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17 October 2022

6 days from £2,395pp

Lucca is a hidden gem, the beauty of its many churches, palaces and piazzas preserved within the circuit of its massive sixteenth-century walls.  The city, its history and its art has been the focus of my art historical life for many years and one of my greatest pleasures is sharing that enthusiasm with others
  • Lucca, with its marble clad churches and places contain artistic treasures, join our walking tour of the city 
  • Pisa, the traditional enemy of Lucca to visit Campo Santo with its great series of frescoes
  • Explore Apuan Alps near Carrara, quarrying marble here dates back to the 2nd century BC
“A CHARMING MIXTURE OF ANTIQUE ‘CHARACTER’ and modern inconsequence; and not only the town, but the country — the blooming romantic country which you admire from the famous promenade on the city-wall.” Henry James’s musings in his Italian Hours still hold true: Lucca, at the foot of the Apennine Alps, beautifully combines historical self-awareness with contemporary life, and its magnificent circuit of defensive walls and bastions is now the domain of local cyclists and leisurely strollers. This part of Tuscany proudly upheld its status of an independent republic against the Grand Duchy of Tuscany dominated by Medicean Florence. Lucca’s beauty is unassuming but never boring: its marble clad churches and palaces contain artistic treasures ranging from the iconic tomb of Ilaria del Carretto to masterpieces by Fra Bartolomeo and Filippino Lippi. As for the surrounding countryside, Henry James justifiably reckoned that “nothing could be more charming than the country between Pisa and Lucca — unless possibly the country between Lucca and Pistoia”: fertile soil covering south-facing slopes, an abundance of water and a mild climate have made it one of Italy’s richest agricultural regions, at times resembling a gigantic nursery, which supplies cut flowers and ornamental plants worldwide. Here, prosperous patrons — from silk merchants in the Cinquecento to Napoleon’s sister Elisa in the early 19th century and beyond — built exquisite villas whose gardens reflect the luxuriousness of Lucchese silks which came to rival those imported from the East.

Your Accommodation

Palazzo Dipinto

Overlooking the picturesque Piazza del Palazzo Dipinto, in the heart of the historic center of Lucca, this ancient Palazzo was converted in 2017 into a charming 4-star Superior Boutique Hotel, fitted with a contemporary and unique style. A skilful renovation has transformed the historic 13th century building into a refined design hotel, creating a modern and comfortable environment that offers its guests advanced smart-home appliances and impeccable, accurate services. In the historic center of Lucca, Palazzo Dipinto is a place where you can locate a unique combination of tradition, technology and design. The Hotel offers a perfect location to visit the city on foot with its monuments and shopping streets; it is easily accessible and is located a short distance from the most important tourist attractions of the city. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • USB sockets
  • Shower
  • Professional hairdryer
  • Coffee & tea maker