Lucca & Versilia Description
Lucca and its province extend over the Versilia, the Serchio Valley, and the Garfagnana areas.
This territory includes Lake Massaciuccoli, the Bagni di Lucca thermal springs, the coastal dunes of the “Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli Natural Park”.
The countryside around Lucca offers beautiful historic villas: from Villa Torrigiani to Villa Mansi, with spectacular parks.
Versilia is, by its own nature, a traditional place of worldliness and fun, with its beaches, ports and nightlife.
Lido di Camaiore, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi are top destinations for several international celebrities, as well as Italian and foreign tourists.
What see in Lucca & Versilia
Lucca is a city of ancient origins, with walls dating back to the XVI-XVII Centuries.
These are a grandiose work of military engineering, with a singular and panoramic space for public walks.
The oldest city center preserves its medieval appearance, with typical alleys and squares.
Towers and stone houses-towers, terracotta houses, with loggias and palaces, overlook them.
Via Fillungo is the nicest Lucca street, the main axis of the former medieval village.
Noble palaces and ancient towers, including the famous “Torre delle Ore”, surround it.
Similarly, Via Guinigi concentrates a complex of palaces and buildings from the Middle Ages.
Lucca religious architecture includes the St. Martin Cathedral; the Cathedral Museum; the Church of St. Michael in the Forum; and the splendid St. Fredianus Basilica.
Among the civilian buildings, don’t miss Villa di Paolo Guinigi (15th century); the Mansi Palace; the baroque Moriconi-Pfanner Palace, with a spectacular garden.
Yet, if you are true Opera passionate, don’t overlook the Giacomo Puccini birthplace in Torre del Lago, today a museum collecting memories and documents of the “Madama Butterfly” composer.
In Versilia, the fashionable Viareggio is famous for its international Carnival, as well as for its beaches and nightclubs.
Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta offer a rich artistic heritage; while Camaiore is famous for its Romanesque architecture.
Finally, in Borgo a Mozzano, you can see the spectacular and daring Devil’s Bridge.
What to do in Lucca & Versilia
The Lucca & Versilia coastline offers you the opportunity to spend relaxing days at the seaside, practising water sports and cycling in the cool pine forests.
The Apuan Alps, and other protected areas, are the ideal settings for walking, trekking, cycling or horse riding.
At the Bagni di Lucca SPAs, it’s possible to undergo beauty and wellness treatments, and to live relaxing days immersed in an enchanting landscape.
The local events calendar include the Viareggio International Carnival, and the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, dedicated to the great Opera composer.
What to taste in Lucca & Versilia
Lucca’s specialties include pork with chestnut polenta; lamb with olives; trout from Serchio river.
Among the desserts: the “buccellato”, a typical donut-shaped cake; the “castagnaccio”, a cake made with chestnut flour.
Among local wines, the white and red Montecarlo stands out, as well as the “biadina”, a classic Lucca liqueur.
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