Lucca’s famous walls contain a wonderful medieval town full of secrets waiting to be discovered on foot or by bicycle. Lucca has a wonderful combination of a relaxed mountain town atmosphere, a huge number of architectural and cultural treasures, fine beaches, exciting nightlife, skiing and fruity local wines. Tuscany has long been globally known for its natural beauty and way of life, and although Lucca fits into this well, the region has landscapes not often associated with Tuscany.
Viareggio was one of Europe’s original seaside resorts, and remains a popular beach destination especially with yacht and boat enthusiasts. There are over 20km of beaches broken only by natural wonders of lakes, pine forests and coves.
Montecarlo is a small hilltop town at the heart of Lucca’s wine producing region. For wine and food connoisseurs, a Lucca villa rental in Montecarlo is a must. The historic walled town is dominated by the Montecarlo fortress, and the white wines are the best in Tuscany.
A holiday villa in Lucca is a great base to discover the more flamboyant towns in Italy. It is only 12 miles from Pisa and fifty from Florence. It also acts a good base in winter for the skiing in the Apuan Alps.
Taking a holiday villa in Lucca’s walls lets you discover the gems of the town including the Church of San Michelle in Foro, the infamous Torre Guinigi, and Lucca Cathedral, elaborate Lucca villas or just while away the hours in a café. The best way to start exploring is by walking round the Renaissance walls.
The Lucca Summer Festival is getting larger every year. July turns Lucca into a festival site, as the famous summer festival gets into swing.
Lucca is known as the best region in Italy for walking and hiking. The many glorious parks, especially the Parco della Orecchiella and the Garfangnana Natural Park of Tuscany, which is filled with soaring peaks, lush meadows, medieval fortresses and forests where wolves still roam wild provide a magnificent rural retreat. It is well worth a visit to walk and cycle in the summer, and to tackle the ski slopes in the winter. Walks can end at the caves of the Wind, Devil’s Bridge, or the sunken village of Vagli.
Lucca, Tuscany is hot in the summer. Average temperatures hit almost 30°C, and as a result, many of the accommodations in Lucca are self catering villas with pools. Winters can be cold, with temperatures ranging from 2°C to 10°C.
Lucca is just a short drive from the Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) in Pisa. There are regular flights direct from the UK, and many cheap flights to Lucca available.