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?
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.
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.
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