Lucca is only 50 kilometers away from Camping Barco Reale
A favorite among both italians and foreigners, Lucca is by far the most beautiful city in Tuscany.
You’ve arrived at the camping, already spent a day at the swimming pool, had some great italian food, and are ready to explore the region. Since Camping Barco Reale is really close to Lucca, why not pay this beautiful city a visit? Discover the best sights and things to do in Lucca.
In the north of Tuscany you can find the walled city of Lucca, founded by the Etruscans and became a Roman colony 180 BC. This city is so special because it is one of the few cities in Italy which maintained the medieval walls through time very well.
The historical centre of Lucca still preserves the Roman street plan, and there are still traces from its amphiteatre at the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. It is a small city full of ancient history, but at the same time it is not overcrowded with tourists. Lucca definitely is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany.
One day is not enough to see Lucca, but you can definitely get a good glimpse of this beautiful city. There are a number of things that we definitely recommend you to do on your first visit, such as biking over the 16th century walls of Lucca. The walls of Lucca can only be used by foot or bike - cars are not allowed. You can have lunch in one the restaurants or café’s on the wall, relax in one of the parks, or enjoy one of the many events.
Another must-do is visit the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro - still following the oval shape of the former second century Roman Amphitheater of Lucca. Currently the Amphitheater is the perfect spot to enjoy aperitivo or have dinner while watching people passing by admiring this beautiful square. Last but not least the Giugni Tower with it’s popular roof garden featuring a number of trees on top is a rare and beautiful sight!
Throughout the year Lucca organizes a number of national and international events attracting visitors from all over the world. During the last week of October the city is filled with people from all over the world because of "Lucca Comics", the biggest event in Europe dedicated to comics, games, and video games. Another big event is "Lucca Summer Festival" annualy during the entire month of July, attracting artists such as the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, and Elton John. Besides these two major events the city organizes smaller events throughout the year, such as the "Notte Bianca di Lucca", the "Holy Cross Celebration", and "Lucca Blues Festival.
Lucca can be easily reached by car from Camping Barco Reale - you can even find free parking near the city centre. To get to Lucca from Barco Reale by car we advise you to take the SP9 to Raccordo di Pistoia in Pistoia. From there you will have to follow the A11/E76 to Lucca which will lead you directly to the city.
You can also decide to go by train - making use of our transfer to get to Pistoia Station to take the train to Lucca from there. You can get to Lucca within one hour from Camping Barco Reale, and we will ensure you that it’s worth the drive!