Past and Present go hand in hand in Lucca
Lucca is the richest town in Tuscany and you’ll notice that as soon as you get there.
The town is amongst the most elegant, rich in culture thanks to its roman origins, it’s surrounded by green hills, a river and a mountain and a very few kilometers away from the Tuscan coast of Versilia.
It’s one of the most famous art cities of Italy bound to tourism, it offers both art sites to visit and beaches where to relax.
The fascinating peculiarity of Lucca is its well-maintained city walls, that is definitely worth a visit also for the chance it has to be soon included among the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO (http://brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/itineraries/place/TheWallsOfLucca.html).
This small town houses so many churches, that it is nicknamed ‘City of 100 Churches’, in addition to offering the possibility to visit squares, a roman amphitheater, bell towers and, of course, a variety of medieval architectures and monumental buildings.
Lucca is full of things to do, the Old Town is full of excellent restaurants, wine cellars and bars. A few steps away from the amphitheater, within the Center of Contemporary Art, you can enjoy the internationally recognised culinary experience at the Restaurant ‘L’Imbuto’, a non usual Restaurant with no menu nor an eye-catching sign, but with such a delicious, creative and refined cooking so to deserve one Michelin star (http://www.limbuto.it).
From Lucca you can easily reach some of the most important Tuscan cities and, above all, you’ll be only a 30 minutes drive away from the coast, where you encounter the renowned Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi.
Viareggio is named the ‘Pearl of the Tyrrhenian’ thanks to its beaches of fine golden sand, marinas, vast pine woods and the elegant shops that face onto the long boulevards lined with palm trees.
Forte dei Marmi is world-wide famous for its tourism, to notice indeed that its population nearly triples during the summer.
Also, despite its historic surroundings, Lucca has become a very lively city thanks to the many concerts and festivals organized here. One of the best ones being the yearly Lucca Summer Festival, that in 2016 will host international guests like Bob Dylan, John Legend and Simply Red (http://www.summer-festival.com/home).
And because we’re certain, you’ll find out that it’s not only a place to visit but where to live as well, below are some of our favorite properties located at a short distance from Lucca’s city center: