Lucca is famous for its 16th century walls which enclose the city and extend form more than 4 km. Vistas from the top include the Palazzo Pfanner gardens, the Botanical Garden, the magnificent cathedral of San Martino and the church of San Frediano. For a wonderful, quick first tour of the city, perhaps hire a bicycle from just inside the Porta Santa Maria.
Explore the lanes and discover the famous art treasures, together with the loggias, fountains, squares, fine houses and towers, which make Lucca one of Tuscany’s unique gems. The visit will invariably end with some shopping on the via Fillungo, the liveliest street in the historic centre. Lucca is one of Tuscany’s richest cities in terms of history, tradition and culture. From the Tyrrhenian Coast of Versilia, with the sophisticated resorts of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, to the Garfagnana with its unspoilt Appennine environment, from the Apuan Alps to the hills of Lucca, famous for their wines and renowned olive oil.
Among the green of the hills are over 300 villas, built between 1300 and 1800, in a setting unequalled in terms of area or architectural variety.
Many of these magnificent villas are open to visitors allowing them to explore the parks and gardens, avenues, fountains, water features and statues.
The “Casa Mennone” is ideally located as a starting point for excursions to all the famous sights in Tuscany and the neighbouring regions. Direct motorway links bring Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Montecatini, Pisa, Viareggio, Lerici, Elba and the Cinque Terre within easy reach. Day trips can easily be arranged to any of these nearby destinations.