The restaurant of the Locanda eremo del Gusto lies at the ground floor of typical stone country house, in a long a narrow long room painted with relaxing colours. A nice Veranda-bright during the day, green and fascinating in the evening- with large windows overlooking the countryside of Lucca. It accommodates 40 people. There is a small privè at the first floor which can be used for romantic or business dinners up to 6 people. The wonderful and panoramic terrace is now under preparation. It will host up to 40 people and it will be provided with a large area for smoker people. The terrace looks as the ancient medieval spotting towers which can bee seen all around Lucca area, in order to enjoy and discover villages, woods and paths. At night, you will just have to look up at the stars in order to relax and feel like you are in most beautiful place in the world.
If you happen to have a car, do check out this pizzeria, just ten minutes drive outside of town, it's worth. The owners come from Calabria, so you are likely to find all kinds of spicy salami, olives, mushrooms on top of your pizza. A different meal, served by distracted waitresses. Beware: You can't have your espresso coffee there. Being asked for coffees, the old owner – I don't think she's still around – used to reply: "Yeah, go get that at La Cubana", which is a bar downtown. Oh, and you can't make reservations: Be there by 7PM.
Via Pollinelle 19 San Martino in colle Capannori - LU - Situated in the middle of six hectors of land where grapes and olives are cultivated. It comprises two suites, five rooms and three apartments all stylishly and originally furnished. The restaurant has a main kitchen with a wood oven and barbeque and two spacious dining areas, which are also open to the public. The Holiday House Corte Benedetto also has a large swimming pool and equestrian centre.
This small family run hotel is in the heart of the walled town, a few steps from the Piazza Anfiteatro and the main shopping street. Each room is decorated with a fresco on a floral theme, which continues into the bathroom. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. The breakfasts are excellent – as are the quirky egg-cups and ceramic coffee beakers. The staff are very friendly, helpful and professional.
Bagni di Lucca is laying between the Appenine Mountains giving a semblance of a climatic mountain resort despite it's 152 meters above sea level, perfectly integrated by the River Lima and Serchio, from which the Valley takes its name, can be considered an oasis of peace and serenity. Decentralized from the traffic which reaches the nearby Lucca (27km) and Versilia (48km).
Romanesque cathedral dating to 14th century. Contains the must-see '''Volto Santo''' and '''Ilaria del Carretto's Sarcophagus''' by Jacopo della Quercia (as of May 2014 you have to pay an additional 4 € to see this). Includes a sculpture of the crucifixion attributed to an eyewitness, Nicodemus. Some interesting carvings in the marble exterior, including a labyrinth.
B&B Al Porto di Lucca is a recently renovated large house with a garden, which can be dated to back to 1700. It is owned by a family from Lucca, whose origins date back to 1500. It is a bed and breakfast with 4 guest rooms, each with a private bathroom, located less than 300 meters from the walls and the historic center of Lucca.
Five star hotel in the outskirts of Lucca set in an 1800s Tuscany Villa. It features only 10 quiet and cozy rooms, restaurant, garden surrounding it, swimming-pool and free parking. Although a five star hotel, its rates range from €90 for a double.
Ancient clock tower with original clock still working. It is possible to go upstairs in this tower for a beautiful view of the city and a good perspective of Fillungo street. Great views of Torre Guinigi's trees. No lift.
Only 5 rooms, and on the second floor with no lift, this place is charming nonetheless. Owner speaks English, clerk does not. Located in historical center of town. €60-85/night, October 2007.
If you want to learn and have fun at the same time, this school is a good choice. It provides courses and private lessons for students of any age and level in Italian language and culture.
One can walk or cycle on top of the ancient city walls. The entire perimeter is approximately 4 km. This gives a good introduction to the city layout. Expect crowds in the summer months.
Hotel Hambros Il Parco lies in the park of the eighteenth century "Villa Banchieri". The hotel is in the closest countryside, a few kilometers outside the historical center of Lucca.
Strolling along the Torre Guinigi (the one with trees on top), you'll probably sniff some irresistible oily and flory smell. It's called focaccia, the Lucchese idea of a snack.
Fairly typical Tuscan cuisine with some Luccan touches (e.g. pine nuts). The menu is only in Italian. Vegetarian friendly. Reservations are a good idea or arrive around 7:00.
Inside the city walls, near the northern town wall. Being a former library, it has lots of spacious sitting rooms and sofas. No kitchen, no curfew, no lockout, free wifi.
Accommodations available in one of the charming bedrooms of the ancient “Casa Colonica” (provided with parking). The property is located not far from Lucca.
A former Roman amphitheater, but the remains of the amphitheater are gone. The houses there are of medieval origin, built where the spectator stands were.
The Bed & Breakfast Lucca Fora takes its name from the local dialect. In fact, it is located just outside the walls of the medieval centre of Lucca.
Preserved rooms formerly inhabited by the Pfanner family, as well as a pleasant garden. Also on display, some 19th century medical equipment.
It is practically hidden on via San Giorgio and one of the best restaurants. With a constantly changing menu and an extensive wine list.
This is a tower with trees atop it, a very dramatic sight, with good views of the city. No lift, many stairs.
Offering wonderful Lucchesi cuisine, attentive staff and a delightful terrace overlooking the square.
A decent wine and liquor store. One could spend some time poking around the four cellar rooms.
Lucca's largest square. Contains the large '''Palazzo Ducale''', now a government building.
Enjoys a high reputation for local dishes prepared in the traditional Lucchesi style.
Boutique hotel and historical residence located in the heart of the city centre.
This was Puccini's birthplace and is now a museum about the composer.