Good place to stay and travel trough Toscany north and west
Even in October it's a crowded town with many tourists that go home at night. Rent a bike, then you'll be able to cycle the stronghold walls.
Lucca is a typically Tuscan town with a special atmosphere. Nice shops with regional products, nice cafés with great coffee. At night in the picturesque streets, the candle lit restaurant terraces. At night there's no chaos in the streets.