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  • Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

    1. Lucca: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

    After meeting your guide at the Tourist Information Center in the city center of Lucca, discover the city and its main sights and monuments. With your professional licensed guide, explore the downtown area for 2 hours.   Among other sites, visit the Church of San Michele, an incredibly detailed Roman Catholic basilica that was built as early as 795. Admire its 4 meter-tall statue of the Archangel Michael, the church’s patron saint. Enter the church free of charge and view its simpler, but still imposing interior architecture. You’ll also take a stroll on the city’s 16th century walls, a lovely place to walk among the greenery of the edge of the old town.     The tour ends at Lucca Cathedral, a splendid Roman Catholic church with a beautiful façade. If you’d like to continue on the tour with your guide, simply pay the small entrance fee and your guide will show you the interior and cont...

    We really enjoyed walking around the city and learning it's history. Our guide Lucia was pleasant and friendly, she answered all our questions and gave the tour her personal touch.

  • Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

    2. Lucca: Puccini Festival Opera Recitals and Concerts

    Be introduced to the Church of San Giovanni, the old Church of the Templars in Lucca that hides the splendid Roman Spa, which can be visited. In the middle of the church, a platform with grand piano, surrounded by panels portraying pictures of Giacomo Puccini taken at different periods of his life, is placed for the singers to perform. 2 professional singers (usually a soprano and tenor) accompanied by a pianist will perform the program of music. Every evening the festival sports varied professional performers and program. The same concert is performed only once in 365 days.  On Monday, the theme is Mozart and Puccini, with arias, duets, and intermezzos from the masterworks of the two great opera composers.  On Tuesday, the theme is Puccini's Women, with arias, duets, and intermezzos from the operas of Giacomo Puccini dedicated to women.  On Wednesday, the theme is Italian Opera Recital...

    Great event!! Just enough to give us an idea of Puccini’s work. Nice way to spend and evening.

  • From Lucca to Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour

    3. From Lucca to Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour

    Follow the Serchio River and cycle along scenic country roads on the way to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa on this family-friendly self-guided tour. This easy/intermediate journey starts in Lucca and follows secondary country roads all around the Monti Pisani. Cycle down 33 kilometers of dirt and asphalt roads with the extra help of a hybrid or e-bike. Bikes are fitted with a phone holder, making it easy to follow the GPS directions on the application. The journey to Pisa takes between 2 to 4 hours. After approximately 20 kilometers, stop at San Giuliano Terme for a refreshing drink in the charming central square in front of the Spa. The itinerary ends in Piazza dei Miracoli, in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Return to Lucca on a direct route by bike or on a 25-minute train ride. The bikes fit easily into the train's storage wagons and train tickets can be purchased in advance...

    Was in Italy for 12 days. The best thing out family did!!!! If you are reasonably fit....try it...we had a blast seeing Italy off the beaten track.

  • Half-Day Tuscan Hills Wine Tasting From Pisa or Lucca

    4. Half-Day Tuscan Hills Wine Tasting From Pisa or Lucca

    Explore the glorious hills of Tuscany on a 4-hour tour of a picture perfect landscape just moments from the city centers of Pisa and Lucca. Following a pick-up from either city, travel to the picturesque countryside surrounding Pisa and stop at the winery. The owner will give you an insight into the various methods that go into producing the wines and extra-virgin olive oils of the estate. After a short introduction, go to the cantina to see where the wine is aged. Then, enjoy tastings of the delicious wines. Relax on the transfer back to your hotel, enjoying views of the Tuscan landscape along the way. Departures: From Pisa (your selected hotel or a close meeting point) From Lucca (your selected hotel or a close meeting point)

    Excellent trip , our guide Amelia , was fantastic very informative in a jolly way definitely made the trip better. Wine tasting brilliant, nice portions and food presented and tasted great. I would definitely recommend x

  • Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

    5. Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

    Built during the Renaissance, the Walls of Lucca are a leading example of Italian fortification. Explore this large public park that surrounds and delimits the historical center. Immerse in the elevated walkway, flanked by different varieties of trees. Also, take in the incredible experience of visiting their interior. Discover the galleries and the recently restored rooms. The restoration has given back one of the most treasured monuments to the inhabitants of Lucca and has made moving from the inside of the city to the outside, simple and very suggestive. Learn from your local guide all about the evolution of military engineering in Italy from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Visit the interior of the bastions that incidentally were never used for defensive purposes. Also, discover the immense brick vaults of the galleries, built for the purpose of hiding the heavy bronze cannons.

  • Lucca: Self-Guided Tour by Bike

    6. Lucca: Self-Guided Tour by Bike

    Avoid the restrictive itineraries of organized sightseeing tours and explore the historical center of Lucca independently. Rent a bike for the day and discover the main monuments without the stress of planning. Pedal at your own pace as you explore the city walls and see landmark attractions such as the Basilica of San Frediano. Continue to Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to look at the basilica church of San Michele in Foro. Cycle to Piazza Napoleone and Piazza del Giglio, where highlights include the historic Teatro del Giglio. End with a visit to the monumental Duomo di San Martino. 

