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.
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.