Discover Lucca’s Treasures
Lucca is one of Tuscany’s art and history-filled treasures that all travelers should take the time to visit.
To understand this ancient city and its origins a visit to the Domus Roman is the place to begin your tour. Here is where you will find Lucca’s development history. From here it’s just a short walk to the Palazzo Pfanner’s Baroque gardens.
Your next stop should be the city walls that were built to defend the city from marauding factions throughout Tuscany’s turbulent past. Along these walls is situated Lucca’ Botanical Gardens, which is a hidden gem that contains plants from all over the world.
The Torre Guinigi Tower presides over the medieval section of the city and encircled with oaks that are centuries old and preside over the area and the tower itself. Climb to the top and be treated to breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside.
Nestled within the hills there is Montecarlo that is famous for the wineries that have thrived for hundreds of years. Sample the different nuances of flavors of such fine quality.
In the afternoon, head for Compitese and take in the ancient camellias of the Lucca area that is dotted with noble villas, Romanesque churches and oil mills. Stop to visit a local tea plantation, that is truly unique for Italy. On the way, pause for a moment in front of the majestic, centuries-old oak of San Martino in Colle.
One of the last stops on your Lucca adventure should be Camaiore. Here you will find the Romanesque church and the Villa Borbone di Capezzano Pianore. Admire the beauty of the Villa’s parkland designed in the late 19th century by landscaper Deschamps. The gardens are well known for the large variety of native and exotic trees. While you are here don’t forget to ask to sample the fine, local extra-virgin olive oil.