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Lucca for Expats and Nomads

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👥Population: 387,876

🚑Healthcare: good

📚Education: okay

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: great

🚨Crime: average

🚌Transport: poor

🚥Traffic: high

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: poor

🏛️Culture: great

🍸Nightlife: good

Recreation: good

🌦️Climate: good

☀️Sunshine: good

🥵Summers: hot

🥶Winters: not cold

🌧️Rain: rainy

🌫️Fog: average

🍃Air quality: okay

👪For family: okay

👩For women: great

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: okay

🥗For vegans: excellent

📈Cost of Living: expensive

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 2094.19€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 3141.28€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 574€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 820€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 1148€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: expensive

💵Local Income: 1725.04€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 3108.29€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 95160€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 158600€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 222040€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: okay

💃Fun: good

🤗Friendliness: good

🤐English-speakers: good

😊Happiness: excellent

💸Nomad cost: 3141.28€/m

📡High-speed Internet: poor

📈Innovation: okay

🏖️Beach: poor

⛰️Hiking: excellent


Map of the Lucca province in Tuscany
Map of the provinces of Tuscany including Lucca
The province of Lucca is the 54th largest Italian province by population with 387.876 people, located in the Tuscany region.

The larger Lucca metropolitan area comprises 33 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 177.322 km2. The population density is 219 inhabitants per km2, making it somewhat densely populated. The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.08.

Lucca is a city of some 90,000 people (2017) in Tuscany. Its long history goes back to Etruscan and Ancient Roman times, and the city retains pieces of ancient architecture. Lucca's heyday was in the Gothic era just before the Renaissance, and the city contains much marvellous architecture from that era. Lucca remained an independent city state until the end of the 18th century. Giacomo Puccini, one of the best-known opera composers, was born in Lucca, and his house is visited by many opera-lovers every year.

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The province of Lucca receives on average 234 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.8 hours of sunshine per day. This is 0.85% less than the average for Italy and 2.13% less than the average for the region of Tuscany.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 7.67 days per month, which is an ordinary amount of precipitation for an Italian province.

Throughout the autumn and winter season, there are usually 2.77 days per month with fog and 0.64 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C. In the summer, there are on average 24.03 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Lucca is around 1725.04€, which is close to the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 2094.19€ per month for an individual or 3108.29€ per month for a family of 4. The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1184.22€ per month.

Overall, Lucca is expensive compared to other Italian provinces. Living in Lucca is around 26.91% more expensive than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in Lucca is above average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 8.51 general practitioners and 25.1 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants. Average life expectancy in Lucca is very high at 82.5 years of age.


Lucca has a lower-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 61.7%; and a lower-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 22.4%. The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 10.28, which is not far from the national average of 10.44. There are no universities in this province.


Lucca has somewhat decent nightlife with 3.36 bars and 5.52 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Lucca is overall very safe for expats. As of 2021, there are an average of 2906 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants. This is 2.48% higher than the national average.

There have been around 0.1 deadly road accidents and 17.5 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Lucca. This is respectively 81.48% less driving accidents than average and -35.66% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 70.45% lower than average with only 20.84 cases per 100k inhabitants. Reports of house thefts are 54.94% higher than average with 271.18 cases per 100k inhabitants. Cases of robbery are not totally uncommon, around 15.04% higher than average with 25.47 reports per 100k inhabitants.


Public transport in Lucca is lacking, and traffic is very high. There are on average 0.68 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 0.50km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Lucca consist of bicycle lanes. This makes Lucca not very bike-friendly.

On foot: the old city is compact.


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