If you are looking in Italy for a nice place to spend your weekend, Lucca is a place that may fit the bill. While in Lucca, it is very enjoyable to spend an afternoon exploring the Piazza Anfiteatro which is one of the most unique Piazzas in Europe with an elliptical shape and stunning view lines. You should also visit San Michele which is one of the most famous churches in the town and probably the one the locals are most proud of. The Duomo di San Martino is also well worth a visit and you can top off your tip by getting a view of the city from the Torre delle ore.
For a small, friendly experience, Hotel Melecchi offers no more than 20 rooms. If you're looking for an affordable rate, 2-star rooms are available here. If you fly in, Lucca Airport is the airport of choice.