Thinking of staying in Lucca for 1 week next April. I have lived in Rome and visited many Italian cities but I am looking for a city that is authentic and not filled with tourists. How did you find Lucca?
Lucca did have its fair share of tourists - but I imagine any Italian city would.
That said, it is a really neat place. The bulk of tourists here really do seem to be on day trips though so we found the evening quiet and the morning quiet.
I really liked it - lots of nice buildings, great place to walk around, good shops, lots of food stores. That said, I'm not sure I feel the need to return. Florence stole my heart!
We love Lucca and have stayed there for our annual holiday for the past eight years. You really get the feel of an Italian way of life as well as the many and varied sights, restaurants, concerts etc. Spending time on the walls surrounding the city; walking, cycling or just sitting and watching the world go by, is a major attraction. We've found so much to see and do there that we have yet to visit some of the more famous cities in the region e.g. Firenze, Cinque Terre and Pisa! Yes there are groups of tourists, but just turn off a main street and you find peace and quiet.
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