Lucca On the Road

Lucca, Italy
Lucca, founded in 180 BC by the Etruscans, is located in Tuscan countryside and is filled with beautifully preserved treasures. Lucca is sprinkled with piazzas, towers and countless splendid churches - remnant of its days as Tuscany’s capital. Now it is a quaint village with timeless beauty, surrounded by hills that produce excellent wines and the finest olive oil.

The most breath-taking aspect of the city are the ancient walls around the Old Town. Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi and Museo Nazionale Guinigi are both good museums to check out. For churches, there's the San Frediano Church, with the 13th century mosaic exterior. Visit the gothic Duomo di San Martino which was constructed in 1063. The ancient Roman Amphitheatre, which used to host gladiator games, was built in 1st century of AD! Piazza San Michele is a nice place to walk around checking out the ancient forum and church nearby. Lucca’s Orto Botanico Comunal is a botanical garden that dates back to the early 1800's. There are plenty of other piazzas, churches and museums to see, so make sure you walk the streets and soak in the beauty of this magical city.

In Italy, you can expect to find delicious food and produce. In Lucca, you won’t be disappointed, with her particular regional dishes and produce from the lush Tuscan countryside. Local specialities include zuppa di faro (soup), Capretto (roasted goat) and Castagnaccio (a dessert based on chestnut flour).

The Italian tradition of passegiate (walking around town, to see and be seen) is strongly followed here in Lucca. Join the crowds yourself, before or after dinner and watch the Italians in all their glory! For later, there are the pubs, bars, concerts and discos. If you enjoy dancing, try Caffe' delle Mura, a disco bar in old Town. For just hanging around like the Italians do, try Piazza dell' Anfiteatro and Piazza Napoleone.