Trip to the sea

If you would like to go to the beach   Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi are the best alternatives. Viareggio is  the closest destination  from Lucca, and there are both direct- buses- and trains (by train 20 minutes and bus  50). The  ticket costs about 3 euros. From Viareggio you can then take buses  to  Pietrasanta and Forte Dei Marmi. On the beaches you will find a small part that is free of charge (spiaggia libera), otherwise you have to pay to enter the various resorts. Viareggio is, however, less expensive. The resorts vary in price and some have also pool.

Cinque terre

In the region  Liguria, about 2 hours from Lucca,  is the 120 km   coastline,  Cinque Terre, "the five villages"  located, consisting of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. This beautiful place is on the Unesco's world heritage list and  since 1997 a national park. Here  you can spend a lovely day of swimming, eating good  food, shopping, and walking between the five villages (but there are also trains between them). If you do not have time to visit all the villages at the same day, there are two you should not  miss, Riomaggiore (left), with the best dining and shopping opportunities and Vernazza (right upper picture), with the best swimming opportunities. To get to Cinque Terre you can go by train, and often with a change in the city La Spezia.

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