Lucca, Italy is Awaiting Senior Citizen Visit

Lucca is a city of around 90,000 happy folks up in Tuscany. Its long history goes back to Etruscan and Ancient Roman times, and the city retains pieces of Ancient architecture. Lucca’s great era was in the Gothic times just before the Renaissance. Lucca’s current defensive walls were designed by Leonardo Da Vinci and were never breached. Today senior visitors discover that it’s one of the richest cities in Italy, located about 50 kilometers west of Florence.

Things For Senior Visitors To See and Do in Lucca

TripAdvisor can load you up with landmarks, museums, outdoor fun, theater performances and so much more. Lucca is one of those ‘love at first sight’ cities with first-time senior visitors, with its rich history, handsome churches and excellent restaurants.

It’s most famous composer Giacomo Puccini lived here just north of the Piazza Cittadella in Casa di Puccini, the modest house where he was born in 1858. Puccini spent his childhood in Lucca and the city embraces him as a favorite native son. Many of the old churches now house art galleries. Not many cities in Tuscany still have a city wall around them. They were often dismantled to create more space for pedestrians and make other expansions possible. In Lucca, the 4 kilometer long city wall still stands.

A “Must” On Any Tuscan Adventure

Lucca is one of those Tuscan towns senior travelers don’t want to miss when traveling to Italy. The city is located on a plain at the foot of the Apuan Alps and is a half an hour from the Tuscan coast. It isn’t a hilltop village so it is ideal for anyone with mobility issues as well as for anyone wishing to take a break from climbing Tuscan hills. Incidentally Lucca is a biking capital of the region so if you enjoy riding, plan on renting a bike and tour the awesome Tuscan countryside as my niece did with a few of her friends.

City of 100 Churches

This Italy Guides is a Virtual Lucca personified. Senior travelers will get a close up view of the Piazza Anfiteatro, the Guinigi Tower, the house of Giacomo Puccini, San Michele in Foro, Lucca Cathedral and the Santi Giovanni e Reparata church. Each of these Lucca sites are loaded with history and this Interactive Map of Lucca invites visitors to view the city street by street.

Visit Lucca by during the summer months when the area is regularly dotted with Puccini festivals and operas hosting a variety of young opera singers from across Europe and North America. Try Bagni di Lucca’s spa that is considered to be “an oasis of peace and serenity.”

Lucca has 4 beautiful squares and wow, get this, 100 churches in and around Lucca’s historic center. Lucca makes a nice base for visiting Pisa and the Tuscany coast. You’ll thoroughly enjoy your visit to Lucca.  jeb



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