Like a local: the Tuscan city of Lucca and beyond

With its triple shot of history, culture and phenomenal season-driven food — not to mention beautiful countryside right on its doorstep — the Tuscan city is a must on any Italian itinerary. 

Ask the architect: Claudio Nardi

In his native Florence, Claudio Nardi has designed everything from the Marble Museum in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, and the Bridge of Love installation over the Arno, to the new Riva Lofts Florence hotel, run by his son and daughter.

Do it now: Where to go caving

Cool, dark and mysterious, caves offer the chance for a true adventure, so don your hard hat and discover what lies beneath.
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Go gourmet in Tuscany

All big, earthy flavours with serious, hearty flair, Cosmos expert Luisa reveals why Italy is perhaps the king of European cuisine

Tuscany: the two-wheeled takeover

Biking has never been more popular, and whether you're a fitness fanatic or are simply starting out, there's a trail for you to blaze in Tuscany

Tuscany: a leap into the unknown

For a first time canyoner, jumping off rocks can be a daunting prospect, but a great instructor and a bit of beginner's pluck are all you need in the Garfagnana valley

Top 5 music festivals in Lucca

Whether you're after classic composers or a stage of headline bands, discover Lucca's best music festivals through the eyes of a local

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