The medieval town of
Lucca is an undiscovered gem that rivals nearby Florence, Pisa, and Siena.
Little known beyond the cognoscenti who have vacationed here for
generations, the surrounding Lucchesia region has a charm even more authentic
and sophisticated than the rest of Tuscany. The landscape of gentle hills,
blanketed with olive groves and vineyards, camellia-scented gardens and
wooded coastline, is a haven of calm and beauty.
the walled 'city of a hundred churches'--a treasure trove of medieval
and Renaissance art and architecture.
The palacial villas of the Lucca aristocracy
offer views into a world of beauty, a life surrounded by art.
The traditional cuisine of Lucchesia
balances subtle sophistication with an earthy appreciation for the local
bounty of the land.
The beaches of Versilia, little known
to foreign tourists, are where the money of Milan vacations.
In Lucca, shopping is a splendid sensual
experience: look for fine silks and culinary treats.
Carrara and Pietrasanta are known throughout
the world for their precious white marble from the Apuane Alps.