Add dates

Lucca Culture & history

Our most recommended Lucca Culture & history

Lucca: Renaissance City Walls Walking Tour

1. 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.

From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

2. From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

On this guided tour of Lucca and Pisa, you will have the chance to discover the art, architecture, and history of Tuscany, along with some delicious local wines! Your tour begins with a trip to Pisa, where you will see the incredible Piazza dei Miracoli, most famous for its “Leaning Tower.” After that, visit the town's many other historical monuments, including its majestic cathedral, before grabbing a cappuccino and heading off to Lucca. In Lucca, famous for its still-intact city walls, your guide will lead you through the enchanting old town center and give you a chance to walk along the city's rooftops. The views will take your breath away!   Next, admire the main attractions of the city: the Anfiteatro Square, Guingi Tower, San Martino Cathedral, and the town's many antique shops. Your tour ends with a Buccellato tasting, a typical Lucchese Cake!

Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

3. Lucca: Private Guided Walking Tour

Lucca, is a small jewel just north-west of Florence, which rises from the green of its neighboring valley as an almost intact testimony of the succession of centuries and domination. Its history is told above all by its form, by monuments, by streets and structures of every age that coexist in harmony. This classic itinerary was designed for those who come to visit the city of Lucca for the first time, or those who do not wish to dwell only on a historical period, but rather to have a global vision of the history of the city. Your tour includes a visit to the most significant monuments through which your guide will retrace all the historical and artistic phases. Among many other sites, you will visit the Church of St. Michael, a Roman-Catholic basilica with sublime details, built in 795.

Lucca: Villa Reale di Marlia Entrance Ticket

4. Lucca: Villa Reale di Marlia Entrance Ticket

Experience the expansive grounds of the Villa Reale, more than 16 hectares, with lush gardens and many types of unique historical architecture. Use your senses on the olfactory path where you can smell the perfumes that will transport you through time in an absolutely original way to discover history. With your map and audio tour, you can visit the twin houses, two famous theaters, the Water Theatre and the Green Theatre, the oldest in Europe where the famous violinist N. Paganini often performed for Elisa Baciocchi. Explore the Lemon Garden and the Spanish Garden of Deco. Don’t miss out on seeing the historic buildings such as the Villa del Vescovo adjacent to the Nymphaeum called Pan's Grotto, and the elegant Clock House with its panoramic loggia. End your tour with the newly-opened apartments of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi in the Villa Reale, one of the most important empire-style examples in Europe.

Medieval Lucca for Kids: 2-Hour Private Tour

5. Medieval Lucca for Kids: 2-Hour Private Tour

Begin your guided 2-hour private tour at St. Martin Cathedral in the city center of Lucca. The intricacy of the design of the exterior of the cathedral will greet you, then enter to cathedral and allow for mythical animals and ancient legends to be unveiled as you explore. Your guide will explain the symbols seen and the intriguing legends and miracles associated with them. Throughout the tour, sketch the lions, dragons, mermaids, and griffons as seen on the facades of the churches and learn to read the façades of the tower houses that once belonged to the wealthy merchants of Lucca. Continue your tour with a visit to the Church of San Michele where you will find graffiti left inside and outside of the church by silk merchants. From the church, stroll through the medieval streets of Lucca and discover the subterranean area of the city, the walls of the city. After you will visit the historic Zecca, the oldest mint in Europe founded in 650 A.D, and learn how to mint a replica of the oldest European coin. Then finsih your tour with a well-earned gelato. 

From Montecatini Terme: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip with Cake

6. From Montecatini Terme: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip with Cake

We leave Montecatini Terme for Pisa, where our guide will show you Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower (outside), its Baptistery (outside) and other wonderful monuments before entering into the Cathedral. Free time for photos and lunch (not included). The trip will continue to Lucca, where a guide will take you on a delightful walk in the city center where you can admire Piazza Anfiteatro, the Torre Guinigi, the Cathedral of San Martino and the typical "via degli antiquari". The visit will end in a pastry shop where we will taste the Buccellato, a typical cake of Lucca.

