The 10 Best Things to Do in Province of Lucca, Italy

April 8, 2018 Trinity Boughner

Province of Lucca in Italy, from Europe region, is best know for Beaches. Discover best things to do in Province of Lucca with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Province of Lucca

1. Bagno Maurizio

Via Giuseppe Barellai 41 | Behind Andrea Stagi's boutique, 55049 Viareggio, Italy +39 0584 49977
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5 based on 303 reviews

Bagno Maurizio

Bagno Maurizio is ready to give you a warm welcome. Situated on the charming Promenade of Viareggio, surrounded by excellent cafés, restaurants and shops, the establishment is just a few steps away from the beautiful pinewood of Viareggio and from the main square, Piazza Mazzini. Whether you are visiting the seaside resort of Viareggio for business or pleasure, the establishment provides a friendly and relaxing atmosphere at affordable rates. The private beach of Bagno Maurizio has a 30 meter beach frontage, offering a choice between 3 large tents of 7,5 square meters or classic beach umbrellas. One of the main characteristics of the beach is the amount of free space between umbrellas. Furthermore, the well-defined playground allows children to play in perfect safety.

Reviewed By Blacky14 - Lincoln, United Kingdom

Had been getting a bit disappointed as to getting sunbeds on the Beaches near Viareggio as been quoted €50-€100 for the day for a family of 4!! Read up on TripAdvisor and found this review and emailed Stefano. What a lovely man, he replied straightaway...MoreThank you very much indeed!!!

2. Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark

Frazione Verrucole, San Romano in Garfagnana, Italy +39 340 358 6862
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5 based on 382 reviews

Fortezza delle Verrucole - Archeopark

It goes without saying that the word Verrucole, coming from the Italian verruca (wart), easily explains the choice of the rocky and unapproachable spot for the building of the fortification. A few ruins dating back to the Bronze Age and to a medieval hamlet have been found on the whinstone mountain where the fortress was raised. During the Middle Ages the territory of the “Curia delle Verrucole” was administered by the counts Gherardinghi, the local feudatory, then it was passed to the Republic of Lucca, the Malaspina family and since the sixteenth century to the Este family.The present features of the fortress probably go back to two periods governed by the Este dynasty, the age of Marquis Leonello (about 1450) and Alfonso II (about 1564). For more than four hundred years this fortress, which had a strategic location for the whole valley, was part of the duchy of Modena and the ancient province of Garfagnana. It is said that originally this complex had two towers, each one having its own castellan with guards protecting the two rocks, named the Round Rock and the Square Rock, placed at two opposite ends of the hill. The Round Rock with its still visible Ghibelline battlements, supports the present polygonal tower, which replaced a cylindrical tower, which is now visible after the recent excavations. The Square Rock is still evident in some traces in the vicinity of the north-eastern bulwark and it was defended by a semicircular tower and a north-oriented building. Coming from the old “Porta Piana”, which still retains its gatehouse and embrasure, it is now possible to visit the left battlement, the casemate and the bulwarks facing the majestic mountain “Pania di Corfino”. On the opposite side, next to the entrance of the casemate the scene continues with the ruins of the storehouse and the recently reconstructed quarters of the guard. Furthermore, rising on the hill of the Round Rock it is not possible to miss the old chapel and the partially restored tower. Any diligent observer will notice on the left hand side of the stone stairs the narrow “Porta del Soccorso”, a traditional emergency exit for the Castles. From the north gate it is possible to enter into the “Orto del comandante”, containing a few service buildings, a rainwater tank and the gunpowder tower, struck by a thunderbolt and exploded in 1683.

Reviewed By Amit K

What a spectacular place. The guided tour was absolutely brilliant from a bloke who really knew what he was talking about. His English wasn't bad either. I loved every moment of it and so did my 8 and 11 year olds. From being told why we say "una noce di burro" to why a prickly plant is called "pungitopo" it was a great learning experience.
Had a bit of a worrying moment when the guide tried to saw off my son's hand through a chain mail glove but all ended well.
The verb "ammazzare" took on new meaning too. The club was unbelievably heavy.
Oh... loved the catapult...
Without the tour the castle was interesting, the tour made it great.
After we had lunch at the "Ratto Guerriero" tavern which was very nice too.

