Famous for its Renaissance walls, a Roman theatre-shaped piazza and its famous opera singing son Puccini, Lucca has enough sites to keep you entertained for at least a couple days. Stay longer and sink into Lucca’s relaxed vibe and some of the best food in Tuscany. Its compact size and location also makes it a perfect base for visiting the nearby countryside, the seaside resort town of Viareggio and the medieval towns of Barga and Montecatini Alto. While Lucca’s most popular sites can be seen in a (very) busy day trip, this compact city deserves at least a night to experience its charm once the day trippers have gone. Plan to stay three or four days to take in this town senza fretta (slowly and without stress).