be aware of this. However, there are a few parking options within the city walls, but you must keep an eye on the signs and check if it is a parking lot that is allowed for everyone.

By plane

The two airports closest to Lucca are in Pisa and in Florence. From both cities there are frequent bus or train departures to Lucca, if you have not chosen to rent a car.

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Discover Lucca by bike

The area is popular for cyclists. The city is known for being a bicycle-friendly city, and believe me, not all cities in Italy are, but Lucca is.

It is easy to rent a bicycle here if you wish to go for a ride and get fresh air in the Tuscan countryside, or if you want to experience the city on two wheels.

There are plenty of opportunities to rent the bike you need near the train station or at the bus station.

Sights in Lucca

Most sights in the city are of older date. The traces of the Roman amphitheater can still be found in Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and there are archaeological remains under the church, Chiesa dei Santi Giovanni e Reparata from the 12th century.

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UNESCO in Lucca

The city is fighting to have the city’s historic center, which is the part of the city that is within the walls,

on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Cattedrale di San Martino is the city’s cathedral and undoubtedly the city’s biggest and best-known attraction. It is built in the Gothic style and dates from the 16th century.

If you are in doubt about how and where to find it, just look for the tall white tower between the walls.

“The city with the 100 churches”

This is the city’s nickname, because here you will find many towers, bell towers and Renaissance palaces.

The bell tower is more than 50 meters high, and to get up in the tower up, you must climb 207 steps on a wooden staircase. The bell tower is with its 50 meters the tallest tower in the city.

The Guinigi tower is also attractive, and it has beautiful stone oak on top of it that makes it extraordinary.

The walls of Lucca

To enter the center, you must to go past the city wall and through one of the six gates that surround the city. The first gate was built in the 15th century and the last was built in the early 19th century.

The walls date from the Renaissance and are the largest example in Europe of the principle of modern fortification. The current city walls are 4 kilometers 223 meters.

When the walls lost their military significance, the top was turned into a pedestrian street, and it is today one of the city’s biggest attractions.