Lonely Planet Experiences: Lucca Aperitivo Food & Wine Tour

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Lucca Aperitivo Food & Wine Tour

From US$ 86.39 per person

Taste your way around the Renaissance city of Lucca and enjoy the Italian tradition of "aperitivo" on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Sample savory snacks and good wine as you experience the local life and see some of the city’s more than 100 churches.

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Duration 2.5 hours
Starting time 5:30 PM
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  • Become a Lucca local for the day, and experience the culture of aperitivo
  • Taste the foods and wines of the region at typical venues
  • Sample Tuscan bread, Pecorino cheese, cured meats, and more
  • Try a glass of Montecarlo red wine
  • Enjoy the setting of the sun at a bar on the magnificent Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
  • Drink artisan beers from the Garfagnana Mountains
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. 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 artisanal beers and 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 Square. This is where locals come to meet up with one another, typically for a friendly chat in a nice bar. While there, enjoy a glass of wine and a snack at a typical Tuscan wine bar. Next, go the only oval square in Italy that takes the place of a typical Roman amphitheater. Relax with a glass of artisan beer produced in the Garfagnana Mountains, along with an essential side of cured meats and pecorino cheese. Make your next stop at a local bakery to try cecina, a traditional, focaccia bread with unexpected ingredients, alongside a glass of Italian beer or wine. Your tour ends here but feel free to hang around, order another drink and soak up the lively atmosphere of the square. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay in lovely Lucca.
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Food samples (selection of local cured meats, cheese, and local snacks at 2 different stops)
  • 3 glasses of wine or beer
  • Any additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal items
  • Tips and gratuities for the guide
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meet your guide under the taxi sign at the entrance to Lucca Train Station

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  • Please wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 are permitted on the tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join free of charge. Please inform the supplier at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

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  • Organization
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  • Value for money
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Great Lucca Guide

Sara was a terrific guide. It's her town and she knew it's history well. Friendly and accommodating she was always informative, alway reminding us to look up to learn! Apperitivo wise it was very standard and Lucca is not a big town so whether you need a guide for this is a bit up to yourself. But the tour itself was great and I would recommend both it and the guide.

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5 June 2019

Very nice tour in the evening with three different culinaric spots. We have been a group with 9 people (two families with 5 kids 4-9years). Also for the kids it was ok with the culinaric meals. Experienced a lot of history in this whole town with a very nice tour guide! Definetely a recommendation!

2 August 2019


Wonderful fun!

Very good tour with Diletta, she was very hospitable and very friendly with great knowledge and stories to tell us of the region! Very good

21 April 2019

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