Lucca was recommended to us by many friends as a place to visit. We were staying about ten minutes drive outside the old town. It was an easy drive to a local parking station outside the city walls.
Our walk around the walls of the old city was wonderful. Bikers, parents with strollers, many walkers and even police cars all added to the atmosphere of our walk. Views from the wall were great. Access to the old town was available from many points during our walk, however we were keen to complete the whole four km circumference of the city.
The town itself was vibrant, busy and certainly tourist orientated.
If you stayed in the old town, as recommended to us, I am sure one would get a slightly different perspective of the old town of Lucca, as we may have got. Mid-September was still a very busy tourist time in Lucca, as expected.