Discover the Magic of Lucca: Comics, Music, and Timeless Charm

Discover Lucca’s magic: festivals, antiques, Puccini’s legacy, stunning sights, and enchanting day trips. Your unforgettable Tuscan adventure begins here!

Lucca - Amphitheatre Square

Lucca, the City of Comics and Music

Lucca Comics & Games Festival: Much More Than a Festival

Every autumn, Lucca transforms into a haven for comic enthusiasts, gamers, and pop culture aficionados during the Lucca Comics & Games Festival. As the most significant comics festival in Italy and Europe, and the second largest globally, this event is a vibrant celebration of creativity, drawing fans from all over the world.

Lucca Summer Festival: A Symphony of Stars

Each summer, the historic city of Lucca resonates with the sounds of rock and pop as the Lucca Summer Festival takes over the city. Held across various dates in June and July, this festival features performances by some of the biggest international music stars, making it a must-visit for music lovers.

San Frediano Square and the Church

Lucca, City of Markets and Antiques

Farmers' Market at Foro Boario: Fresh Finds Every Saturday

Every Saturday morning, Foro Boario becomes a bustling marketplace where young families can find fresh, local produce. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Wednesdays during the summer, this market is perfect for stocking up before a scenic bike ride to Lake Massaciuccoli or the Lucchese hills.

Lucca Antique Market: A Treasure Trove for Collectors

On the third weekend of every month, the streets and squares of Lucca fill with over 200 exhibitors for the Lucca Antique Market. This event is one of Italy’s oldest and most beloved, offering various vintage and antique items.

Lucca Antique Market
Lucca Antique Market

Book Market in Piazza San Giusto: A Haven for Bibliophiles

Since 1996, Piazza San Giusto has been known as the Book Square, where you can find a wide selection of used and second-hand books. It’s a paradise for book lovers looking to add unique volumes to their collections.

Puccini is Pop!

Celebrate the Maestro with Puccini Festival and Puccini Days

Giuseppe Verdi may be renowned worldwide, but in Lucca, it’s all about Puccini. From June to August, the Puccini Festival brings the composer’s masterpieces to life, while the Puccini Days from late November to late December offer concerts and events celebrating his legacy at Teatro del Giglio. The city’s devotion to Puccini extends to murals, artworks, and even culinary delights like Puccini-inspired cookies and cocktails.

Puccini's House Lucca
Puccini's House Lucca

Exciting Sights to See in Lucca

Torre Guinigi: Reach for the Sky

Climb the iconic Torre Guinigi to enjoy breathtaking views of Lucca from among the holm oak trees at the top. Located at Via Sant’Andrea 45, the tower requires a reservation and a €5 entrance fee for a 30-minute visit.

Torre Guinigi
Torre Guinigi

Torre delle Ore: Time Travel with a View

The tallest tower in Lucca, Torre delle Ore, stands at about 50 meters with 207 steps. It’s a scenic climb featuring an old clock that still works. Find it at the corner of Via Fillungo and Via dell’Arancio.

Lucca, Torre delle Ore
Lucca, Torre delle Ore

Orto Botanico: A Green Escape

Established in the 1800s, Lucca’s botanical garden features century-old trees, a lake with camellias and rhododendrons, and a germplasm bank. Open from 9 AM to 7:30 PM, tickets are €12 for a 35-40 minute visit.

Lucca’s botanical garden
Lucca’s botanical garden

Walk on the City Walls: History at Your Feet

A stroll on Lucca’s ancient walls is a must. Enjoy the tranquillity and shade under the holm oaks, or rent a rickshaw for a leisurely ride. The walls offer stunning views of the city and lead you to our next destination.

Palazzo Pfanner: A Slice of Elegance

Explore the enchanting gardens and perfectly preserved interiors of Palazzo Pfanner, located at Via degli Asili 33. Known for its beer gardens, this palace features rose bushes, lemon trees, and a scenic fountain. Entry is €5.50.

Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca
Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca

Piazza Napoleone: The Heart of Lucca

Also known as Piazza Grande, this is the largest square in the city, named after Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon’s sister. It’s a great place for a drink and houses the Palazzo Ducale.

Piazza San Michele and San Michele in Foro Church: Architectural Marvels

Visit the San Michele in Foro Church, known for its Romanesque and Gothic facade, in Piazza San Michele. The square, located in the old Roman forum, is a must-see.

Piazza dell’Anfiteatro: Roman Legacy

No visit to Lucca is complete without seeing the famous Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheater. The square is surrounded by bars and restaurants, making it a lively spot to relax.

Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheater. Lucca
Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, built on the site of an ancient Roman amphitheater

Exciting Day Trips from Lucca

Montecarlo: Wine and Views

About 15 km from Lucca, Montecarlo is a charming village known for its wine festival and historic towers. It’s a picturesque spot for wine lovers.

Nozzano: Step Back in Time

Visit Nozzano, a fortified village that hosts a medieval reenactment event, “Il Castello Rivive,” during the first weekend of September.

Mediavalle del Serchio: Village Adventures

Explore beautiful villages like Borgo a Mozzano, known for the Devil’s Bridge, and Bagni di Lucca, a famous thermal center. Barga, another noteworthy village, is listed among the most beautiful in Italy.

Lucchese Villas in Capannori

Just a short distance from Lucca, in Capannori, you’ll find stunning villas like Villa Reale, Villa Grabau, Villa Oliva, Villa Torrigiani, and Villa Mansi. These villas boast fantastic gardens and host events like the summer jazz music festival at Villa Reale.

Versilia: Coastal Charm

Versilia, famous for its sandy beaches and events like the Viareggio Carnival, includes towns like Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, and Viareggio. Each offers a unique charm, from exclusive resorts to cultural hubs.

The beaches of the Versilia Coast

Where to stay Lucca

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