Lucca is a graceful city with the elegant air of a long, comfortable and distinctive history. One of Tuscany’s elegant capitals, the city is a patchwork of palazzi, towers and Romanesque facades. It is sheltered by thick Renaissance walls that were happily never used for defence and that now offer residents and visitors an exceptional place to stroll. Only half an hour from the Tyrrhenian Sea and the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli, it is one of Italy’s medieval treasures, with an unspoilt centre graced with palaces, towers and over 60 churches. Read more about the city and the area here: Guide to Lucca.