Words can't describe the old world charm and the warm welcome I feel going to Lucca in Tuscany, Italy. The old city reminds us of Venice, Italy since there is very limited driving and lots of streets closed off to vehicles. Lucca's medieval walls surround the city that has everything. We love renting bikes and slowly cycling around the incredible views that surround the city walls.
My very favorite market starts early on Wednesday and Saturday where you can find the best products and prices for beautiful Italian bags, clothes, food and more. Our toddler enjoyed the playgrounds that surround the city and if you're there during the right timeframe your kids might also like the beautiful merry-go-round you can find in the heart of the city.
On this trip we rented through airbnb.com which allowed us to live like locals in a fully equipped apartment. We paid for parking around the outskirts of the city but still in the wall. You can also take trains from Lucca and go as far as Lake Como up North if you don't want to be bothered with a car. Don't miss Lucca if you go to Italy and if you decide to travel South make sure you also check out Sorrento.