Forbes magazine recently published “Europe’s Most Idyllic Places to Live” with a raking of five favorite simple, unspoiled and near-heavenly locations to take up residence in Europe according to a panel of experts in the fields of travel and relocation.
Lucca came in second place, a charming medieval city in Tuscany, just after the Greek island of Patmos.
Lucca was chosen, according to Forbes, because while it has the charm of other Tuscan towns such as Pisa, it lacks the crowds and confusion. The beautiful, walled medieval city has an enviable geographic location just 45 miles from Florence, about an hour from the Tuscan beaches in one direction and an hour from skiing in Abetone in the other.
According to the panel of experts, Lucca is not an ideal city to live in but an ideal place in which to invest. The article, however, underlines the fact that it isn’t always easy to find a house within the Renaissance walls of Lucca but it is still possible to find a suitable property. The surrounding countryside is perfect for spring and summer living as well. View our Lucca photo gallery >>
In fourth place is another small Tuscan town: Pietrasanta. This small town is near the border between Tuscany and Liguria and is without a doubt not as well-known as Lucca but exactly for this reason more pleasurable. “It has great shopping, markets and excellent Ligurian food–pesto and focaccia to die for”, according to Amber Medkiff, a travel director of agency Travcoa consulted by the magazine.
Definitely a great result for Tuscany, a dream region in which to live in!
About Cristina Romeo
Born in Florence at the end of the fabulous '70s, Cristina has always lived in the famous "cradle of the Renaissance". She's in love with her homeland, but also enjoys traveling and discovering new places. Cristina is mum to a lovely little girl, to whom she hopes to pass on all the passion and love of our precious, wonderful Tuscany.