No matter if its beauty is due to its unassailable walls or the capacity of its governors to preserve it throughout the centuries – the fact is that Lucca is still one of the few human-scale towns not only in Tuscany but in the world!
Its invaluable historical treasures are mainly displayed in the narrow lanes, palaces and uncountable churches of the historic centre, making it a unexpected open-air museum.
Walking the cobbled-stone lanes and alleys full of little shops and framed by the evocative façades of its noble palaces and medieval tower- houses, you will soak up the lively atmosphere which pervades the town.
The huge and imposing ramparts are undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions of Lucca. Fringed with bastion gardens, they encircle the town for over 4 km and are topped with a tree-lined pedestrian promenade. From here your gaze runs over the reddish rooftops pierced by numerous towers (more than 250 in the Middle Ages), as far as the Apuan Alps peaks that harmoniously frame this enchanting painting.
Perfect for walks and cycling, the walls are today a convivial hub both for locals and visitors.
Sipping a glass of local wine or tasting its delicacies at one of the terraces onto the laid-back piazzas, sharing smiles and chatting with your table neighbours, is also part of the experience.