Lucca, A Charming Medieval Town With A Twist
Posted by Kiri (26/07/2016)
There’s a whole collection of amazing medieval hilltop towns dotted around Tuscany. They are like different brands of the same product, they are all similar, but also very unique. Of all the hilltop towns I have seen so far, I would say Lucca is the most unusual.
Lucca is famous for its Renaissance walls and pretty tree-lined pathways.
There’s just something different about Lucca. The stone walls that go all the way around the city immediately catch your attention.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Lucca, and would definitely go back again. It’s the perfect place to stop over for a few nights and unwind. We stayed in a budget hotel about ten minute's walk outside the city centre, which was a bit like Fawlty Towers, but in a good way.
They gave us bikes to use for free (albeit very old retro ones), and we had the best time riding around the path that runs along the inside of the city walls. Cycling is a great way to see Lucca at its best, you can peer into the town and catch a glimpse of what’s inside in one direction, and look out to the countryside and mountains on the other. We filmed our experience of cycling around Lucca on my GoPro, so you can get an insight into what it’s really like. Check out the video on YouTube here.
There’s lots of places to hire bikes around the city. If you don’t want to cycle, you can easily walk everywhere. There’s lots of unique little local shops selling goods such as jewellery, antiques and local delicacies including olive oil, which Lucca is well known for.
There was something very relaxing about Lucca, it’s a laid back Tuscan town with bags of character. We went out for dinner at a local restaurant and had some very satisfying pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce.
We also grabbed lunch at a small fish restaurant where a lot of locals were hanging out. We got a mouth-watering fish selection and a glass of wine for around ten euros. There’s plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes where you can grab a quiet drink.
There’s a lovely little stream that runs through Lucca which adds to its charm, and the architecture is also impressive. We strolled past a beautiful white Church, and admired all the houses in the centre.
Lucca is easy to get to from Pisa airport, it’s only just over half an hour’s drive. If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, make sure you schedule some time to enjoy Lucca, you won’t regret it. It was definitely one of our favourite places.