Lucca, like every other Italian city, has its local traditions when it comes to food. Typically Tuscan cuisine is simple and easy to prepare, you’ll find lots of dishes are soups made of cheaper local ingredients such as cavolo nero (black kale) and fagioli all’occhio (a local variety of beans).
On the other hand, Lucca is well-known today for its fine dining and elegant restaurants that reinterpret tradition, offering a contemporary experience.
In this guide, we've put together a range of options Lucca has for your visit, from traditional eats to fine dining – these are culinary experiences that we highly recommend.
Lucca in Italy is known for its premium quality shops, and luckily it is still possible to find several authentic businesses, even though more prominent brands are constantly increasing their footprint.
The main shopping street in Lucca, Via Fillungo, runs through the heart of the city. This ancient street is the place to go if you want window shopping, but, as you will soon realise, there are small shops worth checking out on every corner of the city. Of course, the best way to discover them is to wander around and let your instinct guide you. To help point you in the right direction, Via Chiasso Barletti, Via Santa Croce, Via Santa Lucia or Via Buia are good places to start.
If you are anything like us, you’ll want to plan your trip to Lucca in advance. To help you find the best clothes, delicacies and bargains, our Italian experts have put together a comprehensive guide to shopping in Lucca.
Keep reading to discover how you can make the most of your trip, and don’t forget to check out our range of handpicked villas to rent in Lucca, Italy.
The longest diameter between the old walls is barely a mile and it is easy to see a great deal in a day merely by meandering along the gray flagstone streets. Some love just wandering around discovering secret corners, getting lost, having a drink sitting outdoors in a café.
But Lucca is also an archiepiscopal city, and it's known as "the city of 100 churches”. Of course we couldn’t help but put a few in our recommendations.
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