The complete guide to: Lucca travel

The complete guide to: Lucca travel

Located at the foot of the Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany, Lucca can easily be visited in a day from Florence or Pisa, but we suggest allowing yourself a bit more time to soak up the area’s history — and to indulge in some of the best food in the region. Easily reached by train from both Pisa and Florence, Lucca is one of those places where you walk around thinking that maybe you should stay an extra night, if only to have an espresso from that tiny place on the corner, or a meal at that rustic hole-in-the-wall that people seem to stream in and out of all afternoon. Lucca is what you want it to be, if you want to experience Italy at its laid-back best. If you do decide to go, here’s a rundown of what to see and do, and how to get around once you land.

Getting to and from PSA

Your trip to Lucca will likely start out at Pisa International Airport, the main hub for travel in and around Tuscany. Reaching Lucca from PSA is relatively quick and easy to do by bus. At the airport, bus tickets (cost: EUR 4) can be purchased at the information desk in the arrivals area and the trip takes about an hour.

Another option is to take the train from PSA (there is a train station at the airport). It’s about five minutes to Pisa Centrale where you’ll change trains to get into Lucca. The whole trip should take 45 to 50 minutes and cost EUR 3.50.

Getting around Lucca

The best way to get around in Lucca is by walking or biking. One of the city’s main attractions is the historic walls that surround it, and they were made for exploring on foot or two wheels. Not to mention, the old centre of the city, where you’ll find much of what you’ll want to see in Lucca, is closed off to traffic. Bikes are available to rent all over the city and it’s the preferred method of getting around for locals, most of whom have a bike.

Things to do in Lucca

Take a walk or bike ride along the old city walls of Lucca that surround the city. The well-preserved walls date back to the late 16th and early 17th centuries and are comprised of over four kilometres of walkways overlooking the city, where you get panoramic views over the city and don’t have to worry about cars. If you’re biking, it’s easiest to walk it up the rampart, but once up there, you’re in for a scenic and relaxing ride. The area around the walls is well taken care of, and is park-like in setting with green grass, trees, and playgrounds.

Make your way to the top of Torre Guinigi, a 45-metre tall medieval red brick tower, for great views and even better photo ops. There are 230 steps leading to the summit, but the walk is worth it. In addition to those panoramic views, there’s also a garden at the top compete with a small forest of holm oaks.

Lucca Comics and Games is the main comic and games convention in Italy and one of the most popular festivals of its kind in the world. Held over the last weekend of October, the fest is dedicated to comics, cartoons, games, video games, and everything related to those things. And if you’re in town during the festival, you’ll likely spot lots of cosplayers making it look like Lucca has been transformed into a live-action comic or video game.

Lucca Summer Festival is one of the best-loved music festivals in Italy, held in the surroundings of the central Piazza Napoleone. Many top bands and singers take to the stage and previous performers have included Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Robbie Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Prices range from EUR 35 to 100.

Lucca Day Tours

Looking for more things to do? Urban Adventures offers day tours in Lucca and beyond, all led by local experts that will give you a taste for local life:

Flavours of Lucca
To live like a local is to eat like a local! And we’re going to show you how to drink and dine like they do in Lucca, with a dash of history thrown in along the way. Sweet bread with raisins, sheep’s cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil, chocolate, wine, beer, cappuccino… what more could you want on a yummy Italian food tour?!

Lucca Aperitivo Adventure
The flavours, the aromas, the colours, the smiles… they’re all part of life in Lucca! Learn more about the city as you sip your way through narrow streets and medieval squares. Artisanal beer, local wines, and even a top-secret liqueur will have you thirsty for more Lucca!

A Bite of Pistoia
The flavours, the aromas, the colours, the smiles… they’re all part of life in Lucca! Learn more about the city as you sip your way through narrow streets and medieval squares. Artisanal beer, local wines, and even a top-secret liqueur will have you thirsty for more Lucca!

 

Lucca on the big screen

Finding films set in Lucca specifically isn’t easy, but there are many set in Tuscany, and watching one or two or two of them will still put you in the mood for your trip to Lucca. Check out Life is Beautiful and Under the Tuscan Sun.

Lucca on record

Opera Composer, Giacomo Puccini, the man behind Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca, and much more, was born in Lucca, so of course we recommend listening to those recordings. You can also visit his house-museum in the city centre once you arrive.

Lucca in books

As with films, you’re more likely to come across books set in Tuscany rather than Lucca specifically, but you can still get a feel for the region with novels like A Florentine Revenge by Christobel Kent or Romola by George Eliot.

Get in touch with us

If you have any questions about Urban Adventures in Lucca, feel free to contact us through email at info@luccaurbanadventures.com. And follow us on Instagram or Facebook for more information and travel inspiration.

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Lucca means art, history, architecture, and, last but not least, delicious food and wine! The city’s beauty lives in its medieval narrow lanes, majestic walls, and many hidden corners far off the tourist trails.

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Deborah Lampi

Manager and Guide @ Lucca Urban Adventures. Lover of food, fashion, dogs, travelling, and meeting new people from all over the world.

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