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Lucca, Italy: Where To Go? What To Do?

Visiting Lucca, Italy. Here are a few suggestions...
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If, like us, you’re planning to take a trip to Lucca, Italy, this spring, then we’ve taken the leg work out of your research and come up with a suggested itinerary for your trip to the beautiful city with a rich history and plenty to see and do.


We are also planning to hire a car so that we can take in as many of the sights as possible, without having to navigate trains, buses or taxis.

Here’s a suggested itinerary for a trip to Lucca in mid-May, but you can modify or add to suit your length of stay, personal preferences or time of year.


Day 1

ARRIVAL IN LUCCA
Morning
Arrive in Lucca and check into your accommodation. Spend some time getting acquainted with your surroundings.

Afternoon
Take a leisurely stroll through the historic centre of Lucca. Visit the iconic Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a picturesque square built on the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheatre.

Evening
Enjoy dinner at a local trattoria, sampling traditional Tuscan dishes such as pappa al pomodoro (tomato and bread soup) or bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine steak).


Day 2

EXPLORING LUCCA
Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca) and climb to the top of the Guinigi Tower for panoramic views of the city.

Afternoon
Rent bicycles and cycle along the city walls, which offer fantastic views of Lucca and its surroundings. Make a stop at the Botanical Gardens for a peaceful interlude.

Evening
Attend a concert at the Teatro del Giglio, Lucca’s historic opera house, if there’s a performance scheduled during your visit.


Day 3

DAY TRIP TO PISA
Morning
Take a short train ride to nearby Pisa to visit the iconic Leaning Tower, Cathedral, and Baptistery in the Piazza dei Miracoli.

Afternoon
Explore the streets of Pisa, perhaps indulging in some gelato or shopping for souvenirs.


Evening

Return to Lucca for dinner and relax in one of the charming cafes or wine bars.


Day 4
CULTURAL IMMERSION
Morning
Visit the Palazzo Pfanner, a beautiful 17th-century palace with lush gardens, and then explore the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi, which houses an impressive collection of art and artifacts.

Afternoon
Dive deeper into Lucca’s history with a guided tour of the city’s medieval architecture, including its churches, towers, and palaces.

Evening
Enjoy a final dinner in Lucca, savouring the flavours of Tuscany one last time.


Day 5

DEPARTURE
Morning
Depending on your departure time, you may have a chance for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Lucca.

Afternoon
Check out of your accommodation and head to the airport for your onward journey.

This itinerary offers a mix of sightseeing, cultural experiences, and relaxation, allowing you to make the most of your time in Lucca and its surroundings. Adjustments can be made based on your interests and preferences.

Enjoy your trip!

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