    If you go to Lucca, this self guided bike tour is a must. The city is surrounded by a bike path which is really easy to ride and beautiful. They also give you some internal rides Like the Puccini that we loved. Great introduction to bella Lucca.

  • Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

    7. Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

    Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this evening walk adventure. Sample the food and wine of Italy on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Lucca, and discover the Italian tradition of the aperitivo on the city’s narrow streets and medieval squares. Enjoy Italian beer or local wines that will leave you thirsty for more Become a local for the day as you join your guide outside Lucca Train Station. Learn about (and taste) the food culture of Italy as you stroll the narrow streets contained by the city walls and tall towers. Discover arts and crafts shops selling unique souvenirs, and see some of Lucca’s more than 100 churches. Enjoy an impressive view of Lucca before diving into the local life in the city center, where the beautiful Romanesque marble cathedral stands. Then, head to a favorite local spot: San Michele in Foro Squa...

    Great information with all the aecret places of Lucca and all the local tastes and libations. So much fun and we made new Italian friends.

  • Lucca: 1-Hour, 3-Hour, or 24-Hour Bike Rental

    8. Lucca: 1-Hour, 3-Hour, or 24-Hour Bike Rental

    Discover the delightful town of Lucca by bike. Choose either a 1-hour, 3-hour or 24-hour bike rental so you can explore the town at your own pace.  Take in the medieval town by bike, with its 85,000 inhabitants and Tuscan locations making it a quiet, pleasant and desirable exploration ground. Make the most of the town’s ideal set-up for cyclists, with an ideal route surrounding the city center for walking and cycling in the open air available.  Highlights include: the cathedral, giant town square, Guinigi Tower, and the 4.2km walls that are easy to navigate, given that motor vehicles are not permitted. See the birth town of composer, Giacomo Puccini, born in Lucca in 1858, and the mind behind operatic works such as ‘La Boheme’ and ‘Madame Butterfly’.

  • 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

    9. 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

    Experience the magic of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour VIP hot air balloon flight over Lucca. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, dependent on weather conditions. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling hills below. As the balloons are directed by the breeze, each flight offers a unique experience every time. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne to celebrate your adventure. Then transfer back by shuttle bus to your take-off site.

    Kind of expensive but super enjoyable the guide was super char,ing and made the whole experience super enjoyable, it was about 1 hrs long ride but it felt like it went so fast, super peaceful and enjoyable gotta do it here the view in Italy is amazing

  • Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

    10. Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

    Your bike wine tour and tasting starts with a visit of the town center of Lucca, and the countryside of some villages such as Meati, Gattaiola San Donato and vicopelago. You will travel partnered with a safe and efficient e-bike, and an expert live guide who will help you understand the complexity of the “vineyard” ecosystem and its agriculture with a low environmental impact. You will begin your wine tasting in a comfortable room, allowing you to grasp the organoleptic complexity and have a better understanding of them. The visit will end up with a light taste of local products like bread, charcuterie and oil to compliment the wines. All the different chapters will be discussed directly in the vineyards, cellar and tasting room in a very simple way, in order for you to easily understand even the most apparently complicated concepts.

    We had a great tour with Marta who was so kind, friendly and interesting. We really enjoyed learning about Lucca and its culture. The cycle of the walls was great as was the visit to the vineyard with excellent lunch and tasting of wines. A wonderful tour.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    Lucca is easily reached from Pisa and Florence. There is a direct bus available from Pisa Airport, and trains depart from Pisa Centrale to Lucca about every 30 minutes. From Florence stations, trains depart frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella, and infrequently from Firenze Rifredi. If travelling at off-peak times, you'll probably find that the bus is quicker. You can catch one at Via Fiume bus station.

  • How many days?

    Lucca is great for sightseeing day-trips, but you'll need two or three days to really discover the city. It can be pretty crowded in the summer, but if visiting off season, Lucca makes a great base for a Tuscan break too.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Best to seek out warm weather with less crowds. April - June and September - October are divine months to visit Lucca.

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What people are saying about Lucca

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 642 reviews

We had a great tour with Marta who was so kind, friendly and interesting. We really enjoyed learning about Lucca and its culture. The cycle of the walls was great as was the visit to the vineyard with excellent lunch and tasting of wines. A wonderful tour.

We had a wonderful cooking experience. It was such much fun learning the Italian cooking style, even though we don’t speak proper Italian. The translator did a great job and we will remember this evening for our life. Thank you!

We really enjoyed walking around the city and learning it's history. Our guide Lucia was pleasant and friendly, she answered all our questions and gave the tour her personal touch.

It was great to learn from Lunia. The food tasted fantastic and the hospitallity was marvelous. We enjoyed each others compagny. It was a wonderful evening.

Great event!! Just enough to give us an idea of Puccini’s work. Nice way to spend and evening.