Lucca : Italy

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What Lucca is like for active adults
Lucca, Italy is a charming little town in Tuscany that has become a popular retirement spot for the British, French, and Germans in recent years. Although the city as a whole contains about 84,000 inhabitants, the old walled city, by far the most interesting part of town, has a population of only 7,500. Lucca's location in Tuscany about 50 miles west of Florence and 15 miles from Pisa is ideal. But what makes this town truly exceptional is its stunning layout, historic preservation as a walled city with large interior spaces, and outstanding livability. Founded originally by the Romans, some of its ancient walls and buildings stem from that era. For example the former roman arena is now a beautiful piazza surrounded by ochre-colored apartments. Lucca was once of the most powerful city-states in Italy. It became immensely wealthy due to its silk industry. During medieval times many churches were constructed, some of which have gothic interiors such as the famous Duomo of San Martin. In 1805 Napoleon conquered Lucca. His sister, Elisa, lived here, and made significant changes to Lucca. Those included clearing many buildings to make room for grander buildings and expansive piazzas. Many baroque churches and basilicas are in town. The town features charming walks around the outer walls (in turn  surrounded by greenswards), narrow streets opening up into gracious piazzas, along with many high end shops, cafes, and restaurants.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values
Living within the 3 miles of the walled city is the place to be. There you can walk or ride your bike and rely on public transportation for occasional use within the larger town. Home prices are expensive with a  range of choices from studio apartments to expansive villas complete with wales in gardens. Real estate listings in 2010 ranged from about 200,000 euros to almost 1 million. Rentals are available for less than 1000 euros/month.
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What is special about this retirement community
One of the most beautiful and livable walled towns in Europe. Good location near Florence and the coast. Birthplace of composers Puccini (La Boheme), and Luigi Boccherini. One of the finest examples of IEuropean towns with intact Renaissance walls.
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What is not special about this retirement community
Expensive. Vigorous laws concerning historic preservation. Americans would find it difficult to establish permanent residency here.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
 Europeans would find lucca's livable lifestyle to their liking. Locals indicated that due to the large number of non-Italian refugees here, it would not be especially difficult to feel comfortable living here.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism is the dominant local industry.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Lucca enjoys a Mediterranean climate along the coast. Winters can get chilly but will be much milder than in northern Europe. Lucca is over 100 miles north of Rome.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
As the birthplace of one of the kings of opera, Puccini, as well as the composer Boccherini, Lucca enjoys a rich cultural scene with frequent concerts in its lovely theater and many churches. There is an annual Puccini Festival as well as the Lucca Summer Festival. In past years entertainers including Eric Clapton, Placebo, Massive Attack, Roger Waters, Tracy Chapman and Santana have played here on the Piazza Napoleone. any artists live here and galleries abound. No one need go hungry in Lucca- the town is filled with charming cafes, bakeries, and restaurants.
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Medical facilities
Lucca has a hospital where one can enjoy italy's high quality of healthcare. Non- citizens would be wise to investigate health insurance if their home countries do not cover them in Italy.
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Transportation
Parking a car within the walled city can be a hassle. Lucca has excellent public transportation with frequent connections to the rest of europe. The Florence airport is about 50 miles.
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Facts about LUCCA
  • State: ITALY
  • Environment: Small Town,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature:
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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