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Explore the Timeless Charm of Lucca, Italy: A Guide for Every Traveller

Category: Activities & Experiences | 04.9.2024

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Lucca beckons travellers with its timeless beauty and rich heritage. Whether you’re drawn to its historic architecture, vibrant culture, or scenic landscapes, Lucca offers an unforgettable experience for every visitor. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the essence of Lucca and provide insights to enhance your journey to this Italian destination. 

What is Lucca Known For?  

Lucca is renowned for its well-preserved medieval walls, which encircle the historic city centre and offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Beyond its walls, Lucca boasts a wealth of historic landmarks, including the iconic Guinigi Tower with its rooftop garden, the stunning Cathedral of St. Martin, and the picturesque Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheatre. Visitors also flock to Lucca for its vibrant cultural scene, highlighted by the annual Lucca Summer Festival which takes place in July, offering an electrifying lineup of international music acts against the backdrop of Lucca’s historic streets and charming atmosphere. This year, the event will be held from June 8-July 24, 2024 headlined by Ed Sheeran (8 and 9 June), Rod Stewart (7 July), Lenny Kravitz (12 July), Diana Krall (15 July), Sam Smith (20 July) and Duran Duran (21 July). The festival is an all-ages event where children under six are admitted free of charge to the standing area. 

Why Lucca?  

Lucca captivates travellers with its relaxed atmosphere and authentic Italian charm. Unlike larger cities, Lucca offers a more leisurely pace, allowing visitors to immerse themselves fully in the city’s rich history and culture. Whether you’re wandering its cobblestone streets, savouring traditional Tuscan cuisine at a local trattoria, or simply soaking in the ambiance of its charming piazzas, Lucca invites you to experience la dolce vita in true Italian style. 

Lucca with Kids 

Travelling to Lucca with children? Fear not—this enchanting city has plenty to offer families of all ages. Kids will delight in exploring the city’s historic landmarks, climbing the Guinigi Tower for panoramic views of Lucca, and attending the annual Lucca Comics & Games festival, one of Europe’s largest comic book conventions. For outdoor enthusiasts, Lucca’s expansive city walls provide the perfect setting for leisurely bike rides and picnics amidst breathtaking scenery. 

Lucca to Florence 

For those seeking to explore more of Tuscany, Lucca serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby Florence. Located just a short train ride away, Florence beckons with its world-renowned art museums, iconic landmarks and Renaissance architecture. Whether you’re admiring Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, strolling across the historic Ponte Vecchio, or marvelling at the beauty of the Florence Cathedral, a visit to Florence promises an unforgettable experience. 

Is Lucca in Tuscany? 

Yes, Lucca is indeed located in the picturesque region of Tuscany, known for its rolling hills, vineyards, and historic cities. Situated in northwestern Tuscany, Lucca offers easy access to other Tuscan destinations, including Pisa, Siena, and the Chianti wine region. Situated in northwestern Tuscany, Lucca offers convenient access to an array of Tuscan treasures, including the coastal splendour of Forte dei Marmi, the enchanting villages of the Cinque Terre, and the esteemed wineries of the Lucca countryside. Whether you’re basking in the sun-kissed shores of Forte dei Marmi, exploring the rugged beauty of the Cinque Terre, or indulging in wine tastings amidst the bucolic vineyards, Lucca serves as the perfect gateway to the myriad delights of Tuscany.  

As you plan your next Italian adventure, consider adding Lucca to your itinerary for an authentic Tuscan experience like no other. Whether you’re exploring its historic landmarks, savouring its culinary delights, or simply soaking in the ambiance of its charming streets, Lucca promises a journey filled with beauty, culture and unforgettable moments. Ready to discover the timeless charm of Lucca, Italy? Start planning your adventure today and prepare to fall in love with this captivating Italian gem. 


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Browse our curated selection of luxury villas below in Lucca. Preferred travel dates are still available from our curated selection of luxury villas in Lucca from May through September 2024. Contact us today and start planning your Tuscan getaway today!

Villa Lenka

Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of this 17th-century villa, nestled in Italian gardens with a private pool and seven spacious bedrooms. Enjoy modern amenities including a cinema system, library and wine cellar.

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Villa Bernardini

Tucked in the Lucchese hills, this enchanting historic hamlet offers a beautifully restored Tuscan retreat just 10 minutes from Lucca’s walled city. Ideal for special gatherings, Tuscan cooking school programs, and conferences, it exudes great charm and elegance.

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Casa Del Fattore

Embrace Tuscan charm at this 18th-century estate surrounded by orchards and olive groves, offering a blend of old-world allure and modern amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, formal dining room, lounge with fireplace, satellite TV and a picturesque conservatory with breathtaking views.

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Villa Controni

Retreat to Villa Controni, a 19th-century aristocratic haven amidst terraced hills and olive groves, offering 11 guestrooms for up to 22 guests. Enjoy modern amenities alongside historic charm, including a dining room with a log fireplace, while outside, a floodlit swimming pool, gym, barbecue and arched loggia await.

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Tenuta Al Poeta

Escape to this private estate in the hills south of Lucca, offering panoramic views. Fully air-conditioned, it accommodates eight guests, blending luxury with authentic Tuscan charm. Relax on the covered patio, dine al fresco, and explore olive groves for a sensory countryside experience.

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Villa Santa Maria Del Lago

Experience Villa Santa Maria in Lucca, Tuscany — a blend of modern amenities and authentic charm. With seven bedrooms for up to 14 guests, enjoy the hilltop pool’s panoramic views and relax in the pool house. Unwind in the gym and sauna for a rejuvenating Tuscan retreat.

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Villa Lorenzo

Explore Villa Lorenzo in Orentano’s hills with 3 hectares of parkland. Once a Medici hunting lodge, this 16th-century gem offers modern luxuries like a fully equipped kitchen and infinity pool with a stone-carved Jacuzzi. Discover nearby Lucca or unwind in the villa’s serene ambiance.

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Casa Matteucci

Escape to your private island retreat at Casa Felice Matteucci near Lucca. With six elegant guest rooms, a floodlit swimming pool, and scenic woodland walks, this villa offers a unique and unforgettable experience for up to 12 guests.

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