Wrapped in solid, 16th-century walls, this gorgeous town is Tuscany without the tourists. Sprinkled across it like stardust are churches, palaces and piazzas, all linked by a time-worn web of Medieval streets. The best way to see it all is on foot – and that’s what you’ll do on this trip. The town still has its original Roman street plan so you could well be walking over an ancient forum. After a walking tour that takes in the main sights, you’ll get some time to explore under your own steam. Lucca’s biggest claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of composer Puccini. You might decide to check out the house where he was born, not far from Piazza San Michele. These days it’s a museum dedicated to his life and works. Portraits, costumes and even Puccini’s piano are among the spoils. The city’s famous son aside, you might decide to scale the heights of the Guinigi Tower - the ‘tower with a tree on top’. Or just take it easy with an ice-cream and wander round the designer shops.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.