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luccaLucca is the capital of the Province of Lucchesia and is one of the richest areas in Tuscany for history, tradition, and culture.  Lucca is one of the most ancient towns of Etruria with its rich cultural and mercantile heritage and boasts a unique town centre which is completely enclosed by monumental walls which date back to the 15th century. There are also churches, of course, monuments and the gardens of the great villas.  It also features some of Italy’s finest medieval and Renaissance architecture, superb dining, antique markets, classical and rock music festivals, and easy access to beaches less than half an hour away.

BeltsLucca’s main shopping promenades are the elite Via Fillungo and the more proletarian Via Santa Lucia, both epicenters of the evening passeggiata. Just about every type of high-quality, Tuscan commodity imaginable is displayed on the shelves of the many ambient shops, ranging from designer clothes to touristy knick-knacks. There are also several places to stop and enjoy the feel of this amazing medieval city.

Local shopsFor gastronomic delight, pick up a bottle of DOC Vino Rosso delle Colline Lucchesi, divine Lucca olive oil, Garfagnana honey, and other local edibles, head to Lucca in Tavola, Via San Paolino 130-132 (tel. 0583-581-002). For a less commercial venture, drop by the famous ultra traditional dried beans and seed shop Antica Bottega di Prospero, Via Santa Lucia 13 (www.bottegadiprospero.it). Since 1965, the best wine cellar in town has been the Enoteca Vanni, Piazza del Salvatore 7 (tel. 0583-491-902; www.enotecavanni.com), with hundreds of bottles of local and Tuscan vintage lining the cryptlike rooms under the tiny storefront. To finish off the gastronomic shopping experience, buy the heavenly rich chocolates at the Cioccolateria Canoparoli, Via San Paolino 96, at the corner of Via Galli Tassi (tel. 0583-53-456).

Lucca has lots of jewelry stores but none more gorgeous than Carli, Via Fillungo 95 (tel. 0583-491-119), specializing in antique jewelry, watches, and silver from its high vaulted room, that was frescoed in 1800.

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