Lucca is a charming town that lends itself well to leisurely wandering. The center of town is a lively square lined with shops and cafes and features the San Michele in Foro, a church with one of the most exquisite facades in the Tuscany region. The composer Giacomo Puccini was born here, and the family home, Casa di Puccini, is open to the public. The Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi is a 17th century palazzo worth seeing for its beautiful décor, including a vast music salon and a gilded bridal suite. The Duomo has an asymmetric façade and stunning atrium featuring some of the best sculptures in the city. Nearby is the Torre delle Ore, the city’s clock tower since 1471, located on Via Fillungo which is the luxury shopping district.
Lucca has many quality restaurants, and local specialties worth trying include zuppa di faro, a thick soup made with spelt (a type of grain), torta di spinaci, a sweet tart made with spinach, and capretto, or roasted mountain goat. The Lucchese Settembre festival features plenty of activity during the month of September, including classical and jazz concerts, candlelight processions, and parades.