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Lucca, Italy Culinary Tour

In this walled Tuscan city, visitors eat their way through the local culture.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Surveying the Lucchese skyline from one of the handful of remaining medieval towers above the city, you’ll see a sea of low-lying... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Birrificio Brùton

Iacopo Lenci, the 26-year-old owner, serves serious beer and formidable pub grub inside this cavernous repurposed farmhouse, next to a sweet terrace filled with jazz and children.

Address:
5135 Via Lodovica
Lucca
Italy

Phone:
39-05-8357-9260

At the touristy but still vital Buca di Sant Antonio restaurant, lunch on grilled baby goat cooked on the spit along with an artichoke pudding.

Address:
3 Via della Cervia
Lucca
Italy

Phone:
39-05-835-5881

3. Carli

The jewelry shop is divine with a 17th-century safe, bright frescoes, and its outstanding collection of silver, watches, and unusual objects such as Neapolitan corni (horns), amulets carved out of red coral that are imputed to ward off the evil eye.

Address:
95 Via Fillungo
Lucca
Italy

Phone:
39-05-83-491-119

Firouz Galdo, an Iranian-born architect working in Rome, was brought in to create a contemporary space full of light, wood, and pewter—the whole thing could easily sit atop a Hong Kong skyscraper. Grano Salis, full of young locals, is certainly in the pro-kebab camp. Its website weighs in on the controversy, noting that Italian cuisine is flooded ... More

Quiet inn minutes from central Lucca.

Address:
1952 Via Nuova per Pisa
Massa Pisana
Italy

Phone:
39-05-8337-9737

Bed-and-breakfast in a 14th-century villa.

Address:
3 Piazza Sant’ Agostino
Lucca
Italy

Phone:
39-05-83-443-100

A hydrangea-scented refuge abutting the walls, and the most geometrically lovely spot in Lucca, a copse of bamboo reaching up to the San Frediano bell tower.

Address:
33 Via degli Asili
Lucca
Italy

Phone:
39-05-8395-4029

8. Pult Drink & Food

The owners used to have a popular shack by the sea and now they’ve gone big in the city, creating an outdoor summertime oasis favored by up-to-date locals—everywhere you look you’ll spot those famous Lucchese schnozzes buried tide-deep in fish. Pult has the best crudo in town, which is saying something, and nicely salted and olived sea bass. The ... More

The outdoor terrace is seductively shrouded in bougainvillea and the aromas of a superior kitchen. Tuck into a langoustine that might as well be butter, amazing red mullet, fatty raw oysters, and a sauce of balsamic, oil, pepper, salt, and, yes, fellow kebab-defenders, soy.

Address:
1 Piazza San Quirico
Lucca
Italy

Phone:
39-05-8349-6264

10. Ristorante Lombardo

Lombardo specializes in very honest Lucchese cuisine, such as the stewed codfish with leek, and also represents some decent and inexpensive local wines. Facing the port of Livorno, the restaurant’s terrace feels temperate and joyous with nuclear families, the mountains nearly glisten, and the lack of light pollution is spectacular. The egg-yellow ... More

11. Roman Amphitheater

Take a walk through Lucca’s Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a sun-bleached ellipse of medieval houses built upon the ruins of a Roman amphitheater.

Address:
Piazza dell’Anfiteatro
Lucca
Italy

12. San Martino Cathedral

The church’s sacristy contains Jacopo della Quercia’s magnificent Gothic tomb of a poor young dear who died in childbirth, her noble dog loyally roosting by her feet.

Address:
Piazza San Martino
Lucca
Italy

Sample Livorno’s famous dish, cacciucco, at Trattoria Antico Moro, a seafood restaurant that smells entirely like its wares. Cacciucco is one of several local dishes that have Jewish origins, a metaphor for multicultural Livorno. The fragrant stew is an amalgam of at least five different kinds of fish, made from whatever the fishmonger has on... More

An airy, pleasantly undistinguished space smack-dab by the walls of Lucca.

Address:
45 Via delle Conce
Lucca
Italy

Phone:
39-05-835-5948