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Piazza Anfiteatro Questions & Answers

Katy, Texas

Will be in Lucca for a few hours in about a month. What are suggestions fro NON TOURIST places to eat and grab a drink and maybe shop a little and what is a MUST see?

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Sydney, Australia
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Hi, thank you for asking the questions. I can only give you what my wife and I enjoyed, having stayed in Lucca for one whole month. First of all, Best non-tourist place to eat is outside the ancient walls. Catch a taxi or bus to the San Marco area east of the city (I think it's the Red bus line to S.Vito), a couple of miles up the road. A quaint little restaurant called Ristorante MORENO. Lunchtime special (weekdays only) is 2 courses, wine, water, bread and coffee for ten euros each. Great value, you won't get better anywhere else. Inside the city walls best value is Bar Martini. Since you have only a 'few' hours, best to bike around on top of the walls (you'll see), go into the Amfitheatre and visit Piazza Napoleone for a drink. Hope this helps. Personally, I don't think it is enough time to really check it out, and absorb the energy of antiquity this wondrous ancient city has to offer. Good luck.

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Florence, Italy
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Hi Angela6519,

I've lived in Florence for almost 3 years, so find that Lucca isn't as touristy as you might imagine, and certainly not once summer is over. It is a favourite city to wander around at any time - inside the walls, along the top of the walls... just fabulous! Whatever time I'm there, I'd always like to double it, at least! Its worth staying a little longer, if you can.

For good places to eat - anywhere in Italy - just see if there are Italians eating there. You'll always find a good meal that way.

My thought is even if you don't walk/bike all the way around the walls, it is certainly worth walking at least a little of it - such a great way to get a bit of a feel for the place. The Anfiteatro (amphitheatre) is a great place to have a coffee, lunch or gelato, and watch the world go by. There are some good places there. And stroll around piazza Napoleone - a key spot in the city. There are great concerts there in summer, markets throughout the year (including Christmas), and I've even seen a fabulous display of old Italian cars and motorcycles one time. You just never know what you'll discover.

over a year ago
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