Lucca is one of our favored destinations in northern Tuscany. Its intact wall has kept shoddy industrial construction out of the medieval center--and you can walk and bike on top of it.
This video shows the things you can do on a sunny morning: Climbing an ancient tower to get the layout of medieval Lucca, then getting a special coffee drink from the evocative cafe, then having lunch at a great restaurant serving traditional food. And the restaurant is just down the street from Lucca's botanical gardens, if you fancy a stroll through some exotic plants.
If you want to follow this itinerary, there's a map of it available on our site.
Another interesting time to visit Lucca is at the time of the Luminaria di Santa Croce di Lucca (Video), held on September 13th, when the entire city is lit by candelight at night.
Lucca Map (highlighting the attractions in this video and offering suggestions on lodging in Lucca)
Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell'Alba, Lucca, Italy is a highly rated four star hotel with free wi-fi and air conditioned rooms.
If you're arriving in Lucca on the train, we like the Hotel Rex. Just outside the train station and a short walk across a lawn to enter through the Baroque walls of the city.
Budget travelers will appreciate the location (and price) of the Ostello San Frediano
Lucca Historic Villas - which can and should be visited if you have a car.
There's a reason that Tuscany is a favorite with tourists, from the historic Val di Orcia to the joys of the rural Lunigiana, to the elegant spas of Montecatini Terme--you'll find something to like here. See our Tuscany maps and guide to find the hidden spots and the must-see sights.