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Bells, Doors and Bicycles: A Photo Walk in the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy

Every town and city has its own delightful character, something that makes it particular, charming, unlike other cities.

The provincial centre of Lucca in Tuscany could be described as quaint, historical, pretty, as could many surrounding towns. For me, Lucca was set apart by it’s wider streets, the bicycles and the big, leafy trees along the wall that wraps the old town.

As I explored, I was particularly taken with the old doorbell buttons, with their shiny plates, rustic knobs and delicate script. The big old doors also struck my fancy and I was charmed by the bicycles casually left along stones walls outside shops and restaurants.

Custard, caramel and caffe tones dominate, sometimes with a dollop of cream, making the town a delicious feast for the inquisitive eye.

Here are some of my photos of Lucca’s bells, doors and bicycles.

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Tips for a day in Lucca:

Lucca is well connected by train. We took a train from Florence (Firenze) that took 1hr 20 minutes and cost 6.40 Euros each way.

There are lots of little churches and 3 big main churches to see.

The ‘top’ sight is the amphitheatre. Although just crawling with tourists, this is well worth a look. It is a piazza surrounded by colourful, curved buildings that create a wide open space in the centre. Restaurants and shops live in the ground level buildings and include a toy shop, a vintage clothes shop and boutiques.

Bicycles are the transportation method of choice in Lucca. You can hire a bike from around the train station or on most streets that connect with the wall. We paid 3 Euros for an hour and cycled the path along the top of the wall 1.5 times with ease.

If you are not cycling, you are wandering on foot. Lucca has a compact historical centre with lots of little nooks to delight in.

Go for lunch. With lots of cafes and restaurants throughout the old town, as well as leafy picnic areas along the wall, Lucca is an ideal lunch getaway. We ate at Osteria dal Manz on Via Cascane Battisti (28). It was pretty wow, blending traditional quality dishes and wines with modern-rustic setting and friendly, funky wait staff. It is also a little off the tourist trail, making it a nice getaway where you can relax for hours in true Italian style.

14 comments on “Bells, Doors and Bicycles: A Photo Walk in the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy

  1. Andrew Petcher
    August 29, 2012

    Great shots – love the detail and thanks for reminding me of my own visit there.

  2. Ruth Hubbard
    August 29, 2012

    I love Lucca! This is where I used to escape to by myself when I was working at a summer camp near Viareggio many years ago! Hope you and Dave are well :)

  3. brixpoul
    August 29, 2012

    I used to live/work in Livorno on the coast and visit Lucca very often, I love the charm inside the walls :)

  4. lukenicolaides
    August 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on Geo Information and commented:
    Beautiful photos…I really like Lucca

  5. lickingtheplateagain
    August 29, 2012

    Great photos!

  6. Travel Thom
    August 29, 2012

    An other beautiful Italian town!

  7. Lauren Olivia & Co.
    August 30, 2012

    We love the photos! You did a great job of capturing the details. Thank you for sharing :)

  8. rosblogger
    August 30, 2012

    This makes me want to go back to Lucca…. Thanks for the memories!

  9. barbdsykes
    August 31, 2012

    Very beautiful pics, my imagination is running wild of possible trips

  10. Patti
    August 31, 2012

    sigh!

  11. Mufidah Kassalias
    September 5, 2012

    Doorbells and bicycles — a great combination. Lovely images, too! We’re currently in Burgos, Spain, and are three months into a slow-travelling journey around Europe, so although we don’t know when we’ll get to Italy it’s definitely on the agenda. And I’ll now make note of Lucca as a place for us to visit, so thank you :-)

    • Nic Freeman
      September 6, 2012

      Hi Mufidah,

      Thanks! Lovely to have you reading along. Yes, Lucca was a nice surprise, as I knew so little about it before going. Since mentioning to others though, it seems it’s quite a favourite in that region of Italy.

      Exciting to hear about your travels. Three months of slow travelling is such a treat. I’m in my ninth month of slow-ish travelling now and have to admit it will be a hard habit to give up.

      Have written about my other European destinations so far, with Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and France to go still.

      All the best.
      Nic

  12. KeL
    October 12, 2012

    WoW – such beautiful pics Nic

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