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Exploring Lucca and its medieval walls

The walls of Lucca, Tuscany (Italy)

The walls of Lucca are one of the city’s main tourist attractions. They were built in the 15th century with stone and encircled by over a hundred defense towers to protect the city from enemy invasions. They were used as fortifications until about the 1800s.

Nowadays, they no longer serve a defensive function but have remained an important historical and tourist attraction known worldwide for their beauty.

Despite being built over 500 years ago, the walls of Lucca are still well-preserved and are in excellent condition. Walking or riding a bike along the walls will allow you to enjoy incredible views of the entire city and, more generally, of the Tuscan countryside. In addition, the walls are surrounded by gardens and public parks, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy relaxing moments in the open air.

Exploring the walls on foot or by bike

There are various ways to explore Lucca and its walls. The most classic alternative is to go on foot and discover the hidden nooks and crannies of the city while admiring the beauty of the landscape surrounding you.

The walk along the walls of Lucca is about 4 km long. It is a perfect activity for those who want to take a break from the daily grind and enjoy some peace.

If you want to indulge in outdoor exercise, every Saturday morning. In that case, you can participate in the Mura di Lucca parkrun, a non-competitive running event open to everyone.

Another way to explore the walls of Lucca is definitely by bike. A large flat bike/pedestrian area winds between rows of tall trees, giving cyclists and pedestrians shaded areas along the way.

If you don’t have your bike with you, don’t worry: you’ll find plenty of bike rental stores and agencies in Lucca to make the most of your adventure.

Visiting Lucca with a guided tour

Visiting Lucca with a guided tour is an excellent way to discover all the city’s attractions and learn more about its rich history, art and culture. These tours are led by experienced and professional guides who are passionate about the city and its history and can tell engaging stories and interesting facts about Lucca.

One of the benefits of taking a guided tour is that it allows you to save time and hassle by having someone else plan and organize your trip. You’ll be able to sit back and relax as your guide leads you through the city, taking you to the most important landmarks and attractions and providing you with information and insights that you might not have been able to discover on your own.

There are many different types of tours to choose from in Lucca. If you’re interested in exploring the city’s rich history and cultural heritage, you might consider a classic guided walk through the historic center, complete with visits to the main museums and the most beautiful churches. If you’d prefer to experience the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside, you could opt for a bike or car tour that takes you through the region’s breathtaking landscapes. No matter your tour type, you’re sure to have a memorable and enriching experience.

Hotels inside the walls of Lucca

If you’re looking for a genuine experience, stay in the city’s heart. Booking a hotel in the city center is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the local culture and experience Lucca like a true resident. You’ll be just a stone’s throw from the city’s main attractions and landmarks, and you’ll be able to explore the city on foot easily.

L’Antica Bifore guesthouse is a typical noble residence in the core of the city. It is a bed and breakfast located inside the Torre del Travaglio, a historical tower dating back to the XII century. Its high coffered ceilings, original terracotta floors, and cozy bedrooms will charm you, offering an incredible stay in Lucca.

In addition to its convenient location and comfortable accommodations, staying at L’Antica Bifore guesthouse will allow you to be a part of the local community and interact with the friendly locals. Whether you’re chatting with the owner of the guesthouse or striking up a conversation with a neighbor, staying in a guesthouse can provide a unique and authentic life experience in Lucca.

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