A charming town, just 20 minutes from Pisa, situated near the river Serchio which acts as an access-way to the Alpi Apuane. As many cites in Tuscany, Lucca was first founded by the Etruscans and then turned into a Roman colony (180 BC). Between the 12th century and 17th century Lucca remained an independent republic (with a brief Pisan domination in 1314-16).
The many sights of the city (Basillica di San Frediano, Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Duomo di San Martino, etc.) are enclosed in an intact system of city walls that go all around the city and have become a classic and panoramic promenade.
Lucca is home to many fairs, most importantly Lucca Comics, the country's largest comic book and gaming convention (late October).