Pisa and Lucca: Private Full-Day Tour by Deluxe Van

7. Pisa and Lucca: Private Full-Day Tour by Deluxe Van

Join us on a full-day private tour of Lucca and Pisa. Your driver/guide will pick you up at your hotel in Florence and you’ll travel in our comfortable deluxe van to the western part of Tuscany, near the coast. Your first stop will be in ancient Lucca, one of the few cities in Italy where you’ll find rinascimental city walls. You’ll enjoy a leisurely walk through the city’s narrow medieval streets, and possibly visit the cathedral and the Roman ruins. We’ll visit Amphitheater Square, where you can take in the 360-degree views while enjoying a glass of wine. The Square is home to Andrea Salvetti’s sculpture "Mazzolin di Fiori". Opera lovers will also have the opportunity to visit Puccini's birthplace museum. During the day you’ll have time to stop at typical Tuscan restaurant to try some of the delicious local cuisine. We'll spend the afternoon in world-famous city of Pisa. The city’s “Miracle Square” is the location of some of the finest examples of Italian Romanesque architecture. You’ll see the famous leaning tower of Pisa, the immense Baptistry of St. John and the Cathedral of Pisa. The construction of the Cathedral began in 1063 and was completed in 1350. It is considered a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture.

La Spezia: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

8. La Spezia: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion to Pisa & Lucca

Meet your private driver-guide in La Spezia as close as possible to your ship's arrival for the pleasant hour's drive to the charming medieval city of Lucca. It is a city enclosed and protected through the centuries by an imposing 16th-century wall, which is one of the best-preserved Renaissance defenses in Europe. Discover the city's Roman features with the Church of San Michele in Foro standing on the site of the original Roman forum. It was here that Giacomo Puccini began his musical career as a choir boy. Strolling along the lively shopping street of Via Fillungo, you will arrive at the Church of San Frediano with its 6th-century origins. See the tomb of Saint Zita (1278), mentioned by Dante in the Inferno movie, whose mummified body can be seen through the glass. Discover the unique shaped arena, Piazza Anfiteatro, constructed in the 1st century A.D. under Emperor Claudius with 54 arches and a cave able to hold as many as ten thousand spectators in 18 rows of seats. The Cathedral of San Martino houses the precious holy relic, the Volto Santo, a cedar wood crucifix said to be a true portrait of Jesus sculpted by Nicodemus, an eyewitness to the crucifixion. Also, see the remarkable marble tomb of Ilaria del Carretto and Tintoretto's infamous 'Last Supper.'  The city is filled with artisans and tempting delicatessens offering Tuscan specialties, and Lucca is particularly renowned for its olive oil. Not to be missed are the underground cellars of Enoteca Vanni, offering a tempting selection of wines from all over Italy. Lunch will be at your own cost, and your driver can make recommendations and point you in the right direction. You may even have time to enjoy lunch at a local vineyard on the outskirts of town before taking the short drive to the 11th-century powerful maritime republic of Pisa. Enjoy a driving tour of the city, which will lead you to the heart of one of the most important monuments in Italy, the breathtaking Piazza dei Miracoli with its Baptistry, the cathedral, Campo Santo Cemetery, and of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You'll be free to explore some of the city on foot before meeting up with your driver for the return journey back to your ship in the port of La Spezia.

Florence, Accademia Gallery, and Chianti Wine Full-Day Tour

9. Florence, Accademia Gallery, and Chianti Wine Full-Day Tour

Discover the beauty and magnificent architecture of Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. You’ll visit the city’s impressive monuments and admire its stunning setting on this full-day tour. Learn about Florence’s rich cultural history during your guided sightseeing tour. See Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and imposing palazzo, and the multi-hued marble Duomo and Baptistery, famous for the bronze doors that Michelangelo dubbed the Gates of Paradise. Admire the beauty of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Accademia Gallery (if this option is chosen). Walk along narrows streets, by the Arno River, and across the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city's most famous landmarks and its oldest bridge, lined with jewelry shops. You’ll have free time for lunch and shopping before stopping to admire the spectacular panoramic views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. Following the tour of Florence, you’ll travel through the Tuscan countryside to the a winery in the middle of the Chianti area for the wine tasting.

  • Entry tickets
  • Guided tours
  • Day trips
  • Private tours
10 activities found
Sort by:

Frequently asked questions about Lucca

Other Sightseeing Options in Lucca

Want to discover all there is to do in Lucca? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Lucca

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 93 reviews

This tour was very informative and interesting. Roberta was a very approachable and knowledgeable guide who could answer the questions she was asked in a friendly manner. It was great to learn about the city of Lucca

Excellent trip. Guide was great. Travellers who are late back to the meeting point by 15 minutes should be left behind. Pisa and Lucca were both great

Nice activity, relevant information. Our guide, Lucia, told us about the walls of Lucca with passion.

Pizza is very beautiful. peaceful journey in good bus. Trilingual guide. Very organized tour.

Nice experience especially under the walls because I would never have gone there on my own