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Lucca is definitely not one of the most renowned of the Italian cities on the visitor circuit, but it has loads to offer for even the most seasoned of tourists. Lucca (found in the province of Lucca) is situated in Tuscany, close to the western coastline of central Italy. The sense of ancient history there is vast, which is not surprising when you consider the list of foreign invaders and settlers that have visited, including the famed Napoleon and various Romans.

It is certainly worth touring Lucca just to see its most famous attraction, the old city walls. Dating from roughly five hundred years ago in medieval times, they still circumscribe the old quarter, virtually without damage. You can still actually wander along the immensely strong walls on a shady, tree lined walk way to get amazing views of this beautiful old town.

On entering the old part of the town through one the ancient gates, you can meander through the narrow avenues and alleys to get a true sense of the history and quiet beauty of Lucca. There are loads of pavement cafes and bars to sit and savour some tasty refreshments, watching the locals go by, before setting off on your tour again. I always follow the local inhabitants to find the best cuisine at a fair price, so avoiding tourist costs.

The Piazza Anfiteatro of Lucca, is another "must visit", originally an Piazza of the Amphitheatre but now a hub for locals and visitors alike. The amazibg Duomo of San Martino dates as far back in time, as the Roman era of the early 5th century and has been renovated on many occasions over the following centuries. It also contains very early Christian holy artifacts, some of which are on display during local fiestas.

The churches of both the San Michele and San Frediano in Lucca are worth a look to view the beautiful architecture and adornments. Another local landmark you will not be able to miss, is the famous Guinigi Tower, a large 15th century tower with great trees growing from the top of it, the climb to the roof is worth it for the vistas alone.

Outside the boundaries of Lucca but closeby there are a few villas (Villas Torrigiani and Reale are closest) that are most worth a visit and a little further a field there are dozens of monuments and fortresses that should be visited if your time allows.

The local Lucca accommodation is of good standard with reasonably priced tourist hotels and many stunning villas that can be rented in the wonderful Tuscan countryside. If your plans are to visit Lucca at the peak times it is quite essential that you book well in advance to avoid any disappointment. Probably the best seasons to visit are in the spring and late autumn when it is not to hot or humid, for loads of walking.
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