Quick Guide to Lucca

Take a trip back in time to the Italy of the past with a trip to Lucca. The Old Town is bound by famous city walls, which are beautifully intact, featuring gates such as Porta San Pietro and Porta Santa Maria. Lucca Cathedral is a gorgeous landmark whose roots go back more than a thousand years, and another religious landmark is the San Michele in Foro basilica. The Torre delle Ore clocktower offers brilliant views of the city if you climb to the top, while the ornate gardens of the Villa Garzoni have to be seen to be believed.

It's cheap and easy to holiday in Lucca, with easyJet, Jet2 and Thomson Flights among the carriers offering direct, low cost flights from a number of UK departure points, including London Gatwick, Bristol and Belfast International. You'll worth land at Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport, which is located fairly close to Lucca. You can get a bus directly from the airport to the city, and there are also some train services available as well (although you may have to change at Pisa).

When it comes to getting around during your holiday in Lucca, you can always make use of the buses, and of course the Old Town is best seen on foot – wandering the old streets and admiring the ancient architecture is one of the great pleasures of a visit to Lucca. However, if you'd like to see a bit more of Italy during your break, it may be hiring a car in Lucca - you can always park it outside the city walls whenever you want to visit the Old Town.

One of the good things about coming here is that accommodation in Lucca can often be cheaper than what's found in the more obvious tourist-magnets like Rome or Florence. There are also plenty of charming little independent hotels dotted within the historic streets – have a good look around online and try to book far in advance to secure the best deals.

If you want to save money during your holiday in Lucca, then eat like a local. Don't splurge on unnecessarily expensive meals – if you want a snack to keep you going, head to a bakery and pick up some delicious fresh focaccia bread or buccellato, a ring-shaped, aniseed-flavoured bun that originates in Lucca. And when it comes to dinner, look out for cheap, unpretentious eateries selling Tuscan cuisine, rather than any flashier tourist-traps.

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