Lucca and its vicinities
Lucca is a beautiful medieval town located in the northwest of Tuscany, it is surrounded by walls dating back to the 16th century that have been beautifully maintained. People in Lucca enjoy cycling, jogging or simply walking on them, as this is the best way to get an unforgettable overview of the city. Lucca is also known as ‘the City of a Hundred Churches’ due to the high number of magnificent religious buildings. The towers, squares and streets within the walls have preserved their untouched charm.
Outside the city walls, it is possible to visit the splendid countryside, the aristocratic Villas and their gardens. Both inside and outside the city centre, there are many good restaurants; following Lucca Wine and Olive Oil Trail, wine lovers will find several farms that produce traditional local products. In 2009, Forbes Magazine declared Lucca the second most idyllic place to live in Europe.
Birthplace of the famous composer Giacomo Puccini, Lucca hosts every summer the Festival Puccini, an annual opera festival held in Torre del Lago (20 km from Lucca). The Lucca Summer festival takes place in July, with well-known artists exhibiting in the main squares. Every year, between October and November, Lucca also hosts one of the most important comic book and gaming exhibition in Europe: Lucca Comics and Games.
The town’s geographic location is perfect for daily trips to the beach (Versilia, Liguria, Maremma), to the mountains (Apuane Alps, Pizzorne, Garfagnana, Abetone), to historical and artistic cities (Pisa, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra)