Lucca has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for at least the last ten years. Located in northern Tuscany, it’s a bit more of a drive to get to from Roma compared to the usual southern Tuscany we like to visit pretty often. It was a weekend worth the drive though! The town is colored with pastels, charming, and filled with bicycles—Lucca, the land of the bicicletta! In fact, one of the touristy things available to do there is rent a bike for the day and drive along the walls encircling the old town.
We opted out of the bike idea, but did take a nice walk along the walls and stumbled across a cute, little playground for the kids. There’s not a ton “to do” in Lucca, but we enjoyed strolling the streets, picking up some handmade socks for a gift from a fine men’s clothier, and buying some fresh bread with the perfect brown crust from Forno F. Casali, hailed to be one of Italy’s best bakeries. I admit, the bread was amazing! For lunch, we ate at La Grotta, since 1865, and it was perfect and delicious. We sat inside because the midday sun was too much for us to sit in the piazza, but there was a nice, cool breeze with the windows and doors left open. After lunch, another stroll and a gelato made for a great ending to our day in Lucca.
We stayed just north of the town in Bagni di Lucca at an adorable B&B, Le Capanne. The owner was as sweet as she could be and extremely hospitable. The second day we were there, there wasn’t anyone else staying in the other guest house so we had the place to ourselves—including the swimming pool, which the kids LOVED! Both of the boys have been learning to swim this summer, so it was a perfect opportunity for them to practice. We relaxed by the pool reading, taught the kids to play ping pong, played with bubbles, and even had a water balloon fight. So much fun! The town of Bagni di Lucca is small, but we managed to find a ristorante open for a nice dinner after walking the bridges.
Watch our little film from our vacation to Lucca here below or in films.