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With pretty squares and beautiful architecture, Lucca is a city where history. A stay in a locally run guesthouse or B&B is a great way to fully immerse yourself in Lucca’s culture, and even to get to know the locals. Book a budget hotel within Lucca’s old city walls for a unique stay in an ancient building.
Whether you base yourself in Lucca city centre or on the outskirts beyond the city walls, Lucca is easy to cover on foot so you won’t be far from any of the main attractions, restaurants or bars.
Lucca is a great place for cheap eats – try the many pizzerias and bakeries clustered around the central piazzas for Italian treats. Eat like a local and enjoy a coffee with a buccellato (a small, sweet bread filled with raisins and flavoured with spices) for a tasty low-cost breakfast. For lunch, try a hearty and filling meal of farro soup for a few Euros.
Fill up your water bottle at one of the city’s many water fountains to stay hydrated between sights. Come evening, order a budget-friendly beer at one of the bars hidden down Lucca’s cobbled side streets.
If you choose to stay at one of the cheap hotels near Lucca train station then you’ll find a handful of late-night bars and clubs just a stone’s throw away. Filled mostly with locals, these bars often include street-side terraces where you can sit out for al fresco drinks in summer.
Lucca’s weekly market, held on Piazza Marconi, is the ideal place to pick up some bargains. Most vendors sell clothing, shoes or accessories. Cheap but good quality handbags and leather goods are sold in most of Lucca’s markets and clothing stores.
Lucca also has many locally run delicatessens where you can pick up food supplies for a picnic atop the city walls or in one of Lucca’s picturesque squares.
Lucca is a historical city full of character, and with plenty of cheap accommodation to choose from it makes for a great budget-friendly way to enjoy the food and culture of Tuscany.