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About Lucca

Tuscany has a number of towns with World Heritage listed centres, but there's something about Lucca which charms beyond its handsome piazzas. The city can be entirely explored on foot, and strolling the cobbled streets within the Renaissance era walls - stopping every now and then at an historic cafe - is a real pleasure. Many people visit Lucca as a day trip from Florence, but it's also an excellent base for exploring the rest of the region. Nestled into the hills behind the city are beautiful villas, and the belle époque era spa so loved by Puccini. For accommodation inspiration, go straight to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Lucca.

Lucca is only 20 minutes from Pisa, and some would say it's far more beautiful - it was less damaged by wartime bombing raids. It's also not far from Florence (just over an hour by car), whilst being a lot cheaper!

As well as visiting the highlights of the town it's also worth remembering the good reputation of Lucca's restaurants, fuelled by fresh local ingredients, and of Lucchesi wine.

Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca and his operas are regularly performed here, especially during the summer. The summer also sees plenty of festivals held in both Lucca and the surrounding towns.

What Not To Miss

  • The excellent condition of Lucca's unbreached walls, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, is one of the reasons for the city's UNESCO status. They also provide a good walking route around the town.
  • One of the most famous buildings is Lucca Cathedral, a mishmash of architecture from the medieval to the Gothic. It's also home to a cedar wood crucifix, supposedly carved around the time of the crucifixion.
  • The Guinigis built the solid looking redbrick tower above the via Sant'Andrea, hoping it would remain the highest spot in the city. They also planted leaning oaks on top of it to provide shade while you view Lucca from above!
  • The Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata is a wonderful spot for archaeology-lovers to visit. Built on the remains of a Roman villa and brimming with history, it's well worth heading round with an audio guide.

The best places to stay in Lucca get quickly booked up, especially during the peak summer months. So be sure to book ahead if you don't want to be disappointed!

The Best Places to stay in Lucca

For families

  • Fattoria Mansi Bernardini is set in a lovely country house just 10km north of Lucca - offering traditional, romantic accommodation featuring exposed beams with vineyard views. Private villas are available for families and lovely Tuscan cuisine is served up.

For City Breaks

  • A great city break option is Palazzo Alexander. Its decor is a bit chintz-y and heavy on the gold, but it's close to all the main sights of the town, and some of the rooms have private balconies. With its six rooms priced from only €79 a night, it's also a good option if you're on a budget.
  • Wonderfully located to see all that the city has to offer, B&B La Romea offers five spacious bedrooms in a 14th century apartment. An intimate city spot.
  • A Palazzo Busdraghi is situated centrally in a gorgeous 16th century palazzo. Boasting elegant rooms with courtyard views and antiques, you can also come back after a day out sightseeing and treat yourself to an in-room massage.

Romantic Retreats

  • A bit of a mouthful to say, the Alla Corte degli Angeli is one of the best places to stay in Lucca if you're looking for a romantic and relaxing base.
  • Palazzo Tucci, set within a striking palace, offers elegant and individually-decorated accommodation. Featuring a quintessentially traditional design throughout, with baroque furniture and frescoes, you can also tuck into indulgent breakfasts to set you up for the day.

For exploring the surrounds

  • The Tenuta San Pietro is a great base for exploring the region. Located just to the north of the town, they provide a free shuttle bus if you want to go to Lucca and leave the car behind. It is also a must for foodies - the gourmet cuisine here is highly recommended and cookery classes are on offer too!
  • The Albergo Villa Marta is one of the best places to stay in Lucca if you're looking for a country escape. It's just outside of the city, yet this former hunting lodge, with its cream and pastel colour scheme and art and cooking classes feels wonderfully calm and tranquil. And as well as being only 10minutes from the centre of Lucca it's also only 20 minutes from Pisa, so ideal for exploring the surrounding area.
  • Bagni Di Pisa Hotel & Spa is set in a stunning 18th century nobleman's house. Located between Lucca and Pisa, it features gorgeous suites, gourmet cuisine and a truly spoiling spa! You'll feel a million miles away from all your worries at this lovely spot.

For An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Visitors can fly into Pisa Airport, located just 20 minutes from Lucca by rail but requiring a changeover in Pisa Central Station. Ryanair fly direct from Stansted and Edinburgh, whilst Easyjet go from Gatwick and British Airways from Heathrow. The journey time's just over 2 hours.
  • If you plan to hire a car, which we would advise if you want to get out and explore further afield, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The weather's at its nicest in the summer months, with the average daily temperature climbing to 23°C in July and August. However, this is peak tourist season and so if you want to avoid the crowds (and pay less for accommodation) then maybe September's your best bet. The weather's still around 20°C, perfect for sightseeing.

