Re: Travel to and from Lucca
The best way to travel anywhere i Italy is by train.
Italian trains are safe, comfortable and easonably-priced and the network is extensive. Long-distance buses are much less common than in other European countries simply because of this.
You can find train times, details and fares for Italian trains in English here:
Rome>Lucca takes from 3h 15m, with a change of train (mostly at Florence, sometimes elsewhere). One-way fare is 49.10 euro.
You could investigate flying from e.g. Pisa or Florence to e.g. Lyon or Zurich. But by the time you've taken train to and from both places, it won't be any quicker than train all the way. www.whichbudget.com lists all budget carriers and their destinations and www.skyscanner.net will give you cheapest fares for your dates.
The excellent bahn.de carries times and fares for almost all European trains. It suggests a journey time of 12+ hours for Lucca>Dijon.....you might consider the overnight train, which has least changes.
Click the grey arrow to the side of each departure to see details of changes, train type etc.
My personal choice would be to break the journey with an overnight stay in e.g. Milan or Nice (depending on train route).
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