There are fewer things nicer than exploring a city or town by bike. This may not always be feasible, as some places are less bike-friendly than others, but the town of Lucca in Italy is made to be seen by bike. In fact, I think you'd really be missing out if you don't!
For around €3 an hour, you can rent a bike to ride on top of the walls that completely surround the city. The walls are really quite wide; parks, trees, and cafes line the path. It's a flat path at the top, and an incredibly relaxing and beautiful ride that could be easily undertaken by anyone of any fitness level. It really is the perfect way to explore Lucca, as it gives you such a great perspective of the medieval city.
I was fortunate enough to visit Lucca during autumn, and the trees were awash with orange, yellow, and red hues. It was incredibly beautiful to cycle leisurely through such a stunning location - I was stopping every few minutes to take photos!
Although the weather was on the cooler side, there were still quite a few people out and about, having picnics, jogging, walking, or just taking in the spectacular views.
After a lap of the city, I stopped at a restaurant to have some pasta with wild boar ragù - a specialty of the area, and utterly delicious. Pair it with a good red wine and you've got the perfect afternoon in one of the most beautiful locations in Italy.