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Discover the city with Lucca Tours
There’s no better way to see a city than through the eyes of a born-and-bred local. Federico, founder of Eat Walk Lucca, is one such man. Send him your areas of interest in advance and expect a thoroughly researched and personalised tour of the city. He prefers taking in the city on two wheels (he’ll arrange bicycle rental), but he has a roster of walking routes up his sleeve too.
Try local wine
It would be rude to leave Lucca without pausing for a tipple at a vineyard or two. Our favourites just outside of the city offer that little bit more, with characterful, boutique-y rooms on site. At L’Andana, a range of tours through tumbling vineyards ranging from 1.5 to three hours in length promise to provide an education as full-bodied as the wine itself, while those who venture out to the vineyards of Tenuta Buonamico can try a spot of olive oil tasting too.
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Get your fill of gelato
Gelato isn’t taken lightly in Lucca, which is why we suggest heading on a gelateria crawl so you can try each of the city’s best independent offerings. There’s Cremeria Opera, which serves the best all-natural gelato; a little hole-in-the-wall with a big reputation called Gelateria Veneta; and Gelateria De’ Coltelli where sustainability and seasonal produce are key. The exceptionally curious should head to Gelateria Sauro, which is next to Ponte a Moriano on the city’s periphery.
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Marble caves in Carrara
Some claim that this quarry of white and blue-grey marble provided the building blocks for Michelangelo’s David. Fake news or not, it’s an impressive landmass which is so geometric and cube-like it looks almost digitised against the backdrop of untouched Tuscan hills. Hop in a Jeep to traverse the full length and breadth of this jaggedy cliff-face at speed.
Day trip to Barga
Barga is one of those medieval hilltop settlements that you want to wrap in a bow and pack in your carry on. Swathes of Scottish immigrants settled here in the 19th century and it’s retained an eccentric, British sensibility – keep your eyes peeled for the red telephone box. Thankfully the climate remains resolutely Tuscan. We recommend visiting for a morning coffee before the hills start slow-cooking under the Italian
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