Lucca is well connected to the rest of Italy, with well-maintained roads for those hiring a car, and scenic railway lines if you prefer to hop on the train.
Combine your holiday in Lucca with a trip to Florence, which is just over an hour away. Drive or take the train through spectacular landscapes and enjoy the photo opportunities as you head to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Explore Renaissance architecture, museums and galleries, before heading into the countryside for a wine tasting excursion in excellent vineyards.
Pisa’s Romanesque architecture and medieval sights are within an hour by both car and train. See Pisa Cathedral, relax in its trendy café district and have your photo taken in front of the leaning tower.
The majority of international flights arrive into Pisa airport (PSA). Direct flights to Pisa are available from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours.
Tuscany is predominantly a summer destination, with the main tourist season generally running from April to October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August, this is also when Tuscany is at its busiest. However, Tuscany also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. The coast has wonderful sea breezes and the hilltop towns are much cooler than the lower countryside villages. The best time to visit is during the quieter season, from April to June and September to October when the weather is good, prices are a bit lower and there are fewer crowds. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Tuscany and Easter and Christmas are always busy.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
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