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Best Hotels in Lucca

  • Albergo Villa Marta Lucca 15 rooms from £104

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  10 mins from the centre of Lucca, 20 mins from Pisa
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningTennisSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Sawdays

    A former 19th century hunting lodge turned charming country hotel, with lovely views just outside Lucca. Elegant rooms in creams and pastels, lovely pool and surroundings, cookery classes and art classes. Wonderfully tranquil, understated and calm. See More

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  • A Palazzo Busdraghi Lucca 7 rooms from £104

    Local exploring  -  Enjoy the quiet location of this pretty hotel to walk the lanes of Lucca, trying Italian treats or stopping for coffee
    Great walks  -  The beach is only 30 minutes away
    Sights nearby  -  Piazza Anfiteatro
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioning
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Charming hotel in 16th-century palazzo. Elegant rooms have draped curtains, antique furniture and courtyard views. Massages available in-room. Pretty dining room for breakfast, and public spaces have Luccan artworks. Quiet location, yet central, ideal to explore this lovely city. See More

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  • B&B La Romea Lucca 5 rooms from £110

    Romantic Break  -  Stay in a 14th Century apartment with large bathtubs and frescoes before meandernig through Lucca's cobbled streets
    Sights nearby  -  Guinigi Tower and Basilica of San Frediano close by
    Local markets  -  The monthly antiques market is very popular
    Full of character
    Air conditioningPet friendly

    This 14th Century apartment hosts five bedrooms, offering a friendly and intimate stay. Large and light bedrooms have mahogany furniture and big bathtubs. Delicious, fresh and plentiful breakfasts in the lounge. Minutes walk from Lucca's sights. Fantastic value. See More

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  • Palazzo Tucci Lucca (Toscana) 6 rooms from £117

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Lucca within walking distance of many of the cities' sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Once known as the "city of 100 churches" there's an abundance of beautiful edifices within walking distance.
    Full of character
    Air conditioningParkingNo pets

    Set within a striking palace in central Lucca. Individually styled rooms and suites are undeniably generous in proportion. Traditional design throughout with sumptuous wallpapers, baroque furniture and frescoed walls. Indulgent breakfasts are served. A regal base for city exploration. See More

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  • Fattoria Mansi Bernardini Lucca 15 rooms from £136

    Families  -  Villas with kitchens and dining areas, use of outdoor pool, idllyic for an Italian family break.
    Great walks  -  Through the hotel's olive grove of 20 hectares
    Sights nearby  -  Historic sights of Lucca are 10km
    Cooking classes  -  Arranged by hotel for your group
    TennisRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Lovely country house hotel and villas. Interiors are romantic with exposed beamed ceilings, pretty fabrics and vineyard views. Outdoor pool and tennis court. Delicious Tuscan food in the restaurant. Charming, relaxing and peaceful. Apartments or villas are bookable on a weekly basis. See More

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  • Palazzo Alexander Lucca, Tuscany 6 rooms from £129

    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of Lucca
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Private Hot Tub
    Air conditioning
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    An elegant B&B in central Lucca. Gold and chintz bedrooms and suites, some with private hot tubs and balconies. A great value choice for families or couples. See More

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  • Alla Corte degli Angeli Lucca (Tuscany) 21 rooms from £133

    Cooking classes  -  Following a trip to the local market head to the kitchen and learn some traditional Tuscan recipes.
    Sights nearby  -  Located within Lucca's city walls, close to all sights
    Full of character
    Air conditioningPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel

    Charming B&B located within the town walls. Sophisticated, pretty bedrooms in pastel shades include hand painted murals and plenty of charm. A true breakfast spread is served and restaurants dotted around the historical town. A brilliant Tuscan gem that welcomes couples and families with open arms. See More

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  • Tenuta San Pietro Lucca 10 rooms from £134

    Sights nearby  -  Not far from Lucca. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from the town
    Cooking classes  -  One day classes or cooking holidays available
    Restaurant  -  Serving regional and Mediterranean cuisine
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    A small gourmet hotel with rustic rooms, sweeping valley views, an olive farm and surrounding vineyard. Bedrooms with stone walls, wooden beams, and private terraces. Fabulous food, cookery lessons, and art classes. An excellent choice for an active gourmet holiday. See More

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  • Palazzo Dipinto Lucca 19 rooms from £281

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to explore the exceptionally pretty city of Lucca.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Piazza San Michele with its magnificant Romanesque church.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk on the historic city walls.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A small luxury hotel with superb restaurant in the heart of historic Lucca. Impeccably renovated throughout, the building has a light contemporary feel. Rooms are uniformly white-washed with indulgent bathrooms, exposed beams and polished wooden floors. A smart city base. See More

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