Aged like a fine wine, and only getting better
Once upon a time, Lucca was a Roman colony with mighty defensive walls to protect against invaders. Nowadays, those walls are a pedestrian walkway, the old Roman street grid is still intact, and hints of the Amphitheatre can still be seen in the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. It is this graceful throwback to old times that makes Lucca so appealing to visitors. This beautifully aged town is a walkers' paradise - you can walk the circumference of the city on the old Renaissance walls, and inside, winding cobblestone alleys full of restaurants and boutiques are perfect for easy wandering. Summer brings the Puccini festival, in honor of Lucca's favorite son, as well as a Summer Festival full of top music acts.