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Taking part in the Lucca Comics & Games means… waking up early in the morning. Pretty early, in case you aren’t lucky enough to live in Lucca or close by. You are aware of the fact that you will be walking all day long, trying to see everything, as we already discussed before. Five days for the 2016 event, but still you have the distinct feel that you need to be everywhere at once to be able to attend every art showing, take part in every parade, every concert and movie preview. Sometimes you get back to your hotel (or at home, if you’re one of the lucky ones) and your feet hurt, your backpack is full of nerd memorabilia and your wallet… well. It’s way lighter than in the morning. Why do we do it, then?
Lucca Comics & Games: Tickets
Lucca Comics & Games: Lodging
If you have your own vehicle and maybe a limited budget, I’d suggest to search outside of Lucca. Hotels, B&B and houses are absolutely expensive in that period of the year: unless you have a spare organ you want to sell on the black market, or unless you are one of the very lucky people we lovingly hate, it’s way cheaper to book everywhere but in Lucca. It’s vital to plan your stay at least six or seven months in advance. The usual suspects like Booking, Kayak, Tripadvisor, are a good starting point. If you want to rent an apartment, you can use AirBnB or HomeAway to find good deals.
Remember: an early planning will save your wallet!
Lucca Comics & Games: Transport
You can reach Lucca from the train stations in Florence, Pisa and Viareggio. When the Comicon is live there will be more train rides. Here all the info about it. Also in this case it’s better to remember that the trains could be pretty overcrowded. Plan everything in advance, taking an early train in the morning and leaving before the pavillion close or later at night.
To those who need a fast train because they have to get there from far away (like me) I suggest to get subscribed to the Italo and Trenitalia newsletters: a few months before the event they always have promos that will help you to save a lot!
Lucca Comics & Games: Parking
Believe me if I tell you that it’s a very useful service. We’ve been attending the Lucca Comics & Games for years and one of the most difficult things was to find a parking spot, especially on the most crowded days. Knowing that you have a reserved parking spot will save you a lot of time and stress!
Living the Lucca Comics & Games experience
Now you sit down, relax and enjoy!
This area, tho, could be organized better. The little shops are arranged under the colonnade, and often there’s so many people that it’s difficult even to try and see what they are selling! We hope that in the future the organizers will try to find a better solution for this area.
Let me hear your voice! I’d love to get a few more tips & tricks to live this experience at its best!
And maybe next year we could meet there?