For the first stop on your romantic weekend in Tuscany, we suggest Lucca, a beautiful town which is easy to navigate on foot. Through the two kilometres of its historic centre, Lucca will overwhelm you with the elegance of its alleys, the magnificence of its churches and the liveliness of its squares. Start exploring at the Cathedral di San Marino, which is home to significant works such as the funerary monument of Ilaria del Caretto by Jacopo della Quercia.
Going into the central streets: our advice is to not follow specific roads but to get lost, admiring the colours of the buildings, the shops and the old shop signs. Lose yourselves among the little details that make Lucca a stunning town. To admire it all from up high, go up the Guinigi Tower. Continue to piazza dell’Anfiteatro, which stands out for its special appearance and vigour. Nearby is another beautiful church, the Basilica of San Frediano. After visiting there, take a well-earned moment to go shopping on the Fillungo, where you can admire many shop windows. You will soon get to the next stop on your day in Lucca: the Church of San Michele in Foro and, not far from there, the Giacomo Puccini House Museum.
Before you leave Lucca, don’t forget to take a romantic stroll hand-in-hand along the historic walls, from there you can admire the luscious natural landscape which surrounds the city.
Enjoy Lucca calmly. Take many relaxing strolls and take it all in. In half a day, you will fall in love with it.
For a special evening, we recommend getting in the car and leaving for Pistoia. It will take you less than an hour to get to the second part of your Tuscan journey which will likely be the one that surprises you the most. Pistoia is an extremely dynamic city. Especially in the warmer season, the streets and squares in the centre are filled with life. At aperitivohour, and later for dinner, young people and adults spill out into the bars which serve drinks and delicious traditional dishes. Take a tour of piazza della Sala and its surrounding areas, taking in the lively atmosphere, stopping for a glass of wine and a chat in one of the many bars with outdoor seating. If you are hungry you should go to one of the trattorias which offers cuisine that is strictly typical of Pistoia. If, however, you reach the city in the afternoon or at least before sunset, go exploring in the historic centre, maybe starting at the beautiful Cathedral of San Zeno. If you feel like getting to know a bit about the city's history and some of the curiosities that surround it, we recommend that you don't miss a visit to the Pistoia Underground Museum and the Ospedale del Ceppo Museum.