3. Le mura di Lucca

Lucca, Italy +39 0583 583086
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Le mura di Lucca

Reviewed By LKR65 - Sydney, Australia

Spent a lovely day exploring this fantastic walled city. I started my visit strolling the 4km round trip around the city wall. I loved watching the locals out jogging, cycling and walking, all whilst enjoying the views on both sides of the walls. A must do for all ages as the path is wide and flat and you can travel at your own pace.

4. Puccini e la sua Lucca International Permanent Festival

Piazza San Giovanni | Chiesa DI San Giovanni, 55100, Lucca, Italy +39 340 810 6042
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Puccini e la sua Lucca International Permanent Festival

The only festival dedicated to Giacomo Puccini in his native city, Lucca. And the only PERMANENT FESTIVAL in the world, with Concerts and events every day of the year, at 19hrs.AND EVERY EVENING WITH VARIED PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETERS AND PROGRAMS For detailed information and programs, please visit our official website

Reviewed By NYCFamily_of_five - New York City, New York

This is a permanent music festival celebrating primarily the opera of Puccini but includes other composers as well. The setting is intimate and the Performances are wonderful. You will recognize many of the melodies even if you have never been to an opera. There are two acts with a short intermission - maybe the show was 90 minutes all told. We purchased our tickets as the door. It is a magical evening - don't miss it!

5. Sant'Anna di Stazzema

Via Coletti 22, 55040, Stazzema, Italy +39 0584 772025
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Sant'Anna di Stazzema

Reviewed By Chester_UKCitykid - Chester, UK

Stumbled upon the story of Sant'anna di Stazzema whilst on holiday in Northern Tuscany. It's a tiny village,high in the Mountains at the edge of the Alpi Apuane just 20-30 minutes away from the Tuscan coastal resorts of Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and a little bit further north of Lucca. On 12 August 1944 German troop trying to prevent the Allies advance through Italy and trying to hamper local partisan activity rounded up and massacred 560 inhabitants (mainly women, children and the elderly) from Sant'Anna and nearby hamlets. The story is told in a series of panels in the village, in the village church, the Museum of the Resistance (at the time of the massacre the village school), and most poignantly the Via Crucis which leads up to a monument bearing the names of all the victims, underneath which is an ossuary containg the remains which were found in mass graves. The mounment is high up above the village, presenting stunning views of the surrounding Mountains and the nearby coastline. There are numerous waymarked walking routes a number of which follow the routes the soldiers took to attack the villages, also with signposts telling the stories of the families who lived in the hamlets at the time.
It is so peaceful and beautiful now it is hard to imagine that such events could take place here. What is also surprising is that it is not really signposted or indicated in local tourist centres or guides, perhaps to ensure that an air of peacefulness allowing for respectful reflection is maintained. Really moving, but to repeat, a stunning location. Really worth making a detour to visit of you are in the area, but be warned you will need a car capable of manoeuvring up the twisty mountain roads.

6. Fattoria al Dotto

Via Per Carignano 809/A, 55100, Lucca, Italy +39 348 744 2080
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5 based on 62 reviews

Fattoria al Dotto

We're the closest winery to the walls of Lucca (4.5KM) & are a small family run winery producing our own grapes for structured wines, as well as olive oil, which can be purchased in the Cantina or shipped internationally since 2005. We invite you to taste our wines which are paired with excellent food produced locally. We produce 2 white wines - Vermentino & a Vermentino with 5% semillon, a Rose' & 5 reds - (San Giovese, Merlot & Syrah - in purity), a blend of the 3 & a "Lucchese Chianti". Feel free to visit us & learn more about our fantastic wines & their production. Please call before so that we can ensure we are on site upon your arrival & we are open every day with the following exceptions or upon: Jan 1, 6, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday, Apr 25, May 1, Jun 2, Aug 15, Nov 1, Dec 8, 25 & 26. Contact for summer hours; November-March: 1130-1700 Monday thru Saturday, 1000-1230 Sunday to purchase our extraordinary wines or upon Reservations on Sundays. Contact for questions.

