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Located in northwest Tuscany and less than 20 miles from Pisa, this town is famous for its 16th-century walls — recent travelers recommend riding a bike atop them to get the best views. Or consider climbing to the top of the Guinigi Tower where you can overlook the entire city. There's also a rendition of the Duomo, called the Cattedrale di San Martino.

Luca is also praised for its native son Giacomo Puccini, who composed such operatic masterpieces as "Madame Butterfly" and "La Bohème," so art is aplenty. And art aficionados recommend popping into L.U.C.C.A. (Lucca Center of Contemporary Art) or strolling by the art show every third weekend of the month by the Piazzetta San Carlo to see local works of art. 

Shoppers be warned: Lucca is known to have some of the best outdoor markets in Italy, especially the Antique Market where you'll find an abundance of jewelry and furniture. The Antique Market is held every third weekend of the month near the Duomo of Sam Martino, Piazza Antelminelli and San Giusto and San Giovanni. The Market Ambulante, every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., is also a great place to find vintage, local handmade items at low prices. 

On the outskirts of the town, you'll find parks with tons of greenery and benches, a perfect place to rest your legs after a long day of site seeing and shopping. 

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Firenze, Tuscany's capital city, is known for its Renaissance art and architecture. You can climb to the top of the Duomo, gaze at Botticellis at the Uffizi Gallery, tour the Galleria dell'Accademia and stroll through the Boboli Gardens for a taste of the 13th through 16th centuries.

But this city isn't just for art and architecture connoisseurs: There are quaint shops, delicious restaurants and decadent hotels. And with its red roofs, cobble stone streets and narrow alleys, it's also a very picturesque place to spend a few days. Be sure to hike to the top of the Piazza Michaelangelo, located across the Ponte Vecchio, for incredible city views and live music. Bring a bottle wine and watch the sunset — you won't want to miss it. For more information on this city, visit our Florence travel guide

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