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Top Choice Palace in Lucca

Palazzo Pfanner

Fire the romantic in you with a stroll around this beautiful 17th-century palace where parts of Portrait of a Lady (1996) starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich were shot. Its baroque-styled garden – the only one…
Top Choice Museum in Lucca

Museo della Cattedrale

The cathedral museum safeguards elaborate gold and silver decorations made for the cathedral's Volto Santo, including a 17th-century crown and a 19th-century sceptre.
Top Choice Cathedral in Lucca

Cattedrale di San Martino

Lucca's predominantly Romanesque cathedral dates to the 11th century. Its stunning facade was constructed in the prevailing Lucca-Pisan style and designed to accommodate the pre-existing campanile (bell tower). The …
Top Choice Pizza in Lucca

Da Felice

This buzzing spot behind Piazza San Michele is where the locals come for wood-fired pizza, cecina (salted chickpea pizza) and castagnacci (chestnut cakes). Eat in or take away, castagnaccio comes wrapped in crisp wh…
Top Choice Tuscan in Lucca

Ristorante Giglio

Don't let the tacky plastic-covered pavement terrace deter. Splendidly at home in the frescoed 18th-century Palazzo Arnolfini, Giglio is stunning. Dine at white-tableclothed tables, sip a complimentary prosecco, wat…
Top Choice Tuscan in Lucca

Villa Bongi

Ask anyone from Lucca where to lunch on Sunday or flee the city to escape the stifling summer heat and the reply is invariably this dreamy salmon-pink mansion with stone-balustrade verandah, 7km west of town. The gr…
Top Choice Tower in Lucca

Torre Guinigi

The bird's-eye view from the top of this medieval, 45m-tall red-brick tower adjoining 14th-century Palazzo Guinigi is predictably magnificent. But what impresses even more are the seven oak trees planted in a U-shap…
Tuscan in Lucca

Buca di Sant'Antonio

Gosh, what a fabulous collection of copper pots strung from the wood-beamed ceiling! This atmosphere-laden restaurant has wooed romantic diners since 1782 and is still going strong. The Tuscan cuisine does not quite…
Pastries in Lucca


The perfect accompaniment to a mid-morning or -afternoon espresso and gift to take home, buccellato is a traditional sweet bread loaf with sultanas and aniseed seeds, baked in Lucca since 1881. Taddeucci is the past…
Trattoria in Lucca

Trattoria da Leo

A much-loved veteran, Leo is famed for its friendly ambience and cheap food – ranging from plain-Jane acceptable to grandma delicious. Arrive in summer to snag one of 10 checked-tableclothed tables crammed beneath p…