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Lucca

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Introduction

Lucca in Tuscany, Italy, is a delightful and peaceful place to visit in its own right, and it also serves as a great place to stay when visiting Pisa. Much less touristy than Pisa, it delights with true local restaurants, reasonable lodging and enough things to keep you entertained for several days. This is not a place that is overtaken by tour buses and T-shirt shops.

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Sights and Activities

You can walk around the oldest part of town atop the walls that surround it. That will give you a quick overview of the town, and prepare you for wanderings within. Several plazas provide space for markets (non-touristy) and dining. It's fun to just get lost for a while, exploring little alleyways and discovering where they take you.

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Getting There

By Train

Easy train access and Pisa is only about 20 minutes away.

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Getting Around

By Car

Not a bad base for touring Tuscany by car. Rental cars are available.

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Eat

Lucca has great dining options. Restaurants serve mostly a local clientele, and so are:
1) Full of atmosphere
2) Really delicious with lots of authentic fare, and
3) Reasonably priced.

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Sleep

Lucca has a reasonable batch of hotels and pensiones. Mostly small mom-and-pop places, including some that are up several long flights of stairs. If that is a concern, be sure you clarify things before confirming your reservation.

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Affittacamere BuonanotteViale C.Castracani, 94Guesthouse-
Albergo Villa MartaVia del Ponte Guasperini 873 San Lorenzo a vaccolHotel-
Alla Dolce VitaVia fillungo 232Guesthouse85
Antica CorteViale Puccini 1353Guesthouse-
B&B Centro StoricoCorte Portici 16Guesthouse82
Bed & Breakfast ArcobalenoVia Formica 290Guesthouse-
Bed and Breakfast SunriseVia Bicchio 95/c Massarosa Fraz.Quiesa (LU)Guesthouse-
Corte di Re Artùvia vecchia, 443 (corte pampalone) San MarcoGuesthouse-
Da CarlosVia Nuova per Pisa 5901 Via Nuova per Pisa 5901Hotel86
Don ChisciotteVia Pesciatina, 1711Guesthouse-
Dreamers B&BVia per Corte Po, 296 San Macario in Piano - LuccaGuesthouse-
Guest House San FredianoVia Degli Angeli 19Guesthouse-
Hotel Country ClubVia Pesciatina 874 - 55010 GragnanoHotel-
Hotel Villa VolpiVia di gugliano 47Hotel-
L' Arancio IIVia Romana 59Guesthouse-
La Torre 1Piazza del Carmine, via del Carmine 11Guesthouse-
Leone di Sant' AnnaVia Buonamici, 221Hostel-
Lucca in VillaVia delle Tagliate 49 S.DonatoGuesthouse91
LuccaCharmVia Roma, 14Guesthouse-
Marta Guest HouseVia del Querceto, 47 - S.Maria del GiudiceGuesthouse-
Ostello San FredianoVia della Cavallerizza 12Hostel83
Sogni d'OroVia Cantore 169Guesthouse83
Villa Corte degli DeiVia dei Franceschini, 328/BGuesthouse-
Affittacamere StellaVia Pisana trav II, 74Guesthouse87
Bed & Breakfast EvelinaVia Streghi, 12GUESTHOUSE-
Affittacamere PrimaveraVia B.Paoli 19Guesthouse85
Aras Holiday Farm LuccaVia san MartinoApartment-
I Casali di San DonatoVia San Donato 983Guesthouse-
B&B AnfiteatroVia dell'Anfiteatro 25GUESTHOUSE83
B and B La MagnoliaVia Mordini, 63Guesthouse-
Piccolo Hotel PucciniVia Di Poggio, 9Hotel92
La Gemma di Elena B and BVia della Zecca 33 (downtown)Guesthouse94
Da Elisa Alle Sette ArtiVia Elisa 25Guesthouse80
Antica Residenza Del Gallo ApartmentsVia del Gallo, 25Apartment-
Hotel StipinoVia Romana 95Hotel-
Borgo Giusto AgrihotelLoc. Partigliano Borgo a MozzanoGuesthouse-
Casa Sant'ElenaLoc. Carmignani, 19 Spianate AltopascioGuesthouse-
Antica Residenza dell' AngeloVia Beccheria, 11Guesthouse-
CuoreVia dell'Olivo 6Apartment-
La Pieve di Sant'AndreaVia Della Chiesa Vecchia, 182Guesthouse-
Suite AccommodationVia di Mastiano e Gugliano, 3067Guesthouse-
B&B Colle del LupoVia Colle del Lupo, 2 PesciaGUESTHOUSE-
Bed & Breakfast La CorteVia Dei Marchi 11 CapannoriGUESTHOUSE-
Il Ramingo B&BVia S.Donato 300 S.DonatoGUESTHOUSE-
Casa Vacanza Villa PardiVia di Poggio 2660Guesthouse-
Villa AmoroniVia dei Paoli 3 Verciano Capannori LuApartment-
Emma B&Bvia Romana 717GUESTHOUSE-
Corte Paniovia Della Boccaccia 3Apartment-
La Casa di Nonno MarioCorsagna Bagni di LuccaGUESTHOUSE-
B&B Casa Albavia Fillungo 142Lucca, 55100GUESTHOUSE-
B&B La ColonnaVia dell'angelo Custode, 16 55100GUESTHOUSE85
B&B La Mimosa Luccavia Pisana,66 55100 LuccaGUESTHOUSE-
Apartment Viacarrara 16 Luccavia Francesco Carrara 16APARTMENT-
Villa RomanticaVia Barbantini 246GUESTHOUSE-
B&B Castagni d'Orovia Montaglioni 25 Brandeglio, Bagni di LuccaGUESTHOUSE-
B&B San Gennaro CastelloVia di Castello 40GUESTHOUSE86
A Palazzo BusdraghiVia Fillungo, 170HOTEL-
B&B-Farm ForestariaVia delle Tese, 27 Capannori, Lucca, ToscanaGUESTHOUSE-
Villa Patrizia B&BViale G. Puccini, 610 - S. AnnGuesthouse-
Al Porto di Lucca B&BVia Lorenzo Nottolini 10GUESTHOUSE-
Relais del Castello B&BVia di Nozzano 555GUESTHOUSE-
Appartamento SibillaVia Busdraghi, 13APARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 43.8430139
  • Longitude: 10.507994

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