Located in northern Tuscany, the Province of Lucca spans several different areas: the Versiliacoast, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea; Garfagnana, on the border with Emilia Romagna in the northeast; and, further inland, the Valle del Serchio and the Lucca plain.
Changing landscapes succeed each other, creating magnificent sceneries. The Parco delleAlpi Apuane provides the backdrop to the blue sea and the beaches of Versilia, while the stretches of hills covered by olive trees and woods dominate the landscape of Garfagnana. The territory is home to numerous other wonders, from Lake Massaciuccoli to the thermal springs of Bagni di Lucca and the coastal dunes of the Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli Natural Park.
The Province is rich in tradition and history, and thanks to its central position it has been a thriving hub trade for centuries. The Via Francigena - the great Medieval pilgrimage route along which lie villages, castles, abbeys and parish churches - traversed it.
In the countryside around Lucca are beautiful historic villas surrounded by spectacular parks, from Villa Torrigiani to Villa Mansi.
These remains from the past coexist with the social life and entertainment scene on offer in Versilia’s seaside resorts, including Viareggio, Lido di Camaiore, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi.
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