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Another gem of Tuscany. Lucca is a city rich in history, culture, and charm. Known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls, this enchanting destination offers a unique blend of ancient and modern attractions. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or simply looking to bask in the Tuscan sun, Lucca promises a memorable experience for every visitor.

We will try to give you the best hightlights of Lucca and how you can see a little of this beauty in one day of visit.

Walking Tour of Lucca

  1. Start at Porta San Pietro: If you arrive by train from Pisa or Florence, begin your tour at Porta San Pietro. This gate is an excellent starting point for exploring Lucca’s historic center.

  2. Duomo di San Martino: Head up to the top of the walls from Porta San Pietro and walk until you reach the Duomo di San Martino. Descend to take beautiful pictures of the cathedral's stunning facade.

  3. Piazza Napoleone: Stroll to Piazza Napoleone and enjoy the vibrant surroundings, including various shops and cafes.

  4. Chiesa di San Michele in Foro: Visit the impressive Chiesa di San Michele in Foro. Nearby, enjoy a coffee at Meucci Pasticceria or any of the charming cafes in the area.

  5. Piazza Cittadella: Continue to Piazza Cittadella and greet the statue of Giacomo Puccini, one of Lucca's most famous residents.

  6. Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi: If you have 4 EUR or if it’s a Sunday (free entry), explore the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi to immerse yourself in local art and history.

  7. Via Fillungo: Wander down Via Fillungo, Lucca’s busiest and most fashionable street, lined with boutiques and historical buildings.

  8. Torre Guinigi: Make your way to Torre Guinigi. Climb the 230 steps to the top of this medieval tower to find a unique oak tree garden and breathtaking views of Lucca.

  9. Piazza dell'Anfiteatro: Proceed to Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, a unique elliptical piazza built on the remains of a Roman amphitheater.

  10. Via Michele Rosi: Conclude your walk at Via Michele Rosi, an ideal place for aperitivo and dining.

  11. City Walls: Climb the walls at Porta Santa Maria and explore the city walls in a clockwise manner back to Porta San Pietro. Along the way, you'll encounter Palazzo Pfanner, Porta Santa Anna, Baluardo San Paolino, and Antico Caffe delle Mura.

Torre Guinigi - JSNC

Where to Eat in Lucca

As you explore the charming streets and historic sites of Lucca on this delightful walking tour, you're sure to work up quite an appetite. Fortunately, Lucca boasts a wonderful array of dining options to satisfy any craving. Whether you're looking for a quick snack to keep you energized or a leisurely meal to savor the local flavors, here are some of the best places to eat and enjoy a delicious break along the way:

  • Ciacco: Known for its traditional Tuscan cuisine with a modern twist, Ciacco offers a cozy atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner. Enjoy creative pasta dishes paired with an excellent wine selection. (Lunch - Dinner)

  • Il Nicchio: Il Nicchio boasts a varied menu featuring both seafood and meat dishes. Its rustic decor and warm ambiance provide a delightful dining experience with fresh, seasonal ingredients. (Lunch - Dinner)

  • Osteria di Lucca: This restaurant focuses on regional specialties and homemade dishes. With friendly service, hearty portions, and reasonable prices, Osteria di Lucca is a favorite for authentic home-style cooking. (Lunch - Dinner)

  • Trattoria Da Ubaldo: Enjoy traditional trattoria fare in a casual, family-friendly environment. Known for delicious pasta and meat dishes, Trattoria Da Ubaldo offers a satisfying and relaxed meal. (Lunch - Dinner)

  • Osteria Baralla: Located near Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Osteria Baralla blends classic and contemporary Italian dishes with fresh, local ingredients, offering a charming dining ambiance. (Lunch - Dinner)

  • Caffè Santa Zita - Biscotteria In Lucca: Famous for its biscotti and pastries, Caffè Santa Zita is ideal for a coffee break, offering a variety of sweet treats in a cozy atmosphere. (Breakfast)

  • Contantoamore: A charming bistro with a romantic ambiance, Contantoamore serves a mix of Italian classics and contemporary dishes. The homemade gelato is a must-try. (Lunch)

  • Caffè del Mercato: Perfect for a light lunch or afternoon coffee, Caffè del Mercato overlooks a bustling market square, making it great for people-watching while enjoying pastries and local specialties. Don't miss the Peschino cocktail. (Lunch)

  • Franklin 33: A modern bistro known for creative cocktails and gourmet burgers, Franklin 33 offers a trendy, laid-back vibe. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. (Best cocktails in town)

  • Magellano: Offering an elegant dining experience focused on Mediterranean cuisine, Magellano features beautifully presented seafood and pasta dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. (Best cocktails in town)

  • Vinarkia: A wine bar specializing in local and regional wines, Vinarkia offers charcuterie, cheeses, and small plates in a cozy setting, perfect for wine enthusiasts. (For Aperitivo: Drink + Tagliere)

  • Tpub: A trendy pub with a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails, Tpub has a lively atmosphere and offers bar snacks and casual dining options, making it a great spot for a night out.

  • Guzman: Known for its innovative menu, Guzman combines traditional Italian flavors with modern culinary techniques. It's especially popular for tasting menus and wine pairings. (Best aperitivo in town if you can drive)

  • TD Lemon: A casual dining spot focusing on fresh, healthy dishes, TD Lemon offers salads, smoothies, and light meals in a bright and cheerful environment. (Thursday of Sushi is a good choice)

  • Da Cervesia: A microbrewery and restaurant, Da Cervesia specializes in craft beers and hearty pub fare, alongside traditional Italian dishes, making it a great spot for beer lovers.

Lucca is a city that effortlessly blends historical charm with modern vibrancy, offering something for every visitor. From its well-preserved Renaissance walls and stunning cathedrals to its bustling piazzas and delectable dining spots, Lucca promises an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re wandering through its picturesque streets, savoring Tuscan cuisine, or simply soaking up the local atmosphere, this enchanting city will leave you longing to return. So pack your bags, set out on this memorable journey, and let Lucca’s timeless beauty captivate your heart.

Enjoy and See you soon.

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