This Italian walled town is an excellent base close to Pisa with good rail links to west, east and north to Pisa, Firenze and Barga.  A return flight to Pisa can be bought for about £50 return Thursday to Tuesday.


Within Lucca everything is within walking distance. The train offers cheap reliable travel to Via Reggio beach, Pistoia the birthplace of Pinochio, Barga in the hills or Florence for a day trip.

Hire a bike at PuntoBici for €15 a day (€50 a week) and cycle the walls or the flat Puccini cycleway to the beach and take the train back.  Trains back every 30 mins for  €5 (bikes are free on the train). There are quite a few cycle routes including one to Pisa.


Renting an apartment inside the walled city for around €100 a night lets you stay overlooking the Piazza dell’ Anfiteatrothe famous enclosed marketplace on the site of a Roman amphitheatre.

Casa Bella is a spacious three bedroom apartment inside the walls for €276

San Frediano is a monastery inside the historical walls. Lots of character and bunk beds from €20 or private room for €68

Residenza St Andrea has a kitchenette as part of its €83 offering in the centre of Lucca


You can check the Tripadvisor list of Lucca restaurants but my favourites are

Trattoria da Giulio, 45 Via delle Conce,Lucca, Tuscany (local Luccan food and people, cheap)

Rama,  Via Galli Tassi, 27 55100 Lucca (good seafood selection here)

Allosteria is the top restaurant on Tripadvisor which does a good  Fiorentina Steak.  More expensive treat.

La Tana del Boia,  Piazza San Michele 37, 55100 Lucca is a Panini type place

Caffe Ristretto, Via s. Giorgio 8, Lucca Pastries, coffee or cocktails. For locals but tourists welcome.

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