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Lucca Itinerary

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Lucca Itinerary

Hello,

We have the following days staying in Lucca and wondering if the itinerary below is doable?

By rental car, arrive Lucca from Sovicille (Siena) mid afternoon staying just outside the walls.

General look around Lucca, getting supplies etc.

2nd day - Drive to Bagni Lucca then to Barga, Castiglione di Gargagnana, Camporgiano and back to Lucca.

3rd day - Drive to Montecatini and Pescia and back to Lucca.

Drop off rental vehicle.

4th day - Train to Cinque Terre, back to Lucca

5th day - Train to Pisa or Florence for the day (can't decide which ??), back to Lucca

6th day - Lucca all day

7th day - Lucca all day

8th leave Lucca

Any feedback very much appreciated.

Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Lucca Itinerary

That looks quite doable. We took the bus Lucca to Florence on two occasions and that gave us enough time in Florence including the Uffizi. The bus trip was actually quite interesting, going past a number of tree nurseries where all the trees were beautifully trimmed like topiary, ready to be planted in someone's elegant garden.

Lucca to 5T will take about 2 hours to Monterosso with at least one change at Pisa or Viareggio.

Surrey, United...
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2. Re: Lucca Itinerary

Hi,

Do be aware that in days 2&3 of your itinerary places like Bagni di Lucca, Barga and Pescia close down after lunch and don't re-open until 4 or 5pm.

mesh

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3. Re: Lucca Itinerary

Unless you are happy to go to Pisa by train I would suggest the bus which is cheap, fast and frequent. Plan to take the diretto which avoids all the little hamlets and villages on the way. The train station in Pisa is around a twenty to twenty-five minute walk to the main tourist sites around the leaning tower. The route takes you through the main shopping area and then on to the more interesting cobbled streets of the old city. Half a day is usually sufficient for Pisa as thereis little to see other than the Campo but you could linger over lunch to make it a longer visit. Avoid touristy restaurants and special menu options and search for a local trattoria or osteria for the true flavour.

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4. Re: Lucca Itinerary

Both the bus and train stop near the tower. For the bus ask the driver for the stop nearest the tower (torre pendente) and for the train, check the stops to make sure it stops at Pisa S. Rossore.

<< there is little to see other than the Campo >> people will argue this. There is a lot more to Pisa than the Campo

TAB

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5. Re: Lucca Itinerary

For the bus to Pisa from Lucca you need to catch the Vaibus no Q03 from within the the walls at the bus station on Piazzale G Verdi, here you buy the tickets which cost 3 euro pp for each leg of the journey (there are no return tickets).The bus stop for the Campo dei Miracoli is on Via Bonanno, opposite Piazza Daniele Manin. For the return journey you catch the bus on the corner of Piazza Daniele Manin, the route takes approx 45 minutes. Here is a link to the latest timetable: www.vaibus.com/pdf/Libretto_Extraurbano.pdf

mesh

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6. Re: Lucca Itinerary

I forgot to mention that you need to validate your ticket when you get on the bus in the yellow machine which is just behind the driver.

mesh

Lake Macquarie...
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7. Re: Lucca Itinerary

Hi all,

I have had a change of heart and now have decided to visit Florence rather than Pisa.

We will take the bus from Lucca to Florence for the day.

I have read many posts re the bus trip and seems quite pleasant especially passing Pistoria. I also know that we would be able to fill the entire day in Florence.

Thank you again for above information.

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8. Re: Lucca Itinerary

Do you mean fill the entire day in Florence or do you actually mean Lucca? Either way the answer is yes.

Lake Macquarie...
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9. Re: Lucca Itinerary

Peggypatch,

I meant to say that we will depart Lucca in the morning and spend the entire day in Florence.

May seems so far away!!

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10. Re: Lucca Itinerary

There is more than enough to fill a week or more in Florence, so no problem on that score!

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