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In a region which is famous for its ancient, walled towns and villages, Lucca is Tuscany's most perfect example. Neatly enclosed within an intact, star-shaped set of ramparts dating from the 1500-1600's, this beautful town is home to some magnificent Romanesque churches, several lovely walled gardens and a charming grid of ancient streets to explore on foot. Lucca is a perfect place to spend a couple of quiet days: don't miss a tour round the city walls, best done by (hired) bike.
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
If the trees seem taller here in Lucca than is usual, perhaps it's because they actually grow on top of the massive walls surrounding the fortified city. And you can walk amongst them—or picnic, play with your children, roller-skate, ride a bike,...
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Piazza Antelminelli, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Dedicated to St. Matthew, Lucca’s beautiful cathedral was built in typical Romanesque style in the 12th century and has a curious asymmetrical, tiered façade covered with fantastically complex carvings. The dim interior houses one of the town’s...
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Via di Piaggiori Basso, 55018 Lucca LU, Italy
The area of gently rolling hills just to the northeast of Lucca is famous not only for its impressive villas, but also for olive oil and wine. A perfect gastronomic stop-off between visits to the magnificent Villa Mansi and Villa Torrigiani, the...
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One of the best tastes of a trip to Lucca is Buccellato, a sweet bread flavored with anise and raisins. I discovered the best version of it here, a bakery that's been run by the same family since 1881. It was delicious with an espresso to fortify...
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55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
If you happen to find yourself in Lucca on the third weekend of the month, you can’t fail to miss Tuscany’s second biggest antique market, a favorite with both vendors and visitors thanks to its setting among the town’s lovely old piazzas and...
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255 Viale Castracani, Arancio, LU 55100, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Whenever you visit a country where you don't speak the language, one of the first tasks you have is finding enough key phrases to get by. On our recent trip to Italy, one of our favorite phrases was "un cono di gelato per favore." For three weeks,...
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Via Arancio, 1, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
Climbing up the narrow, steep steps, anticipating the views that awaited us, we were not disappointed when we reached the top. It's kind of like the ocean, you can stare for a long time and not get bored. The views of the city of Lucca with the...
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy
LOVE this shop in Lucca's Piazza Anfiteatro, created and run by four sisters who handcraft vibrant tableware, beauty products, a line of charming hand-printed cloth bags, and colorful paper products. The friendly staff and pretty displays make it...
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Via Castruccio Buonamici, 352, 55100 S. Anna,Lucca LU, Italy
My husband and I visited Lucca, Italy, in May. Just when I thought the charming town couldn't get any more beautiful, the sun went down and the lights came on, exposing a whole new beauty. Lucca is not a place to be missed, and make sure to stick...