Lucca

Lucca has many old churches, some of which now house art galleries. See art museum. This was the hometown of Puccini, and operas are held regularly. Be sure to come by during the summer months, as the area is regularly dotted with Puccini festivals, hosting a variety of young opera singers from across Europe and North America.

Within the city walls there is very limited motor vehicle use allowed. Lucca is small enough to easily walk to any site. A detailed hitorical street map with descriptions of all the palaces, churches and other points of interest is available.

City Walls

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.

Puccini Festival Concerts, featuring arias from the works of Lucca's hometown composer, as well as from Mozart's operas and others, are held every night at 7:00 p.m. in the Church of San Giovanni, in the piazza of the same name. As of April, 2012, admission was €17.

Lucca Comics and Games is the main comic and games convention in Italy and one of the most popular worldwide; it takes place at the end of October / start of November and its pavilions are spread in the squares of the old town. As of 2012 tickets range from €15 for one day to €40 for the four days. Accomodations during these days will have to be booked well in advance, and the main parking areas around the city walls will be overcrowded, so you will want to consider alternate ways to reach the town.

During the summer festival usually around July you can expect big name artists to performing on a stage set up in one of the main squares.

LIS - If you want to learn and have fun at the same time, Lucca Italian School is your choice: a school of Italian language and culture for people who want to learn or improve their Italian; group courses and private lessons for students any age and level. (http://www.luccaitaliansc...)

Koine-- an italian language school that offers both group and private lessons along with the possibility to do cooking lessons, tours of the city, and excursions to nearby towns. They're located within the city walls in the old town. (http://www.koinecenter.com/en)

spas
Bagni di Lucca's spa

(http://www.bagnidiluccate...): 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.