Pillar, Heart and Spiritual Home of Cycling
Lucca's kept hidden because mystery intrigues. But the Lucchese know about it. They foster and appreciate a cycling culture unlike any other. It's where professionals and serious cyclists roam, where Strava segments are prized possessions and where hours pass like minutes.
Contours and Culture
The full 360-degree radius outside the 4.4 km original city walls is a cyclists paradise. From Monte Serra, which can be summited, not one, but three ways to the Puccini bike path, there's a perfect ride for everyone.
Rolling Tuscan hills, olive groves, vineyards, along with alpine climbs characterize northern Tuscan landscapes. Not only will the lay of the land stun you, but impressive architecture of the Nottolini aqueduct and the Leaning Tower of Pisa demonstrate a country steeped in history.
Lucca offers not only hours on end of cycling but a variety of cultural and musical events. The Lucca Summer Festival, daily Puccini concerts, museums, and art exhibitions make Lucca a popular destination for family's and cyclists alike.
Originally known as Luca, "illuminated glade," for its marshy terrain, the town became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The Cathedral of San Martino was an important stop along Via Francigena, a spiritual journey from Rome to Canterbury in the Early Middle Ages.
At the end of the 12th century, merchants and luxury artisans flourished inside Lucca's walls thanks to the prosperous silk and tobacco trades and these treasure shops can still be browsed today.
Wandering inside the historic city center, imagine yourself alive during the Roman Times, into the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic Era and through the Renaissance. How little the original medieval architecture has changed, but how much we humans perceive the world differently.
Piazza dell'Anfiteatro shows the outline of an ancient arena while the defense walls dating back to the 17th century are now a pedestrian promenade. Among the piazza's, alleyways, churches, cafe's, and shops, let your worries fade away and the moment guide you.
In the Vicinity
Why not combine your trip with a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa (also by bike), the jaw dropping Cinque Terre, and Florence? See TrenItalia for train schedules.
The best airport for Lucca is Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport, a 33km drive or 70km is Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport.