Check via Michelin for slightly optimistic drive times. Lucca also has a ztl cinque terre will be heaving with people and a rental car is nothing but a pain there.Edited: 20 July 2017, 23:22
Lucca is very close to Pisa (30 minutes) and a wonderful day out. If you have the flexibility, then spend the night. There are several paid parking lots just outside the city walls which contain the ZTL. If you are staying the night, ask your hotel for long-stay parking options. Accommodations this late in the high season will likely be sparse and a bit expensive.
If you are going to drive to Cinque Terre, then drive to La Spezia (a little over an hour) and leave the car at the new, albeit expensive, underground parking garage and use the train to move around the towns. It will be very crowded this time of year. If you can wrangle a one night stay here, then do - Cinque Terre is best experienced in the evening and morning without the crowds. Again, it may be hard to find a place to stay.
If you do not need the car after your visits to either Lucca or Cinque Terre, then turn in the car before. Both are easily accessible by train and then you have no worries about parking.
Thank you thank you thank you! Just the info I needed.
We are staying the night at Lucca as it is so close and (hopefully) not heaving with people.
I really appreciate the speed of these answers guys. Thank you so much!
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