Beautifully Preserved Lucca

Lucca is still contained within its massive Renaissance ramparts, which locals treat like a circular community park. A 2½-mile path atop the walls is ideal for a loop on foot or by bike. Lacking "must-see sights," Lucca's appeal is its relaxed Old World ambience, elegant streets, and pristine piazzas. San Giovanni Church hosts nightly concerts featuring the music of hometown opera composer Giacomo Puccini.