Surrounded by well-preserved ramparts, layered with history, alternately quaint and urbane, Lucca charms its visitors. Though it hasn't been involved in a war since 1430, it is Italy's most impressive fortress city, encircled by a perfectly intact Renaissance wall. The wall is enjoyed like a community roof garden by locals and is ideal for a laid-back bike ride — the single must-do activity in this pleasant getaway. It's simply a uniquely human and undamaged, never-bombed city. Romanesque churches seem to be around every corner, as do fun-loving and shady piazzas filled with soccer-playing children.