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A vibrant, historic Tuscan city

At the foot of the Apuan Alps, the walled city of Lucca is one of Tuscany’s greatest glories. A patchwork of slanted red roofs, narrow medieval towers and sherbet-hued houses, this historic gem is both remarkably well-preserved and full of modern life, with lively markets and chic boutiques.

On Lucca holidays you’ll be enchanted by the atmospheric city centre: a web of winding lanes with wooden-beamed, honey-stone houses. The city is encircled by impressive Renaissance ramparts, which have been turned into a pretty pedestrian promenade, planted with trees and grass. A walk along the walls rewards with magnificent views over the surrounding mountains, forests and rolling fields – all of which are within easy reach for exploration. Whether you decide to just soak up the city and its history, or use it as a base from which to discover other parts of this beautiful region, holidays to Lucca showcase Tuscany at its finest.

Your Lucca questions, answered

Excellent. Tuscany is famous for its food, including delicious steaks, hearty soups and flatbreads. Be sure to try the local speciality ‘tordelli Lucchese’ – pasta parcels stuffed with beef or pork and nutmeg.

Lucca is ideally located for excursions to the dramatic Apuan Alps, the famous oak- and Mediterranean scrub-filled Tuscan countryside, and the lively city of Pisa.

There’s lots to keep families busy here. Kids will enjoy the drama of the architecture and biking or walking the city walls – not to mention the pizza and pasta suppers.

Best things to do in Lucca

Walk the walls

The 4-kilometre path atop the walls is a must-do. It’s a wonderful way to get a bird’s-eye perspective on the city and admire the brilliant blue sea in the distance.

Climb a tower

To enjoy another great view, head up one of the city’s towers – try the 13th-century Torre delle Ore or the Guinigi, which is topped with a tiny garden.

Eat a sweet treat

No trip to Lucca is complete without trying the local speciality ‘buccellato’, an aniseed-flavoured sweet bread studded with raisins. The recipe dates from Roman times.