We were travelling along the coast of Italy, when attracted by the word "mediaeval town" we decided to visit Lucca. It was summer time and we were desperate to have a dip in the sea. But none of us were disappointed with the detour to Lucca. We were told that you could see Lucca as a day trip from Florence or Pisa. In fact, we liked it so much and there was so much to see that we returned a few weeks later to spend a longer time within its mediaeval walls.
For me Lucca is one of the most wonderful towns in Italy. Its famous walls enclose a place that can be walked or cycled with ease. In fact, the best way to get your bearings is walking or cycling around the top of the walls. The centre is relatively unspoilt and is sprinkled with palaces, towers and almost countless splendid churches. The surrounding hills produce some good quality wines and arguably the finest olive oil anywhere, whilst the beaches and nightlife are but a small hop away.