Here at the Italian Property Gallery we understand the importance of finding a good location before searching for properties. Having said that, you might find it difficult to decide which is your favourite part of Italy!
We truly believe that Tuscany is the best part of Italy and that the Lucca area is the best part of Tuscany to buy in as it has the best value for money with a Tuscany address. It may not have the kudos of Chianti but it is a beautiful living, working and vibrant place with restaurants and activities open all year round.
Within a few kilometres of our properties there are some real treasures plus your property is likely to be acceptably close to all the main Tuscan attractions.
Florence is a little over an hour away and, of course, has wonderful exhibitions as well as amazing shops, boutiques and historical and cultural monuments.
Pisa is even closer. People wait a lifetime to see the leaning tower and yet we see it on our way to pick friends and relatives up from the airport!! You even see it on the way to do the shopping from some of our properties.
Siena is a little further but it is still possible to head there after lunch followed by dinner at Castel Banfi or perhaps in San Gimignano.
If you don’t want to get in the car then why not explore the amazing cycling routes, bridleways, and footpaths in our hills which, I am told are way more beautiful than the English Lake District.
Bagni di Lucca was always known for the waters, however, in the last few years there has been an explosive interest in extreme sports on the Rivers Lima and Serchio.
Why not try white water rafting or go to one of the only two ‘Go-Ape’ style adventure parks over a river: Canyon Park.
This is a place you will never outgrow, it is full of music when your body can no longer deal with the extreme sports. Many villages have a brass band or a choir. It is one of the best ways to get to know your Italian neighbours and become part of this exciting country’s lifestyle. And, of course, Puccini came from Lucca and there are many opera and other events featuring his music.
And most villages host at least one annual village ‘Sagra’ or ‘Festa’ where you can meet the locals and sample the fabulous local food and wine.