There are many reasons to love Tuscany - its stunning landscape featuring snow-capped Mountains, sunny beaches overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s famous olive groves and vineyards. As if this isn't enough, there is the allure of Tuscan food, wine and art. Not surprisingly, Tuscany is a popular tourist destination. If you're looking for respite from sightseers, head for Lucca - a charming mid-sized city in Northwestern Tuscany.
This historic city renowned for its Renaissance walls - with rampart intact and perfect for walking or a bike ride - doesn't feature world-class artwork or landmarks such as the Tower of Pisa which draw the crowds.
As a result, this ancient city is not on the traditional tourist circuit and has been able to retain its authenticity, a characteristic appreciated by international investors looking for Tuscan villas in offbeat locations owned and run by locals.
If living along a cobbled street in a town steeped in history and often forgotten by tourists appeals, Lucca is a great place to purchase your second home. Most properties for sale offer spectacular views of the nearby Serchio river.
With a variety of Tuscany real estate available Winkworth International can help you find something you're sure to like and for assistance arranging viewings to elegant city properties or farmhouses in the surrounding countryside let us know.
But the city’s real draw is its everyday-ness. It’s a place still owned and operated by local people — not the tourist-industrial complex. It’s simply a delight to wander.