An ancient hamlet nestled into the hills of Tuscany, Lucca was once a bustling town that prospered from its rich banking business as well as its silk trade. Housing churches of great importance and beauty, it was the perfect stopping point for pilgrims throughout Europe.
Today, it is still the perfect stopping point for tourists. One of the best parts of Lucca for tourists is that ironically, it is not loaded with tourists. It has a gentle, meandering essence to it that you won’t find anywhere else. This is why it lends itself to being the perfect cycling city.
This beautiful little town encapsulates all of the quintessential aspects of “The Perfect Small Italian City.” It contains All Things Italian. It starts with cycling. That’s right. I am not beginning with art, churches, wine or food.
Do I have your attention, bike lovers? It appeals to cyclists because in fact, the outer wall is really a track of sorts for both casual strollers and bicycle enthusiasts. The wall is the perfect way to see the city. Tourists and locals alike spend the day on the wall, cycling and walking, eating gelato. It’s a beautiful vantage point; it allows you to see the entire city from the perimeter. Each steeple and tower is at the perfect level for photographs.
The bike ride itself will become one of your favorite souvenirs as you can relive it in your heart forever. You can bring your own bicycle, and it is extremely easy to rent bicycles for the afternoon, the day, an hour or the week. There are bike shops everywhere, and the bikes themselves have little sign emblems on their spokes to advertise as well. Follow one back to the shop. I should say shops, as this small town has more bike shops than La Bella Roma. Everyone rides bikes everywhere.
Be prepared, if you love cycling like the Italians love cycling, you may never get out of the shops to actually ride. There are things for sale here you won’t see anywhere else….think pink Bianchi. (If you are a cyclist aficonionado, I’ve already peaked your interest.)
See. I told you.
Here is a list of some shops…I have added the websites when one is available. Noleggio, so you know, is the Italian word for “charter” which means they have rentals. Most of the shops have them whether or not it is in the title of the shop. Just look for the word, “noleggio.” Happy riding!
- Berutto Nedo di Franceschi Riccardo
Via De Gasperi 83/A – 55100 S. Anna
- Biciclette Poli
Piazza Santa Maria, 42
- Bike Passion: Vendita, Accessorio, Riparazione e Noleggio
Via Pisana, 54
- Chrono’Bike di Paladino Meschi
Corso Garibaldi, 93
- Cicli Bizzarri
Piazza Santa Maria, 32
- Cicli Max di Pumilia Massimiliano Riparazione e Vendita
45, Via Civitali Vincenzo
- Ciclidea di Cini Giacomo
Via Borgo Giannotti, 361
- Cini Roberto: Ciclidea Riparazione Vendita
Via Borgo Giannotti, 317
- Fast and Furious SRL
186, Via S. Donato
- Franceschi SRL
502, Via Pesciatina
- Mercatone Uno
Viale Giacomo Puccini 1718
- Orsucci Bike Vendita, Riparazione e Noleggio
Via Orsucci, 50
- Punto Bici
8, Via Del Crocifisso