Among the major cities of art in Italy, Lucca is an ideal destination for those who wish to spend a relaxing holiday taking advantage of many opportunities for cultural enrichment.
Founded as a Ligurian settlement, the city developed considerably in Roman times. With the fall of the empire, Lucca was first occupied by the Lombards (indeed, it was the capital of the Duchy of Tuscia that extended over much of today's Tuscany) and later the Franks, until it became established, around the twelfth century, as an independent city then turned into in the Republic. This is the most flourishing period of Lucca, during which, thanks to the power of its bankers and importance as a centre for the trade of fabrics, the city gained significant influence at European level.
Became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1847, Lucca was definitively annexed to the Kingdom of Sardinia (then Kingdom of Italy) in 1860. The considerable historical heritage of Lucca is reflected in its numerous proposals in the field of art and architecture: just think of the wonderful city walls which surrounds the historic centre, that has remained intact since 1645, the year of its completion, and among the greatest examples of “modern” fortification in Europe.
In addition to its monumental treasure, Lucca is also remembered for having been for many years the seat of Dante Alighieri's exile. Therefore, a stay at an apartment or a hotel in Lucca will give you many opportunities, in terms of comfort and convenience, as well as from a cultural point of view.