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    Anyone Been to Lucca, Italy?

    I've been learning Italian with tapes and through a night school course, and now I want to spend a couple weeks in Italy at a language school.

    My plan is to spend the mornings in the classroom and the afternoons poking around the countryside by bike. From what I can find, the town that has a both a good language school and good cycling possibilities is Lucca.

    Has anyone cycled in that area? Any experience with the roads, the the traffic or the town?
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    Ciao, Lucca is the typical Tuscan town, it is not large and chaotic and it has a wonderfull historical centre. Around the town you can find several kind of little roads with few cars or no traffic at all! a lot of nice scenery and if you like mountainbiking thera are also nice offroad tracks.
    People are kind, funny and speak a good italian, it's definitely a perfect place were to study (and ride a bike off course)

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    The wall surrounding Lucca is wide enough that it's a park encircling the town. There are ramps where you can ride from 'street level' up to the paved road along the top. There are sculptures, buildings, picnic spots and lookout points here and there.

    I've ridden from Pisa to Lucca and Lucca to Vinci (as in Leonardo da Vinci: you can visit the museum where they've made models from his sketches of parachutes, ornithopters, etc., and also visit the house where he was born, though I found it the latter rather underwhelming).

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    Lucca is fantastic!!! Lodging is less expensive than the larger cities and you can take a quick train trip to Pisa to visit the main attractions in just an afternoon. Lucca itself is small with narrow streets with lots of historical sites and so is great to walk around. Lucca is also the place where Caeser, Crasso and Pompey signed a pact that eventually led to the 'Empire'. I really can't say enough about the town!

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