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My wife and I have been to Italy a number of times, but this time we are only using buses and trains. We will be staying in Lucca for 4 weeks and would want to travel out of town to visit other towns/cities. While we can track down the train timetables it seems a tough job to locate bus timetables in/out of the 'old' town. We will of course be walking the 'old' town, but to get to other places we would want to try to use the buses (and trains). Can you assist please?

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Hello Denis,

I know it's confusing trying to plan bus travel in Lucca from abroad.  The websites are not always fully translated.  But there are lots of buses and very good service in the region.  You will certainly be able to use the busses to travel throughout Tuscany from Lucca, even to the smallest villages.  The busses from Lucca are operated by CLAP SPA and Viabus.  All of the busses leave from Piazzale Verdi.  The most important thing to remember when doing day trips by bus from Lucca is that bus service stops at 8pm.

There is a map of the bus routes available here:  http://www.vaibus.com/pdf/rete/rete_extraurbana.pdf

The timetables are available here:  http://www.vaibus.com/pdf/orari/EXTRAURB_001.pdf  (Unfortunately you will have to pass through the first few pages to see them.)

I hope that this is helpful to you and that you and your wife will enjoy your travels!

Sincerely,

Marjorie Sterne

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I can answer many types of questions about travel in Venice Italy including questions on the topics of transportation, wireless communications, restaurants and/or shopping for food, bars and nightlife, shopping for locally produced souvenirs, where to acquire personal necessities, how to do laundry, the Lido di Venezia, excursions to the outlying islands, and how to rent apartments for short terms stays. Unfortunately I am unable to answer questions about hotels in Venice and I do not hold myself forth as an expert on the historical sites of the city. But I can, of course, recommend my personal favorite museums!

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My first visit was in the summer of the year 2000, when I stumbled off a train at Santa Lucia Station with absolutely no idea of the wonders that awaited me outdoors. I have since been visiting Venice at least twice a year, usually spending at least three weeks at a stretch. Yes! I am one of those people who fell in love with the city at first site. In the winter of 2010 I authored and published the OG Venice Travel Guide which is a top ten guide to Venice on the iTunes App Store and is now also available through Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, the Google eBookstore and the Apple iBookstore. OG Venice Travel Guide focuses primarily on providing detailed practical information about life in Venice such as how to get around town, where to eat good food at a reasonable price, where to buy genuine locally produced goods and how to do normal things like wash clothing or buy outlet converters. Originally imagined as a guide primarily for students and long term visitors, OG Venice Travel Guide has proved popular with a much larger audience and has gained a reputation locally in Venice as the guide that introduces the "real Venice" to visitors.

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High School: Loomis Chaffee School College: Sarah Lawrence College Graduate School: University of Wisconsin Law School Abroad Studies: Institute for American Universities, Aix en Provence, France 1994; George Washington University at the Max Plank Institute, Munich, Germany 2004; Vanderbilt University in Venice, Venice, Italy 2004

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