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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 continue to share their knowledge. If not, your tour is finished and you can relax in a café with a drink at your leisure or continue to explore the city.

1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

2. 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. Toast your flight with a glass of sparkling champagne.  Begin your adventure as soon as you arrive at the take-off field. Watch as the colorful balloons are inflated and prepared. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket. Float gently 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.

Lucca: 3-Hour Bikes & Bites Foodie Adventure like a Local

3. Lucca: 3-Hour Bikes & Bites Foodie Adventure like a Local

Bikes in Lucca are a must. You'll feel like a local as you head off on a journey sure to be relaxing and memorable. Take a sights-packed ride around the city walls, stopping to explore hidden corners and learn more about one of Italy’s most prosperous regions. Taste some local delicacies along the way. Pass by little squares with magnificent ancient church facades and noble Renaissance palaces. Lofty medieval towers still feature prominently here; one of the most famous landmarks in Lucca is the beautiful Guinigi Tower. Pass by this one and many more with plenty of Instagram-friendly stops along the way.  Enjoy your first food stop at a local-favorite shop. Taste the delicacies the area is famous for, including pecorino cheese, cold cuts, and extra-virgin olive oil. Cruise through different corners of the city center, admiring narrow alleys and ancient churches before reaching the lowest one: San Frediano Basilica. Continue exploring the lesser-known east side of the town, getting a real feel for local life. Stop at a cool establishment to savor some typical snacks and sip a well-deserved beer or other drink. Hop aboard your bike and climb back toward the city walls and the historical center through Piazza Grande. Settle in for a final, extra sweet stop at the oldest ice cream shop in Lucca: prepare to taste some gelato you'll never forget. Finally, return to the meeting point knowing that you experienced the city like a real local.

From Florence: Pisa & Lucca Day Tour with Buccellato Tasting

4. 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: Villa Reale di Marlia Entrance Ticket

5. 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.

From Livorno Cruise Port: Bus Transfer to Pisa and Lucca

6. From Livorno Cruise Port: Bus Transfer to Pisa and Lucca

Discover the medieval town of Lucca and its fortified walls independently on a full-day trip from Livorno. Upon arrival in Lucca, take a tour of the most iconic landmarks and buildings including the Torre Guinigi, the Anfiteatro Square, and the San Frediano Church. At the end of the tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own, grab lunch at a local cafe, or shop for souvenirs at the market. You can opt to add on a traditional lunch for your trip to Lucca, and if you'd prefer to explore on your own, you can choose the Low Cost Option which only includes the transfer. Depart Lucca for Pisa at 2:30 PM, and arrive in the historical heart of the city approximately 30 minutes later. Fall in love with this iconic location and visit the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the most popular attraction in Pisa. Spend some free time admiring the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery, or exploring the local area.

Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to the Wine Roads

7. Lucca: Self-Guided Bike Tour to the Wine Roads

Set off on a day trip in the typical Tuscan countryside with its ups and downs on this self-guided bike tour from Lucca. At the shop, you'll receive instructions to follow from a customized itinerary on a free app for mobile and all accessories to safely enjoy your journey. Following local roads, you'll first visit the famous historical villa area by cycling next to Villa Oliva, Villa Grabau, Villa Reale, and Villa Torrigiani. Then, proceed to the wine roads from Lucca hills up to the beautiful hamlet of Montecarlo. Ride your bicycle on local roads passing wineries, small farms, olive groves, and enchanting views. Get recommendations on where to stop to have the best Tuscan lunch or to taste quality local wines. The way back will be easier, first downhill and then flat by secondary roads up to Lucca.

Lucca: 1 Day Vespa and Scooter Rental

8. Lucca: 1 Day Vespa and Scooter Rental

Pickup your Vespa or scooter from the meeting point, get kitted out with the necessary gear, then hit the road where your adventure begins. Spend the day exploring Lucca and its surroundings according to your own preferences. Visit some of the region’s most famous and historic villas, stop at the impressive Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano, pass by the sprawling vineyards and olive groves in Montecarlo, or see the thermal baths in Bagni di Lucca. By the end of the day, you’ll have seen the very best that the area has to offer, and experienced a thrilling ride.

Cinque Terre Small Group by Minivan from Lucca

9. Cinque Terre Small Group by Minivan from Lucca

Depart Lucca and transfer to Riomaggiore to catch a boat (weather permitting) to Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre, and its houses are built along the cliff face. Upon arrival, explore one of the oldest villages of the Cinque Terre. Walk down narrow alleys to pretty squares of pastel colored houses. Enjoy some free time for a relaxing lunch (own expense) at one of the open-air restaurants that line the waterfront. Take a stroll through the back streets for impressive views along the coast.

Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour to Lucca

10. Pisa: Self-Guided Bike Tour to Lucca

This tour follows the Serchio river, where it takes its natural landscape, the bed broken by the water jumps, the bushy terraces with many varieties of birds. The Puccini cycle path (named from the famous composer Giacomo Puccini who was born in Lucca) connects the Serchio valley to Lucca, where you can admire the medieval towers and the “Rocca di Ripafratta”, reaching the ancient walls of Lucca. The path above the city walls offers a breathtaking view. Art, music, history, food, wine, Lucca is a source of incredible treasures. Cycling through the narrow streets downtown where the towers stand out above the roofs. The Guinigi Tower with its hanging garden on the top; the ancient shops along via Fillungo, the squares of the Roman amphitheater and that of Napoleon, so enchanting! For a gourmet stop in Lucca, visitors can choose: from cecina, to necci (chestnut pancake) with ricotta, buccellato, Lucchese soup, etc… We are sure you will enjoy all! Duration of the tour: 25 km to reach Lucca and 25 km to return to Pisa. Possibility to take the regional train carrying the bikes for a supplement of the ticket to return to Pisa. Possibility to leave the bike in Lucca for a supplement (you can ask at the bike rental)

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What people are saying about Lucca

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The group was divided into 2 groups, an Italian speaking group and an English speaking group. We joined the English speaking group. The guide of this group, an Italian woman from near Lucca who speaks good English, did a great job.

Meets right where cruise shuttle drops off . Easy to find guides etc. super friendly staff. Long walk from bus in pisa if you have any mobility issues.

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

Vittoria was a great tour guide. Very informative and we really enjoyed her sense of humour. Would recommend!

Great tour to familiarise yourself with Lucca and it’s history.