Reviewed By jay r - Lucca, Italy

Back in the saddle, finally, after some medical problems. Four of us headed out to Fattoria al Dotto in late November. What a wonderful day it turned out to be. We tasted 5 vines and the wines where paired with various Italian foods. But to be more precise, the wines were truly great! Not particularly expensive, in fact rather low cost as wines go, but most enjoyable. So good that we shipped back 24 bottles to the States. The food was also quite good. Spent three hours eating and drinking and being entertained by Mark Franceschini, an American-Italian who lives in Lucca and works at the winery. There is a bus from Lucca to a stop close by the winery; the return trip could be via bus, taxi or maybe a lift from Mark. Vittorio was also great and we finished the afternoon with Irish coffee. Unfortunately, the weather was rainy, so we were not able to sit outside and enjoy the terrific views of Lucca. . I highly recommend Fattoria al Dotto to anyone visiting Lucca. (jr)

7. Grotta Turistica Antro del Corchia

Fraz. Levigliani di Stazzema, 55040, Stazzema, Italy +39 0584 778405
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4.5 based on 499 reviews

Grotta Turistica Antro del Corchia

Reviewed By PIETERdotORG - Blankenberge, Belgium

Not that easy to find but for sure worth the visit. Guided tour in a small group, beautiful lid caves with paths and a zillion stairs. We liked it, kids enjoyed it.

8. Ponte della Maddalena (detto Ponte del Diavolo)

Strada Statale 12 9, 55023, Borgo a Mozzano, Italy +39 0583 888881
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4.5 based on 613 reviews

Ponte della Maddalena (detto Ponte del Diavolo)

Constructed during the era of the Countess Matilde di Canossa (1046-1115,) this medieval bridge that spans the Serchio River is said to have been built with the aid of the devil himself.

Reviewed By Kathryn S - Manchester, United Kingdom

This historic bridge is an amazing feat of engineering, well worth a quick visit. It's in
a beautiful setting, especially on a clear sunny day, as the mirroring effect on the still water creates stunning photo opportunities! That said, whatever the weather, this bridge is always a draw for the tourists and a visit is highly recommended.

9. Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo, 55045 Pietrasanta, Italy +39 0584 283375
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4.5 based on 334 reviews

Piazza Duomo

Reviewed By Bart C - Foster City, California

We loved little Pietrasanta, and the center of the village is the Piazza Duomo. Lovely structures from a variety of ages. Not crowded. Surrounded by good restaurants, shopping streets, walks, and even a castle above. Short walk from the train station, for those on a quick stop tour. While it would be hard to classify any of the Tuscan/Ligurian coastal towns as not touristy, this one has more of a local feel than most. It's also an art town and the Piazza had some lovely sculpture on view. Great place to sit, paint, relax.

10. Park of Villa Reale

Via della Fraga Alta 2, 55014 Marlia, Capannori, Italy +39 0583 30108
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

Park of Villa Reale

The 17th century Villa Reale di Marlia lies in the heart of Tuscany, near Lucca, in an exceptional location at the foot of the Pizzorne hills. Home in the 19th century to Napoleon's sister and Duchess of Lucca Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, the Villa is encircled by high walls, seemingly protecting it from the passing of time. Villa Reale is considered to be one of the most important historical properties in Italy. The 16-hectare estate includes numerous refined Gardens and botanic rarities, as well as majestic buildings created over centuries. The Park features a splendid Water Theatre, the world famous Green Theatre (where the composer Paganini often performed for Elisa Baciocchi), pathways lined with Camellia flowers, and is enriched by a Lemon Garden with a group of marble statues depicting Leda and the Swan, and a Spanish Garden in Art Deco style. Several historic buildings add to the experience, including the 16th century Villa del Vescovo with its nymphaeum, named the Grotto of Pan, and the elegant 18th century Palazzina dell'Orologio with its panoramic loggia.

Reviewed By Tom R - Elgin, South Carolina

Beautiful Gardens show off their unique plants and trees. Baroque and Neoclassical architecture shrine the the grounds. Nestled in the Province of Lucca which Napoleons niece rules for eight years. This is very scenic. Although some web sites claim it is in disrepair, it's gorgeous and work is being done. Outdoor Concerts will take place with hopes of greats like Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero.

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